Saraya Cortaville (UK)

Saraya Cortaville is an award winning portrait and social documentary photographer.
She has received two fellowships (one of only two women in the uk to have achieved this) one for studio portraiture and most recently social documentary for a project she completed in 2015 whilst living in Africa.
She was awarded the Peter Grugeon award for the best fellowship portfolio of 2015, and a gold award in Visual Arts in the professional photography awards 2016.
Saraya’s passion for travel and people has pushed her career in to a more adventurous phase and she has recently lived and worked abroad for various international NGO’s documenting social issues in countries as far as Tanzania and Nepal.
Saraya skillfully manages to draw out her subjects emotions and feelings, in a sensitive and empathetic nature, her portraits are an observation and moment of connection, between two people, rather than photographer, subject.
When not abroad Saraya shoots primarily location portraiture specializing in children and documentary weddings.


Having the new Fuji system has allowed me to make more of a connection with my subjects, and being a portrait photographer this is a huge advantage for me! The ability to shoot closer and more freely gives my portraits a different quality and sense of relationship, that I love.
The X system has reignited my love for my craft, in a way that I didn’t think it would, I moved over to the system originally for the smaller size. I had just returned from a two month in the very mountainous Nepal, and trekking to remote villages with my DSLR kit was proving tough!
When I started to use the new X-T2 kit in April this year, it was a bit of a revelation to me! The camera, really is a photographers camera, and feels very natural and instinctively it just feels right.  Read my full thoughts on the switch here…. I could go on, but it would just get a bit gushy, and annoying, so I’ll let the images do the talking! 🙂 


  • X-T2
  • XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
  • XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR