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 South Africa. In 2020 we emigrated as a family to the beautiful Australian island state of Tasmania, where we continue to organize small group specialist photographic safaris to Africa's most photo productive locations.
In 1999, I became a qualified Field Guide with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and a Tourist Guide accredited by (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 wildlife 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 2015 NATURES BEST "African Wildlife" Category and in numerous newspaper and magazine publications around the world. They are also for sale through a number of photo stock libraries.
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.
On arrival we were treated as part of the family by Stu Porter, his wife Justyna, and parents John and Ann. The conditions for finding and photographing everything from small birds to large game was perfect – a 500mm lens on hire from Stu, a specially equipped vehicle, which was referred to as a hide on wheels ( with only 3 photographers) , a dedicated and professional approach to photography and plenty of time. We would set off at sunrise, find a group of lions as they were beginning to yawn and stir from sleep, or a pair of saddle-billed storks building a nest, and quietly move our cameras into position. The initial sighting was accompanied by the rapid firing of shutters, but then we would wait as long as necessary in the hope of getting further shots. Stu was very sensitive to our needs and would only make suggestions about the best camera settings if he thought we needed his advice. His awareness of how animals behave was very useful in planning our shots. Stu’s knowledge of African Wildlife and skill as a wildlife photographer is second to none, and I have learned a lot from his expertise. I am delighted with my photos !! This was the trip of a lifetime, good accommodation, delicious food and great company. It was altogether a wonderful, challenging and thrilling experience and, if you are looking for a photo safari in Africa, I too recommend you contact Stu Porter at Wild4.
David Austwick, UK
This was my first photography trip to Africa after a lot of research. Although I spent over 30 days in Africa, my Botswana component was among the most productive and is my favorite country visited. I must say Stu and Justyna's planning and direction for our entire trip is unparalleled and can't thank them enough. Our guides were incredible and the crew that helped us were indispensable. The food during our photo safari was the best for all of the places visited including South Africa. I still don't know how Pula managed to make his wonderful cuisine with so little resources! Our camp crew, Philemon and Ghoms were delightful and truly made me feel cared for and welcome. I have learned much from Stu and only wish I could have had more time learning from him in the field. Stu made our photo safari fun by pairing us with Mark, a like minded gentleman who was a joy to photograph with and talented. The entire experience was amazing with many high quality photo opportunities and think I have captured some magical moments and truly feel enriched by the experience. Thank you so much Stu, Justyna and all involved and I will try to one day do another marvelous adventure with Wild4 African Photographic Safaris !.
Georges McNeil, USA