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 started mentoring 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.

Portrait photographer, Hamstead Heath

Each photographer that I have encouraged and mentored, have had their own skills and weaknesses, that in turn I am able to develop and nurture, into a more confident and successful image maker.

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!

Most photographers approach me to fine tune their skills, more specifically, lighting, composition and posing. And most importantly developing a unique and distinctive style in their work.

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

Mentoring is on a 1:1 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.

Signed Copy of Saraya’s book,  Portrait Photography Art and Techniques, By Saraya Cortaville. The perfect gift for any aspiring photographer, with a personal message included, Buy now for only £20!

90 minute, live online mentoring, £45. Book Now. 

1-1 Intensive half day £275. Book Now.

1-1 Intensive Full day £500. Book Now.

6 month ongoing mentoring £1500. Book Now.

12 month ongoing mentoring, £2800. Book Now.

Portrait photographer, Worcestershire

This year I have also been asked to speak at some very high profile photographic events, please do come and say hello if you are in the area!

Photo Training overseas, Madeira. 29th January-5th February.

The Photography Show NEC, 17th and 18th March 2018.

Utrecth, Holland, 22nd May 2018. An interview with Guy Gowan.

Park camera Photographic Festival, Burgess Hill, Surry, 17th June.

MPA West Midlands regional print day, with Richard Bradbury Leamington Spa, 3rd July. Further details to follow.

The Hip Festival, Hull, 5th-7th October 2018.

Photohubs, Main Stage Travel Photography and Childrens portraits workshop Coventry 2018

I also run various training days for The Royal Photographic Society, in Amersham.

OR if you fancy something completely out of your comfort zone?

In November 2019 I will returning to Nepal with the wonderful Photo-journey, with a select group of passionate photographers to find out more information please click here.