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.
When two photo trips organised by my tour operator were cancelled. I looked around and found Wild4. Justyna was extremely helpful in putting together a tailor made tour just for me. I opted for 8 nights Kruger, 2 nights Big Cats & the Reptile extension. Some emails later and all was booked and paid for. I tend to shy away from flash but as we were doing a night shoot at the Big Cat Reserve, I quickly learned a great new technique and the photographs turned out wonderful. In short, Wild4 Photographic Safaris is the one you want to book with to get the best opportunities. This is not the last time I will make use of their services. Thank you Justyna & Stu for a wonderful time.
Rob Pelle, NETHERLANDS
For thirty-five years I had dreamed of going on a photographic safari in South Africa. This year I finally realized that dream and it is fair to say that my hopes and expectations were surpassed in every way. I had done extensive research on African photographic safaris on the Internet before settling on Wild 4 photo safaris. What an inspired choice that turned out to be! This family company run by Stu Porter and his wife, Justyna, and aided by Stu’s parents, John and Ann, provides the perfect safari experience for photographers of every skill level. Stu is one South Africa’s finest wild-life photographers and a first-class teacher into the bargain. His knowledge of the habitat and habits of the animals and birds to be found in Kruger National Park is simply encyclopaedic. I was accompanied on the trip by my 25 year-old daughter, Amy, and we eagerly adapted to the early morning wake-up call to go off into the wilds in one of Stu’s specially fitted jeeps to photograph animals at sunrise. Every day brought its special moments whether the spectacle of lions mating just a few metres from the jeep, or leopards lying lazily in the grass digesting a meal, or elephants and hippos frolicking in a river. The days sped by and we returned home with thousands of photographs of birds and animals to sort through and cherish for the memories they bring back. A safari with Wild 4 is more than a photographic experience with a master photographer: it is an initiation into the wonders of South Africa – its wild-life and spectacular landscapes - and, above all, an experience of friendship as everyone aboard the jeep bond in common purpose. Everything about Wild 4 is first class: organization is superb, accommodations excellent, choices of locale perfect. Our safari with Stu and Wild4 was truly the experience of a life-time.
Andrew Oliver, CANADA