“It’s just what I love…”

Kevin Piper – Photographer

Hi there! I’m a professional photographer by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Gisborne New Zealand, and had a great dog named Bruce. I like Chinese food. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.)

The Photographers was originally founded in 2003 in Napier, and has been providing quality images to the public ever since. At the moment we are located in Gisborne and Napier Cities. We are a Co-operative Professional Photography business and we are looking for more Photographers to join our group from different regions. Each member is an independent operator trading under the umbrala of The Photographers Marketing Group. And as a group we plan to do all kinds of awesome things for our communities.

By operating as a group we are able to dray on the experience as a group and take on any size photoshoot as we can draw on the services of others in the group to meet the needs of any project, big or small.


Kevin comes from a One Hour Photo Processing background. This is where he developed a real love of photography, loving the artistic side of documenting life, family and events in the community. This is where he discovered his love for photography on the other side of the camera. Especially wedding photography.

He started Gisborne first One Hour Photo Lab with his family in 1981. They started with a Langwoods Photo Lab. However in 1988 Cyclone Bola hit the region destroying the fresh water supply for weeks. Because the Langwoods Photolab needed 24 litres of water a minite to wash the chemicals off the film and paper, they decided to purchase a waterless Lab, so changed the franchise to a Fuji Image Plaza. They became famous when all the roads were closed due to Cyclone Bola and they took a trailer to Auckland to pick up their new Fuji Lab, as the transport companies were all grounded at that time.

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Tony Speakman Photography

Kevin closed the photolab down in 1996 when his wife became chronically ill. He moved to Napier in 1999 where he met Tony Speakman, and in 2003 they formed a professional photography partnership. They started one of the first fully digital professional photography businesses in NZ. Tony is an amazing photographer. He trained under local photographic legend James White FPPNZ. Tony says “Working for James was inspiring and instructive and he couldn’t have asked for a greater mentor”. And Kevin is able to say the same about what Tony has done for him.

For over 20 years Kevin has been involved in nearly every aspect of the photographic industry from the darkroom to the selling floor.

The result of all this is a vision that has brought about a unique approach to both photography that truly brings out the very best aspects of your business or event in a way that speaks volumes at a glance.

The Photographers are based in Gisborne. However we travel all over New Zealand creating the images you need to set you apart.