Hi, I'm Tom Putt, professional landscape photographer and father of five kids.
I first fell in love with photography at the age of 13. I borrowed my dad's old Minolta XG-9 film camera to practice photographing birds. Since I was nine I enjoyed birdwatching and bird banding.
My passion for photography continued through to university. But this time I had the sport bug. I was competing in triathlon for a bit of fun and soon found myself taking my camera to any events I wasn't competing in. Before long I was travelling across to Hawaii each year for the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon and selling my photos to local magazines.
I built up a sizeable portfolio of sports photographs - enough to catch the eye of Australia's leading sports photography agency, Sport the Library. I was soon hired as one of their staff photographers in October 1998. The company were the official photographers to the Australian Olympic Team. With Sydney 2000 just a few years away, I was constantly travelling around the country to cover the build up to the Olympics. I covered many of the test events a year before the Olympics. I was one of the first to see a prototype of the Olympic Torch. I photographed the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games as well as many other events. I had the time of my life.
But it was time to move on. In 2003 we started a family and my experience in photographing outdoors transferred well into photographing families in the local parks and at the local beaches. I built the business from the ground up. Initially from my family room, then converting the whole house into a business.
Initially photographing families, we then moved into photographing dogs. My business became known as the place to have your dogs photographed. We published charity books to help drive business and in 11 years we donated over $100,000 to various charities needy of support.
I eventually sold the business in 2014.
But my passion has always been photographing the breathtaking Australian landscape. As a kid I loved looking through books on Australia's National Parks.
In 1997, I did my first serious landscape shoot, walking the Overland Track in Tasmania. Inspired by the likes of Ken Duncan and Peter Lik, I pursued my landscape photography at every opportunity. Borrowing then eventually buying my own panoramic film camera, I was obsessed with capturing the beauty of the Australia landscape in the best way possible. The large 6x17cms produced far superior prints to the 35mm counterpart.
In 2009 I published my first landscape books on Cradle Mountain, The Milford Track and the Routeburn Tracks in New Zealand.
In 2018, I fulfilled my dream of having my own gallery, opening in Main Street, Mornington, Victoria.
For the past 25 years, I've had the privilege to call the Australian wilderness my office. For me, there’s nothing more exhilarating than being surrounded by this serenity. Whether it be standing on top of a mountain, or wandering along an ancient dry creek bed, my heart and soul always feels at home amongst these landscapes.
We were one of the first to offer landscape photography workshops in Australia back in 2005. Since then, we've conducted over 100 workshops here and abroad. Funny thing is, we still run them the same today as we did back then. Outstanding locations, plenty of one-on-one tuition, good food, good wine and great company.
Our Landscape Photography Workshops are PERFECT for someone:
- Looking to escape the 9 to 5 and indulge in the art of landscape photography
- Wanting to get the very best from their camera and take professional photographs
- Who likes to be guided to spectacular locations with plenty of time to explore each area
- Who wants expert tuition from a highly experienced professional with plenty of one-on-one time
- Who loves the idea of socialising with like-minded photographers who share the same passion for photography.
If you want to take THE BEST photos, at THE BEST times, under THE BEST tuition available, I believe this workshop is for you.
I've had 17 years experience refining my teaching to ensure the participants get INCREDIBLE value from their time away.
It is incredibly important to me that you go home raving about this workshop.I want you to get home, rest your feet, pour over your images, reflect on your experience, then book another workshop with me because you can't wait to have that happen all over again!
And our repeat clientele rate tells you this is generally what happens. 93% of our participants have been on a workshop with me before.
I think that says something...
But don't just take it from me.
Here's what others have said about the workshops...
"We’ve been doing Tom’s workshops for nearly a decade now. Why do we keep coming back? We keep learning, and he keeps making it fun to do so! Our photography skills continue to expand, the list of places we have visited and still want to visit keeps expanding and our list of friends with similar interests also keeps expanding. Tom’s workshops are always value for money, you always have everything organised for you - you just turn up - and you end up in the right place at the right time for the right photo. It’s not didactic (unless you need that - Tom’s educational skills are always adapted to the participants) and the food is always awesome! Unfortunately, you do end up wanting new cameras, lenses, computers.... Life is uncertain unless you have your next Tom Putt Workshop booked in!!" Anders & Nicole, Brisbane
"Thank you Tom for a wonderful day. The early rise was worth it. Not so much for the shots but that the knowledge you shared with us. It was a 10 hour day and I learnt so much. Worth every cent. I especially liked finishing with a work shop on Lightroom. Even though I use it a lot there was still heaps to learn. Oh by the way the food was great too. Just fruit for me tonight. I think you should call the workshop 'More than Landscape Photography'.” Yvonne, Albury
"I have such an amazing set of images from our William Creek event. Fantastic! I greatly appreciated your guidance and the wonderful opportunities you crafted for us. Thank you so much – and I hope to catch up with you again." Louise, Sydney
"Hi Tom, had a fantastic time on your Lake Eyre workshop, even better than last year if that’s at all possible! You put on the perfect weather and knew exactly where to go to get the best shots. Thank you 🙏 and I will happily tell everyone I know how great you and the workshops are." Judi, Melbourne.
"Seriously what an incredible couple of weeks you have had. Multiple participants over 10-11 days, over 22 hours of flying, probably too many steak and chip meals, constant organisation and logistic handling, coaching and teaching others to get the best out of their airtime and an experience you had with people you can call your friends! So very proud of you babe, I’m sure you are feeling happy, exhausted, dizzy, proud and elated all at the same time." Mary, Melbourne
"We are all truly blessed to have you firstly, ask us to join you on these workshops and secondly, to have you guide & mentor us to get the most out of each and every daily experience from taking the shots to post production.......thank you Tom for being you; don't ever change!!!" Kyrenia, Melbourne
"All I can say is that it was the best scenery, the best company and by far the best organised. Thank you Tom for your hard work in putting together such a fantastic workshop. You are by far the very, very best!" Judi, Melbourne.
"After following Tom on social media for a few years I finally jumped onboard with one of his trips - so glad I did! I had heaps of fun, learnt a thing or two and continued to feed my addiction of aerial photography! I may have enough images to keep me going for quite a while too..." Natalya, Melbourne
"Tom, you truely are A grade quality as a photographer, teacher and person. I had an amazing workshop and lots of fun. 👍📷🍾" Bernard, Melbourne
"And thank you again TP. It was a cracker of a workshop, so good I wish I did it 3 times with you." Nicole, Brisbane
"Being the "newbie" on our trip, I now feel like part of the family 💞 Thank you again, I am waiting for the next aerial trip to do it all over again!" Rhonda, Melbourne
I hope you can join me on an adventure soon.
If you need more information, please give me a call directly on 0490 055 697 so I can help answer any questions you might have.