Wilf James Founder WPA
Over the past four decades, photographer and WPA Founder WILF JAMES has gathered a wealth of experience by doing what he does best: taking photographs. In 1975, Wilf attended a presentation in London given by photography icon Ansel Adams, whose photographs and lecture made a life-changing impression. Today Wilf takes pleasure in sharing his lifelong passion of taking photograph with others through the Photo Courses, Workshops and Tours by World Photo Adventure.
Visit Wilf’s site: Wilf James
Barbara Pasquet James
U.S. cultural trainer, contributing editor and urban explorer BARBARA PASQUET JAMES writes about food, fashion, culture, and lifestyle, mostly in Paris. A savvy international traveler who counts New York, Italy, Barcelona and Istanbul among favorite destinations, she is the author of USA Today’s Paris City Guide and currently is developing a series of apps for a major U.S.-based travel publisher. Her articles and comments have appeared in publications as diverse as The Robb Report, The Georgetowner, luxury lifestyle magazine Boulevard France, prize-winning The American LLC and National Review Online.
Visit Barbara’s photo blog: FocusOnParis.com
Robert Irving, Co-Founder WPA
Adventurer / Explorer / Photographer
Based in London & Northern Denmark, Robert is a commercial photographer, studio & location, shooting advertising (eg John Lewis & Marks & Spencers), Editorial (the Motorcycle Press) PR (best gig: Buckingham Palace) and Architectural (fav location: UN Law Courts, Sierra Leon), In addition he teaches both film and digital Photography to small private groups from bases in London, Surrey & Northern Jutland, Denmark. Robert’s passion for photography started in his childhood, as did his love of travel. To date he has independently travelled more than thirty countries, adventures which have included crossing North Africa & the Middle East by motorbike, living with Karen Guerillas in Burma, teaching English & Maths in a Nepalese Hill Village.
Visit Rob’s site: Rob Irving
On-site Expert Guide
KHATO spent her teens dancing and touring internationally for the “Georgian National Ballet Ensemble.” She went on to be educated at Tbilisi University, graduating with a First Class Masters Degree in Child Psychology. It was here that she met her husband, who joined the United Nations upon graduation.
Since then, Khato, her husband and their children have enjoyed International postings which have included London, Rwanda, Jordan and now Bangkok, Thailand, where Khato, in addition to partnering with World Photo Adventure, runs a bespoke Tour Agency for European visitors to the Kingdom. “Thailand is an exceedingly open country which warmly receives visitors with open arms and a smile. The friendliness, vibrancy and colour of Bangkok make for a wonderful city to call home, but it’s the beautiful unspoilt islands with their relaxed demeanor which make the country for me.”
Tesni Ward, Senior Photographer
Workshop & Tour coordinator
As an avid lover of all things nature, I have always had a passion for the great outdoors and the wildlife within it. It felt only natural to pick up a camera to capture the wonderful things I saw from my perspective.
When I’m not behind the camera, I run photography and processing workshops for all levels of experience. I also participate in talks at camera clubs, events & venues, covering many different aspects of my work and methodology. I have an extreme passion and enthusiasm for photography which I hope comes across to anyone who speaks with or works with me.
Visit Tesni’s site: Tesni Ward
Hill Tribe Guide
For more than a decade PAT has worked as a tour guide in the hills and mountains of the Chiang Mai region, all with the guiding philosophy of responsible tourism. Born and raised in Chiang Mai, Pat is of Shan decent (an ethnic minority group of Northern Thailand). Pat’s mother is the head ‘nun’ at a Buddhist temple hidden away in the mountains around Mae Hong Son, his father an iconic figure for the Shan People, considered the first Freedom-Fighter for Shan State independence from the Mayanmar (Burmese) Government. An enthused photographer, Pat is keen to help us find and capture the true essence of the tribal villages that we explore. A popular and well known figure, by association we will be warmly welcomed into the homes and lives of the people we visit.