Some info about Donna-Marie Stark, owner and photographer at Shotz Photography.
Photographing People, Places and Products since 1982.
Natural light and Strobe Studio light photography.
DM is always taking a creative fresh look and always thinking outside the square.
With many genres: Portraiture, Business Branding, Pregnancy, New born babies, Children, Glamour Makeovers, Groups, Teams, Schools, Pre-Schools, Clubs, Products, Head & Shoulders, Weddings, Pets, Commercial photos, Interiors & Exteriors, Graduations and Fine Art (Stark Gallery).
Master of Photography (with Distinction III) in the NZIPP, Donna-Marie is a leader in her life passion; photography. Starting off in business 1982 in Gore to her current beautifully decorated studio in her 1910 Dunedin villa she has carved an envious path that many choose to try following.
Photographing a varied array of genres, and loving every minute of it. She is a professional photographer with multiple awards under her belt. Joining the NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY in 1994.
Donna-Marie’s list of awards is extensive and her involvement in industry groups all embracing. She is an accredited member of the NZIPP, who loves keeping abreast of the forever changing landscape that is photography.
Recent Awards and the art it was secured by include:
2020 1 Gold, 1 Silver Distinction, 1 Silver, 9 Bronzes. NZIPP Master of Photography (with Distinction) with 3 Bars.
2017 Selected to represent NZ in the 2017 World Photographic Cup with her Gold distinction print entitled "Enough is enough"
2016, 2017 numerous including her highest scoring image of all time Gold with Distinction 97/100. Check this print out in the Award Gallery on this site.
2015 - 5 awards achieved, Achieving a Gold Bar to her Fellowship in the NZ Institute of Professional Photography after winning 1x Gold, 1x Silver & 3x Bronze awards
2014 - 7 awards achieved
2013 - 9 awards achieved
2010 - 7 awards awarded, Achieving her Fellowship in the NZ Institute of Professional Photography after winning 1x Gold, 3x Silver & 3x Bronze awards - currently there are only 33 photographers living in NZ who hold this prestigious distinction
2009 - 6 awards awarded 7th Gold Bar to Masters
2008 - 7 awards awarded 6th Gold Bar to Masters
2007 - 7 awards awarded 4th & 5th Gold Bar to Masters
2006 - 10 awards awarded 2nd & 3rd Gold Bar to Masters
2005 - 6 awards awarded 1st Gold Bar to Masters
2005 - Won one of the top four prestigious awards at the Canon / NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards with the 'Highest Scoring Colour Print Award'
2004 - 6 awards awarded in the NZIPP Professional Photography Awards
2004 - Achieved Master of Photography Distinction in the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography
2003 - 1 award awarded in the NZIPP Professional Photography Awards
2003 - Became a Double Associate in the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography achieving a Gold Bar
2002 - 8 awards awarded in the NZIPP Professional Photography Awards
2002 - Achieved Associateship of Photography Distinction in the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography
2001 - 4 awards awarded in the NZIPP Professional Photography Awards
1994 - 2000 Many more awards were won.
Donna-Marie personally conducts every session, combining her expertise with modern composition and utilises the best of today's technology. Her glamour sessions are renowned in Otago for the transformation that each and every person experiences.
As is often the case, Photographers of Donna-Marie’s calibre are frequently booked weeks in advance. To avoid disappointment do not delay, contact Donna-Marie today and arrange to capture your moment without hesitation.
Some photos below taken during the years at the NZIPP Award Ceremonies.