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Our Philosophy


We believe in simplifying photography

, empowering everyone to enjoy its beauty. Whether through our free tutorials online, our 1 Day Photography Courses around Australia, or our private, small-group photo safaris to the world's most wonderful places - we aim to give you more enjoyment from your passion.

Australia's largest photo safari operator

, we offer the highest quality, small-group, unique operations focused on providing the access and luxuries the others don't - such as exclusive charter of ships, planes & helicopters - so we can give you what we know you want. Fully licensed and insured, we employ best-practice and have been awarded the T-QUAL tick (Australian Government's national symbol of tourism quality).

We're passionate about conservation too.

Many of the incredible species we delight in sharing with you are endangered and many of the pristine environments under threat. We strongly believe in giving back - not only to the local people, but also directly to conservation projects.

Our Core Team

Chris Bray

grew up sailing round the world and then leading world-first arctic expeditions before becoming an award-winning Australian Geographic photographer, Lowepro ambassador and Canon’s Australian ambassador for five years. Chris’s work has appeared in everything from National Geographic (as well as Australian and Canadian Geographic) to TIME Magazine and Discovery Channel. He’s written a successful book 'The 1000 Hour Day' (now an award-winning documentary 'The Crossing'), is a councillor of The Australian Geographic Society and also founder and CEO of Conservation United, crowd-funding the world’s critical conservation projects. Together with Jess, they recently became the first people to sail a junk-rig boat through the Northwest Passage over the arctic.

Jess Bray

is an experienced wilderness guide, photographer, videographer and video editor, with a bachelor degree in Social Science. She's had her photos widely published including in Australian Geographic Outdoor, in-flight and wedding magazines. Now Operations Manager for Chris Bray Photography, Jess not only organises and coordinates the courses and safaris, but assists on them too - her approachable nature allowing her to encourage and inspire all our guests. When she’s not off on adventures with Chris (including cycling around Tasmania and New Zealand and becoming the youngest couple to sail through the infamous Northwest Passage in the arctic on their small wooden yacht 'Teleport'), Jess enjoys a side-business filming and photographing weddings.

Jonathan Ives

is a gifted and passionate photographer whose images have appeared in Australian Geographic, AG Outdoor and other prestigious publications. Having completed his Bachelor of Science in Advanced Biology (specialising in animal behaviour) in 2009, Jonathan has dovetailed his keen interest in wildlife and the outdoors with his photography skills to capture truly unique images. Jonathan assisted on several safaris and photo courses, learning the ropes while also completing his Master of Arts. In 2013 Jonathan joined Chris Bray Photography full-time and the company has gone from strength to strength. Jonathan now runs many of our sell-out photography courses and safaris to high acclaim.

Our Assistants

We're very proud to have these exceptionally talented people helping us run our courses and safaris, each possessing a great passion and skill for photography, as well as a wonderful ability help other people in that friendly, easy-to-understand way that we love.


Natsumi Penberthy

Natsumi drained her life-savings for an SLR camera at the age of 16 - and proceeded to tramp around south-east Asia and Latin America with it, finally losing it somewhere in Mexico. Then in 2010, despite having survived an honours thesis in political science

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Louise Wright

Louise is a documentary and wedding photographer, based in Brisbane. After four years of full time study, she graduated from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Photography with Class 1 Honours,

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Michelle Oppert

Michelle is one of our assistants who has possessed a keen interest in photography ever since she can remember. She has travelled extensively and fell in love with the way photography can capture moments and places in a way that not only

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Sarah Summers

Sarah started out as a self-taught photographer, her first published photograph being on the real estate board of her parents house in 2004. She then went on to do voluntarily work as a photographer for a local magazine during the Melbourne

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Simone Heron

Simone is a bright, friendly and approachable member of our team. She’s always had a passion for art and creative expression, and ever since experimenting her first disposable camera when she was just twelve years old, Simone has developed

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Jamie Theodore

Jamie is a Melbourne based photographer, who attended our very first Melbourne photography course back in 2009, fell deeper in love with photography and went on to graduate from RMIT TAFE in 2012, completing a cert 4 in Photoimaging.

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Hollie Newman

Hollie is in her final year of a Visual Communication and Design degree at the University of Newcastle, and after attending our 1 Day Photography Course she went on to start her own company called Evolution Photography and Design.

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Leïla Joy Berney

21 years old and based in Sydney, Leïla is a self-taught photographer and writer passionate about people, exploring the world and storytelling through words and images. Completing her Bachelor of Communications in Journalism in November this year,

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