Catching Up With Vandy Pollard

Vandy has been on a winning roll with her photography over the past year. She won the People's Choice Award for the Fresh Shoots Spring Competition and then went onto win the Autumn Fresh Shoots Competition as the overall senior winner. It has been a joy to watch her progress, so let's find out what else this nature/wildlife photographer has been up to!


"Light Painting at Civic Square" The pyramid sculpture ‘Te Aho a Maui’ is in the background of this image. By Vandy Pollard.
"Light Painting at Civic Square" The pyramid sculpture ‘Te Aho a Maui’ is in the background of this image. By Vandy Pollard.

You said that winning People's Choice had inspired you to take more risks in your photography and to not become complacent with your subject matter – Aside from entering (and winning!) Autumn Fresh Shoots, what else have you been doing?


I recently made the shift to full-frame, purchasing a 5D iv which is a significant change from my 80D crop frame.


In February I attended a one day long exposure course with Richard Young of NZ Photography Workshops and following this, purchased a full landscape set of Benro Filters, although I haven’t dedicated enough time to mastering the use of them yet.


"Point Halswell" Long Exposure of Halswell Lighthouse on the Coast of Wellington. By Vandy Pollard.
"Point Halswell" Long Exposure of Halswell Lighthouse on the Coast of Wellington. By Vandy Pollard.

I also attended a mini-workshop through Wellington Photographic Society on portraiture which was completely out of my comfort zone – learning about lighting and the need to direct/give feedback to models.


I travelled to the Catlins for the first time with a friend in April