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Hi, I’m Rebecca - I am a born and bred Wairarapa local, growing up in Carterton, and after spending a decade living abroad in Australia and England, I now live with my husband and two young children in the most gorgeous little village, Greytown.   

If I think about my photography in a nutshell, a few words would spring to mind – emotion, story, energy, connection and detail. I try to shoot so the emotion is evident, the story is there, the technicals are bang on and the energy is infectious.

All of these attributes I take along with me when shooting both family and commercial work. I believe it is important to understand your clients, to spend the time to get to know them. Find out what makes them tick and what is important to them, whether it is capturing those special moments within their family or creating stand out imagery for their business – it is about the people.


I have my own photography studio in Greytown which gives me the flexibility to not only shoot on location, but also to offer studio portraits, corporate head shots as well as product and food photography.

Aside from my client based photography I absolutely love creating art work - my camera is my paint brush and my happy place is chasing the beautiful light to capture the world around me in a way that showcases the layers, textures and forms of landscape. I have exhibited a number of times both privately and as part of art groups including having my work exhibited multiple times at Aratoi Museum and in private galleries.

I hold a Master of Photography (Distinction) I Bar with the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography and have won multiple awards at the annual Iris Awards including Finalist for NZ Landscape Open Photographer of the Year 2021/2023 and Finalist for NZ Documentary Photographer of the Year 2018/2019








Rebecca is able to capture amazing images in a real and honest, yet beautiful way. At The Wairarapa Journal we like to represent Wairarapa as the unique and varied place that it is and that is exactly what Rebecca has the ability to do. She is entirely professional, yet puts her subjects instantly at ease. She has an impressive portfolio in landscape work but she is equally at home photographing portraiture and commercial work, as she very quickly deciphers how to achieve the perfect image."


Josepha Murray, The Wairarapa Journal

"Thank you so much Rebecca, we are thrilled with our photos. You’ve given us a consistent look for our tablet range and they look amazing. It’s been a pleasure dealing with you and we love your passion and enthusiasm to get things just right for us"

Murray Langham, Schoc Chocolates


NZIPP -- New Zealand Photography Awards

Finalist NZ Landscape Open Photographer of the Year 2023

2023 - 1 x Silver Distinction, 2 x Silver, 1 x Bronze, Documentary Category

2023 - 1 x Silver Distinction, Illustrative Category

2023 - 2 x Silver, 2 x Bronze, Landscape Open Category

2023 - 1 x Silver, 1 x Bronze, Landscape Category

Master of Photography (Distinction) I Bar

2022 - 1 x Silver Distinction, 3 x Silver, Documentary Category

2022 - 2 x Silver, Landscape Open Category

2022 - 3 x Bronze, Landscape Category

Finalist NZ Landscape Open Photographer of the Year 2021

2021 - Silver x 4, Landscape Category

2021 - Silver x 1, Family Category

2021 Bronze x 10, Documentary, Landscape, Family, Travel, Portrait In Camera

Master of Photography (Distinction) 2020

2020 - Silver x 2, Landscape Category

2020 - Silver x 3, Documentary Category

2020 - Bronze x 14, Documentary, Landscape, Wedding Categories


Finalist NZ Documentary Photographer of the Year 2019

2019 - Gold Distinction, Landscape Category

2019 - Gold, Documentary Category

2019 - Silver Distinction, Documentary Category

2019 - Silver, Landscape Category

2019 - Bronze, Landscape Category

2019 - Bronze, Creative Category

Finalist NZ Documentary Photographer of the Year 2018

2018 - Silver Distinction, Documentary Category

2018 - Silver, Documentary Category

2018 - Silver, Landscape Category

2018 - Silver, Portrait In-Camera Artistry Category

2018 - Bronze, Landscape Category

2018 - Bronze, Landscape Category

2017 - Silver, Landscape Category

2017 - Bronze, Landscape Category

2017 - Bronze, Portrait Classic Category

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Wairarapa Professional Photographer

Rebecca Kempton 

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