The Photo Shed Academy

Our Team

Our Team Leanne Dryburgh-min

Meet Leanne

As a young girl I spent hours in my dads darkroom watching the images magically appearing – dreaming of becoming a photographer.

I spent most of my youth swooning over Life and National Geographic Magazines. In 1989 my dream became a reality when I was accepted to study a 3 year diploma in photography in Durban, South Africa.

Today I am the Western Cape Manager of SA Pro Photographers (SAPP) and have been behind the lens for 30 years. My camera is an extension of my core. My being.

I love people and understand the vulnerability one feels when having a portrait taken. My speciality is weddings and portraits. I am also a conservationist and use my photography to save animals.

My love of nature, people and photography got me into teaching photography and for me its a great achievement when ‘the lights turn on’ for our students.

Looking forward to spending time with you and sharing my knowledge.

Peter Hassall

Meet Peter

I have been a working Professional Photographer for 35 years and am currently the National President of the South African Pro Photographers.

My passion for technology has always been an integral part of my craft. I am also a committed creative.

I have represented some of the leading photographic brands throughout my career and worked in film, DSLR, mirrorless and yes, smart phone camera systems! In the commercial world, I specialise in the “Built Environment” and the Transport industry.

I shoot internationally for some of the major property developers, financial institutions, architects, construction companies and associated professionals and subcontractors. On the transport side, I shoot for logistics and fleet owners, luxury vehicle and aircraft brands.

My love of teaching photography, the outdoors and travelling have been combined into one easy activity with thephotowalkers.com.

I have been fortunate enough to just arrive at the designated airport or pickup point, with passport, appropriate clothing and camera-gear in hand and teach what I love to passionate photographers.

I hope to spend time with you in our Academy and perhaps meet you one day on a tour.

Our Team Di Brown-min

Meet Di

Di Brown is a freelance travel writer based in Cape Town. Part of the tourism industry for the last 20 years, Di is a supporter of responsible tourism, advocates for animal rights in tourism and is a keen amateur photographer. 

Although she loves eating, she is definitely not a foodie, barely cooks and is happiest being busy, preferably out in nature. Gorilla trekking in Uganda, Ziplining all over the country, surf lessons in Jeffries Bay, cheetah tracking on various reserves, walking safaris, swimming in the Devils Pool at Vic Falls, helicopter flips around Reunion Island and an arduous climb to the top of the sand dunes in Walvis Bay are some of her highlights.

Di can be found on her blog, The Roaming Giraffe

Our Team Ryan-min

Meet Ryan

I am a Chartered Accountant by training, but a storyteller at heart; laced with helpings of photographer, content creator and explorer. 

Having worked in the blogging and digital space for seven years under my alter-ego My Lime Boots, I look forward to sharing the leanings I have gained along this journey. 

Connecting with people is a vital part of my day-to-day life and this informs the content I create. I’m often found with an assortment of cameras and lenses to hand as I go about plying my craft and creating content both for my blog as well as for clients. 

Always in search of the next unique angle to write about, I am a passionate South African and avid world traveller, with a packed bag next to my bed at all times, ready for the next adventure life throws my way perhaps meet you one day on a tour.

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