Barka Pet Photography Retreats

Upcoming Retreats

Upcoming pet photography retreat plans are currently on hold due to the uncertainty surrounding world travel in 2020 and beyond. If you want to be notified the minute we have news for upcoming retreats please visit our Pet Photography Retreats website and join the mailing list.

Past Retreats

Barkzealand - Queenstown, New Zealand, March/April 2019

Barkzealand took place in the stunning south island of New Zealand in March/April 2019. Each morning we woke up to amazing views from our luxury accommodation in Queenstown, overlooking Lake Wakatipu.

We had the pleasure of working with some gorgeous and well trained New Zealand dogs - our week two attendees even had the opportunity to photography working dogs on a bona fide New Zealand sheep farm! All against the stunning backdrop of the southern alps - think towering rocky peaks, rugged hills and valleys, icy rivers and expansive lakes.

Our students were fully immersed in a week of learning, discovery, support and personal development. Check out the posts tagged #barkzealand on Facebook and Instagram to see what we got up to!


Barkjour – Southern France, August/September 2017

Barkjour was held in the gorgeous Provence countryside of southern France in August-September 2017. We stayed at an amazing renovated 11th century Chateau, enjoyed delicious gourmet meals from our very own Masterchef and shot at some amazing locations – including a 2000 year old Roman aqueduct, beautiful vineyards and gorgeous medieval villages!

I was joined by two world-renowned teachers and successful pet photographers – Kaylee Greer of Dog Breath Photography and Nicole Begley of Hair of the Dog. We immersed our students in five full days of learning about the business and art of pet photography.

A full wrap up will be available soon, but in the meantime check out the posts tagged #barkjour on Facebook and Instagram to see what we got up to!


Barkarica – Costa Rica, February 2017

This time, we headed to the ecological playground of Costa Rica. Our unique property featured beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio National Park.  Students were treated daily to wildlife sightings, ranging from from three-toed sloths to white-faced capuchin monkeys, along with hundreds of species of birds.

During our stay we worked closely with local pet rescue organisation, PAWS. Students met and photograph many dogs who had found new homes through the organisation and we also visited the shelter and worked with the dogs there at a stunning local river to photograph them for their adoption profiles. One of our wonderful attendees even ended up adopting a dog from the shelter!



Barkelona – Spain, April 2016

Our first retreat with instructors Kaylee, Nicole and Charlotte took place in April 2016 in the sunny Catalonia region of Spain. We stayed in a stunning 11th century masia that had been extensively renovated and updated.


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