An out-of-this-world pet photography retreat

Barkzealand will be held in Queenstown on the south island of New Zealand, set against the dramatic Southern Alps.  Together, we will dive into all aspects of pet photography and the business of running a successful studio, all while making new lifelong friendships.  Barkzealand is led by three world-renowned teachers and successful pet photographers.

Registration includes

  • Six nights of accommodation with magnificent views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, including two hot tubs perfect for the cool evenings.
  • All meals throughout the workshop, dietary needs accommodated on request. The only meal on your own is our free night dinner mid-week.
  • All transportation during the event.  Attendees will be responsible for their transportation to New Zealand, as well as their transportation to and from the house. We can assist in making transportation arrangements.  The closest airport is Queenstown (ZQN).
  • Five full days of learning about the art and business of pet photography.
  • One free afternoon mid-week to enjoy the adventure of Queenstown or relax at the home.  Get your adrenaline pumping with a bungy jump or jet boat ride? Or hike or bike through the scenic mountain trails?  Spoil yourself at a spa?  The choice is yours!
  • Group learning as well as individual attention throughout the week.
  • A private Facebook group for continued support from the instructors.
  • Your Barkzealand T-shirt and notebook.
  • A USB drive “stick of knowledge” filled with oodles of information and resources.

What will you learn?


  • All work will be with natural light ONLY.
  • Finding the best light and working in any lighting condition.
  • Using different focal lengths to create variety and interest.
  • Directing with the owner and working with on-leash techniques when required.
  • Create unique images in epic landscapes.
  • Dive into the technical elements of shooting, such as focusing techniques and capturing action.
  • How to creatively compose your images.
  • Identifying, creating, and shooting for expression.
  • Create drool worthy portfolio shots in an out of this world setting.


  • Learn how each of the instructors manages their editing process.
  • Post-processing will be done in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.
  • Discuss how to manage color in your post-processing.
  • Create a full file management workflow from importing to printing.
  • Learn different techniques for removing leashes and distractions.
  • Review best practices for head swaps and merges in Photoshop.
  • Strategies for preparing images for printing.


  • Inspiration.  How to create a business built on your unique personality.
  • Marketing ideas, with and without a budget.
  • Take control of your business and your life.
  • Pricing for profit.
  • Taking the mystery out of sales.
  • Social Media and the impact of genuine, authentic content.