Kia Ora,

Ko Aoraki te mauka. 

Ko Waitaki te awa. 

Ko Tākitimu te waka. 

Ko Kāi Tahu te iwi. 

Ko Kāti Huirapa te hapū. 

Ko Arowhenua te marae. 

Ko Maania Tealei toku ingoa

Nō Te tihi o Maru ahau.

Some of the best things in life are the people you love, the places you go, and the memories you make. I want to capture some of those memories.

I am a passionate photographer from Timaru providing photography services with my own Māori flavour.

I photograph whānau, children, maternity, events and specialise in a unique experience of Māori and Pasifika Portraits.

Being a self taught photographer I'm always learning. I love capturing natural candid moments in life and have been nurturing a passion of photography as I capture the lives of my two children around beautiful locations in the South Canterbury region. I was born and raised in this area and am of Ngai Tahu decent.

I live in rural on the outskirts of Timaru with my husband Seete and our daughter Leilani who is 9 and our son Iosefa 6. They are my inspiration, my models, and lead me to discover a love for photography and now I'm sharing this love to capture your whānau as well.

I enjoy capturing the love and beauty of everyday moments, the candid natural connections, emotions, joy and happiness, love and sadness, chaos and calm and letting your uniquness guide my work.

I would love to photograph your Family, your beautiful Children, the blessing of Pregnancy, the Love you share, your joyful Events and Cultural Portraits.

Maania Tealei Photography. Maania, Tealei, Photography, Photographer, Maori Photographer, Timaru Photographer
Maania Tealei standing next to photo she took of her children styled as Maori Portraits at an exhibition in Timaru, NZ
Maania Tealei and Leilani Tealei styled in cultural attire as Maori Portraits. wearing Maori kakahu. mother and child.

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Testimonials

“This was our Xmas present to our whanau . Quality time and being present with each other.
Maania is amazing, captured the moment and honoured the moment just perfectly . Thank you Maans an experience we will hold in our hearts foreva”

—Lisa Donaldson

“Super relaxed was so helpful not just with photos but making sure that everyone was all sorted in there dresses and helped us into them!! and if you can put up with us crazy bunch you’re doing amazing lol”

—Kirsty Bond

“I was a Celebrant at a wedding with Maania. Maania is an amazing person and photographer highly recommend if you are looking for a photographer. Easy going and brilliant ❤”

—Sarah McCambridge

“Maania,
Thank you sooo very much for the beautiful photos!!!
You have captured us in some beautiful moments with our Grand daughters!!
Can't tell you how much this means to us
Will be dam hard to pick from them
You are such a talented lady
take care
Karen xx”

—Karen Thomas

“Hi Maania,
Just wanted to say thank you so much for the amazing photos . You truely are amazing ❤️ and it will be a very hard job to choose 😆 Thanks again”

—Tricia And Troy

“Omg they are all so bloody beautiful!! Thank you so much! Gonna be a struggle trying to pick some!”

—Jamie Wills

“The photos are absolutely stunning. Maania and her husband were so patient with us and my little one running a muck. She kept calm and produced amazingly beautiful photos. I can't thank you guys enough.”

—Levi