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MEET YOUR TUTORS

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RACHEL GILLESPIE - Director
PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR, ASTRO & LANDSCAPE

Rachel Gillespie is a full-time Astrophotographer and Landcape Photographer and Guide in the Mackenzie Country and South Island, New Zealand and has hostsed guests at The Lindis Lodge, Ahuriri,  Lakestone Lodge and other places around the region and is on crew at Intune Yoga Retreats for guided glacier walks and photography

 

Her passion is the night sky and astrophotography is her love along with landscapes.  Adventuring in the Aoraki Mount Cook Dark Sky Reserve and the extended South Island is where you will find her when she is not being a busy mum of 3.  She also has a busy print and canvas business and teaches printing workshops all the do's and don'ts that come with fine art production

 

Her passion for teaching others how to get their cameras off auto, and master manual settings, find their confidence in the outdoors alongside her clients and capture her beautiful country is her life's work.  She will take you to her special spots and locations.

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JOSEPH POOLEY - Director
ASTRO, LANDSCAPE, STARGAZING, DEEP SKY

Joseph is a professional photographer who calls the Mackenzie Region home. He loves being amongst the incredible alpine landscape and beneath some of the darkest night skies on the planet.


After travelling through the UK, Europe & Asia, he became hooked on travel/outdoor adventure. 


Not only does he love visiting many beautiful destinations, but also capturing the essence of those places to share with family and friends, in the hope of inspiring other people with his images.


Initially self-taught, after many years working as a photographer he has developed a diverse range of experience in cityscape, portraiture, commercial, landscape and astrophotography. His speciality now lies in creating large resolution panoramic Astro and landscape images.

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RACHEL ROBERTS - Director
ASTRO PANO & ADVANCED POST PROCESSING

Hailing from New Zealand’s beautiful West Coast of the South Island, Rachel is a proud mum to her young daughters, owner operator of Riverstone House and an astrophotographer, tutor and guide.

Rachel's bright and bold panoramic images that she is known for, have been featured both nationally and internationally in various publications and exhibitions including Milky Way Photographer of the Year 2022 and 2024. 
She tutors photography workshops and private tours throughout the South Island, sharing her knowledge and obsession with creative like minds.

She is committed to capturing the celestial wonders of our night sky with clarity and depth, inspiring a sense of wonder and curiosity in all those who view her work or choose to invest in their photography and join her on an epic adventure under the stars.

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DOUGLAS THORNE - Director
LANDSCAPE, WILDLIFE, ASTRO, WEDDINGS

Douglas is a photographer based in Te Anau, New Zealand. He specialises in Wildlife, Weddings, Real Estate, Commercial and Nature Photography.

 

"Doug says all forms of Photography I love. I studied digital media at Southern Institute of Technology and have been passionate about photography for over 12 years.

I won the Otago Wildlife Photographer of the year 2017 and was a finalist in the Sony Alpha New Zealand and Australia competition for 2020 in the astrophotography category."

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