Applications opening soon

Quick Facts

  • Applications opening first quarter of 2022
  • Week 1: July 29-31, 2022

  • Week 2: August 3-5, 2022

  • 3-day dog photography workshop
  • 2 instructors - Charlotte Reeves & Craig Turner-Bullock 
  • Arrowtown, New Zealand
  • Book-your-own accommodation (workshop includes all tuition, lunch, snacks & transport to and from shooting locations)
  • Workshop fee is $2,900 AUD

Keep reading for the full details!

What's included?

  • Three full days of expert tuition and dog photography immersion from two experienced instructors - Charlotte Reeves and Craig Turner-Bullock.
  • Three photo shoots at three different beautiful locations in the local area.
  • Classroom components take place at the Waterfall Cottage conference room at Millbrook Resort (pictured right).
  • Morning and afternoon tea and a hearty lunch, with dietary needs accommodated on request.
  • Complimentary dinner at a local restaurant on the final day.
  • Transportation to and from shooting locations during the workshop.
  • A private Facebook group to connect with fellow workshop attendees and your instructors.
  • Unleashed Workshop goody bag, including a T-shirt and notebook.

Arrowtown in Winter

The workshop will be held during winter in Arrowtown. Stay a little longer before or after the workshop and play in the snow at one of the many ski resorts in the area!

Workshop Details

Unleashed Workshop is an immersive workshop retreat focused on the art and craft of pet photography.

What to Expect

You'll be participating in one of two back-to-back workshops, each of them running over three full days. The first workshop will run from 29-31 July, and the second workshop will run from 3-5 August, 2022.

Limited to just eight attendees each, there will be plenty of opportunity for classroom presentations, inspirational chats, real-life shoots and editing tips and tricks.

We’ll be covering all things dog photography shooting and editing, with an intermediate week and an advanced week, to ensure our attendees are on a similar level.

We have a beautiful little conference room in Arrowtown organised for our classroom time and the workshops will take place in the middle of the winter season. You can expect some pretty epic winter shooting locations at this workshop with plenty of snow when we head up into the mountains!

So you can book accommodation to suit your budget, this experience doesn't include accommodation. There are plenty of options in the local area ranging from budget backpackers to high end luxury.

You'll need your own transport to and from the conference venue each day, but we'll drive you to and from the shooting locations and provide lunch and snacks during the day.

On the final evening, after our last shoot, we'll be heading to a local restaurant for a celebratory final dinner! Your meal is complimentary, but your drinks are on you.

Applications

We find that attendees get the most out of the educational content, and group shooting sessions run more smoothly when you are surrounded by photographers of a similar level. For this reason, we will be filling places based on an application process.

When you apply, you'll be asked to indicate if you can make both sets of dates. If you can, this gives you a better chance of being selected, as we'll be able to place you in the appropriate week for your skill level.

 We'll be asking about your current level, your gear, and requesting 5 images that show your current standard of work.

Minimum Skills and Gear

We welcome applications from amateur level to professional. A good understanding of exposure is required - the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. A solid knowledge of how to use your camera also essential - changing exposure settings, focusing, changing focus settings and metering.

We ask that you own or have access to a digital SLR or mirrorless camera, with lenses ranging from wide angle to telephoto. You'll also need a laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop installed.

How to Apply

You'll be required to complete the application form and pay a $100 application fee. This fee will be refunded if your application is unsuccessful, or applied to the total workshop fee if your application is approved.

If your application is approved but you decide not to attend, your application fee will be not be refunded, so please only apply if you are serious about joining us!

Payment

The total workshop fee is $2,900.

If you are offered a place, your $100 application fee will be applied to the total fee. A deposit of $800 will be due one week after acceptance. The remaining amount of $2,000 will be due at least two months before the workshop, on February 15, 2022.

To view the full cancellation and refund policy, please read the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

Please note all prices are in Australian Dollars.

Meet Your Instructors

Charlotte Reeves

Charlotte's style incorporates creative use of natural light, location and expression to produce vibrant and emotive work highly praised by her clients. In 2018, she was awarded the AIPP Queensland Epson Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year. Addicted to creating lightbulb moments for students, Charlotte has been teaching pet photographers since 2013.  She relishes simplifying tricky concepts, and helping people achieve their goals by making the learning fun, practical, and positive. 

Meet Charlotte

Craig Turner-Bullock

Craig has been photographing pets professionally since 2001 and describes his style as giving his subjects a sense of belongingness. Originally from the Channel Island of Guernsey, Craig is now based in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has written and photographed three bestselling books and in 2018 won the title of NZIPP New Zealand Portrait Photographer of the Year. Craig loves working with others to help refine their creative style and stand out from the crowd.

Meet Craig

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have a gorgeous little conference venue booked at Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown on the South Island of New Zealand. We'll be hanging out there during the day for the classroom components of the workshop. In the afternoons, we're heading out to shoot at some beautiful local spots that we can't wait to share with you!

The only transport we provide is to and from shooting locations each day. You'll need to find your own way to Millbrook Resort each morning, and home from Millbrook Resort each evening after we return from our shoot.

We provide morning tea, a hearty lunch, and afternoon tea each day. You'll need to organise your own breakfast and dinner, except for the final day where we're treating you to a restaurant meal on us, to celebrate completing the workshop!

Unleashed Workshop has been primarily created to help pet photographers with the art of pet photography, so there will be no business (sales, pricing, marketing) related topics taught during the workshop. We will be focusing on shooting and editing only.

This makes it suitable for a wide range of pet photographers, whether you run a business or never intend to!

As you would expect, winter in Arrowtown is quite cold. The temperature ranges from 0°C - 6°C during July and August. Winter is usually the driest time of year, however there is still a chance of some rainfall and occasionally it does snow down to low levels (if we get lucky). Sunrise will be around 8am and sunset is around 5:40pm.

Because we are holding this workshop to take advantage of the amazing winter landscapes surrounding Arrowtown, we've chosen this time of year, which is definitely quite cold! We have no control over what the weather decides to do, so we’ll still shoot if it’s cloudy, raining lightly or snowing. If it is raining heavily we will attempt to re-shuffle the shoot times. Definitely bring very warm, waterproof gear to wear. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds based on weather, but we promise to make the best of any weather situation.

Yes! This workshop was designed to let you choose and book your own accommodation nearby - whether you'd prefer to save on costs at a budget backpackers, or take advantage of some of the amazing luxury accommodation Arrowtown and the surrounds have to offer. Just make sure it's within easy driving distance to Millbrook Resort (map link) in Arrowtown so you can make your way with your own transport to our conference venue each day.

Since you are organising your own accommodation, you're more than welcome to bring your spouse along to stay with you - however they'll need to occupy themselves elsewhere while you're participating in all workshop activities, including classroom time, shoots and meals.

Luckily there's plenty to keep them busy by themselves during the day in this popular holiday destination!

Arrowtown's closest international airport is Queenstown (ZQN), an easy (and picturesque) 15 minute's drive away.

You'll need to organise your own transport from the airport to your accommodation. We recommend hiring a car for the duration of your visit.

Yes, this very first Unleashed Workshop will be followed by more in the coming years - exciting! We have some awesome international destinations in mind when we can all get out and travel worldwide again.

We highly recommend the Barka out-of-this-world pet photography retreat series if you are keen to improve your shooting and editing, along with all aspects of running a successful pet photography business. Charlotte teaches these with Nicole Begley and Kaylee Greer and you can find out when the next one is on here.

There is a $100 application fee which be applied to the total workshop fee of $2,900 if your application is approved, or refunded in full if your application is unsuccessful.

If your application is approved but you decide not to attend, your application fee will be not be refunded, so please only apply if you are serious about joining us!

If the workshop is cancelled due to travel restrictions, lockdowns or any other reason directly relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, you have two options. All fees you have paid can be transferred to a future Unleashed Workshop, or we will refund you in full, minus the $100 application fee.

If the workshop goes ahead but you are unable to make it to the workshop due to travel restrictions, lockdowns or any other reason directly relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, you have two options. All fees you have paid can be transferred to a future Unleashed Workshop (most likely in 2023, location TBA), or we will refund you in full, minus the $100 application fee.

We recommend you make sure your accommodation and travel is refundable or transferrable, as we cannot offer any refunds or financial assistance with money lost due to cancelled travel and accommodation bookings.

If you are unable to attend the workshop due to other personal reasons and the workshop is still going ahead, we offer a full refund, minus the $100 application fee, providing we can fill your place. If we are unable to fill your place, unfortunately we cannot offer a refund.

Please note all prices are in Australian Dollars.

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