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.
Saraya is an award-winning photographer who has been successful in the portrait business for the last two decades. In recent years, she has become known for her beautiful travel portraiture captured on assignment for various charities and NGOs. She was also voted President of the British Institute of Photography in 2018. With so many photographic trade shows postponed this year, you may feel you’re missing out on seeing photographer talks and lectures. Well, grab a cup of tea and get comfortable as Saraya is bringing her Photography Show talk to the comfort of your home. In this video, she looks back at her career and what led her to the projects she works on now. She also gives us a retrospective of her favourite images from some of the projects she has worked on over the last few years.