Way back at the beginning of April, on a slightly wet and windy day, I taught the first ever Furtography Pet Photography workshop.

Despite a little bit of dampness, everyone had a great day learning the basics, playing with some gorgeous furry models and being inspired a amazing talk on canine body language and behaviour by Geoff at KURI, the wonderful daycare/training/one-stop-dog-shop that I now have the privilege to call my base, with my permanent studio opening soon.

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With such a wonderful bunch of ladies, some of who travelled from Blenheim, Nelson and Wellington, I knew we were in for a great day. Teaching people who are so passionate about something I am also passionate about is something I’ve thought about doing for a very long time, and after postponing 6 months previously because I was waiting for kidney surgery, nothing was going to stop me this time. Sharing some of my secrets on how to take better photos of dogs was a fantastic, inspiring experience.

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We covered all the basics from camera choice, to apertures, shutter speeds and lenses, to working with different types of dogs, and managed a shoot at 2 locations, and that was before lunch! The afternoon was filled with an adoption photography session for K9 Rescue, the talk from Geoff at KURI I mentioned earlier and a tiny little bit of image editing.

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Elsie and Ping were our first models of the day, followed by Kepler at one of my favourite spots to shoot, New Brighton. Then we headed to Bottle Lake Forest to meet the ever so lovely golden retriever, Molly. Just as we entered the forest the weather decided to clear up a little! Then after lunch we met Cassie who was up for adoption through K9 Rescue and Rehoming and discussed how important adoption photography is to rescue organisations.

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Looking back I don’t know how we managed so much in the space of a day, but we did, and I know those who attended went home feeing inspired and ready to practice what they had learned. Don’t take my word for it, see what some of them had to say…

“Just wanted to say thanks again for the AMAZING workshop yesterday – I feel very lucky that you are willing to share your vast talent and experience. You are just so good at what you do and I had so much fun yesterday that the time just seemed to slip by.” – Linda

Thank you for an awesome day, learned so much, It was worth it alone going along to learn to NOT use the LCD screen. It had never occurred to me to not use it!” – Rochelle

“Rolling around on the beach while it is wet and windy has got to be good for you! Thank you Craig for hosting a fantastic workshop jam packed full of gorgeous pets, tips & tricks and smiles from both the models and the other photographers that came to the workshop it was sooooo much fun and nice to meet you all.” Rachael

Thank you so much for joining me for the day ladies, for not letting the weather dampen your enthusiasm and getting 110% behind the shoots, it’s good to see I’m not the only one who doesn’t mind a bit of water and a sandy camera! Thank to to my wonderful dog models and their very patient owners.

It goes without saying that I will most certainly be doing more workshops again in the future, so if that is something you are interested in, sign up to the Furtography mailing list so you be sure not to miss out!