Having been born and raised in Africa, I was fortunate to spend many holidays enjoying the continent’s beautiful reserves and parks, where I was introduced to an astounding diversity of wildlife and wild places. As a family, we have lived in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, and are currently based in South Africa. We organize and lead personalized, authentic, small- group photographic safaris from our South African base.
In 1999, I became a qualified Field Guide with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and a Tourist Guide accredited by Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Education and Training Authority (THETA). In 2003, I obtained a BA (Hons) Degree in Wildlife Photography at Blackpool and The Fylde College, an associate college of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.
The combination of these two passions helped me to achieve my long-held dream of operating my own photographic safari tour company.
My images have been published in several magazines (Outdoor Photography, Getaway, Africa Wild, Photo Comment); have been featured on the 50/50 Veld Focus TV show; Nat Geo Wild TV show “Caught in the Act” , Winner of the NATURES BEST “African Wildlife” Category and in numerous newspaper and magazine publications around the world. They are for sale through a number of stock libraries. I also sell limited edition prints.
This is a selection of my own images taken whilst out on our photographic safaris.
I believe that picturing the image in your mind before you take it, is a crucial skill to develop as it leads to the creation of compelling images. Combining this with a sound knowledge of your subject, your camera equipment and specific techniques is what the photographic journey is all about. The best part about this journey is that it never ends and it continues to provide new experiences for all of us.
Dear Wild4, Very many thanks to all of you Stu, Ann, John, & Justyna - for a wonderful trip. We really enjoyed our two weeks with you - the organisation was superb, the food was excellent and the guiding and photographic advice from you. Stu, was invaluable. I am sure that without your expertise we would never have seen as many animals or got as many images as we did. Several photographic friends have already contacted us to enquire how our trip went and we have highly recommended you to them. With many thanks from us both,
David and Mary Cantrille, UK
Shopping for a travel adventure on the Web is somewhat risky, but when I wanted to go on an African photo safari, I really had no choice. I looked around and finally picked Wild4 Photographic Safaris for one reason: the vehicle. It was obvious that this was an outfit that understood photographic details and the needs of serious wildlife photographers. With a capacity for 10 passengers, the vehicle takes just three photographers. The three photographers' benches feature platforms to steady big lenses on both sides of the vehicle, and loads of storage space and pockets for lenses, bodies, accessories, binoculars, field guides, water, etc. I can not imagine a better platform for photography in the bush veldt. What is not as obvious in the on-line description is that the vehicle comes equipped with Stu Porter, the Wild4 owner and guide. Stu, who bears a striking resemblance to movie actor Matt Damon, is a deceptively shy young man with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Kruger National Park, its animals, geography, geology, climate, seasons, and, of course, rules. He also has the eyes of an eagle and is the best leopard spotter in South Africa. Stu's knowledge and patience are seemingly infinite, and he somehow manages to be aware both of his passengers' needs and everything around us. He does everything humanly possible to give you the opportunity to get the best shot. And if you need more than just the opportunity, he can instruct even the most seasoned photographer on technique. Stu grew up next to Kruger National Park, and his mother (who does the meal preparation for the safari) started taking him there as soon as he was old enough. He has been accumulating his knowledge of the park and its animals all his life, and that comes in very handy when you need to know something about animal behavior. In short, Wild4 Photographic Safaris is all about the vehicle, with spacious seats, shooting platforms and Stu Porter as standard equipment. You can't do better. Thank you, Stu!
George Cathcart, USA