Testimonials

Renee and Gabe, Invercargill

I was lucky enough to be the winner of a competition for a full wedding photography package by Martin Bentley photography for my wedding in November 2015. I could not have asked for a better photographer! Being based in Invercargill was no problem with plenty of communication between Martin and Leslie and myself, including a Skype meeting, which made me feel completely comfortable with Martin as our photographer. Martin was great on the wedding day, when I started to get a bit stressed he was calm and relaxed and just went with the flow, which in turn made me relax. The photo shoots were fun and creative and he had some fantastic suggestions like an amazing sunset photo, which is our favourite image. The photos – WOW! We are beyond stoked with how the photos turned out! There are so many amazing images – we can’t stop looking at them! Martin captured the wedding, the spectacular scenery, and the happiness and love that was felt on the day beautifully, he portrayed every detail perfectly! So many people have commented on how beautiful the images are and I have to agree. All of our images are breathtaking and I could not recommend Martin Bentley photography enough!



Chris and Kristen, Palmerston North

From the moment we contacted Martin and Leslie we felt confident that we had made the best decision! They were amazing leading up to, on and after our wedding day. The photos are absolutely beautiful, they truly captured every moment. Thank you Martin and Leslie for the amazing effort and care you put into what you do.

Tamara & Anau, Auckland

"We were so grateful for choosing Martin to capture our wedding day, he put us at ease, was friendly and very professional, and most of all the outcome was beautiful. Our images were stunning, and the attention to detail has been commented on by many people long after the wedding! Thank you so much for being part of our day."



Briar and Gary, Paeroa

Thank you so much for the beautiful photos that you took for us, we are so pleased with them and have gotten many comments on how great a photographer you were.



Michaela & Brad, Hawkes Bay

Thanks again Martin, your knowledge about photography really shows in our photos they are amazing. We have had so many positive comments on them. You have given us beautiful pictures to help us remember one of he most special days of our lives. You went above and beyond with the service you gave us and would highly recommend you.



Adriana & Andrew, Wellington

Thank you ever so much for the images. They are amazing! We are so happy!

Kirsty and Johnny, Auckland

Thank you so much Martin for our amazing wedding photos! Not only does Martin take amazing photos but he is also wonderful to work with, both me and my husband had a great time getting our photos done and we usually hate the camera. The photos are stunning and it's such a perfect way for us to remember our day. Thank you!!!



Assil and Seraj

WOW that is so wonderful thank you so so much Martin & leslie the photos are so beautiful they made me cry.

Haydn and Libby, Wellington

We've had a look through the photos and they're lovely - we're really happy.



Val and Michelle, Australia

Thank you Martin and Leslie for your friendly and professional service in the lead up, on, and after our big day! We are very happy with our photos and loved how you captured our day, you even got a great shot of my dearest friend who wasn't able to make it! That memory and many more will be with us thanks to your wonderful images.
Thank you so much again and we have no hesitation in recommending your services.



Fern and Stephen, Wellington

Thank you so much for sharing our special day and capturing such precious moments. We love the photos and relive the day looking at them.



Sharlene and Paul, Auckland

Thank you for all the photos you sent us for our wedding. You didn't disappoint me, they were of similar quality and style as was on your website-which was what I wanted! Your service on our wedding day was efficient and of a wonderful standard, I think you put more effort into taking the photos than I did in posing for them! I would have no hesitation recommending you to any friend of mine getting married!



Lorraine Gregory, Napier

Martin and Leslie were highly recommended to me by several people as I planned my London-based son and his Russian-based fiancee’s wedding.They were very professional from day one and I was able to take advantage of their Grabone deal.
Martin happily took calls for changes right up to the night before and worked tirelessly during a very hot wedding day.

We are very happy with the resulting photographs and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these lovely people.



Jess and Phil

We picked up the photos on the way to work this morning. Phill and I had the pleasure of viewing them this evening. They exceeded my expectations and thrilled we choose you. You captured each moment wonderfully. We can't thank you enough.
The hard part will be deciding on the prints!



Laurel and Carl
Martin and Lesley photographed our wedding on April 4th 2015 at Fountain Gardens in Tauranga. We thoroughly enjoyed having them as apart of our day. We felt confident in their abilities after a comprehensive initial consultation that included site visits, composition ideas, and suggested iternary plans for the day.

Martin and Lesley were charismatic, professional and fun to have around. They interacted well with our guests and took beautiful photographs in a unobtrusive way and we enjoyed seeing sneakpeaks on Martin’s camera screen throughout the day. We were delighted with our final shots and surprised to see how many natural moments they caught that we were unaware of.

Martin and Lesley were flexible, understanding and encouraging. They provided much support with poses, and were accomodating to one of my bridesmaids who had a disabilty. They captured all the important moments of our day and we are truly proud to show off our generous collection of photos. When they left well into the night after our fireworks display and first dance we were sad to see them leave as they felt like friends and guests. We highly recommend this dynamic duo!



Philip and Melissa

Thank you so much for coming to photograph our wedding. You both did a fantastic job keeping us calm and helping us enjoy our special day. The images you captured were fantatic and we will forever look at them and remember what an amazing day we had. Thank you! With love.



Haydee and Matt, Waikato

Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job !! Leslie and Martin you are both such awesome people!



Robert and Katie, Hawkes Bay

We used Martin Bentley Photography for our wedding after being recommended them by family member, and they were absolutely outstanding.
Like anyone, we wanted our day to be perfect and not only was Martin & his team professional, experienced, courteous and perfection-seeking, we can, without a doubt, say that they helped make the day better than we imagined. They bonded well with the bridal party and over the course of the day continually provided encouragement, just-the-right-amount of feedback, with quick sneak-peaks of how the shots were coming out, and just had continuous energy when pulling together shots.
Shortly the next day we were receiving sneak preview shots which are absolutely stunning. Martin's absolute talent for producing amazing shots is second to none.
Thanks again Martin for being part of "The Royal Wedding"!



Alexei and Alexandra, Auckland

You're the BEST photographers on earth and we enjoyed working with you so much! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm, care and joy you brought with you on the day. The photos are absolutely gorgeous!!! We are so lucky on oh so many levels and thanks so much once again for the opportunity to work with you and for putting your all into our magical day. Your work really speaks for itself and it truly was an honour to have you capture our special moments.



Billie and Dan, Hawkes Bay

Martin and Leslie at Martin Bentley Photography are a wonderfully professional, approachable and adaptable team who created absolutely stunning images to document our wedding day. From our initial contact prior to our wedding right through to the production of our images, we could not be happier with our choice of photographer. Martin showed experience in capturing our day and gave us direction in a calm and relaxed way to ensure the photos we got were the best possible. We were lucky enough to have favourable photographic light on our wedding day, which Martin recognised and worked with to maximise this good fortune. From the ceremony and prior, to the offsite photos and through to the reception and beyond, Martin and Leslie were unobtrusive and let us enjoy our day without creating distractions or putting pressure on us to do anything we didn’t feel comfortable doing. They simply went about their business documenting our day.

Without reservation, we would recommend Martin Bentley Photography for any photographic occasion. Martin and Leslie were professional and delivered their services to an above expected standard. Thank you for the wonderful experience!



Lael and Piers, Auckland

We met Martin and Leslie from Martin Bentley Photography at a wedding show in Auckland. At first we had so many choices but after considering our options, the price and style of Martin Bentley Photography was a clear winner. We particularly liked that they could offer us a fully digital package and that they had no travel costs to Waiheke Island.

We initially contacted the Martin Bentley Photography team outside of business hours and were really surprised and excited when we received a call back straight away. This is indicative of the brilliant communication Martin Bentley Photography have. They were clear, concise and timely. They also offered us heaps of helpful hints for the preparations and explained how to make the most of the time we had.

On the wedding day, Martin and Leslie were professional and efficient. They captured our list of preferred shots and got a great range of spontaneous shots as well. When we were taking photos at the venue, Martin had some fantastic and unique ideas and turned them into brilliant photos for us.

We are so glad we picked Martin Bentley Photography to photograph our wedding. They are a brilliant team and effortlessly captured our special day with style and flare. Thank you Martin and Leslie for making our special day that much brighter.



Sarah and Daniel, Hawkes Bay

I knew as soon as I saw Martin and Leslie at the Mangapapa wedding show that they were who I wanted for our wedding photos. As someone who does not particularly like being photographed the pre-wedding meeting did a lot to put my mind at ease. Martin and Leslie were full of good ideas and helpful tips. Their confidence and professionalism immediately made me feel more comfortable. Martin also came to our rehearsal to allow him a look around the area, assess the light and meet everyone. On the day I was so nervous but Martin and Leslie had lots of little tricks to help keep people smiling and relaxed. Their attitude and teamwork made things go so smoothly and I had every faith in Martin's amazing eye so it was easy to follow their directions. Wow! was my only thought when I saw a sneak preview of the images I couldn’t wait to get the rest! Daniel and I did not stop smiling for a second as we looked through the final images. Martin had captured our day perfectly from getting ready to dancing the night away, they cover everything. Some of the shots are so beautiful with the way Martin captured the light and our surroundings they took my breath away. Thank-you so much Martin and Leslie we couldn’t have asked for a better team.



Lisa and Dan, Auckland

We would like to say a big thanks to Martin and Leslie. We are so happy with our wedding photos and Martin and Leslie were so great to deal with before, during and after our big day. They are enthusiastic and professional but also easy going and both have a great sense of humour. They made us all feel relaxed while posing and smiling, which wasn't very easy at first for some of us!
Martin definitely has a great eye for photos and got so many beautiful shots of us all. He and Leslie are a great team and work very well together to make sure every photo is as good as it could be. While making sure they got as many photos as possible in all the different locations they kept an eye on the time so we didn't run too behind schedule which would have been very easy to do!
We are so glad we chose Martin to be our photographer for this very important day as he has captured it beautifully.



Sarah and Adam, Australia

"Martin and Leslie from Martin Bentley Photography were an absolute pleasure to have as our photographers for our Wedding. From our initial inquiry right through to the end of their service on the night they were delightful to work and communicate with and very professional whilst still very friendly. We live in Australia, but had our wedding in NZ, and their ability to get back to our emails quickly and informatively was great!
On the day they were awesome.
They didn't detract from the ceremony (as we have seen other photographers do at other weddings), they were courteous and responsive to our special requests for photos. We both felt at ease throughout the photo sessions, and are extremely happy with the final results - we will treasure the moments they captured of our special day for the rest of our lives. Thank you so much."



Gemma and Josh, Australia

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We couldn't be happier with all of our amazing photos you captured on our special day. You were fun, professional & very talented. Thank you for making the planning process so easy even with us living in a different country. We have had so many comments on how amazing the photos are. We love being reminded of all the special moments from the day, we wish it didn't end.



Damian and Anne, Australia

We had our wedding in April 2013 at Church Road Winery. We are not used to be photographed professionally, and Martin and Leslie guided us the whole time making us feel comfortable in front of the camera, and by the end we felt like professionals. They were fantastic to deal with, and their creativity and use of the venue was fantastic and the results are truly amazing. Their direction/efficiency and professionalism meant every special moment of our wedding was captured. We would like to thank them very much for the photos, which will will cherish for the rest of our lives.



Vanessa Frew

A big big thank you to Martin and his talented team - a special day I had in the Beauty Makeover Session. You all made me feel welcomed and relaxed on the day, lots of smiles and laughter which shows how stunning and amazingly beautiful I felt around you all. The photos are amazing and will be treasured forever. Thank you all again for making my day so special.



Alicia Scott and Sam Kingi, Australia

We were really impressed with Martin’s professionalism when I met him on the initial meeting as my wedding photographer. He had a great knowledge of photography and lighting which was just what I was looking for. He was very easy to talk to and plan with. On the day it was fabulous meeting Leslie who was just as inviting as Martin had been. They made a great team and we were blown away with his attention to detail and flexibility on the day. We really enjoyed working with them and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone who wants a reliable and talented photographer. We recently received all our wedding photos and were amazed with the care and beauty of them. We have never been professionally photographed but they made us feel comfortable and excited. We know this is probably the last time we will be professionally photographed and are so happy with them. We will treasure these photographs for many years to come.



Dre and I wanted to say a huge thank you for our magical Engagement shoot!!

You were completely enthusiastic and nurturing with our Rustic themed concept and with all the open and guiding communication we had with you before the shoot we knew exactly what to expect.

From the moment we met at the beautiful barn that you had sourced for the perfect setting we were greeted with friendly smiles( and a hug from Lesley as after you have spoken to Lesley a couple of times you feel like you have known her forever ;) I knew we were in good hands and felt comfortable and excited

We discussed the different looks and scenes we would create as we were on limited time and got stuck in.
you both worked together seamlessly to get the shots / work with the lighting / props ( some live ;) ) all while communicating beautifully to us and each other,

I was really impressed at how you both were concise and professional with your directions in achieving exactly what you needed to get the perfect shots whilst being so friendly and patient ( especially with me who had never done anything like this before )

I really cant recommend Martin Bentley Smith Photography highly enough. You make a great creative team - Martin with your capturing the perfect image and being warm yet professional , and Lesley with your eye for detail .. and helping setting the stage perfectly for each different scene.

Seeing our images after the shoot was so amazing - they were all we could of dreamed of and more !

Thank you Both so much again for helping us create fantastic images and memories that will last a life time.

Sam and Dre




Modelling for Martin has been an amazing experience. He is an extremely professional, talented and creative photographer. Martin creates a wonderful environment where you feel confident and comfortable and encourages the development your own skills, imagination and personality to shine.
Martin and Leslie are a wonderful couple and extraordinary team. It's easy to see why they have won so many awards and are recognised internationally - Their final results speak for themselves.

Julieta Roldan



Isaac and Abi Medway, Hawkes Bay

We are so happy with our wedding photography experience provided by Martin and Leslie. From the beginning they were very professional and reassuring. The advice and information provided by Martin and Leslie prior to the wedding was very helpful. They scoped out potential locations the day before the wedding and the day of went so smoothly due to their preparation, direction and patience. We absolutely love our photos and now that the wedding is over, they are the only way to preserve those amazing memories. Martin made everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera and got all the photos we asked for. We will always treasure our wedding photos, thank you very very much for capturing our day for us.



Emma and Matt, Hawkes Bay

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for our fantastic wedding images! Matt and I are both so happy with what we have received. With all of the drama of the situation of Matt's face you have done the most amazing job of editing it but still making it natural. We are stoked with the results.
You were both a delight to work with throughout the process. You were very professional and nothing was ever a problem. It made everything so easy.

Thank you,
Emma & Matt



Amanda Harrison, Hawkes Bay

I first saw Martin's photography work at the Managapapa Wedding Affair in 2010 and immediately knew he was the photographer I wanted to take my wedding pictures.
I saw about 4 or 5 photographers at the Managapapa Wedding Affair and at the end of the day I still knew that Martin was definitely the photographer I wanted. Unfortunately when it was time to organise the photographer for my wedding I couldn’t remember the name of the photographer I had chosen. I then had 3 meetings with different photographers but knew when I saw their work that they weren’t the right photographer for me.
I then finally found Martin's card and thought if this isn’t him I don’t know what I will do. I meet Martin and was so pleased to realise this was the photographer I was looking for.
I had always said that my photos needed to be the most important part of my Wedding as that is what you have to look back on.
Martin and Lesley were great they really delivered and have produced some absolutely amazing photos of my Wedding day.
I could not have asked for better photos and memories to reflect my happy day. Martin and Lesley were absolutely wonderful to work with and I am so grateful that I had them to take my Wedding photos.



Luana and Arapata, Hawkes Bay

My husband and I were married September the 1st 2012 at the Mission Estate Winery. We would like to say a huge thank you to MBS Photography. What a wonderful job they did. As my husband and I are not photo people our photos were stunning. They captured every detail, moment that was special to us we have our whole day captured with beautiful photos for us to keep forever. I cant thank you both enough was a pleasure working with you both right through the whole journey. I would recommend MBS photography to any one who's wanting great people to work with and of course have beautiful stunning photos...... Once again thanks so much.... Luana and Arapata....



Jason and Deena MacGregor, Hawkes Bay

When we first met Martin and Leslie they were the first and ended up being the only photographers we met with. We were going to basically interview as many as we could till we found the right ones. So when we met with them and ended up spending 4 hours talking of weddings and photos and any ideas we had, we knew they were perfect for us. They share the creative mind that we have and understood that I was truly looking for someone who could capture the fairy-tale essence that I wanted to have for the wedding. It was so wonderful to hear the excitement that Martin had for our wedding and the fact that he also was looking forward to our special day, was so great. The photos have turned out to be exceptionally beautiful, truly capturing our day.



Aroha & Steve Knowles, Hawkes Bay

I first met Martin and Lesley at the Mangapapa Wedding Expo there were several other photographers there but Martin's worked really stood out to me he has the most amazing ability to capture and structure the perfect moments. He made our wedding day so easy as we are both camera shy. I have already recommended Martin to many others I know that are marrying. Martin, Lesley and Paige are very welcoming and accommodating and their knowledge about weddings for so helpful, We now have the most amazing wedding photo’s to treasure for a very very long time. Thank you very much for the most perfect memories!



Joie and Tristan, Auckland

Our wedding photo experience in Auckland with Martin was exceptional. He was very professional and creative. The day itself felt perfect, but to have all of those special moments captured in his beautiful and vibrant photographs makes us feel exceptionally privileged. We knew that finding the right photographer for our wedding was one of the most important decisions we would take, so finding someone we could trust to capture the day in a style that felt right for us was a top priority.
We were all very impressed already with the photos on the website and we would like to say thank you very much for the beautiful photos and for sure the album will be superb! All of our photographs turned out more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. He had great suggestions as to where we could take some photos and he worked with our schedule.
He had captured the feelings and the beauty in every photo. We were blessed with amazing surroundings and the lighting turned out great that day. His lovely wife Leslie, has been his wonderful assistant and helped made us very comfortable with the shoots from engagement to wedding. They made a great team together.
Martin’s expertise showed all of this in our photos. We highly recommend Martin for any of your photography needs wherever you are. He has a great personality and we are confident he would treat you as well as he treated us. Great job Martin!!

Thank you so much once again from the bottom of our hearts!” from Joie and Tristan Watson.



Anneke and Fanie Wedding Portraits, Hawkes Bay

We would love to extend our gratitude in making our wedding day even more memorable. Even though we could not have the whole day over, the redemption of the photographs are amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed working with you and Lesley on our New Zealand Shoot after getting married in South Africa. They are just MAGICAL! The quality and the time you took to get the perfect shot says so much about the photographer you are. Your so creative, communicate very well and give great advise for the perfect pose! Lesley was an amazing asset to the day and helped achieve amazing results with lighting and fixing the dress etc.
To any Bridal couple considering using MBS Photography for your big day...YOU WILL NOT be disappointed. For highly professional service at a really affordable rate, they will exceed your expectations!

Kindest Regards,
Anneke and Fanie Erasmus



Pat and Joe Girvan, Hawkes Bay

Joe and I just want to say a huge thank you to you both on helping make our wedding day at Mangapapa Hotel on June 15th 2012 into such a wonderful occasion. We both had a fantastic day which in part was due to MBS Photography and although our wedding party was very small you were not undeterred by the small number in attendance. Your professionalism and help on the day was great both before and after so once again a huge thank you as we now have some wonderful photographs and memories that we can look back on and treasure for years to come.



Abby and Brent's Wedding, Hawkes Bay

The first time we saw our wedding photos was on my birthday, the first night on our honeymoon! I cried with tears of joy. You captured all that was important to us. We felt so comfortable working with you. Wow !! is all I can say. Our photos were beyond expectation! I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone as you have a natural passion.
Perfection!

Thanks Abby and Brent Morgan



Natalie and Kayne's Wedding, Wellington

I have worked with Martin prior to my wedding as a model and makeup artist and knew Martin was the first choice for our big day. Martin and Leslie were professional throughout the process they met with us prior to the day and discussed what we were wanting and also they helped with the locations and he attended our rehearsal also as well as regular phone calls and emails throughout our planning. We had a few hiccups with me (the bride), being fashionably late before the ceremony to have images taken and Martin was great about it and made the most of the time we had! He got some amazing shots of us our family and our friends and we are very happy with our images from our big day. Thank you Martin and Leslie for capturing our special day we will treasure our images forever.

Natalie & Kayne Martin



TeArohanui and Sam's Wedding, Hawkes Bay

Hi Martin and Leslie, thank you so much for our beautiful wedding photos. Martin you captured some beautiful moments that Sam and I shall always treasure and remember deep in our hearts. We can't wait to have our canvas shots hanging on our wall for all our whanau to see thanks again. TeArohanui





Trista and Joel Engagement Photosession in Cornwall Park Hawkes Bay

"Thank you Martin and Leslie for our fantastic engagement photo session. We were nervous beforehand but you made us feel totally comfortable and at ease. It was a great experience, and an excellent way for us to get to know Martin and his photograpy style before the big day, one less thing to worry about when you know you have a trusted photographer! Martin is so passionate about what he does, and it really shows through in the photos he takes. We would definitely recommend him to anyone searching for a photographer".



Family Portraits

We wanted a family portrait and individual photos of our two small boys done whilst they were still pre-schoolers and chose Martin to do this for us. Photographing two small energetic boys could easily have been a disaster but the sitting went really well and we all had a lot of laughs during it. Martin was very quick and efficient at capturing the boys while the going was good. We were delighted with the resulting photos and had a lot of trouble selecting our favourites. Thanks Martin for such great photos, we and our extended families will treasure and enjoy them for many years to come.
Grant and Megan Aplin



Family Portraits Cornwall Park

Our family hadn’t been together for 3.5 years so our reunion in May was hi-lighted by an outdoor photo session with Martin and Leslie at Cornwall Park – the challenge was to manage 7 energetic grandchildren.

Martin captured some beautiful candid shots of the children as well as a fabulous photo of our 15 family members which he put onto a large canvas for us – a work we will treasure and enjoy in the years to come.

Martin and Leslie worked together very professionally, making suggestions regarding settings for each photo - the experience was fun for the whole family and we are thrilled with the results – thanks to you both.

Having seen several of the wedding pictures Martin has produced and our own experience with a family photo we would recommend MBS Photography for any occasion.

Narelle deFrere




TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

MARTIN BENTLEY-SMITH PHOTOGRAPHER

Our Daughter Briar Hadfield won The Miss Teen Hawke's Bay 2011 title and one of the prizes was a photoshoot with Martin Bentley-Smith Photography.
We organized a convenient time for this to happen with Martin who was always very easy to deal with and expressed his excitement in doing this for Briar. At all times Martin was very professional in his dealings with us and our 16 year old Daughter.
Martin conducted the Photoshoot and took countless impressive photos in different scenes and clothing and with differing lighting styles, due to his fine eye for The Magic Shots he recommended the ones he thought were best (Pose impact, lighting, detail etc), he did his part very well we were very impressed with the photos we were given. He has very high standards and organizational skills with his photography and all that goes with that, he also goes the extra mile to get things just right before he shoots his camera, so he has a better chance of getting a high percentage of the best photos possible. We have since purchased big Canvas Prints, and more photos from the photoshoot off Martin and he worked his magic with them as well.
We would not hesitate in recommending Martin Bentley-Smith for any discerning customer who wants the best photographer and at very affordable prices.

Grant and Amanda Hadfield
14A King Street
Taradale
Napier 4112
Phone 06 8446177

Grant Hadfield
Sales / Branch Manager, Taradale Office


Property Brokers Ltd MREINZ
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Taradale
Napier





Hey Martin,

I just want to say thank you again for doing the photoshoot with me. It has helped open up so many doors and given me a lot of confidence and experience just from that one day. I really like your work I think your eye to capture beauty is amazing cause you certainly found my side. Just thought I should say that.

Lydia Despina Paxie Tsouroukidou





















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