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Photography One to One Training

Fast track your photography skills with one-to-one photography training tailored to your specific needs.

One to One Photography Training Programmes

"An investment in knoweledge always pays the best interest."

Benjamin Frankiln

When I achieved my first Fellowship in 2007, I realised that its was time for me to give something back to the industry that I loved.

I began inspiring and training some wonderful photographers in a range of skills, from studio lighting to posing and in gaining qualifications with many of the leading professional photographic bodies.

I have been included on judging panels for qualifications from Licencietship through to Fellowship, and also judged both regional and international print competitions.

My in depth knowledge of the processes and their requirements is great.

I have mentored and trained photographers from many of the top photographic bodies including, The British Institute of Professional Photographers, The Guild, The Master Photographers Association and The Royal Photographic Society.

1-2-1 Training - Half Day


1-1 Intensive half day mentoring or training, tailored to your individual photographic needs and requirements.

60 minute online follow up.

1-2-1 Training - Full Day


1-1 Intensive Full day mentoring or training, tailored to your individual photographic needs and requirements.

60 minute online follow up.

40 Hours of Mentoring and Training

£1500 or monthly payments of £125

40 hours of mentoring, with the primary focus, you the photographer gaining a professional qualification in your chosen genre. Anything from a Licentiate through to a Fellowship or Master Craftsman.

This can be spread over 6 months to a year, with on going critique and encouragement to guide you though every stage of the process. 

Starting with strong image selection, working profiles through to the final submission of images to the judging panel.

80 Hours of Mentoring and Training

£2800 or monthly payments of £125

80 hours of mentoring and training with you the photographer at the heart of focus, we will cover every aspect of your photographic journey, developing your imagery and  taking it to the next level. Wether that be in gaining qualifications, attaining award or developing your own particular creative approach.

This option is designed to last approximately 2 years or at a pace designed for you.

We will discuss all aspects of your photography and how it can be nurtured and developed into a photographic style that sets you apart from all others.

This mentoring is completely tailored to your needs as an individual so wether you need technical training, lighting, composition, posing, printing, business advice, or indeed all of the above these can be catered for in detail.

Your Feedback

  • This is an excellent book, which contains an incredible amount of very helpful information. An absolute must-have for portrait photographers.
  • Hi Saraya, I was at photohubs and just wanted to tell you how inspirational you were. I dream of following in your footsteps one day. I travelled a lot when i was younger, but sadly before i was into photography.
  • Thanks for an amazing talk and even more amazing workshop xxx
  • Thoroughly enjoyed your presentation this morning and great to meet you in the workshop this afternoon. You have inspired me. I can’t wait for my outdoor shoot on Sunday to put the theory into practice. Hope to see you again x
  • Lovely to see you Saraya and really enjoyed your talk and looking at your beautiful images x.

    The Book


    Portrait Photography Art and Techniques, By Saraya Cortaville. 

    The perfect gift for any aspiring photographer, with a personal message.

    In 2013 I was commissioned by Crowood Press to write a book entitled Portrait Photography- Art and Techniques, it was a real labour of love and something that I am proud to have managed to complete! (it was tough going at time!). If you are learning the craft of portrait photography, this is the book for you! Receive a signed copy, with a personalised message for only £20!

    Photographic Training and Mentoring, Prices and Details

    Each option can be completely bespoke and personalised to you 

    How it Works

    I offer various options for the development of your photographic journey, from weekend workshops, through to 1-2-1 ongoing mentoring.

    Mentoring is on a 1-2-1 basis and is tailored to suit each individual and their particular needs, it can be arranged at my office or if more beneficial at a location near you. (many will chose for me to come to their studios, so that I am able to see actual working practices, and how these may be developed)

    They can be one off intensive days or an ongoing programme of development depending on each photographers needs and requirements.

    Starting Out?

    If you are completely new to photography we will cover the basics of using your camera to the fullest, the perfect start to your photographic journey.

    • Fundamental principles of light.
    • Camera & lens basics.
    • Correct setting for shooting in manual mode.
    • Lens choices for different subjects.
    • ISO, F stops and Shutter speeds.
    • Understanding exposure.
    • How to see the light and use it.
    • The rules of composition.
    • Pushing your creativity.
    • Posing people.
    • Editing your images.

    A good place to start would be to purchase the book or to come on one of my very popular beginners training days.

    Moving On!

    For photographers looking to develop style and perhaps even apply for qualifications or enter competition prints to a higher standard.

    This is the option for you.

    Each photographer that I have encouraged and mentored, have had their own skills and weaknesses, with my vast knowledge of the industry and judging experience at such a high level, I am able to develop and nurture, into a more confident and successful image maker.

    Most photographers approach me to fine tune their skills, more specifically, lighting, composition and posing. More importantly developing a unique and distinctive style in their work. Many strive for qualifications and award winning imagery.

    These sessions are best on a one to one basis, as they are very intensive and defined sessions. With the photographer taking the lead on where they would like their imagery to progress. I can arrange locations, models and even camera, lens or lighting hire if required.

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