My name is Alex King, and I am a Polynesian and Maori photographer. I was born in Opotiki, Aotearoa(New Zealand) where my mothers family and tribes descend, Whakatohea, Ngati Porou and Tuhoe.
I was raised in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, where my father comes from. Our families descend from both the islands of Mangaia and Rarotonga.
I’ve realised that my journey through photography in the last 10 years has brought me to a place where I understand how powerful our imagery can change a persons perspective, and impact the world around us.
I specialise in portrait photography, photo documentary, storytelling, and wedding photography. I have photographed over 200 weddings and hundreds of portrait sessions with clients from around the world.
In the past 2 and half years, however, through photo documentary, storytelling and digital art, I have landed in a niche market, as an indigenous photographer, trying to make an impact on my audience and viewers and challenge the world view on our communities and our lifestyles. I have over time learned and unlearned many things through my journey as a single mother, running a successful photography business, and reconnecting with my roots.
The way I like to photograph and tell stories through my images is a representation of the way I see the world around me. Having gone through challenges in the past decade, I’m extremely passionate about social justice, our whenua(land), our Moana(ocean), and the preservation of our environment.
Over time my hope is that my work will strike the right people in order to tell our stories for future generations, to document the beautiful and raw parts of our lives, and to bring healing to anyone who may need it.
Get in touch if you’d like to enquire and get to know more about the work I love to create.