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Rotorua luxury weekend workshop with acclaimed photographer

TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE MEDIA RELEASE: Luxury weekend workshop in Rotorua to learn from internationally acclaimed photographer

For immediate release: 4 August 2014

Award winning photographer Mead Norton is holding a workshop in Rotorua in September to share his knowledge and skills in capturing a powerful image.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to capture a range of images, from landscapes to action shots and portraits. All to the amazing setting of Rotorua’s steamy geothermal paradise, beautiful lakes and lush forests.

“Rotorua provides a fantastic backdrop to learn how to work with your environment to get a dramatic and thought provoking image. We have the mystique and intrigue of the geothermal activity, the tranquil lakes and moody forests,” Mead said.

“It is the perfect playground to teach keen photographers how to use natural light and photo composition. Rotorua is my stomping ground and I will share with attendees some of the hidden spots that are a photographers dream,” he said.

The idea to hold these workshops has been brewing for some time. Mead has wanted to share his passion for photography from a young age and holding workshops has been a dream since he finished his training.

“I have always wanted to share my passion and knowledge for photography. But I needed to get the experience out in the world and the recognition before I could make this happen,” Mead said.

And Mead definitely now has the experience and accolades for his photographs. He has been published worldwide, received international acclaim and won awards.

Mead also has the distinction of being one of the best technically trained photographers in New Zealand with a Master’s of Science in Photography at the world renowned Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

“This workshop will help photography enthusiasts improve their skills and caters for a range of experience levels. It is limited to 12 guests ensuring ample opportunity for one-on-one interaction and instruction. Attendees will come away with a greater understanding of their camera settings and functions and how to use them to maximise their shots,” he said.

Also covered throughout the course of the weekend will be composition of images, how to “pick the moment in the scene”, natural lighting and digital processing. Participants will

have five of their images critiqued by Norton to learn how they could improve their shots.

This workshop is only a start for Mead and he is planning to take workshops around the globe. In the pipeline is a workshop to Mongolia next year to capture the Eagle Festival and potentially an Antarctic expedition in 2016.

The Rotorua workshop is on 5-7 September and attendees get to stay at the luxurious Peppers on the Point boutique hotel.

For more information about the workshop email or call 021 202 3042.

More information:

• Workshop agenda includes trips to:

o Wai-o-tapu Geothermal Wonderland to learn how to master scenic images

o Whakawerawera forest to capture action shots

o Rotorua markets to take portrait style shots

• Workshop costs from $1200 per person and includes 2 nights’ accommodation at Peppers on the Point, gourmet 3 course dinner, breakfasts and lunch.

• To book contact Peppers on the Point – 0800 275 373 or visit

• The workshop is for photography enthusiasts and caters for a range of experience levels. To attend you need basic photography knowledge and a DSLR digital camera.

About the Mead Norton

Mead Norton is an award-winning outdoor lifestyle photographer. He has travelled to more than 35 countries and his work has been published worldwide.

His passion for photography started at an early age and has continues to grow. He loves to get out and about with his camera and capture moments that other people don't or can't see. He prefers to work in the natural environment and the more challenging the conditions, the more fun he has with the shoot.

Throughout his career, Mead Norton has had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects including shooting from the back of an America’s Cup Yacht during a live race, hanging out of a helicopter to shoot an active volcano and meet some of the world’s best athletes.

Renowned for his action shots in sport and adventure tourism Mead has covered events including the 2014 Queenstown Bike Festival, 2014 & 2013 Rotorua Bike Festival, 2013 Tarawera Ultra Marathon, 2010 Sunset Pro surf comp in Hawaii, 2010 Louis Vuitton Pacific Cup Yacht Race, the 2010 Red Bull City Scramble, and the 2008 Nokia Extreme Skiing Competition at Mount Ruapehu.

Mead’s work has been featured in a wide variety of publications like D-Photo, Let’s Travel, Outside Magazine, M2, New Zealand Road Cyclist, New Zealand Mountain Biker UNO, and Inspire.

About Peppers on the Point

While you are learning from the best, you might as well stay at the best. Peppers on the Point is the perfect base to provide photographic inspiration and to relax in luxurious surroundings after a full day of working hard to capture that elusive perfect image.

Workshop guests can expect to be pampered and experience gastronomic delight with Peppers award winning chef.


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