New Zealand Art Nude Road Trip and Workshop Recap

It’s been a couple of months since I got back from New Zealand and I’ve been flat out ever since but I thought it was about time I did a little recap on the 2 weeks I spent in the South Island.

The first week was spent on a road trip down the West Coast of the South Island from the very top, working our way down to Queenstown. I was traveling with good friend and fellow photographer Mark Rhodes and models Sylph Sia, Romi Muse, Kira Floofie and Darby Breckderry.

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Wharariki Beach

It was an incredible week with some amazing locations and images captured. Our first location and probably my favourite, was Wharariki Beach. We had perfect weather there but as we got further south, we encountered more cloudy and rainy days until we headed away from the coast into Queenstown where the weather improved again for us.

Charming Creek Walkway
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West Coast Road Trip

Our base for the workshop was the awesome Kinloch Lodge which is located on the other end of the lake to Queenstown. Here we were joined by model Nicole Vaunt and assistant tutor for the workshop, Corwin Prescott. The lake is literally right out the front of the lodge so we didn’t have to go far for some stunning scenery and locations to shoot. We also did some trips a little further afield to places like Moke Lake and Skippers Canyon which also provided some incredible photo opportunities.

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Location Scouting for the workshop
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Workshop Day One – Paradise
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Workshop Day One – Paradise
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Workshop Day Two – Moke Lake
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Workshop Day Two – Moke Lake
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Workshop Day Two – Moke Lake
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Workshop Day Two – Skippers Canyon
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Workshop Day Two – Skippers Canyon
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Workshop Day 4 – Lake Sylvan Forest

The highlight of the workshop was the helicopter flight to a small glacier high up in the mountain range, about 15 minutes flight from Glenorchy. Again the weather was very kind to us and was also not too cold until the wind picked up and started blowing right of the glacier.

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Helicopter Glacier Trip
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Helicopter Glacier Trip

The final day at Kinloch was spent with some of the attendees doing some one-on-one tuition with myself, Corwin and the models.

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Final Day – Tuition Sessions
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Final Day – Tuition Sessions

After the workshop finished, Sylph Sia and I continued the road trip for a few extra days and headed from Queenstown to Milford Sound, down to Invercargill then up to Dunedin before we flew home to Brisbane. I was an incredible trip with some wonderful people, stunning locations and most importantly, some incredible images.

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Final Road Trip with Sylph Sia


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