Snapshot: L AUREN BUCHHOLZ
Past: Originally from California’s Bay Area, Lauren has lived, worked and traveled in the historic districts of the northeastern United States and the dramatic landscapes of the American West. Her passion for conservation and the great outdoors fueled her early career as a naturalist with the US National Park Service and several environmental education centres. She later worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and enjoyed fringe benefi ts like wrangling pronghorn antelope and tagging mountain lion cubs. In 2013, Lauren took a four- month solo road trip around New Zealand and left her heart in the country. She returned to work for the Department of Conservation as a communications specialist, where she wrote and photographed stories about two huge- scale conservation initiatives and spent as much time as possible in the fi eld with kiwis, kaka, and other New Zealand critters. She received residency in 2016, and now divides her time between the western United States and Aotearoa. Present: Lauren recently completed her fi rst season as a photography instructor with Lindblad Expeditions- National Geographic cruising the Inside Passage of southeastern Alaska. She spent a month combining her love of majestic landscapes and discussing the fi ner details of f- stops and white balance, and still can’t believe she is paid to do this. Future: She is returning to Otago this spring to photograph and explore more of New Zealand’s landscape, and to prepare for anther season of tours in the Pacifi c Northwest.