Inspiring Photographic Retreats & Workshops


I have a passion for photographing our beautiful world that I’d love to share with you. You are warmly invited to come on one of my courses. I hope you’ll leave inspired with your own passion reignited and burning strong. There are a range of sessions suitable to suit your budget and your time. I run them year round and make the most of the beauty of the different seasons. All workshops and retreats are available on weekends and during the week on dates of your choice. Muriwai New Zealand is a beautiful place where you can come and feel refuelled by Nature and inspired to try new ideas to make your photography more creative.

I invite you to look through the options of workshops available and design your own retreat to suit yourself or your small group of photographers. I offer half day courses, full day courses or two day retreats with comfortable accommodation and magnificent views.

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Painting with your camera

3 Hour Workshop – One on One – $200
Group rate – $75pp

A creative workshop exploring the way you can use your camera to make images that are more like paintings than photographs! The focus is on creativity - not your camera gear or tripod.

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Creative Landscapes

4 Hour Workshop – One on One – $250
Group rate – $100pp

Explore Muriwai’s beach, forest and cliffs while having the opportunity to create your own stunning and unusual landscapes. Judy will then give you ideas on how to finish off these images and turn them into works of art.

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Two Day Retreat

$800pp ($300 non-photographic partner).

Muriwai is such a wonderful place that it really is worth it staying here and experiencing the evening and morning light. Enjoy two full days of photographic activities and workshops tailored to suit your creative needs.

 

Photoshop courses

Group of 3 : $75 for 3 hours

In these different level workshops you will become more confident at finding your way around and working within Photoshop to achieve in reality what you can imagine.

Private Photoshop

Price varies depending on length and number of participants.

In these private sessions you will have the chance to work at your own pace on your own projects. These are hands on sessions enabling you to advance at your own pace.

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Muriwai Tours

$230pp full day tour
$120pp half day tour
(min two participants - max four)

Private full day or half day tours of Muriwai’s iconic black sand beach just out of Auckland in the company of a local Muriwai photographer who loves to share this magic place.

 

"Having never stayed in a B&B before I wasn’t sure what to expect. Walking into Judy’s home was like entering an art gallery with stunning views. Right from the start I felt warmly welcomed into Judy and Keith’s amazing home. The bedroom and bathroom were large and creatively appointed. The bed was comfortable and I loved browsing the photography books in the bedroom.  Food, both dinner and breakfast, was delicious and my only negative was that Judy wouldn’t let me do any dishes! I really did feel very pampered.  Both Keith and Judy were gracious hosts. When I finally could tear myself away from the view, Muriwai beach was a short trip down the hill. A perfect venue for a photography based weekend." – Debbie Masmart

 

“I just wanted to say thank you for the very inspirational workshop on impressionist photography. It was very good to see the whole process of creating and editing the images and your beautiful artwork”- Tomek Friedrich

 

Images from the Muriwai Retreat

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Painting with your camera

Group: Min 2 people, Max 4 people – $75pp.
Private one on one Tour – $200

This is a creative workshop exploring the way you can use your camera to make images that are more like paintings than photographs.

  • You will be shown techniques that allow you to simplify the essence of scenes and create unusual works of art within your camera.

  • You will be reunited with your creative flame and encouraged to reach a new level of freedom with your images.

  • You will gain confidence to express your individuality and uniqueness.

  • This is a workshop all about creativity - not about camera gear and tripods!

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Creative Landscape Workshops

Group: Min 2 people, Max 4 people – $100 pp.
Private one on one Tour – $250

Judy is an unconventional landscape photographer without a tripod. She uses a variety of techniques to create her moody images. Capturing the essence of a place rather than every detail is important to her. Join her and explore Muriwai’s beach, forest and cliffs while having the opportunity to create your own stunning and unusual landscapes.

  • As a local Muriwai resident Judy will be able to show you unusual view spots to capture images to suit the mood of the day.

  • Judy will share the variety of techniques she uses that enables her to make the most of the landscapes in front of you.

  • With creativity at the forefront of the workshop you will have a hands on session at creating your own unique and moody landscapes.

  • Judy will also give you ideas on how to finish off images and turn them into works of art.

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Two Day Retreat

2 Day  Retreat – $800pp
($300 non-photographic partner)

Includes two nights accommodation – one double room(garden view) and a second room(sea view) with two singles available.

Muriwai is such a wonderful place that it really is worth staying out here and experiencing the evening and morning light. It is also a wonderful opportunity to take the time to visit our famous, and incredibly close gannet colony (we can even hear the gannets from our deck!) Our home has magnificent views down the 53km Muriwai beach. You have your own private bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities. Two fully cooked breakfasts and two lunches are provided.

Indulge in two full days of photographic activities and workshops tailored to suit your creative needs from the options below.

Times are worked around the changing light and tides.

  • ‘In the Pink!,’ a dawn beach shoot.

  • Exploring the forest – a medium level ramble through Native New Zealand forest enjoying views and Nikau Palm glades.

  • Creativity with ICM – how to lose your inhibitions, break all the rules and fall in love with your camera!

  • Creativity with Photoshop – How to follow through and give your images that extra ‘something special.’

  • Taking time to shoot the ‘Little Lovelies’ life presents us – slowing our minds down and finding the magic around us!

  • ‘Nurturing the Flame’ – how to keep creativity alive (evening session).

  • ‘Why we need to do competitions and how to get the best out of them’ (evening session).

  • Gannet and tern photography – Come and meet my family perched on the rocks!

  • Doggy photography – My dog Toblerone loves to provide you with her modelling services – she is happy to go at full speed down the beach to practice your action photography or patiently wait while you take her portrait!

  • 4x4 beach trip – Get close to nature and her wild side with a trip at low tide.

  • Te Henga walk – Experience the crashing waves and magnificent views from New Zealand’s cliff top walk. A reasonable level of fitness required. (Return shuttle $75)

  • Sunset Beach shoot.

 

Timetable:

Arrival 6pm - Evening session – Photoshoot or inspirational session.

Day one – Full day activities and evening photoshoot or inspirational evening.

Day two – Full day, finishing at 5pm.

 

Personalise your stay:

$75 return pick up from Auckland

Optional dinners ($25 pp, BYO beverages.)

Gluten and Dairy free meals available at request.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, to find out more, or to book yourself in.

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BEGINNERS - pHOTOSHOP workshop

Group of 3 – $75 pp.

This workshop will guide you through the fundamentals of Photoshop and get you started with being comfortable to find your way around.

  • You will be shown the before and after of images and get an idea of what you can achieve with Photoshop.

  • You will then have a hands on session yourself trying out some of the basic tools.

  • You will get to grips with the concept of working with layer masks and the magic it provides you.

  • You will be shown small editing adjustments that makes a big difference to your photographs.

  • You will be shown ways to save your files so you can always come back to them as ongoing works of art.

Photoshop - Pushing the limits

Group of 3 – $75 pp.

This workshop is for those who are already comfortable with Photoshop but now want to explore and push their own creative limits.

  • You will be given ideas on some of the more technical aspects of Photoshop and be shown more creative techniques- with before and after images.

  • You will then have a hands on session yourself trying out some of these advanced techniques.

  • You will be able to discuss your own creative ideas and get ideas how to achieve them.

  • You will be given ideas how to print and keep these finished images as works of art.

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Private Photoshop classes at your own level and pace:

$60 per hour for a one on one
$35(pp)per hour in a group of two
$25(pp) per hour in a group of three

This is a hands on session with your own images and your own laptop on how to post process your images in Photoshop.

  • You will be able to be as creative as you like and be assisted to achieve what your mind envisions.

  • We can tailor the length of the session according to your needs.

  • We can tailor the level and speed we work to match your needs

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Tours of Muriwai- full day

$230pp (minimum of two participants - maximum of four)

This is a private one day tour of Muriwai’s iconic black sand beach just out of Auckland.

Pick up and drop off in Auckland is available.

  • You will enjoy the company of a local Muriwai photographer who loves to share this magic place with others.

  • You will stand on cliff tops enjoying and photographing the spectacular views.

  • You will be introduced to the Gannet colony where your guide has intimate knowledge of these majestic birds and how to photograph them.

  • You will walk amongst and marvel at New Zealand native bush and trees.

  • You will walk on the black sands and see the crashing waves while creating unique seascapes and have the option of a 4x4 excursion up the beach.

Tours of Muriwai - Half Day

$120pp (minimum of two participants - maximum of four)

This is a private half day tour of Muriwai’s iconic black sand beach just out of Auckland.

  • You will enjoy the company of a local Muriwai photographer who loves to share this magic place with others.

  • You will stand on cliff tops enjoying and photographing the spectacular views.

  • You will be introduced to the Gannet colony where your guide has intimate knowledge of these majestic birds and how to photograph them.

  • You will walk on the black sands and see the crashing waves while creating unique seascapes.