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A Pet Posse Update

Hi team!  The Pet Posse was born from a strong team dynamic and so we all wanted to let you know as soon as possible that there have been changes within the Posse in recent times.

As many of you will know, Kelly has taken a step back from professional photography due to an ongoing injury and other work and volunteer commitments. As part of this, she made the decision last year to not partake in this upcoming workshop and has also made the decision to step down from her role within The Pet Posse going forward.

In Kelly’s own words:

“I have enjoyed meeting and working with the talented students who have taken part in Pet Posse workshops in recent years. I value the friendship that Carol, Tara and I have formed through working with each other, and the adventures we have shared.”

Some of you might know that Tara had surgery approximately 18 months ago and has had to focus almost solely on recovery
. She has found this both physically and mentally difficult and only recently came to the very difficult realisation that she was not able to fulfill the tutor role to her satisfaction. Due to these personal circumstances, Tara is no longer available to teach either of the planned workshops in Wellington and Hamilton and will not be teaching again in the foreseeable future.

In Tara’s own words:

“Pet Photography will always be my passion and I am so very grateful for the amazing friends I have made, inspiring pets and owners I have met and worked with and other photographers I am lucky to have spent time with. My priority is to ensure that I am committed and capable 100% and at this stage, I am concerned I would be letting Carol and Kelly down and disappointing students. To me, this would be devastating.”

What this means is that after much discussion, The Pet Posse have made the decision to cancel the May Wellington workshop.
The April Waikato workshop will now be taught solo by Carol, and to ensure delivery of the same standard of quality teaching you expect from the Pet Posse, the spaces available at this workshop will be limited to 5 spaces only (including the ‘win your workshop’ space).

The format of the Hamilton workshop will remain similar to previous workshops but with a 3rd location in the mix. We will be working at the Arboretum at Taitua, Hamilton Central for an urban shoot and in the Snapshot camera’s well-equipped studio for some demonstrations. There will be an opportunity for workshop attendees to a ‘have a go’ at studio work with product & technical advice from Dion at Snapshot.

Carol, Kelly, and Tara all thank you for your understanding but most importantly your support over the last few years. We have all learned as much as we have taught and enjoyed our sessions more than we can ever write about.

Thank you again, The Pet Posse.
Carol Howell, Kelly Wolfe & Tara Sutherland.

Pose: The Bobble Head

The Pet Posse April Mini Mission saw the three of us get up before dawn and head to one of our favourite locations – the Taitua Arboretum.  Each of our monthly Mini Mission sees us using one of our own dogs as a model and this month its Fiona, Carol’s standard poodle.

We were talking a lot about style – about how different each of our photographs looked.
Today we thought it would be quite interesting to take a look at how the three of us have photographed the same dog (Fiona), in the same pose (the Bobble Head), in the same location (the Arboretum), within moments of each other.

carolhowell-fiona-taitua7870CAROL HOWELL – Nikon D800, Tamron 17-35mm @23mm, f/3.2, 1/320SEC, ISO 640
FionaBobbleHeadKWKelly Wolfe – Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 24-70 @65mm, f/2.8, 1/500sec, ISO 400
tarasutherland-fiona-taitua-6365Tara Sutherland – Nikon D800E, Nikon 50mm Prime, F/1.8, 1/500SEC, ISO200

Your photography style takes time to develop.  It comes with making photographs that are pleasing to you and through knowing what you love and what makes you happy.

As a group, The Pet Posse recommends looking to those who love the light that you do – look to fashion photographers, those who specialise in kid portraits, perhaps architecture with its clean lines and bright light.  Don’t follow the fads, and don’t start comparing yourself to others.  Focus on what YOU love.