Family Photography Wellington


Laura Ridley Photography is a boutique Portrait studio based in Wellington & Palmerston North

So who is “Laura Ridley Photography” anyway? Well… let me tell you my story and give you a behind the scenes look into our family photography studio 🙂

I had a bit of an interesting start in photography … and it isn’t how most photographers begin their careers. Growing up in a military family, ALL I WANTED to do was follow in my Dad’s footsteps! So when I finally had the opportunity to apply for the Air Force I was presented with a raft of opportunities that could have taken me in so many different directions. But there was one that stood out above the rest … Air Force Photographer. Military + Photography? Odd choice I know! But … I’m a “creative” at heart and maybe a little adventurous when it comes to challenging the norm. So a photography career in the Air Force combined both my loves and just made sense! 

And as I sat in the recruiting office, with very little real world experience, my passion for taking photos must have shone through. I was one of the few recruits that got accepted into the photography trade in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. And that’s where my journey as a professional photographer began and MY GOSH what a journey it’s been. 

Fast forward a few years later, I started Laura Ridley Photography and I have never looked back. For the past 14 years, I’ve been creating award winning photographs that adorn the walls of our clients homes and proudly shared with family and friends. Laura Ridley Photography has now grown into a team with studios in Wellington and Palmerston North.

But it wasn’t till I had my own children that I truly realised how much of a treasure a single “photograph” could be. Memories so precious, but oh so fleeting, can be frozen in time and preserved for future generations.  I am so grateful to have the opportunity to capture the memories of families across New Zealand. Everyday I am reminded that photography isn’t for today, it’s for our future. I literally am so grateful to do this for a living. 

Laura – Boss Lady

MNZIPP (1 Bar)

Katie – Photographer (Wellington)

Michelle – Photographer (Palmerston North)

Vanessa – Studio Manager 

Hayley – Booking Consultant & Design Consultant

Tia-Maree – Design Consultant 

Amy – Design Consultant 

Sarah – Retoucher and Laura’s favourite (only) mum

Kelsey – Booking Consultant

Chenee – Studio Assistant

Olivia – Booking Consultant

Jasmine – Booking Consultant