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A new found friend from Photokina!

As many of you may have read on a previous post, a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have been invited to speak at Photokina in Germany for Fujifilm, telling of my experiences of changing my camera system from a bulky Nikon DSLR to their lovely compact mirrorless X-T2

After my last talk of the show, I met the lovely Ugo who had been watching me speak, and here is a little interview that we set up a few days later…

First a few words from Ugo…

‘A few weeks ago I was visiting Photokina, the world’s largest photo and video trade fair, held every year in Cologne, Germany. As I was leaving the exhibition’s floor at the end of my last day there, I happened to pass by Fujifilm’s booth and I noticed there was a talk about to start on the stage. The photographer that was going to present her work was Saraya Cortaville, who I didn’t know previously.

I decided to stay a little bit more to attend the presentation and I am happy that I did, because her work was truly inspiring and her personality captivating. At the end of the talk, I introduced myself and invited Saraya to be my guest on the show and she graciously accepted, so we recorded an interview a few days later and here it is.

If you are interested in travel photography the rest of his site really does have some inspiring work! And is one that I will now check back with, for any great tips and advice before my next big adventure in a few weeks!

Nepal I cant wait to see you again! xx

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

Saraya xx

The Photokina virgin!

So I am currently sat in an empty/ish Koln airport, Ive bought the obligatory duty free, eaten the dried ham and cheese roll with my last beer, and now I have a couple of hours to kill before I get my flight back to the uk! So I thought rather than just sitting and watching the world go by I would share some of my experiences of my first Photokina.

I was attending the vast trade show as a speaker on the Fuji live stage, telling my story of my switch from NIKON to the gorgeous Fuji XT-2.

I was speaking alongside some incredibly talented photographers, it was a little nerve wracking to say the least, and I felt a little out of my depth, having never spoken on such a big stage before!

I really shouldn’t have worried! Everybody and I mean EVERYBODY, has made me feel extremely welcome, and they all assured my that everything would go smoothly! And it did! (I had been worrying about this for weeks!!)

Thank you so

Here are a few of the images from my talk…..Click on the images to find the exif data…

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

Arriving at Koelnmesse, where the trade show is held, I was shocked at how large all of the stands were! I had been to trade shows in the UK before, but this was on a different level!

It was clear that there was a real buzz around the Fuji stand, probably due to the announcement of the eagerly anticipated GFX medium format body and lenses. There certainly was a lot of bodies crowding around the displays, all taking images of cameras! (A little strange if you ask me, but each to their own!)

The highlights for me were:

The images on the Leica stand, the disturbing giant images from Bruce Gilden were just shockingly powerful.

Seeing the other speakers on my stand, Elia Locardi and his epic travel images. Jonas Rask and his beautiful street photography, and Javier Abads stunning wedding images, I could go on…. all of the speakers on the Fuji stand were great, and I took something away from each and everyone!

Seeing the real passion with which the Fuji staff feel about their product, and their real care as to how it is received by us, its clients. I don’t think I have ever known a company that really honestly cares so much! It is refreshing to be involved with the company that really does listen to our opinions!

Childrens lifestyle photographer, Cheltenham,
Misha, Fuji X-T2
Jojo, Fuji X-T2
portrait photographer, essex
Portrait photographer, Essex
Childrens photographer, Essex
Childrens portraits, Essex

And lastly making some amazing new friends, and catching up with old ones is always lovely, just to chat photography every evening over food and a few, (maybe one night too many!) beers.

I leave Cologne, with a huge smile on my face, and feeling inspired to go shooting with all of the creativity that I have taken away!

Thank you Fuji! And thank you Cologne! 🙂

Saraya xx





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