About William Patino
Hi and thanks for stopping by my website. I’ll keep this ‘about me’ section short and sweet. I grew up in the coastal town of Wollongong, NSW Australia and I’ve been a full-time landscape photographer since 2014. I now reside in the mountainside town of Te Anau, in the South Island of New Zealand. I’m a husband and father to two young children and one big chocolate lab.
Photography came into my life around 2011 and it has helped me see the world differently, giving me a newfound appreciation for nature and the many intricacies that I once overlooked and perhaps took for granted. My work is based around a deep reverence and awe of nature and the creator, and it’s this that I try and express through my images. My love for dramatic light and atmosphere is a constant inspiration, and I enjoy the endless pursuit of these elusive moments and the freedom found within.
I’m most at home in my backyard of Fiordland, and although I’m mainly out in mountainous landscapes, I truly enjoy rugged coastal scenes and being amidst the infinite greens of the rainforests. Exploration and weather plays a huge role in my photography and I’m most inspired by the unknown and those fleeting, spontaneous moments in nature.
I’m usually found teaching on my workshops and through my online courses, out solo in the landscape or at home with my family. Thanks for stopping by. WP
It’s hard not to develop a love and appreciation for all things wild when you spend so much time outdoors. I truly believe that to balance the scales we need to give back to the environment that brings us so much peace, joy and inspiration. I want to help preserve the wild so that it’s there for future generations to enjoy. I want my son to see the majesty of glaciers and my daughter to be able to surround herself in untouched forests.
So with this in mind my business financially supports the below groups each year:
- The Kea Conservation Trust – Kea are a unique and endangered parrot who live in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. They are mischievous and intelligent. It’s rare for us not to see a Kea on a photography workshop, and I want to help keep it this way. The Kea Conservation Trust works to preserve and protect these unique birds.
- Trees That Count – One of the best actions we can take to tackle climate change and improve our environment is to plant more native trees. Trees That Count is New Zealand’s community marketplace to connect tree funders and planters.
By coming on a workshop with me you too can feel proud to support these great initiatives, as a portion of my profits each year will go to giving back to great causes like these.
My business is also a proud supporter of the Tiaki Promise. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now, and for future generations. By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.
All my clients are encouraged to follow these simple guidelines while exploring Aotearoa: Care for land, sea and nature, treading lightly and leaving no trace. Travel safely, showing care and consideration for all. And respect the culture and local communities, travelling with an open heart and mind.
Be guardians, be protectors. Tiaki – care for all of New Zealand
Want to know more, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org