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
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.
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.
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.
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 at the University of Melbourne, Natsumi somehow found herself working on Australian Geographic magazine's well-respected picture desk. There she spent 18 months (six months as acting picture editor) searching out pictures and commissioning assignment work from the country's most sought after photographers and seeing literally thousands and thousands of images cross her desk. In 2012, she was offered the coveted job of AG staff writer, which is how she makes a crust today. Natsumi has worked as a picture researcher and picture editor across Australian Geographic, its calendars and dairies range, children's magazines and books, and their coffee-table tome, '25 Years of Australian Geographic Photography'. Her photos have been published in Australian Geographic, AG Outdoor and Eclipse magazines. These days, though she's often lucky to have some very talented photographers by her side, she always has a spare camera slung over one shoulder - just in case.
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.
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,
majoring in photojournalism and social documentary photography. Louise is the current picture editor of the Australian Photojournalist, an annual journal that seeks to publish stories which aren't seen in mainstream media in order to create awareness about current, key issues in our world. When not working on the APJ, Louise is a wedding and portrait photographer with her business 'Ginger and Spice Photography'. However, Louise's true passion is documentary photography and telling stories through her images, and she has shown her work in nine exhibitions to date. Easy going and happy to chat to anyone, Louise loves passing on her knowledge and discussing photography with anyone she can!
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
holds those memories forever, but enable her to share them with other people too. After completing one of our very first 1 Day Photography Courses at Adelaide Zoo, Michelle elected to study the Evolution of Photography at university and has since been able to appreciate both the art and technique of photography and what goes on behind the lens. With a particular love for photographing animals (her work hangs in Adelaide's busiest veterinary Centre), Michelle is full of energy and when you meet her someday, she would love to hear of your adventures and what piques your interest in photography.
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
Fringe Festival in 2006, and started to win some photography awards. In 2010 Sarah attended one of our Melbourne one day course, and then joined us for our Tasmania and Galapagos photo safaris in 2011. Since then, she has jumped and excelled at every photographic challenge thrown at her, from shooting her first wedding, stepping into the realms of product and portrait photography, as well as coordinating and directing photo shoots. Her warm, friendly persona makes Sarah a delight to be around, and she has simultaneously built her career in the non-profit sector, combining her various passions of people and wildlife with her love of photography. Sarah is enthusiastic and strives to try or learn something new each time she picks up the camera.
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
a passion for taking photos. Having studied photography at school, Simone then purchased her first DSLR in 2010, completed a specialist fashion and design course, and attended one of our 1-day photography courses at Perth Zoo, where she says “everything just fell into place” and she hasn’t put her camera down since. We instantly recognised her engaging energy and quick understanding of the camera, and are delighted to now have Simone helping our new course attendees gain more enjoyment and ability from their shared passion.
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.
Conservation is close to Hollies heart; she sees photography and design as a catalyst to influence the world for the better, as a voice for those who are not able to speak for themselves. Outside of study and business, Hollie volunteers with Hunter Animal Rescue, taking amazing studio photos of the animals to help them find their 'forever homes', and also enjoys finding and photographing the small things and fleeting moments which otherwise go unnoticed, yet are so beautiful to capture and a joy to share.
Hollie is really excited to be a part of Chris’s amazing team, and loves helping other photographers discover the world's hidden beauty which their camera can reveal, and of course the fun that sits alongside photography.
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,
Leïla is available for freelance work, projects & adventures worldwide. Check out www.leilajoyphotography.com