Photography, mountains, rad people. Find Your Wild is a two day workshop for wedding photographers. Immersive, intense and fun, the workshop offers the opportunity to grow both creatively and strategically, through teaching sessions, photo talks, epic live shoots and hands on portfolio reviews with us, or one of our guest mentors.
During two epic days we’ll bring you a perfect mix of learning and inspiration, while still having time to relax and fill your heart with fresh ideas and new connections. All this in a beautiful and comfortable eco retreat surrounded by majestic mountains, with good food, wine and great company of like minded people.
Two days jam packed with photo talks and discussions covering different topic of wedding photography: creativity, business strategies, marketing, client care, editing and workflow. You’ll hear from Wild&Grace team and our amazing guest speakers. We’ll have an editing session where we’ll show our post-production workflow and how we use editing tools to take images to another level.
You will also take part in an epic live shoots with real couples. We will explore incredible locations beneath the Southern Alps, getting the best of sunrises and sunsets in the mountains for an engagement and styled elopement shoots. Everyone will have a chance to direct the couple individually. This is an opportunity to create some amazing images for your portfolio.
You can expect a lot of honesty, new tricks and lots of tips on how to improve your business, editing or shooting techniques. We aim to get you inspired, refreshed and ready to take your craft to the next level.
We are Olga & Katherine, a duo of friends, founders of Wild&Grace. We live for special moments and epic locations with amazing people, always chasing beautiful light and looking out for little details that make wedding days so unique. We want to share how we went from shooting ordinary weddings to those that make our hearts full, to clients that value our work.
Finding your spot in such a saturated market as wedding photography could be overwhelming and often frustrating, we’ll talk about how to stop comparing your work with others and stand out from the crowd.
We also believe that being inspired and staying curious hence enthusiastic can push you for creative and professional growth. Our mission is to help you fall in love with what you do again.
We are so excited to have our friends and industry leaders to come along and share their knowledge + give us a hand at live shoots and portfolio reviews.
Ana Galloway travels throughout New Zealand capturing people in love and their unique celebrations. Ana has developed an alluring style infused with nostalgic storytelling and romantic portraiture. In order to create images full of meaning and style, the soul of her work is all about connection and trust, starting from the moment her couples discover her work, thoughtful communication leading up to the event, subtle guidance on the day, and finally, delivery of a lifelong tangible product.
We started shooting together in Auckland, New Zealand back in 2009 with no idea what lay ahead, or even (to be honest) what we really wanted to do. All we knew was that we loved good music, adventure, and making images of fantastically interesting people.
Fast forward a handful of years and we’ve been privileged to meet the most remarkable human beings all over the world who’ve opened their doors and let us into their lives to capture their most treasured moments – with many of them becoming our life-long friends in the process.
Charlotte Kiri is an award winning wedding photographer based under the mountains of Wanaka and Queenstown. A former professional snowboarder, Charlotte brings her love of the mountains, adventurous spirit and cheeky sense of humour to her work. Going onto build a successful brand within 3 wedding seasons, Charlotte has a lot to share about her journey as a wedding photographer and how to capture EPIC wedding photography in an alpine setting.
Jai Long is a creative entrepreneur, educator and mastermind behind Free The Bird Photography and Free The Bird Workshop. He also runs online courses, a Podcast and many other resources to help photographers with their creative business.
Jai’s mission is to give creative entrepreneurs a chance to take control of their business, help feel less overwhelmed, and allow them to design their own future.
Lover of all things wild, Samantha founded Wild Hearts in 2015 alongside a group of local creatives in Nelson. With a passion for dreaming big and a vision to create a community of like-minded industry leaders, Samantha has grown Wild Hearts into the well-known brand it is today. A stylist by trade, she is also the creative-soul behind all of our Wild Hearts campaigns and you will find her work featured in Together journal, Hello May and The Lane.
We are so lucky to have Samantha as a stylist for our live shoots. Plus she’ll share her insights on how to create successful submissions and get published by magazines.
+ Ideal clients. Creating a killer customer experience for your clients
+ Art of creative storytelling. Honesty & real emotions in photography
+ Branding and marketing strategies
+ Sales. Why are you getting ghosted?
+ Locations & composition: how to photograph couples in landscapes
+ Seeing the light, shooting in critical lighting situations
+ Live Editing Session. Tips and tricks. How to take your images to the next level with editing.
+ Film Photography Session with Si Moore
+ How to get your work featured in magazines and blogs. Practical tips on creating successful styled shoots.
+ Developing your style and growing as an artist.
+ Longevity in business. How to stay on top of the game.
3 nights accommodation in a comfortable eco retreat (twin share rooms with en-suite), all meals (continental breakfast, catered lunches and dinners), tea, coffee, snacks, yoga class on Tuesday morning, a goodie bag + special deals & gifts from our rad partners & sponsors.
Airport Transfers & transport, but we can help to organise this or get you in touch with other attendees, so you can carpool. Alcohol, but you are more than welcome to bring your own.
Camp Glenorchy – an eco retreat where sustainability meets style. Rich in local design detail and universal sustainability concepts, the retreat is located in the heart of the township of Glenorchy and the perfect spot from which to explore the magnificent surrounding mountain and lakeside scenery. You’ll be staying in twin share rooms with en-suite, king bed or 2 single beds, you can upgrade to single occupancy room (subject to availability).
Glenorchy, New Zealand
19-21 of October 2020
I had such an amazing experience at the Wild and Grace workshop. I never even thought I would want to do weddings, but then I saw the workshop and I just had to go. I learnt so so so much from Olga and Kat, they are so passionate and really helped me realise my passion.
Olga and Katherine, thank you so much for the most amazing workshop. I honestly haven't stopped talking about it. Arriving the night before was a wonderful opportunity to get to know everyone first before the classes started. The beautiful accommodation, delicious food and stunning live shoot settings were fantastic. You were so honest and generous with your talent and time and shared so much valuable knowledge and insight in a very kind, informative and interesting way. I use your tips almost daily but the best gift of all, was the inspiration you gave me and a new found way of fueling my passion. Oh, and also the laughter! There was a LOT of laughter! Thank you again, I am so grateful for the entire experience."
‘Find your Wild’ was hands down the best photography workshop I have attended and far exceeded my expectations. Everything about the workshop was incredible, the food, the other participants, the couples, our hosts Olga and Kat and the stunning locations they picked for the shoots. It has inspired me to my core and I didn’t want it to end. Olga and Kat covered every single aspect of wedding photography with a humble, open and honest approach. The workshop has given me the tools to move forward and I left feeling inspired and excited about my work again!
This workshop is for wedding photographers wanting to get inspired, to dig deeper and take their craft to the next level. If you have a few weddings up your sleeve, then this workshop is for you. We won’t cover entry level topics, nor this workshop will contain any technical information about camera operation or shooting in manual mode, so bear that in mind when signing up.
To save a spot, just fill in the form below. You’ll receive an invoice for a non refundable deposit of 50%, with the final amount due 1 month before arrival. We do accept PayPal for international payments.
No, but you can transfer your spot to another photographer if you are unable to attend.
Absolutely! You can use the images you create during the live shoots for your portfolio.
Your camera, lenses and a laptop (optional). Notepads and pens will be provided.
We’ve hired a beautiful eco retreat in the mountains for your to stay, so everyone feels like a part of the family. All rooms are twin-share with en-suit. We’ll add everyone to a closed Facebook group, so you’ll be able to connect and find a perfect roommate. Room upgrades are possible (single occupancy upgrade +$300), but subject to availability.
We can arrange meals for gluten free and vegan diets. If you have allergies, please advice us in advance.