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About the Bluedog Pack

The Bluedog kennel is located at Tamborine Mountain in the hinterland of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Tamborine Mountain is a fifty minute drive from Brisbane or 35 minutes from the Gold Coast.

The Bluedog Photography workshops, retreats and tours are run by specially selected professional photographic tutors. Passionate about photography, excited to take on new technology and dedicated to passing on their knowledge, the team at Bluedog are wonderfully talented professionals from varied fields in photography. With a range of guest professional tutors we bring you both face-face and online a wonderful mix of sessions as we all work in the field.

Why come to us?
Quite simply, it comes down to the quality of our tutors and the structure of our workshops.

All of our tutors continue working as professional photographers. Meet a few currently featured below.
Each has taught various aspects of photography throughout Australia – both face-to-face and on-line. You may be a good photographer but that does not mean you can teach.

All of our tutors continue to be students themselves, striving to learn more about their field and better their own photography.
They are proud to have the knowledge, confidence and patience to take you on an exciting path with your work.

We keep our workshop numbers small to ensure participants receive individual attention to gain the maximum benefit and to have all their questions answered.

Join us and under the guidance of professional photographers explore the world of photography, learn hands on and meet new friends.

Corporate Needs?
The team at Bluedog supply work for a range of national and international clients. Every job undertaken is overseen to ensure quality and time frames are always met and standards are kept well above average.

Why the Name Bluedog?
We get asked this question a lot. Danielle had been operating as a sole trader in the photography industry for about 10 years when she decided that she needed to form a company to ensure the ongoing success of her photography workshop business. After submitting numerous business names for registration (all rejected – it might have had something to do with the names being weird and wonderful combinations of her children’s names!), Danielle was making yet another submission when she looked down at her Blue Cattle Dog, curled up at her feet, and on a whim submitted Bluedog. The submission was accepted, the rest is history – that was back in 1996 – and there continues to be a Bluedog in the “kennel” to this day.


Danielle Lancaster

National president of the the Australian Travel Writers Association 2015-2017
AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer
MEAA Accredited Member
2014 Best Travel Book Australian Society of Travel Writers and Photographers
2014 Exhibiting Artist Head On Photo Festival
2013 Nikon-Walkley Slide Night Winner Queensland
2013 Exhibiting Artist Queensland Festival of Photography

Dedicated to the promotion of photography and passionate about passing on her skills so everyone can enjoy their photography, Danielle Lancaster is one of the most devoted people in this arena you are likely to come across. Her enthusiasm is infectious, her ‘photo talk’ plain and simple and her fervour unrelentless.

Since studying at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, she has had an exciting and varied career as a professional photographer for nearly 30 years earning her bread and butter by the click of a shutter.

From sports (the first official female photographer at a Bathurst Hardie 1000) to newspapers and chasing the stories of murder, corruption and theft to portraiture, fashion and weddings, Danielle also has written and taught many photography modules for TAFE New South Wales.

Danielle now specialises in two areas: social documentation and tourism photo journalism and running the Bluedog Photography workshops, retreats and tours. Images are supplied to numerous corporate, government and private sectors both nationally and internationally. Some of her current clients include: Tourism Queensland, 4×4 Australia, News Ltd, ACP, Travel There Next, TravPix, RACQ Road Ahead.

Danielle holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, has lectured in photography (digital and film), art history and design and delivered workshops and spoken at conferences for the Queensland Government, Queensland RADF, Shire Councils and other authorities in Australia and New Zealand.

She has also been part of solo and group exhibitions. Danielle won Best Travel Book in 2014 with ‘4WD Treks Close to Brisbane’, a two year enormous effort of mapping, writing and photographing.
In 2004 ‘Out around the Bulloo’ a pictorial essay of the remote Bulloo Shire in western Queensland was published which received rave reviews in Australia and overseas as “capturing the pure essence of the area”.

E-mail: info@blue-dog.com.au
Phone: +61 7 5545 4777

Cathy Finch

Cathy Finch

AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer

Cathy works as a freelance photographer and travel journalist, submitting regularly to many leading newspaper, magazine and guide book titles. Having previously worked as a newspaper photographer shooting news, sport, entertainment and features, it could be said that Cathy thrives on documentary photography and deadlines. But she is at her happiest however, in the midst of travel and adventure – climbing mountains, jumping off them, rafting rapids, surfing jungles and off-road four-wheel-driving through choking bulldust and giant sand drifts, with a camera roped firmly to her body.

Cathy’s images are represented by the world’s leading travel image gallery, Lonely Planet Images, and she currently continues to shoot news jobs for the Courier Mail in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region. Cathy was the 2009 ASTW Excellence in Journalism Award Winner for “Best Image Taken in Australia

David Alexander
David Alexander
Emerging AIPP Member

David operates a successful boutique photographic and modelling business in south-east Queensland and tutors with Bluedog Photography.

David’s patience and dedication in assisting you capture special images is exceptional.

‘Please thank David for me, he is an amazing, patient and kind tutor and I felt very at ease with his teaching style.’
Shandell T.

As an emerging member of the AIPP, David’s passion is fashion and portraiture.

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Graham Bliss

Graham is a graphic designer, illustrator and Certified Adobe Trainer located in Brisbane, Australia. He also paints in acrylic and oil on canvas and sees digital imaging as creative tool With a deep passion for digital photography. We introduce Graham Bliss.

Graham trains students in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, Adobe Creative Suite CS6 and Creative Cloud.

His portfolio includes a wide-range of illustrations and designs commissioned by Advertising Agencies, Publishers and design companies located in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.

His work has been reproduced in books, magazines and newspapers, on stationery, posters and billboards, on clothing, game cards and a number of varied merchandising items. Graham’s illustrations and artwork have also been included in a number of joint exhibitions in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.


David Brazil

David, an award winning photographer, has had and abiding passion for photography for over thirty years since first picking up his Dad’s Rolleiflex.
He immersed himself from a young age in art, photography and culture studying photography classes at school, taking photography art workshops at Sydney University Tin Sheds and Canberra School of Art.

His work encompasses landscape, portraits, social documentary photography and multimedia production. Working across a wide variety of techniques from mobile phone photography to
Gigapixel ultra-high resolution imaging, David brings his unique vision and aesthetic to his subject matter.

His career has been diverse including in the 90’s documenting the then newly formed Green Left Weekly,
covering rallies on the streets of Sydney and bush protest camps and running the papers dark room.

After returning from a 3 year Europe sojourn, David wentt on to complete further
studies in photography at the Sydney Institute of Technology and set up a studio in Redfern.

He is a selected Magnum Photographer, exhibited as a guest at Head On Photo Festival for two years running.

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Christine Retschlag

Christine Retschlag  is an award winning editor, journalist and author who has spent 25 years working for online and print publications in Australia, Hong Kong, London and Singapore. The 2006 Australian Travel Writer of the Year (Trade/Industry) and Jack Butters Memorial Award for Travel Writing Excellence winner has also contributed to two travel books – Best Foot Forward; and Red Dust and Wanderlust. In 2007, she won the title of Best Australian Story over 1000 words.

In 2012 she established the blog – The Global Goddess – www.theglobalgoddess.com. Christine is also the author of Destination Desire – The Global Goddess, a single woman’s journey, published in 2013.

When not travelling the world, you’ll find her happily lounging on the back deck of her 1920s Queenslander cottage in Brisbane, usually with a cold beer, a gutsy red and even gutsier friends, among her possums, geckos and the resident carpet snake who makes the occasional cameo appearance.


Michael Coyne

Guest Tutor Michael Coyne

AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer

Michael Coyne, who is based in Australia, has worked on assignments and appeared in magazines such as: Newsweek, Life, Time, National Geographic Magazine, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, German Geo, French Geo, Paris Match, Madame La Figaro, London Observe Magazine, London Independent Magazine, Travel Holiday, and Vogue.

He has had a number of successful books published of his work including: Numurkah lakes & Roses, Second Spring – The Regeneration of the Jesuits, The Oz Factor, A World of Australians, Contemporary Photographer: Australia – MICHAEL COYNE, The Jew called Jesus, Tour of Duty – East Timor, Lonely Planet – People Photography, How To be A Child and Armageddon.

His numerous awards include: American National Press Photographers Association, Overseas Press Club of America, FCC Hong Kong Human Rights Certificate, Children’s Book of the Year, The Religious Book of the Year. In April 2003 Michael was awarded the “Centenary Medal” by the Australian Government for Services to Photography. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (by Publication) from Griffith University in October 2008. Dr. Michael Coyne was granted the title of, Adjunct Professor of Photography at RMIT University in October 2008. In 2011 he was awarded a Fellowship by the AIPP for services to Australian photography.

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