ABOUT US

I really enjoy capturing natural emotion, connections between people, and beautiful moments that make you smile and take you back to that point in time.

WE ARE VALDES PHOTOGRAPHY

WE CHERISH REAL MOMENTS AND VALUE GENUINE HUMANS.

Originally from Constitución, a small beach town in Chile, in 2007 I jumped on a plane to follow my kiwi girl home to New Zealand.

New Zealand has now been my home for over twelve years, and my wife Emma and We have traveled to pretty much all corners of this country, (and have also been fortunate to travel through parts of Europe and South America).

Married life has been beautiful and now have two awesome kids, Ben and Sophie. They keeps us busy and enjoying life to the fullest. We have made our home in Pirongia, a little village located 20 minutes southwest of Hamilton.

I'm a very relaxed man who enjoys having a good laugh and making things worry free, so if this sounds the type of photographer you would like to hang out with on your wedding day don't think for too long to contact me :-) let's talk!

I do wedding, portrait and commercial photography, and have a real passion and commitment for what I do. What I most enjoy about wedding photography is capturing natural emotion, connections between people, and beautiful moments that make you smile and take you back to that point in time. I also enjoy getting to know new couples, and traveling to awesome new places!

When I’m not photographing, you’ll find me spending time my family, drawing and when I can, going for a surf.

Please feel free to tell me a little about yourself, and how you’ll create and celebrate your own story.

I photograph weddings all over New Zealand, and do both small and big celebrations and anything in between.

We have part of our hearts and family in Taranaki, so if you happen to be from the Naki! we would love to hear from you too!

Contact me for any questions or just to say Hi!

You also can find me on

Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK WITH US

TASHA & CARL

WEDDING - SOLSCAPE, RAGLAN

“We chose Rodrigo (Valdes Photography) to be part of our wedding as our photographer as we loved the creativity and unique way that he captured photos. From the beginning, Rodrigo went above and beyond for us. We had an engagement shoot which was so great as it meant that we got to feel more comfortable with having our photo taken together and also got to know Rodrigo himself. On the wedding day Rodrigo did such an amazing job, he worked so hard and fit in so well with our guests, he is truly a super talented photographer. We have now received our photos back and couldn’t be happier with the results. Rodrigo captured so many candid moments, details and shots that we couldn’t have imagined up! We would highly, highly recommend you book Rodrigo!!”

bride and groom in waihi beach

BRITTANY & ELIJAH

WEDDING - FLAT WHITE CAFE, WAIHI BEACH

“Definitely recommend Valdes Photography! ⭐⭐Rodrigo is amazing! We had an engagement shoot with him and Had him shoot our wedding day. The photos are 😍 and we are so happy we chose him as our photographer. Since our wedding photos were so amazing, My brother who recently got married also used Valdes Photography, and we just did a family photo shoot for our mum as she has always wanted really nice family photos. Rodrigo is amazing, the photos are so beautiful. He is lovely to work with and helps you feel comfortable. Obviously we love him and his work and will continue to use him. Give him a go! You won’t regret it! THANKS RODRIGO! ✌”

JESSEY & MARK

WEDDING - WOODSIDE ESTATE, HAMILTON

“It’s hard to put into words how much Rodrigo meant to us as part of our special day in Nov 2017. His talent and creativity, his fun, easy and caring personality and having him guide us through the best day of our lives was more than we could have hoped for. We formed a great bond with Rodrigo straight away. He is genuine, has a great sense of humour and worked so well with a wide range of people including those who don’t like to have their pictures taken! Looking at our stunning photos is like reliving our day. The small things, the big things, the expressions, the gestures are all there, all our precious memories. The shots were so candid and natural which was really important for us. Thank you so much for capturing our day so perfectly and being amazing to work with. Marc & Jessie”