I am based in sunny Brisbane, Queensland, Australia but I regularly travel interstate and overseas for workshops.
Email [email protected] (preferred)
Phone 0402 322 973 (within Australia and text is best)
I love connecting with other pet photographers in person!
If you can make it to Australia, get together for a one-on-one, in-person mentoring session. As an experienced teacher, I can answer every little question you have, demonstrate techniques, and correct things that are getting in your way.
Can't make it to Australia? That's fine - connect with me online! There's a range of online mentoring packages to choose from, including portfolio reviews and live editing sessions.
If you're more adventurous and would love to connect with a dedicated tribe of fellow pet photographers from around the world (as well as receive personalised teaching from me and other instructors) then an international pet photography retreat may be just the ticket.
No matter what your desired style, if you’re still learning to work with pets and need the basics (or to fill in holes) regarding posing, working with animals, communicating with owners, adjusting camera settings, and learning the ins and outs of software, you can benefit from the information on this site. Even if you do want to work with external lighting, that’s only one ingredient in the shoot – a flash doesn’t magically get a pet to cooperate, set an owner at ease, or edit your photos. (But if you ever find a flash that does all that, let me know!) These are all things I can help you with.
If you feel there’s nothing left for you to learn in these areas, and you really want to learn about external lighting specifically, then this website won’t provide the information you need. Integrating portable or studio lighting setups is not covered - my style relies on the interaction between the pet, the sun, and the great outdoors. Remember though, that there may come a day when your flash or studio are unavailable, and flexibility is the ultimate mark of a professional. Should you ever be asked to do charity work for a cause you believe in where you’d need to rely on available light or work with animals who can’t handle flash – these skills will be useful. I’d consider watching RealShoots episodes, or at least signing up for Daily Tips or watching some editing tutorials – the latter two are free!
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