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We have put together an incredible mix of Photographic Experts, Nepal and Mountain Gurus, and invited along some incredible personalities who between them add significant value to what is offered at PhotoJourney; it's what makes us unique and, although we say so ourselves, pretty damned cool.
The core team of Johnny and Saraya have been conducting remote and adventurous photographic training over many years with organisations such as British Exploring Society, Outward Bound, Venture Quest, Raleigh International to name a few. Our guest speakers have incredible stories to tell from walking the Nile or the Himalayas, to modelling in Australia, to photographing Royalty.
Johnny enjoys a successful career as a commercial photographer, working with a broad range of clients, from corporate giants Coca-Cola, Lidl and EFG to members of the Royal Family to humble NGOs like the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Hello World.
This allows him to add great value as a photographic coach and instructor.
Johnny has had a number of coaching roles, from one on one with private clients to the role of media leader with youth development charity, British Exploring.
When not taking photographs Johnny is often to be found walking his terrier, cycling country lanes and meditating with his daughters.
Instructor and Portrait Specialist
In April 2007 Saraya was the first ever female photographer to gain the title of Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers in studio portraiture. In September 2015, Saraya was awarded her second Fellowship in Social Documentary, for her work in Tanzania - One of only 2 women in the UK to receive this award; a Fellowship is the most prestigious qualification that a professional photographer is able to achieve in portrait photography and one that very few photographers are able to realise.
In 2015, Saraya was voted The London Portrait Photographer of the Year.
Saraya has also won many awards in the National Awards for the British Institute. Saraya is now a judge at this level for both qualifications and National awards, and is a BIPP approved assessor and mentor to other aspiring photographers.
Saraya has been working with Johnny in Nepal since 2016, and her skilful eye and dedication have helped numerous other photographers to improve their own skills whilst on a Photo Journey adventure.
For the last 3 years, Saraya has been an Ambassador for Fujifilm and talks regularly at national and international photographic events.
Instructor and Landscape Specialist
Quintin is a British Architectural and Landscape Photographer. He originally trained as an architect and his interest in geometry and serenity informs all his photographic work. When not working on assignment for clients worldwide he creates photographic art works in series based on long landscape walks and aspects of the built environment.
He's inspired by the serenity of elemental wilderness landscapes travelled on foot. Quintin has undertaken multi-day walks alone, carrying a tent, which helps him discover unexpected features of the landscape and allows the spirit of the place to get under his skin. Walking becomes integral to the creative process. His photographic expeditions have taken him to 70 countries with a special emphasis on singular environments such as jungles, deserts and the arctic.
In more recent years Quintin's main area of interest has been the British Landscape. A walk from the source of the Thames to London led to walks along the Ridgeway, a 20 day journey across the mountains of Wales and then to a walk from the source of the Severn to the sea. In 2015 he embarked on a 10,000km walk around the British coast in sections called The Perimeter - an incredible feat!
Quintin joined Photo Journey in Scotland in 2021, and his landscape eye will is a significant addition to Photo Journey in Nepal.