Kia Orana, my name is Alexandra Moana King.
I am a Polynesian and Maori photographer. I was born in Opotiki on the East Coast of Aotearoa(New Zealand) where my mothers family and tribes(iwi) descend through Whakatohea, Ngai Tuhoe and Ngati Porou.
My Marae(sacred meeting grounds) are Kutarere Marae, Omaramutu Marae and Opape Marae.
However since birth, I was raised in Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands where my father comes from. Our families descend from the islands of Mangaia and Rarotonga and our tribe and Vaka is Uritaua, which in history descended from Hawa'ii. Our hapu is Ngati Putua.
I have been on my photography journey for the past 10 years. Specialising in portrait photography, photo documentary, storytelling and wedding photography, I have photographed clients from around the world and learnt how to craft emotional stories through this photographic journey.
I am self taught and I've never studied photography. As an indigenous woman, visual storytelling and photography has come naturally to me and has played a huge role in my life as a powerful healing tool. I am also a mother of one daughter who is 8 years old, and she too has taught me valuable lessons. Her name is Zulay, which derives from the Persian "Zulaykha" meaning brilliant one, heavens and well born-into power. She is my beacon of light and brings so much inspiration and driving force to my work.
Over the last few years through my photography and storytelling work, I have reconnected to my culture and community and I have landed in a niche market here, re creating and re imagining our narratives as indigenous and Polynesian people. I try to use my privileges to bring about an impactful, powerful and positive change to my communities and challenge the world view on who we are within our cultural identities and traditional practices.
I am a proud indigenous wahine(woman) visual artist and storyteller and this has been my decade long journey of re discovering, reclamation and re creating myself and the vision of our people through photography and storytelling.
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Where are you currently based?
I am living in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. This is where I was brought up before moving to Samoa and New Zealand for schooling.
What is your photography style & personality?
I'm pretty laid back! I have a natural vibe and a sense of humour. I like to have a sense of humour when I'm working to help ease any tension or angst with clients who may struggle in front of the camera. But I've also always naturally been an anxious person, so photography has always helped me in this space.
What type of photoshoots are you offering?
I've gone from photographing weddings and portraits 90% of the time to now doing more photo documentary, storytelling and editorial photography. I am very passionate about documenting our communities, our people and their stories.
I have been blessed to have been featured in international exhibitions, magazines and local media.
My goal is to capture stories, and socially impactful events in life and share them to bring more awareness. I advocate a lot for indigenous rights, womens rights against domestic abuse and judicial abuse, climate change, environmental issues, and animal welfare. I've always been passionate about humanitarian work and have a lot of respect for people who do this work on a global scale.
Are you still photographing weddings?
Yes, however over the next couple years I won't be doing weddings as much. I am currently specialising in documentary photography and film so my focus over the next two years will be shifting.
Do you offer videography or cinematography?
I don't offer videography for wedding work, however I am now doing short film documentary work for my personal projects and other assignments.
What equipment do you shoot with?
I use top end Canon DSLR cameras with a range of Sigma Art & Canon prime lenses.
Do you travel for photography work?
Yes. Essentially for portrait and wedding photography I would travel at additional costs.
In the past year however I have been given the opportunity to work as an associate with non-profit organisation Photographers Without Borders who are based in Toronto, Canada.
I will be traveling for short film projects in the future.
Can we order prints through you?
Yes you can order prints on the Prints page or contact me for more information on the type of prints and sizes you are looking for. I will be opening a print room/gallery in due course!
Do you photograph family portrait + maternity sessions?
Yes I have seperate packages for these sessions, you can contact me to find more information.