Mark Thode Photography | auckland
Auckland based photographer specialising in Engagements, Weddings, and Lifestyle Portraiture
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Arlene + Jake // Engagement Session, Auckland Botanic Gardens

Back in the year that was 2016….Jake, Arlene, Max (the fluffy one) and I took a walk through the Auckland Botanic Gardens the weekend before Christmas. This is their local park so I was given the grand tour while having a barrel of laughs taking photos of them all. It was a super relaxed session despite the blazing sun and heat! Naturals such as these will have a BLAST on their wedding day – it is going to be fantastic 🙂


Mudbrick Winery, Waiheke Island // Travel

We took a quick trip to Waiheke Island today to visit my brother who is back from London over the holidays. We took the ferry from downtown Auckland to Matiatia, and caught the bus up to Oneroa where we reluctantly had a coffee overlooking Oneroa Bay. We then walked to Mudbrick Winery on foot (its only a short 2km walk and takes about 15-20mins). What can I say about that place?! Its a fantastic spot and one heck of a wedding venue. The French waiter we had was a barrel of laughs and the food was fantastic. What more can you ask for…..Hapi Days 🙂


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Alice and Doug // Auckland Wedding at St Mary’s Chapel and Five Knots

A couple of weeks back I had the pleasure of photographing Doug and Alice’s marriage at the beautiful St Mary’s Chapel in Auckland. These two were so lucky with the weather! It had been raining earlier in the week and the forecast kept changing from sun to rain to sun…and luckily it settled on fine weather with just some pesky clouds rolling in come the evening. After the ceremony we boosted it down to Westhaven Marina under Rotary Power for some photos. The westie in me was well- stoked at that point to be hitching a ride 🙂 The reception was held at Five Knots on Tamaki Drive, and when I left they were both dancing the night away to some sweet tunes.


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Adam + Anita // Auckland Engagement Photographer

I was very lucky to spend an afternoon at Muriwai with Adam and Anita, who are one very happily engaged couple 🙂 Luckily for them we had a stunner of a weekend – I can’t quite remember the last time I have seen a perfectly cloudless day like that. Magnificent you two. I hope you like these photos as much as I do. I can’t wait to bust out the camera on your wedding day!



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Winter Portraits in St Heliers // Auckland Lifestyle Portrait Photography

The weather of late has been less than ideal to be honest. Wind, rain and some pretty cool temperatures have made for a ‘lovely’ start to winter so far! So when a day like this comes along and we have some time to take a walk along the waterfront it is not to be passed up.

As always, if you rather see yourself in photos like this then you need to get in touch with me now!


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Autumn in Henderson // Auckland Lifestyle Photography

I had a funny sense of Deja Vu today as I decided to take a walk on a sunny day through the nature walks around The Falls Hotel in Henderson. I remember coming down here to take photos of the stream when I was fourth form in high School. I had my first camera, a Nikon FM10 (which was a fully-manual film camera), and the tripod that my Oma and Opa had given me for my birthday. It feels like only yesterday, but in fact was over 15 years ago!!! Freaky. Anyway, this was a lunchtime well-spent as you can see. Autumn is delivering the goods.