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‘21 Certificate of Excellence, 2021


Photography is the easiest medium of Art to be competent in but it's the hardest medium in which to have a truly personal vision. It's very much like talking: everyone can talk but very few have something to say. In creating my work I aim to demonstrate a clear style, to tell a story while being imaginative and thought-provoking.

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7 customer reviews

6 March 2023

There is nothing Wow about the service or attitude of this photographer. We waited 4 months for nothing but a battle to get our money back after Ilan did not provide the two pictures which we were promised would be delivered within a 2-week timeframe only to find out that the order was never submitted by him. Once the money is paid you don’t hear from him again. 2 months later after receiving nothing he ignored calls, emails and texts messages from me. He finally responded and said we would have to wait for another 6 weeks for us to get our refund as he forgot to put the order in and clearly had no money to refund us. Even after knowing it was a Xmas gift. Very slack business behaviour. There is a lot of pressure for the money to be paid up front and then he drip fed it back to us. Very unimpressed and feel sorry for any other family that have the unfortunate experience. You have been warned. More...

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Hi Kim, I am really sorry for your terrible experience and for the delay in processing your refund. As discussed on the phone, I was overseas and could not access the Eftpos machine. Have successfully refunded you two weeks ago, please accept my sincere apologies. Kind regards, Ilan

5 July 2021

Ilan is very professional and the whole process ran very smoothly, from my initial telephone enquiry to the shooting session, the session to chose which images we wanted and collection of photos. Technical competence goes without saying, Ilan also has the gift of making the subjects feel at ease and imagination. We were very pleased and impressed with the photos he produced for us. More...

17 July 2020

Working with Ilan was truly rewarding experience. I was looking for that special picture, the job wining profile shot for social networking sites. Ilan could sense my unease at having pictures taken but put me at ease with his great sense of humour and professionalism. The outcome, an awesome range of shots to choose from. My profile is changing up! Thanks Ilan. More...

17 July 2020

Working with Ilan was a fantastic experience and I would gladly work with him again. A very polite, professional creative who puts people at ease to create beautiful works of art. Ilan is funny and humorous and was a pleasure to collaborate with on photography ideas. More...

17 July 2020

Working with Ilan was an absolute pleasure! From the moment we started shooting to the very last minute he made me feel comfortable and gorgeous :) He did everything he could to make my ideas happen and bring my vision to life. Ilan is incredibly talented, creative and goes the extra mile for the perfect shot. Aftercare & delivery of the pictures was incredibly fast and the quality superb. I cannot recommend working with Ilan enough! More...

17 July 2020

Ilan is an amazing photographer to work with! He is very open and honest and makes you feel at ease. He also has a great style of photography and directs you, as a model, very well, making it easy to get the shots needed. I had a great, fun, enjoyable day shooting with Ilan. He goes above and beyond, climbing up on top of a canon in the rain to try and get a great photo! Highly recommend him as a photographer, very professional and has a high standard. Also great "out the box" ideas!! A++++++ More...

17 July 2020

Our chorus had the privilege of being photographed by Ilan Wittenberg at an event we were singing at. I loved how comfortable he made us all feel and his attention to detail in positioning us all just right was very impressive. He managed to capture us all beautifully! We were so pleased with the result that we're planning to use the image for promotional use and are hoping he will take some more photos of our group soon. A superb photographer who easily builds a great rapport with the people he is working with. More...


"The real work of making photographs is not exposing and focusing your image well. That’s just learning to use a camera and it’s not mastery, just a necessary first step. High school photography students nail that in one semester.

The real work, the labour of years, is in learning to tell a story, learning to cram a heart-full of emotion or a brain full ideas into our impossibly limited little frames. It’s in learning not to focus a lens but to focus attention. Learning to expose our souls, not just a negative. Learning composition, and how to play with balance, tension, line, shape, colour, selection of moment and gesture.

Add to that the ability to create a body of work, to make a great print, to wrestle with your creative process daily, and having the humility and determination to do it over and over again. It is learning to speak with a very specific kind of language to the people that read our images, and say things that matter.

It is connecting and engaging and worrying more about inspiring than being inspired. It is in understanding emotional range more than dynamic range. It is being open and receptive and patient. It’s not about the camera or the settings; it’s about the photographer." - David duChemin

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In one word: passion. In three words: passion, love, excitement. The bigger picture is made of three components: me, you and humanity. I wish to leave a legacy behind me and the best way is to move touch and inspire you with capturing immortal moments that will stay with you and your family for ever. I'd like to make a difference in people's life, for you and for generations to come. I put my heart and soul into your photographs to create art that is well worth cherishing.

Creating portraits gives me great opportunity to connect with people. I enjoy getting to know people and to capture these precious memories. I love connecting to people. Creating stunning photos enables me not only to genuinely connect with you in a very special way but also to understand what's really important to you. All my actions are aimed at providing outstanding service and a fresh 'Wow' reaction. My set of values and beliefs enable me to establish authentic trust and create good rapport. I am very passionate about photography and it becomes quite obvious in the way I create portraits: I get everyone excited during the photo shoot and it clearly shows in your body language. I also get a tremendous fulfillment from the impact which my photographs crate; often evoking deep emotions. It's my great honour and privilege to be able to share this experience with you and I am really grateful for that.

I believe that we can change the world we live in and make it a better place. My humble contribution is in creating unique portraits that will be proudly displayed on your walls for years to come. A beautiful portrait becomes a precious memory that connects us to who we are and reminds us of the most important people in our lives: our loved ones. A prominent family portrait is proven to lift the positive energy in our homes. It enhances family values by reminding us the good times thus giving us strength and courage to overcome challenging periods in our lives. Your portraits are very special and become part of your family legacy: your heirloom. These wall displays are a gift that keeps giving and I truly appreciate the opportunity to share this experience, capturing very special moments. My goal is to work with people who have similar belief system, people who share my passion for beautiful photographs and the value it brings to our lives.

Creating photos also enables me to combine creativity with technique, art and science. I feel energized when entering my images into competitions and thrilled when being awarded for my work. Operating Wow Photography exposed me to the complex aspects of running a business and expanded my world. Having a B.Sc and MBA degrees I previously contributed to large corporations as an employee. However, my photography career gives me tremendous opportunity not only to be creative, but also to be directly impacting many families, bringing overwhelming joy to many homes. It drives me every day to be my best and gives me the energy to continue pursuing my passion.  Time virtually stops when I am in the flow of taking pictures, when I am in the zone. I keep learning and developing so enjoy innovating and stretching my boundaries beyond my comfort zone.  I also make mistakes and recognize that these failures are important lessons for my growth. I am so excited and fortunate to have a meaningful purpose, inspiring people whom I get to photograph and getting inspired by people around me - standing on the shoulders of giants.

I am proud to offer a unique 100% money back guarantee.
Your photo session is very personal. I tailor the photo shoot to best suit your specific needs, portraying your true character and personality.
Wow Photography is a local New Zealand business and I buy locally in NZ
International award-winning photographer
NZIPP accredited and qualified portrait photographer.
My commitment is to capture your very precious moments while guiding you through your portrait session, making sure that you feel perfectly at ease and relaxed in front of the camera. Portrait photography is all about people: our emotions, who we are and the people who are most important to us. I take this responsibility seriously, creating a unique and amazing experience for everyone while having lots of fun.
I pride myself at being a leader in the field of portrait photography, creating fresh and exciting portraits: combining the highest professional standards with an engaging experience, matching my photography style to the occasion: creative editorial, formal/classic portrait, photo journalistic or candid photography.
I will manually retouch each and every image to carefully turn your portraits into timeless photographic Art that will bring joy to your home for years to come.
You have the choice of matt or glossy prints, artistic desaturated or monochrome: B&W or sepia on Luster photographic paper or on canvas. Choose from a variety of products designed to suit the style of your home and your budget, including art-mount and classic, custom handmade albums.