This workshop took place in January 2020.
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Created by internationally acclaimed pet photographers Charlotte Reeves and Craig Turner-Bullock, Style Lab Workshop is a dog photography learning experience like no other.
Think about the photographers whose work you love and admire. When you’re scrolling through social media, you can immediately identify their images. What is it that makes their work so instantly recognisable? In a nutshell, this is what we'll be exploring in detail, and this is what you'll gain from the workshop - a deeper insight into yourself, your work, and your own unique style.
Limited to just eight attendees, the workshop will run over four full days, providing plenty of opportunity for group and individual activities, inspirational chats, creative shoots and editing deep dives.
We’ll be embarking on a journey of discovery, where you’ll:
Style Lab Workshop is the all-inclusive, life changing experience that we feel pet photographers around the world have been waiting for!
We are very excited to announce that our international special guest will be Alicja Zmysłowska, an incredibly talented and world-renowned dog photographer from Poland. Alicja has been a dog photographer for 12 years and has taught workshops all over Europe - we decided that it was high time she came down under!
Her work is instantly recognisable for her ability to transport the viewer into another world, where the stunning beauty of nature is combined with the unique personalities of the dogs she photographs. She is a master of colour and tone, composition and expression, and a true pioneer in the soft, dreamy style that she is so well known for. We could talk about her work all day, but go ahead and enjoy a selection of our favourites below.
Style Lab Workshop creators Charlotte and Craig are thrilled and honoured to be joined by special international guest and dog photographer extraordinaire, Alicja Zmysłowska from Poland.
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.
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.
Through 12 years of experience in dog photography Alicja has developed her own very emotional and dreamy style recognised all over the globe. In her art she values uniqueness and presentation of new ideas. Her work has been awarded countless times in photography contests and published at international photography portals like National Geographic Yourshot, PetaPixel and photography magazines like Digital Camera UK, Digital Camera Poland, FV Photo and Video.
Keep reading below to discover the full details!
Style Lab Workshop is an all-inclusive, immersive pet photography retreat.
You'll spend the first two days with Charlotte and Craig, participating in group activities, receiving feedback and input from the group and your fellow attendees, with time dedicated to individual attention from the instructors. In the afternoons, we'll be off shooting in some of the amazing and beautiful locations this region of Tasmania has to offer, then editing the resulting images together.
Days three and four will be spent with Alicja, who will take you through her Artistic Dog Photography curriculum with a special focus on personal style development, using her own creative process to highlight what goes into defining and developing a specific look. She'll cover technical aspects such as lens choice, along with creative shoot planning and execution with regards to light, location, composition and framing.
In the post-processing component of Alicja's instruction, she will show you how to creatively edit the image to bring the vision you had to life. You will realise the potential of the scene based on your own imagination and the tools you have available.
Throughout the workshop, we'll continue to revisit the themes of originality and creativity, finding inspiration and promoting individuality. The retreat will truly be an intensive laboratory for creatively mixing various stylistic ingredients along with a dash of your individual vision. You'll end up with a recipe for your own personal style, helping you stand out from an increasingly crowded pet photography market.
Style Lab 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. This makes it suitable for a wide range of pet photographers, whether you run a business or never intend to!
January is the middle of summer in Australia, however this far south the summers are generally mild. It's usually pleasantly warm during the day (up to 25°C / 77°F) and comfortably cool overnight (down to 12°C / 53°F). January is the month with historically the least amount of rainfall and rainy days. Sunrise is around 5:45am and sunset just after 8:00pm.
We took careful consideration of the weather averages when choosing Launceston, Tasmania. Despite this, we have no control over what the weather decides to do on the day. We’ll still shoot if it’s cloudy or raining lightly, but if it is raining heavily we will attempt to re-shuffle the shoot times. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds based on weather, but we promise to make the best of any weather situations.
There is room to allow a limited number of attendees to bring their significant other. Guests are welcome to enjoy the accommodation and the grounds while you are participating in the workshop. The farmstay is located in a rural area, so we recommend renting a car if your guest plans on enjoying activities throughout the region. There will be an additional charge of $500 AUD for a guest in order to cover the additional accommodation and meal costs.
We're all about full immersion for this experience - we will be eating, sleeping, and talking pet photography all day every day - so staying with the group at the venue is a must. We also limit the number of people attending so we can give each and every attendee personal and individual attention.
Style Lab Workshop is closest to Launceston, Tasmania (LST). From Launceston, it's a 1 hour 20 minute drive to the venue.
We will run a shuttle from the airport to the venue on the afternoon of Thursday, January 9. We'll also run a shuttle from the accommodation back to Launceston on the morning of Tuesday, January 14. If you need transportation to or from the venue outside these times, this will be your responsibility. There is plenty of parking space for cars at the accommodation if you choose to self-drive.
We cannot confirm any future repeats of this workshop at this stage, however there is always a possibility. If a future Style Lab Workshop is organised, our international special guest will change, so don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn from Alicja, down under!
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.
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