Exciting (And unbelievably busy)August!

So wow this has really been one of busiest months, EVER since leaving the studio a year and a half ago!

17 location shoots, eight weddings, preparing for my talks for Fuji in Cologne, and a precious need for some mummy daughter time, and I have felt stretched beyond belief, but its nearly over and I am looking very much forward to a few days off !

Leaving the studio before my trip to Africa was a brave move, and one that I must admit, made me a little nervous to say the least! But I am so pleased that I made the jump, to a better work life balance!

My trips abroad were the push to leave the daily grind of the commute and the rent payments (dont get me wrong I bloody loved that studio!) but it was time for a change! And for the first time since I have been back, it has felt that my business has got back to where is was before! Phew! It took a while!

But now from strength to strength as they say, and because I am no longer tied to the studio I am able to take up some wonderful opportunities that have come my way!

Sometimes you just have to jump, and hope that you’ll land ok! And with a lot of hard work that generally tends to happen fortunately!

So from my amazing trip to Nepal earlier this year with Raleigh International, I was offered a great chance to return again with another project, photo journeys with the brilliant Jonny Fenn.

Nepali travel photographer
Travel portraiture, Nepal
Hetauda, Nepal.
Nepal travel portraits

We will be visiting the epicentre of the Nepali earthquake that tragically took so many lives last year to see how the area has progressed since. From my visit in January this year I have no doubt that the Nepalis will be smiling through it all and welcoming us into what ever shelter they have! I hope that the government has released the much needed fund to rebuild!? I will wait and see.

The next great opportunity actually happened a while ago, as you can see from my last post I was approached by the lovely guys from Fuji, to test out their new flagship Fuji XT2 in the hope that I would see the benefits of using the mirrorless system over my Nikon DSLR.

It was a bit of a steep learning curve, especially with a prototype model, but even with that factored in, I was impressed! I have now completely switched, and am now looking forward to speaking in Cologne at Photokina telling of my experiences! Its been a bit of a whirlwind of a year, and my advice to anybody stuck in a bit of a rut?

Go out there and do something that pushes your boundaries and your buttons of creativity! It really has taken my life in a completely different way!

I am so excited for the few next months and years! And never expected that volunteering for four months for an NGO would take me so far!

Fuji-012

They do say you get back what you put in , and seems to have rung true with my year!

Here’s to more adventures and exciting projects!

Saraya xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Article, in The Photographer.

So 2015 was a big year for my lovely little business, I decided to make the big step of moving from my gorgeous studio in High Barnet to all location based shoots. Many thought I was mad to give up such a lovely space, and leave the comfort zone of the studio.

Here is an article, from The photographer Sept 2015 explaining why I did ,and the great changes is has made to me as a portrait photographer in London. It really pushed my photography in ways that are both good for me in a creative way, and for my clients , their portraits are now more unique to their family.

Please click on the link below to read the full story!

The photographer, Saraya Cortaville

I think it is a real insight to how a great adventure (which Africa, Tanzania, and the whole experience with Raleigh International was) can completely change you’re outlook in life! And in so many ways that you might not even imagine!

2016 is also proving to be a very exciting year, with many new projects and adventures planned! I look forward to telling you all about them! 🙂

They really all do seem to have stemmed from this initial adventure! So go on push yourself to do something out of the ordinary! You never know where it might take you!

Speak soon! Love from a very excited portrait photographer 🙂

Saraya x

And the winner is……

So just before my big trip out to Nepal with the inspiring charity Raleigh International, I blogged the great news, that two of my portfolios had been shortlisted in the National Awards for the British Institute of Professional Photography 2016.

And whilst I was away I received the wonderful news that they both were awarded as finalists!! The portfolio named on the buses, which was shot for the lovely project children of London was awarded a bronze award. This set of portraits were shot on a London bus last year and was in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. To get involved in the 2016 project please see some of the other incredible portraits here.

Award winning portraits. London.
Childrens portraits, North London.
Portrait photographer, North London
Portrait photographer, North London.
Portrait photographer, North London

The portfolio, Tanzanian women, was awarded a GOLD!! in the visual arts category. This set of images were all shot whilst I was living in Tanzania Jan- May and is a set of portraits that are very dear to me! The trip really has made a huge difference into the way I work and the way that I run my portraiture business. With my focus now on capturing my clients and their families in natural surroundings!

I was also amazed to be informed that my second fellowship panel completed in 2015 had been awarded the very prestigious Peter Grugeon award for the best Fellowship Panel of 2015. To receive even a nomination for this is a great achievement, and to win it just blew me away! Especially when pitted against some of the best photographers in the country!

To see some of the images that were included in the fine art portfolio please see the link here.

 

 

 

A big thank you!

So it’s been awhile! A LONG while since I have posted here!

Because of all of your wonderful support I have been enjoying my time in the beautiful country of Tanzania in Eastern Africa, volunteering for the great charity Raleigh International.

It was really the experience of a life time, and I feel privileged to have been a part of the organisation for the last few months!

The projects and people were an inspiration, and I will never forget this.

The images that I took were used to document the volunteers time in this amazing country and to chart the progress that was made in the various communities that we visited.

The images were probably some of the best that I have taken in my career, as they were so out of the norm from what I generally do within my working life, and this pushed me to really think creatively and emotionally how to communicate what a wonderful experience this was for all involved.

With so many images to share here I was mainly posting onto my intsagram account which can be viewed here…

Mamma Grace

I am now back in my hometown, and starting to shoot more environmental portraiture, as this is what I am enjoying at the moment! I will now be posting further images to give you an idea of what to expect from this new move!

If you would like a location portrait shoot in London, Essex or Hertfordshire please do contact me! I would be very happy to discuss your requirements!

Saraya x

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