"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover" - Mark Twain
This is a great quote to remember when we find ourselves in a rut. So one day, we sold everything we owned, reduced our worldly possessions to the content of a day pack and sailed away from the safe harbour to go travelling for two years. During our travels we were caught in a gale force storm at sea for three days en-route to Antarctica; survived an 8.8 earthquake in Chile; climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; ran a guest lodge in the Andes Mountains in Peru; farmed on an organic farm in Patagonia, Argentina and volunteered on a biomimicry project in South Africa.
Over time it’s only natural that the memories of our trip will fade (perhaps not the memory of the earthquake). There is one thing though, that will remind us of the time when we caught the trade winds in our sails….our photographs.
While we are certain you’ll come away from our photo trips having improved your photography skills, we hope it’s more than that. We like to think of our photo trips as mini-sabbaticals. A time to be inspired by others; learn something new or visit a place you’ve never been to before.
May your interest in photography provide you with opportunities to throw off the bowlines and Explore. Dream. Discover.
BARRY J BRADY
Barry has been a professional photographer since 2008. He is a photography instructor at School Creative in Vancouver, BC; a photo trip leader; he writes for Digital Photography School; runs one of the largest photography Meetup groups in Vancouver and contributes to Getty Images, a leading stock photo agency.
His extensive travels have provided opportunities to photograph silent and sacred places around the world. He is an entertaining speaker and regularly presents photography talks throughout the Lower Mainland.
Barry is also a fine art photographer with selected artwork in private collections in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Victoria.
He has completed a Basic Outdoor and Survival Skills course, Wilderness and Remote First Aid course and is a qualified Level II OFA First Aid attendant.
Francis has an indefatigable spirit for adventure wired into her DNA. She was a contributing writer for one of Southern Africa’s largest travel magazines. Through her love for the outdoors and leading hikes she began a speaking forum for travellers to share their stories through the “Adventure Travel Speaker Series”. As an entrepreneur, Francis and her sister also ran a small business creating tailor-made romantic occasions for couples.
Her ability to research, plan and organize these photo trips comes from her years of experience in business; managing projects, budgets and finances.
Francis is a certified Field Leader in hiking, she has completed a Basic Outdoor and Survival Skills Course and a Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course. She is also a qualified Level I OFA First Aid attendant.
As a couple, Barry takes care of all things photographic and Francis handles the business operations and logistics.
We live in the beautiful city of Vancouver, in the village of Steveston, British Columbia.
To view Barry's fine art photography, visit us at
"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art."