Joel McDowell is an Auckland based photographer, specialising in capturing the hidden beauty of New Zealand through his lens. Described as a visual Storyteller, Joel spends hours meticulously studying maps to find hidden locations to create unique, breathtaking shots that bring you into the moment.
Raised in Taupo, Joel’s knowledge of the Waikato and surrounding areas means he has a vast selection of exclusive locations to shoot. Whether it’s trekking through the snow at 3 am to catch a sunrise over a mountain range or stepping into a freezing lake to get the perfect angle, Joel’s dedication to his craft shows when he delivers photos that tell visual stories of Aotearoa’s beauty, time and time again.
Joel McDowell holds a Level 5 Diploma in Commercial Photography which he achieved in 2017 through the Universal College of Learning.
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Joel's clientele includes Ford Motor Company, Feldon Shelter, Love Taupo, Canon New Zealand, Rothbury Insurance, Giltrap Group, Land Roamer, Mad Campers, Fonterra, Kokako Organic Coffee Roasters, Kea New Zealand, Ecoware, Grab One, Event Mergers, Uno Loco, Office Max, Joylab, Go Orange.
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Joel was our photographer for our wedding and we couldn’t recommend him enough! He went above and beyond to make sure the experience was comfortable for us and that we got top quality photos. Joel was able to capture moments that we may never have noticed otherwise and we are forever grateful for the hard work he put in to making our special day that much more easier and providing us with a beautiful collection of photos so soon after our wedding day. Thank you Joel, every time we have used you, you have exceeded our expectations.
- Carlos and Zoe
We did a shoot with Joel on a rooftop of Auckland with our beehives. Joel was calm and took an interest in the hives. He returned the photos to us almost immediately! Great eye, very professional! Thanks Joel!
- Jessie, Bees Up Top
We’ve been lucky enough to work with Joel on a couple of occasions and have been absolutely stoked every time! He has a natural eye for the moment, is always incredibly professional and works really well with our team. He joined us on a 5 day adventure recently and became part of the team, and then delivered an outstanding 3 minute clip. Would definitely recommend and am looking forward to the next opportunity to work together!
- Andy, Mad Campers
Joel was kind enough to be the photographer for my 21st!!! Genuinely couldn't have been happier with the photos. I'm so grateful to have had him to capture such a special day!!! Thank you so much Joel.