It all started back in 2005, when multi-day photography workshops were virtually unheard of in New Zealand.
Capture New Zealand Photo Expeditions is operated by Phillip and Engelina Bartlett. Phillip grew up in Nelson, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, and is a professional landscape and nature photographer. Visit his website to view his portfolio. Engelina was born in Indonesia and has a background in marketing and finance.
Phillip: Since pioneering New Zealand’s first photography workshop company in 2005, I have been privileged to guide, and teach, photographers from around the world, from absolute beginners to respected professionals. Our vision is to offer a professional-style landscape photography experience where photographers are shooting at key locations at the most productive times, and are also guided to little-known wilderness areas away from the standard tourist routes. We keep our group size to only six participants to ensure guests enjoy a higher level of individual attention and photographic instruction in the field, with the added bonus of the ability to access areas not possible with larger groups. Also, with only six photographers we do not get in each other's way when shooting.
In my constant search for new perspectives and vistas, I have explored this island nation from top to bottom, from mountains to rainforest to fiords to coastlines, and am intimately familiar with weather nuances, the range of seasonal opportunities and very special hidden locations off the beaten track. It is a real pleasure to use this valuable knowledge to help visiting photographers capture magical and unique images they otherwise would have never gotten. I love being out in New Zealand's great outdoors accompanied by other passionate photographers. The excitement of chasing great light never wanes, and the fun and friendship we all enjoy on a workshop makes it hard to part company at the end of each trip.
Check out our video, which shows glimpses of the spectacular New Zealand landscapes we experience on our photography workshops. The trailer is best viewed in HD. New Zealand is best viewed in person.
Learn at Your Pace
Travelling with a local professional landscape photographer is the only way to go when photographing in New Zealand. Whatever your skill level you'll appreciate the experience of shooting with a pro.
Word on the Street
Guests say what they think about their time in New Zealand with us, with links to some of their image galleries. Please also visit our TripAdvisor page for the latest guest reviews from recent workshops.