Ross Clayton is a freelance photographer based in the Bay of Plenty specialising in editorial, event, portrait, commercial, law, and medical photography.
He’s a proud member of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) and is highly recognised in New Zealand and abroad for his client-oriented service that delivers quality results on time, every time.
With 30 years of photography experience under his belt, Ross has a knack for developing a rapport with clients from all walks of life.
For many years, Ross has worked with Court Staff, High Court Judges, Queens Counsels, and a wide cross-section of cultures when photographing candidates being admitted to The Bar (the final step for law graduates). Ross is known for going above and beyond to provide special, lasting memories of a law candidate’s big day, offering quality print and digital files to proud families.
Between law admissions, Ross switches between his various areas of photography expertise with ease and also owns and operates a separate medical photography service - Skin Imaging Photography www.skinimaging.co.nz which exists to support dermatologists in the fight against melanoma.
In 2020 Ross Clayton is successfully running two businesses from his base at Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand. These are, Ross Clayton Photography and Skin Imaging Photography - a private medical photography service to prevent people with suspicious moles (atypical naevi) from remaining undetected - from Mount Maunganui, the beautiful coastal town he now calls home. Ross loves the Bay of Plenty’s relaxed, beachy lifestyle and all the region has to offer, but still offers clinics in Auckland for Skin Imaging Photography clients.
Accolades, conferences & continued learning
Ross has a passion for law photography and medical photography. His lifestyle images have featured in various exhibitions (from Tauranga Jazz Festival to Auckland Festival of Photography) and publications (UNO. magazine, Trends magazine and the Cancer Society’s 20th Anniversary Daffodil Day book to name a few). He’s also photographed a variety of events over the years, from weddings and parties to the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Ross Clayton Photography creates images in the operating theatre of the first Australian liver transplant featured in every national newspaper (with copies archived in the National Museum in Canberra), and his images of the late Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns were front and centre of the Nguru exhibition at New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa.
Perhaps his proudest piece of work, however, is the official portrait of the late Tainui Maori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu. Ross shot the official portrait at her home after she was awarded her Honorary Degree. This portrait adorned the walls of many government departments, and was the first portrait taken of the Maori Queen in over 25 years.