About me - john foster master of photography
  • About me

I love taking pictures. I love to create.

There is nothing that can beat giving someone pictures that amazes and inspires.

Originally a Draughtsman for Civil Aviation, my desire to be creative was too strong. My first inspiration was landscapes but I quickly learned pictures of people is my gift.


It wasn’t until Canadian photographer, writer and teacher Freeman Patterson said to me “I wish I could take portraits like you” It made me realise that I had something special to give when it came to portraiture. To be honest it was a complete surprise at the time - I guess it was a turning point.

I believe it’s my ability to make people feel relaxed – in front of a camera. If you prefer photos when you are unaware of the camera, you will know what I mean.

My forte is to make everyone look amazing. If you think you are un-photogenic then you are in for the biggest surprise!

Since the tragedy of the Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 & 2011 I have more time to do landscapes again and I find it really rewarding. I have been traveling around New Zealand ever since. Photographically NZ is absolutely stunning, we are so lucky.


Also I really enjoy teaching photography. I have previously tutored at the University of Canterbury – Department of Continuing education. I did that part time for over 10 years before I got too busy. I am teaching part-time again at Papanui High School and love it. I have recently opened a dedicated teaching facility and photo studio concentrating on small numbers, 10 maximum.

I also really enjoy Photo Tours around NZ. Lots of fun and great people.

I could mention my awards, accolades and qualifications but I would rather let my images speak for themselves. Yes I am a Master of Photography and a qualified member of NZIPP, but that only means something to me. You are the real judge of my imagery. For those who want to know about my awards etc. I will add them at the end.


As for me personally, I have three amazing young adults – they make me a very proud dad. An awesome partner Robyn, who is an awesome amateur photographer  (has more gear than me) and we have two dogs. Appreciate great food and wine (hate garlic) or a cold beer after a hot day and listening to my favourite music. Enjoy my rugby and sports, guess I’m a kiwi bloke deep down. I don’t take things to seriously – I enjoy life.


Feel free to ask any questions or to get a quote. No obligation or hard sell - I promise.
Drop me an email (use the contact tab) or phone/text on:

+64 27 4367272 Intl

or 027 436 7272 in NZ

PS I must update my photo – I no longer have a mustache!
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