A photo studio specialising in family portraits that are loved for generations.  Its about connection and love and at Hamlet Photography we strive to make you feel warm and welcome.  


Russell Hamlet

Russell has an eye that was developed early with photography in his family going back generations.

With a bachelor of arts Auckland University and as a master photographer N.Z.I.P.P. Russell has over twenty five years experience in recording the lives of people and the love they have for each other. He knows the value and importance of visual memories, the power they have for families in capturing a moment of love or achievement or just togetherness.

“The excitement I feel in capturing people’s lives and the pleasure I get when they see the print has not diminished since I began 25 years ago. It is still a privilege to be chosen to create beautiful wall art for people’s homes “

Russell is the portrait director on the National Board of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP). He is a highly experienced photographic judge both nationally and internationally. As such Russell understands the components of a successful portrait, humanity, honesty and impact. With leading edge systems and personnel, the design component is both collaborative and contemporary.

“I love what I do. Each portrait sitting I give my all, whether it is emotion or humor or just guidance. My clients finish a portrait sitting on a high, having had the fun it’s meant to be.”

By Laura Rose Hamlet Co-Director


Sarah is our first contact with you and she has been very carefully chosen for her great personality, her patience, her sense of fun and her love of all people.  We pride ourselves on choosing great staff, and with years of experience client managing at top level firms, we are lucky to have Sarah.



An incredible photographer bringing her expertise from years of work in England and the Caribbean to our Coatesville Studio.  We are lucky to have her on the team!  An eye for detail and art, your images will stand out.  Emily also is a talented photo editor and is part of our production team. 


Vibrant, creative, and talented, Melissa is our other international rockstar photographer and digital artist.  Melissa makes every day a great one and you will experience her energy and ability in your time with her.  We are grateful that Melissa has been with our studio for a number of years.  

Melissa Nickerosn
stuart hamlet photography

Stuart is the studios heart.  Always making customers feel welcome and loved, he is our biggest secret weapon!  Our team would be incomplete without him.