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Welcome To Women in Photography


Meet the Team

Women in Photography, a global provider of photography tours and retreats created by multi-award winning New Zealand photographer Lesley Whyte. 

Our retreats and tours are led by dedicated team of Women in Photography mentors who have been chosen as they share Women in Photography’s philosophy of mentoring and growing “your photography passion.” All our mentors are passionate about sharing their knowledge and helping you grow.

All our retreats and tours are fully inclusive of all your meals, transport from / back to point of departure. The retreats and tours are also incredibly fun and social plus extremely interactive with our Lightroom & Photoshop sessions – of course you don’t need to have Lightroom & Photoshop loaded on your laptop as we will work with you on how to process your photos on our laptops. Throughout the day, there is lots of 1:1 time so you can nail those essential camera skills – we will help you get off auto. You’ll receive a complimentary beautiful rugged Women in Photography A5 photo diary with cheat sheets on lots of photographic genres and room to make notes so you don’t forget what you’ve learnt.

On our retreats we are up early and head to bed late – we are out exploring the landscape so you come away with some awesome images! We also spend time on creative editing and post-processing techniques with our photo sharing sessions. Chatting over a glass of wine your dinner we’ll likely be exchanging composition ideas.

Our tours are adventurous and include adventurous activities; train excursion with open air viewing platform for photography, ATV ride, horse trekking, jet boat ride and walks to get to those places which are rugged and remote, places where the photography is awesomely spectacular!

Photographers of all levels of experience are welcome to join us, from beginners to hobbyists to serious. Once you step onboard with us there is, typically, nothing else to pay.

Lesley Whyte


Leanne Silver LPSNZ

Senior Photography Mentor

Leanne, of Leanne Silver Photography, is an artistic landscape and wildlife photographer always exploring different photographic perspectives for her fine art prints. She holds a Photography Institute Diploma and is an active member of PSNZ .


Meghan Maloney

Senior Photography Mentor

Meghan, owner of Meghan Maloney Photography is New Zealand’s leading female landscape photographer and a passionate astrophotography mentor



Judy Stokes

Photography Mentor

Judy an artistic photographer inspired mostly by nature and the ocean, loves to use ICM (Intentional camera Movement) to create her images. She loves the way this free style of photography simplifies scenes and seems to capture the essence of a time and place. Judy has achieved recognition for her images in competitions Nationally and Internationally.

Raewyn Smith

Photography Mentor

Raewyn is an avid gardener and skilful still life and portrait photographer. Thanks to an abundance of flowers, four gorgeous grandchildren and two very cute dogs, she is never short on photographic inspiration.


Christine Tham

Senior Photography Mentor

With over 35 years photography passion, Sydney based Christine is co-founder of Visual Voyager, the Principal Voigtländer Ambassador for Mainline Photographics and a Workshop Instructor for Mainline Photo Academy.


Stephanie Johnson

Senior ICM Mentor

United States based Stephanie runs our Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) workshops in New Zealand and Sydney.  Stephanie is Founder and Creator of ICM Photography Magazine (ICMPhotoMag), which celebrates the Art and Beauty of ICM photography globally.

Jess Shirley

Arts & Design Tutor

A freelance photographer for over 12 years, Jess is a member of NMIT’s Arts and Media team as a tutor where she shares her passion for art and design through teaching others and for Women in Photography is the tutor for our recommended beginner photography NZQA class run by NMIT.

Michelle Vollemaere

Content Creator

Michelle, word service provider and grammar geek at Correctamundo, is also a keen amateur photographer. She shoots anything and everything under the name MiVo but has a penchant for the street genre.

Kate Grant


Kate supports Women in Photography as our media and public relations consultant.

Sarah Illsley

Web Specialist

Sarah, a passionate photographer joins Women in Photography to manage our website and content.