What My Clients Say

I have many happy clients in my portfolio. Check below to see what they have to say about my services.

  • Rachel Lee
    My experience with Firefly Photography was fantastic. The booking process was quick & seamless with excellent communication from start to finish. Rory immediately put me at ease in studio with his friendly manner and made smiling at the camera much easier. I really enjoyed the way Rory talked me through each step in the process and in what felt like no time at all we were finished with a natural, professional shot that totally nailed the brief. I highly recommend Rory for all your photography needs, he won’t disappoint!
  • Kelly Senior-Alley
    The entire process with Rory, from start to finish was seamless. Beginning with our first conversation, and ending with the delivery of the re-touched images. This within mere hours of the shoot! Rory put me at ease immediately, he is a true professional, and a nice guy who knows his stuff. I really liked the fact that he showed me the images as he took them, rather than the overwhelm of viewing all the images in one go at the end. It also meant we could establish what was and wasn't working, early on in the process. I've found my photographer and have no need to go anywhere else.
  • Sampford Cathie
    Rory recently did some headshots for me and my business partner for our website and I'm thrilled with the results. He gave clear instructions for how to pose and communicated with us throughout the shoot, and created a really relaxed and fun environment for us. He was able to show us the images on an iPad at the end so that we could see exactly how they were looking, and then sent through the final images quickly following the shoot. Really happy with the result, would definitely recommend him!
  • Sarah Garlick
    A real pleasure working with Rory. A very personable guy and a total professional. Our shoot was quite quick as he got the perfect shot very quickly.
  • Dave Marshall
    A very professional, meticulous and friendly experience. I’m really pleased with the outcome and can firmly recommend Firefly Photography.
  • Kent Johns
    I loved Rory's passion and enthusiasm for not only his work, but mine as well. I really am stoked with the results. He will do an excellent job for you.
  • Lorayne Ferguson
    Rory replied to my request for a headshot portrait very promptly. In fact the whole process from inquiry to finished image was conducted efficiently and Rory provided helpful information before I even arrived at the studio. He clearly enjoys his work and the conversations that go with it. Which all helps to make for a comfortable shoot. I can happily recommend his service.
  • Sally Mabelle
    I was impressed with Rory’s personal and professional approach to creating my business headshots and website photos. As a speaker, having high quality photos is essential to my business, and Rory understands and values the high importance of these images to his clients' marketing presence. I appreciated Rory’s advice and the wide variety of quality photos he produced for me. If you need a great photo, I recommend you see Rory. You can trust you’ll be in good hands.
  • Lucas Bonnè
    Rory has the knack of putting his subject at ease and bringing out his/her inner charm. If you want outstanding portrait photography (from both a technical and artistic perspective)  – see Rory (at Firefly photography) – you will love the results!
  • Julie Harrison
    Rory is a true professional with a personal touch! I am totally thrilled with my updated and very professional head shot, in fact I couldn't wait to update all my online channels with my new image. Thanks Rory you have the knack of diffusing what could be a stressful process for some people, your professional and calm style certainly achieved an amazing result I am very happy with!
  • Katy Cox
    I had been nervous about having my photograph taken professionally, not having done so before and also for having braces well into adulthood. Rory's approach wass invaluable meeting first before the day of the shoot makes all the difference. We discussed expectations, wardrobe choices and the shoot. He was very kind and very professional - everything went smoothly and the photographs turned out great! Thank you for the wonderful photographs and all of the time you took building a great rapport with me. Your photography skills are excellent and your professionalism is spot on. I will return! I highly recommend Firefly Photography for those that are seeking great professional photographs, especially for business!
  • Chris Mogensen
    I have been lucky enough to meet Rory through his exceptional work at Firefly Photography. I am reliant on my personal image as I am self-employed and my profile is the first thing people see. Rory was able to capture dozens of perfect photos to choose from in less than an hour. Rory is able to form an immediate bond and understanding of what is required. He was able to put me at ease within minutes of meeting him. His passion and approach to work is one that most of us could learn from. No one ever regretted choosing quality, and that’s what Rory offers.
  • H Morris
    We are a busy North Shore business with an unpredictable workload. Rory was able to fit in around our client requirements which made all the difference to us on the day of the photo shoot. Very professional and accommodating to our needs and wants, and had a great understanding of what we wanted from the photos he took. Thank you – John Drake, H Morris Funeral Services
  • Ulrike Schilling
    I’ve had some really positive comments about my recent business photos taken by Rory from Firefly Photography. Rory is very professional , friendly and helpful. He set up an initial meeting to discuss the details about the shoot, any special requirements and as an opportunity to build rapport. I’m convinced that this concept is the key to achieving the quality photos that I received in record speed. I would highly recommend Firefly Photography to anyone needing professional photography.
  • Ling Chan
    When I first emt Rory I found him very friendly and extremely intuitive. He made me feel very at ease during the shoot, and his approach is extremely professional. I feel the results prove how talented he is.
  • Bernsport
    We were put in touch with Rory through a mutual acquaintance and that referral could not have turned out better! Rory is fantastic to work with, gets you involved with ‘pushing the buttons’ if possible and is extremely aware of the required outcome through any shoot to make sure he achieves the desired results. Rory’s eye for detail ensures the final images are of the highest quality - which is critical in an online retail environment. The work Rory has completed for us has allowed us to expand our product range online and show this product range in high levels of detail for consumers to view. No job is too big or too small for him. When it comes to our photographic requirements it’s a no-brainer to get Rory involved - we always get the results we want and more.
  • Greg Ball
    As someone who has never had professional photos taken, the thought was somewhat daunting. From the very first time meeting Rory I was made to feel at ease. It quickly became clear that Rory knew his stuff, and I was definitely in capable hands. At that first meeting, Rory took the time to get to know me, explaining the process from start to finish, and how to look my best on the day of the photoshoot. Rory also spent time understanding where each of my photos would be used, and the types of photo which would be best suited. On the day of the shoot, it was very evident that Rory is an expert in his field - his knowledge of lighting & photographic techniques is second to none & he has an eye for detail which ensured I genuinely looked my best. Rory has a unique ability to portray my true personality in the photos he has taken, and I’m delighted with the results. When first impressions count, you definitely want Rory on your team”.
  • Goodwin Turner Commercial Lawyers
    It was a pleasure having Rory in the office to stage and take some new photos for our website. He has a great way of making everyone feel at ease, even those that don’t like having their photos taken. He made the experience fun. Rory was very quick to edit and deliver the photos back to us, and we’re delighted with the result.
  • Mark Simich
    I recommend Rory to anyone who requires high quality professional photography. Rory quickly and efficiently provided me with exactly what I wanted in an efficient, friendly, low key seamless way which was very impressive.
  • Rodd Cotton
    I recently needed a portrait photograph to mark a special occasion, and was not looking forward to what I anticipated would be something of an ordeal. I was amazed at the amount of time Rory devoted to getting me relaxed and the number of shots he took to ensure I was “looking my best;” something my sons would comment is not an easy task! We are delighted with the photograph selected and have no hesitation in recommending Rory to anyone seeking the services of a truly professional portrait photographer.
  • Asher Talapati
    Very professional and talented photographer. Felt at ease, and he took his time to perfect the image. The end result could not have been any better. I hope to work with him again.
  • SOHO Systems
    First impressions count, and in business you very rarely get a second chance. The way our team is presented is of critical importance to clients who will make snap decisions. In a highly competitive market place we need to show extra value beyond our price. Showing that we are serious, professional and that we mean business helps us keep our edge over our competitors. The reason we choose Firefly Photography is because of the extra detail and effort that Rory applies to his art. Bringing life to someone's eyes takes more than camera work - it demands people skills. If you need your team to shine then I highly recommend Firefly Photography for your business headshots.
  • Max Whitehead
    Thank you Rory for my professional photos. It was an enormous challenge to make my mug into something presentable. I was very impressed with the trouble and time you went to ensure it was just right. You also went to the trouble of taking photos of many different poses and different styles of attire until we both were satisfied. You certainly also have a great technique to make people relaxed during the photo session. I'm one very satisfied customer.
  • John Milner
    Rory is a consummate professional in all areas of his business. He has a reputation of always being well prepared, has an eye for detail and makes what could be a stressful situation - fun. Rory’s knowledge and skill with lighting is absolutely amazing, that takes an average shot, to the perfect shot. I am so glad I came across this talented man. I would and do recommend Rory to anyone interested in having the very best photography experience.
  • Elias Kanaris
    I engaged Rory to take my portrait photos recently. As a public speaker, it is important to have high quality photos that truly reflect your character, as many people will be judging me before they even meet me in the flesh! Rory was able to invest time to get to know me before the shoot and to help me prepare for the day. I was relaxed throughout the time with him and I have to say that the feedback from everyone who has seen the final product has been very positive. I would definitely recommend Rory for your photographic requirements.
  • "Luke" - NZ Detector Dogs
    In December 2014 I approached Rory from Firefly Photography to see if he could take some photos of our beautiful dog Luke. Luke had been a loyal, hard- working drug detection dog for our business NZ Detector Dog Services for several years. Unfortunately he had contracted cancer and had very limited time left. My aim was to get some photographic memories while he was still looking bright. Rory’s response was amazing. He arranged to meet Luke and me the next day at his studio where he took a real and genuine interest in Luke’s life story and then took a series of photographs that were quite simply stunning. He then had the selected photos printed and mounted within 3 days so that they could be given to my wife as a Christmas present. I was blown away by the service provided by Rory and the quality of the photographs. His love of animals is obvious and I could not recommend his services highly enough. Luke passed away 5 weeks later and we are forever grateful to Rory for the amazing memorial photographs.
  • Bill James
    It's not easy for me to look good, but you certainly did a great job. I was delighted with the extra effort and energy that you put into the entire project and you certainly exceeded my expectations for both professionalism and outcome. It was very easy to work with you in conveying my ideas. You were always receptive and gave a lot of very helpful suggestions. Normally I get very bored with the idea of sitting for photos for hours in the name of self-promotion, but we had a great time on the day and the preparation that you suggested I do certainly made the shoot very productive and enjoyable to do. I get great feedback about the images that you produced. The old joke about catching my best side is certainly relevant here and you have managed to convey a very professional look that still catches the personal approach that I take in my business. I admit to being a little bit cautious when you were recommended to me, but you put the fears to rest very quickly and I would certainly seriously endorse you to anybody looking to convey the story behind their work or who is looking for a fresh marketing perspective using their image. The amount of work you did after the shoot to gently touch up the photos has really made the difference and I think this above all things makes you stand out from the crowd. I would certainly happily recommend you and will actively do so.
  • Mike Woodhams
    I enjoyed my session with Rory to create a business portrait, and was highly impressed by his professionalism and attention to detail. I hoped he would capture the essence of his subject both in character and spirit which, I have to say, he certainly did. His studio conveyed a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and I would have no hesitation in recommending Firefly Photography to those who are looking for quality images.
  • Susan Findlay
    I found Rory to be professional, caring, informative and fun preparing fo,r and during my photo shot. Rory's passion for photography is an art form and I would recommend Firefly photography to anyone wishing to have their authenticity represented in print.
  • Greg Milner-White
    I recently used Firefly for photography for my electoral campaign in East Coast Bays. I found Rory highly organised and professional in all respects. He met with me in advance to discuss what we were trying to achieve. He had also clearly put significant thought into the set up and different angles before the shoot. The photographs were great and we ended up using one of them on our main billboard advertisement. We were also under some time pressure and Rory turned around the final proofs extremely quickly. I would have no hesitation in recommending Firefly for any photographic requirements.
  • Bernsport
    From the first initial contact through to final completion of the edited images, Rory of Firefly Photography has been an absolute pleasure to work with! Despite our request being short notice, Rory took the time to get to know what we as a company, and also as individuals are all about, which set the platform for an extremely positive working relationship. The shoot was most enjoyable. Rory involved us throughout the shoot, and we were able to view live images on his iPad which ensured that the results that we had envisaged were achieved first time. The final edited images were then turned around within the tightest of deadlines to meet the date when our new website went live. Rory is extremely professional in his work, while balancing this nicely with an approachable personal touch, and the finished products were great as well!
  • Asher Freeman
    I have worked with Rory on a few shoots now, and it must be said that the enthusiasm and passion that he brings to his work is inspiring. His eye for detail and fresh perspective leaves an intrigue to his shots that draws your attention. Easy to work with, he has bought great creativity to the table not only on my jewellery shoots, but also to the studio shoot he did for me. Being a person who doesn't particularly like being photographed, it says a lot to say that I have never had more fun and felt more relaxed in front of the camera and look forward to working again with him in the future.
  • Liam Wilkinson
    Working with Rory was great. He sat down with me the first time we met and got a really good idea of who I was and what I wanted. This then made the photo shoot go really smoothly and he seemed to get a lot more out of me, making the photos seem more genuine and more dynamic. I would definitely recommend Rory, as not many Photographers seem to take the extra time to understand the real intention behind what the photos need to portray.
  • Lynda Taylor
    I have never been one who felt comfortable with having my photograph taken and have always been disappointed with the results. That was until I had my photograph taken by Rory at Firefly Photography. I chose Rory as he had been recommended to me by a friend who was obviously happy with the results. I made an appointment to meet Rory and was immediatly put at ease by his friendly manner. We arranged to meet, and discussed the Business head shot that I was looking for. On the day of the shoot, Rory made me feel very relaxed and at ease - before long we were joking and he was making me laugh and taking some great shots. The results speak for themselves, I am very happy with the results and would recommend Rory to anyone who wants a Business shot or any other photograph. Rory is professional and friendly and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone.
  • Binh Rey
    I wanted to write and thank you for the wonderfully professional photographs you took of me. I am very happy with them, and the photographs taken were better than I had hoped for. The photo shoot itself was a lot of fun and I really think the one hour we spent prior to the actual shoot was well worth the effort.That one hour of getting to know each other made a huge difference in the manner in which we interacted during the shoot. It’s always a pleasure to work with someone who has integrity and is very passionate about his work.I have no hesitation in recommending Firefly Photography to prospective clients.
  • Aaron Gantley
    Being in Real Estate my reputation and image is everything. I quickly learned that taking your own shots for business cards / websites was not the way to go. So I tried a “professional photographer” and although they were better I always thought they didn’t really capture the “me” that I believe I am. When you first sit down with Rory he asks you the right questions and quickly works out who you are and how you should come across in your photographs. This was something new and I was already excited about the shoot, which is saying something because like most people I hate being in front of the camera. Once it was time to shoot, this is when I saw how much Rory knows about his craft. He is a master with lighting, knows how to get you to pose and once you decide which photos to use, he also has an extensive knowledge of Photoshop and knows how to get the most out of each picture. I highly recommend having a sit down with Rory to discuss what you want to achieve from a photo shoot. You will not be disappointed.
  • Steve Haywood
    I can highly recommend Rory and Firefly Photography for your portraits. Rory was extremely professional, and met with me first to establish what I wanted to achieve. Just look at the results – they are fantastic!
  • Amanda and Gary Hey
    Rory has done a superb job handling our corporate headshot photography. He made us feel at ease with his great sense of humour, and took only an hour from start to finish for the entire shoot. He provided us with a wide selection of headshots to choose from that made us look and feel great. We will proudly flaunt them everywhere!
  • Fusion at Work
    We used Firefly Photography to take portrait pictures of the Fusion At Work team. Rory was great working with the different personalities; The way he conducted the session helped us feel at ease and even enjoy the process! If you’re looking for a photographer who will exceed expectations both in the fantastic photoraphs produced, and also in the process itself, I’d fully recommend you engage Firefly Photography.
  • Paper Plus Whangarei
    We used the services of Firefly Photography for the purpose of creating a portfolio of images of both myself and the business which represented the personality of the business under the brand we operate within. Rory took the time to get to understand the business and me before undertaking the photo shoot. His conduct, professionalism and attention to detail during the shoot were exemplary. His easy nature made me feel comfortable in a situation where I am normally very uneasy. The results of the shoot were excellent, and we are using the imagery both in a personal and professional manner, with a fantastic response from customers, suppliers and colleagues. I would highly recommend the services of Firefly Photography to anyone looking for a creative and innovative image solution for their business. Adam Isa – Owner/Operator Paperplus Whangarei
  • Sarah Shields
    What an experience! Surrounded by professional people who made you feel totally at ease. The experience was not only enjoyable, but fun. Rory not only made me feel special, but also ensured that the images represented me by sitting down with me beforehand and finding out what I wanted from the images. He also explained the process of the photoshoot so that nothing felt unknown. Rory is fantastic at what he does, and the end results are more than I could have hoped for. I cannot recommend the services of Firefly Photography enough – If you want images that will last a lifetime, then Rory is the person you should contact. Thank you Rory for the experience, the memories and the wonderful photos.
  • Belinda Dunne
    Thank you Rory for a great shoot yesterday! It was fantastic to work with someone who has great vision and a professional attitude. For the past 25 years I have worked in modelling, television, events and talent management. As a result, I have dealt with countless photographers. Most of them lacked imagination, and many lacked professionalism. So it was both refreshing and exciting to work with someone who could be confident and create something that I haven’t seen a hundred times before. I will certainly be back, and will be recommending you to my clients.
  • Melody Deng
    I chose to book Rory at Firefly Photography for my commercial images because his reply to my enquiry was the promptest and most professional of the studios I had enquired at. My first meeting with Rory convinced me that it was going to be a pleasure to work with him, and that the images we created would be exactly what I wanted. Rory’s thorough planning sparked ideas that I would never have thought of, and his great sense of humour made the planning session and the shoot itself effortless for me. During the shoot I received constant, helpful feedback from Rory, and I am convinced that it is this feedback combined with Rory’s photographic skill that created the incredibly beautiful and rewarding photographs that I received. I would recommend Rory to anyone in need of professional photography.
  • Gillian Hawkley
    I chose Firefly Photography for business portraits on the recommendation of a colleague. After talking to Rory over the phone I knew that I had no need for hesitation. I knew he was listening to what I wanted and that he would be able to guide me towards getting exactly what I needed from my portrait session. Rory gave me a first-class service including an amazingly quick turn-around time on the final images, which allowed me to meet the deadline for my new website. I would happily recommend Firefly Photography to my friends and colleagues.
  • Edwina Nathan
    It is my pleasure to endorse and promote Rory from Firefly Photography. I needed a professional headshot, and was referred to Rory by my branch manager. I know the importance of having an updated business portrait that accurately portrays who I am, and I was looking for someone who could meet my expectations. Rory’s approach was something I found totally different and refreshing. We spoke in-depth on the phone prior to our first meeting, and he outlined the process that we’d follow to get the job done right. It became clear that for Rory it’s not just about taking photographs, but about capturing the essence of you as an individual – the things that reflect who you truly are. He worked with me to present myself in the way which I wanted to be seen, and took the time to build rapport and trust with me. After our first meeting and consultation I came away feeling confident that we would indeed nail the photo session. Rory’s attention to detail is mind-blowing. I arrived with suits and dresses, and with Rory’s suggestion, selected those most appropriate. Rory is meticulous in his approach, and made sure that everything was perfect; from lint on my clothing to loose hair covering my face. I felt at ease with Rory and was guided comfortably through the shoot. The photos are stunning and I’m extremely happy with the result. I feel that things worked out well because of the emphasis he placed on proper preparation. I would not hesitate to recommend Rory highly to anyone needing professional portraiture.
  • Wallace Insurance
    We chose Firefly Photography because the studio was located near to us. We liked the professional look of the website and were inspired by the gallery images we saw. Any hesitation we might have had was immediately dispelled once we phoned Rory – he was confident and assured, and after meeting for our pre-shoot consultation we knew we’d get “real” images that captured our true personalities. The shoot itself was fun and relaxed and we found the studio to be a very positive environment. Rory himself is a very confident and knowledgeable photographer. We are very happy with our images, and would have no hesitation at all in referring Rory to friends and family who need a professional and personal quality of service and memorable images.