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1. Lance Sagar 2. Jake Rutterford 3. Jacob James 4. Jake Rutterford 5. Alice Sarsfield-Hall 6. Nick Pawlowski 7. Lance Sagar 8. Alice Sarsfield-Hall 9. Tomi Yau 10. Lance Sagar 11. Jacob James 12. Nick Pawlowski 13. Lance Sagar

Hello friends!

Being of the curious sort (I am known for asking a million and one questions to people) I always ask photographers who I come across questions about their photography. What drives them, motivates them and why they have an innate desire to shoot photos of people, animals, objects, landscapes, art, food and pretty much, whatever the sun touches!  So while in Leeds I joined the photosociety, where most were self taught photographers and were pursuing photography as a side passion separate from their day job.

Good news for me, they liked us so much that they let us join them on their photography trip to Prague!

What I treasured the most was seeing the different approaches to photography. Many of them were landscape photographers (something I need to practice a bit more of) so would wait patiently for a particular bit of sunlight or cloud for the perfect photo. Which is a stark contrast to the frantic way I take photos when working with a model. I’ve always approached photography as “capturing the moment” in a laugh and smile, never really going out with such intent to optimise on lighting nor being patient with waiting for “the shot “, however, once I saw some of their photos I was blown away.

The same view I had seen, forever captured in a moment by another but with more vibrancy and clarity than I could comprehend. The early morning sunrise photos, were magical and picturesque making me wish that I had sacrificed my sleep too to witness such beauty.

I’ve included some photos here of the Prague landscape and my dear friends who I am lucky to have met. If you have any questions about equipment or settings they have used. Ask away and we will be sure to pass it on to the right person!

Keep learning and exploring



val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

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Alice Sarsfield-Hall

Studying English and French and a lover of Sunday Roast, Alice is an avid photographer and lover of English puns. Founding Leed’s University’s first Cancer Awareness Council this young lady has a very bright future ahead of her.



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Jacob James – Travel Photographer 

Already an internationally renown travel photographer, writer and speaker, 21 year old Jacob is a rising star in the photography world. With an eye for capturing the beauty, surprises and adventures of travelling, Jacob’s emotive and majestic photos will leave you mesmerised.



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Jake Rutterford

Graduating from Leeds University with double honours in Maths and Finance Jake is a talented and inspiring individual. Experienced in both film and digital photography he has gone on to teach others his craft as a leading member of Leed’s Photosoc community.

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Lance Sagar

A lover of Malaysia and South East Asia as travel destinations, Lance’s landscape photography is a treat to view. Vivid wide angle shots of inspiring landscapes and sunsets characterise this artist’s work.



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Singer, hip hop dancer, youtube star and photographer, Tomi Yau is a multitalented individual. His larger than life personality and repertoire of skills is put to use in through the running of which provides commentary of the UK HipHop Community .


Nick Pawlowski
An exchange student from Germany, Nick has optimised his time at Leeds by being actively involved in the Photo society at Leeds. Strong colours and clarity are features of this photographers’ work. We hope to see more of him as he travels to intern in Malaysia next year.



  • Jacob James 08/05/2014 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for the feature Val!

    • Val & Vess 08/05/2014 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks so much for letting me feature your work Jacob!!:)

  • Tomi Yau 08/05/2014 at 9:18 pm


    • Val & Vess 09/05/2014 at 12:31 am

      Thanks Tomi! Hope u like what I wrote for your lil bio!!:)

  • Emily 09/05/2014 at 2:03 am

    All so so so so so talented!
    Loving the second bridge shot by Jake – it’s so haunting haha 😀

    • Val & Vess 09/05/2014 at 12:34 pm

      It’s such a fabulous photo isn’t it! Its one of my favourites too! I think it was taken early morning cause they had gone out to take a couple of sunrise photos . xo