We've asked previous workshop attendees what makes them come back to Simon's workshops time and again. This next one at Bay of Many Coves Resort is quite special, and sticking by Simon's side, we hear, means your chances of getting "the Shot" are very high. Read on..
Each year, Simon Woolf's Photography workshops and retreats are much anticipated- so much so, that you have to be quick if you want to get a spot!
Ever wondered what makes them so compelling?
We wanted to find out from past workshop attendees what all the buzz was about, particularly, the photographic experiences at the Bay of Many Coves Resort in Queen Charlotte Sound. These have been taking place now for almost seven years, with no end date in sight.
So, we caught recently up with Mr Stephen Fox, an artist and photography enthusiast, who was kind enough to answer some questions for us:
Woolf: "How many workshops with Simon have you attended and where have these taken place?"
Stephen Fox: " I cannot remember exactly, as in some I have helped Simon, and in others I have attended as a participant. However, it is somewhere around seven workshops at Bay of Many Coves, two at Zealandia, two at Ohariu Farm, and One at Shelly bay..."
W: "Wow, that is impressive! What made you attend these workshops?"
SF: "The first one was at the Bay of Many Coves (B.O.M.C.) Resort. I wanted to learn about photography as I moved away from painting and into Photography for my art. I had stayed at B.O.M.C. and saw an advertisement for the workshop, so I decided to attend. I can totally recommend this workshop, and keep going back when ever I can. Even after all the workshops I have attended, each one is a refinement of technique and an experience of a lifetime with wonderful photos to remember each on and to see the progression over time."
W: "Tell us what you have derived from them, what you were looking to achieve, and whether they lived up to your expectations" and what the overall experience was like.)
SF: "The experience was way more than I had expected and I achieved a lot more than I had hoped. Simon is a fantastic Mentor and guide. This, along with the sharing that occurs across the workshop participants, and the beautiful environment at B.O.M.C., makes it a unique experience.
W: "Thank you, Stephen. What is the one word you would use to describe the experience, and what else would you like to see happen?"
SF: " I would say my word is "Exceptional" (for seasoned or novice photographers alike). For me, after seven times, I think Simon should consider doing a "Road-trip photography Tour"! :)"
Thinking of joining us at the Bay of Many Coves Resort? Take a look at the itinerary for the May workshop. Don't worry if you miss out this time, you can always come along in September. Click here for details.
We would love hear from you about your experiences and receive feedback and ideas for future photography workshops (from anyone who has or is yet to participate). You never know what Simon will come up with next!
At Woolf Photography we pride ourselves on being award winning, and having our images regularly selected for major exhibitions, either here in New Zealand or overseas.
The studio prides itself on pitting itself against the best, and attaining honours and accolades in the process. It enables us to strive to high standards and gauge ourselves against our peers.
Woolf photography hold a few records too. As a studio, we hold the most Kodak Gold and Silver awards in the 20 year history. We also have the most Wedding Album Golds, and also the most Golds and Silver Awards in a given year. Epson Iris Awards, Australian APPA Awards, and Wedding and Portrait Photography International awards and accolades have also been accumulated over the years.
The Photographic Society of New Zealand Canon National Exhibition has seen a number of Woolf Photography photographers win major awards, and gain exhibition selection. The proudest achievement is having so many young photographers, who have had involvement with the studio,have gained both exhibition success, and also won the PSNZ Youth Award.
This year Simon Woolf gained an unprecedented seventh print Gold Medal for Photojournalism, adding to his two Champion Projected Image Golds, and two further Open Category Gold Medals. Simon also gained a Bronze Medal this year to accompany the Gold Medal and The Shirley Peverill Award.
To win consistently takes dedication and discipline. An image needs to different, unique and hold an x factor, and ultimately needs to be immaculately presented.
Simon has won Gold Medals over 4 decades, and like all the Woolf Photography Photographers strives for excellence, while giving our clients great value and service too.