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Celia Walmsley Stagebox Photography

Yes, I actually do live and work in two remarkable places.  Central Otago for the epic photography work, mountains, wide open spaces, golden light and Wellington for the artistic photography work, ballet, theatre, long-time friends and unique vibe.  Life doesn’t get much better.

My biggest influences were my Dad, who was a pro photographer and Mum, who was a pro photographer and graduate of photography school, which was ground breaking as a female back in the day.  

I’ve had a camera since I was about 7 and have photographed most of my life.  My big break came while working at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London, where I got to photograph some of the worlds best dancers.  That was just the start.

I don’t take photos when I’m really sad.  But I’m very rarely sad.

Anything with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers will stop me in my tracks.  I can tell you what film a particular dance sequence or line came from.  Try me!

I’ll dance to anything with a Latin, funk or soul beat and I’ll sing along to anything by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye or Al Jarreau!  OK, so I’m a soul queen!  

I believe there’s good in everyone and that there’s a reason for everything. 

I don’t go for fancy cars or fancy anything really.  But I love and value masterpieces – in people, art, memories, relationships, epic scenery and the natural order of life.

I’m never happier than when dancing, watching dance or photographing dance.

Paul is #Hubbyismybestfriend.  Especially when he brings me my first cuppa.  Paul is also the technical and catering departments of Stagebox Photography.

We got married four years ago after 15 years together and had two weddings!  One atop a mountain in Aotearoa – pure heaven and the other in a tiny village in France with the whanau – pure magic!

Joy is not having to get up early.  I only have one 6 in my day and it’s not the first one!

"Definitely take the opportunity! I learnt so much about my own camera and what makes a good picture.
It’s the type of workshop that’s good for any age person”


"Celia did so much more than just photography for our wedding! She made up a timetable for the day of what would be happening when and advised on the best position for the ceremony/photos. On the day, she was a brilliant timekeeper and essentially kept our whole day on track - definitely above and beyond anything we expected of a photographer.

Celia was unintrusive and professional, and perhaps a little magic - somehow taking photos of everyone and everything whilst rarely being noticed by our guests. She also gave clear, simple direction during photos to make them look the best they could.

Our photos were quick to make it to our inbox following the wedding. Can't recommend Celia highly enough, and our day would not have run as smoothly without her direction and professionalism.

Thanks so much, Celia!"

Joel & Jess

"It is hard to put into a few words just how easy, professional and seamless it was to work with Celia for our wedding photography! The quality of commitment from the first meeting we had with Celia through to the wedding day and then receiving the photos went above and beyond all our expectations.

We received tons of feedback from guests at our wedding saying just how amazing and special it was to have Celia taking our photos and we couldn't agree more. The care she has put into capturing all of our guests on our special day is pretty remarkable. We would without hesitation recommend Stagebox Photography Wellington to anyone looking for a photographer!"

Sara & Liam

"I cannot recommend Celia enough. She was so professional and lovely and was a fantastic addition to our big day. Really can’t thank her enough ❤️"

Sam & Matt

"Thank you so much for capturing such an amazing day and putting in so much work.  The photos are beautiful.  We're loving reliving those moments. We love the way the colour pops - keep doing what you're doing.  We absolutely love them. Thank you again sooooo much Celia!" 

Tyler & Levi 

"Celia was suggested to us by multiple wedding vendors due to her great expertise. We felt totally comfortable with Celia, and she did an excellent job at keeping us on time throughout the day. The photos are beautiful, and excellent communication throughout the wedding planning".

Tessa & Connor

"Celia is amazing and my husband, whanau and I highly recommend her! Professional and creative from the very beginning she made time to get to know us and our love story and she captured it completely.
She was patient and versatile and so helpful across all parts of our day from getting ready to the final ride down the gondola at the end.
We are so happy with our photos and can not thank Celia enough and would definitely use her again".

Amy & Jamie

"Celia has a wealth of experience, a real eye for details that at the time you don't realise will have such an impact until you receive her beautiful photos.  They are just stunning and we are proud to share them with everyone - and to have them with us for the rest of our lives. 

Choosing Celia to capture your special day will be one of the best decisions you make on your wedding journey". 


Michelle & Jason

"I’ll admit I was a bit nervous about all the photo taking that was to happen on our wedding day, expecting it to feel awkward... but Celia was so awesome, in the ‘first look’ photos she guided us subtly but made it really relaxed and genuine. Celia even had our tennis rackets on hand for a silly (but quite beautiful) shot of us on the old tennis court at the venue! I couldn’t recommend Celia enough if you are in need of a photographer, she was worth every penny (and more!) and her presence really added to our wonderful event.

Thanks for your excellent work Celia".


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