Colby Brown: Founder, Photographer, Educator
Colby is a professional photographer, photo educator, author and entrepreneur from Denver, Colorado. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, he has been fortunate to have worked all over the world, in pursuit of capturing the beauty of life on this planet and helping to make a difference in the world for others. In 2010 he co-founded Lespwa Haiti, an organization that provided support services on the ground to small local NGOs doing phenomenal work in that island nation of Haiti. Colby’s passion for photography and teaching helps propel him to hold photography workshops, digital editing classes and webinars throughout the year, in various countries around the globe. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens.
He lives in Colorado with his wife Sarah, and son, Jack.
Kate Siobhan Mulligan: Chief Operations Manager & Photographer
Kate is a photographer, writer, and educator from Vancouver, Canada. She has a deep passion for Travel Portraiture and Social Justice. This has taken her Africa, SE Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Central and South America, Australia, and the Caribbean. She is a advocate for human rights, social justice, and poverty elimination both in her hometown, her church, her country, and internationally. She is faculty for Matador Network’s online school, MatadorU, teaching and mentoring for travel photography, and a contributing editor to Matador Network. When not traveling, writing, or photographing she enjoys surfing, reading, making fun of Michael Bonocore, craft beer, coffee, more coffee, her husband, Peter, her obese cat, Fat Dexter, and their new baby girl that’s now along for the ride.
She is addicted to Instagram, f/2.8, and hope.
Peyton Hale |Assistant Manager & Photographer
Peyton is a freelance landscape photographer and wanderlust who has bounced around the United States from the Pacific Northwest to North Carolina. Growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, he developed an early appreciation for nature and exploration led him to discover photography. Focused on primarily landscape photography, he travels across deserts and mountains photographing amazing landscapes, drinking coffee, and rocking out to Pearl Jam. Peyton has worked with Colby on international photo tours, marketing campaigns, and taught workshops in a variety of capacities over the past 4 years. Peyton enjoys sharing his experiences with others through photographs and helping others learn and advance their abilities. Peyton currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Kaitlyn, and spends time camping, hiking, drinking more coffee, and loving life.
Michael Bonocore: Travel Editor, Photo & Videographer
Michael has been working in the photography industry for over 7 years. While photographing paid assignments, from commercial ad campaigns to weddings, Bonocore realized his passion for traveling with camera in hand was too great to ignore. He started visiting locations all over the globe, documenting not only the beautiful landscapes of the countries he visited, but also the lives of the local communities. Bonocore began working with international non-profit organizations to help bring awareness to the causes that he was passionate about. Through the workshops he leads for The Giving Lens, he has taught children the art of photography in countries such as Nicaragua, Peru, Jordan, Thailand and India. Also in Thailand, he has documented the work of elephant sanctuaries he has helped bring awareness to Women’s Cooperatives in the Middle East. His passion for travel and photography has led to his new career as Travel Editor for Resource Travel. He is our Senior Trip Leader.
TGL Trip Leaders/Photo Educators
Paul Pichugin | Landscape Photographer
Paul Pichugin is a Landscape, Travel and Commercial Photographer based in Western Australia’s amazing South West. Paul loves to travel, experiencing other cultures, connecting with people and exploring new places. He has travelled extensively through out Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia. His photography has been featured in publications internationally, been used in national and international tourism campaigns and also across several major TV networks.Paul enjoys volunteering and working with Non-Profit Organisations to help raise awareness for their causes and funds for their projects. He supports Ros Worthington’s Love Angel Foundation as well as Awareness Cambodia, a charity for children orphaned by HIV.
Brian Matiash | Photographer and Educator
Brian is a professional photographer and published author based in Portland, OR. He specializes in landscape & travel photography and has spent the better part of a decade educating and inspiring photographers all around the world with his tutorials, videos, and stories.He is a member of the Sony Artisans of Imagery, Zeiss Lens Ambassadors, and the G-Technology G-Team programs.. He also contributes regularly to a variety of photography publications, both online and in print. Brian is married to fellow TGL Team Leader, Nicole S. Young, and together the two of them have incredible photographic adventures all around the world.
Daniel Nahabedian| Photographer and Blogger
Daniel Nahabedian is a freelance professional photographer, specializing in Travel, Culture and Landscapes (maybe also Sunsets). He is also He is a photography instructor, teaching in group and private workshops about basic and intermediate photography, as well as post-processing in Lightroom. He is an Armenian-Lebanese-French guy, raised in the UAE and living in Spain. Avoid asking him where he is from. His goal is to contribute to making the world a more friendly place by sharing his travels, knowledge acquired, and glimpses into cultures and traditions from around the world. He has an award-winning travel blog, Canvas of Light.
Jeff Bartlett | Landscape Photographer
Jeff Bartlett is an adventure photographer and writer based in Jasper National Park, Canada. He is passionate about active travel and uses his craft to tell compelling stories about adventure culture. His photography uses a unique combination of vibrant landscapes and the surprising placement of people within them to engage a true sense of place. Coupled with his active writing style, Jeff’s simple aim is to inspire people to get outside and explore.
Susan Roderick | Photographer and Educator
Susan Roderick is a global photographer, videographer and editor originally from Girdwood, Alaska. She’s explored 56 countries on 6 continents and plans to travel to 100 more in her lifetime. She currently works as the Creative Director for the #1 iOS video app, FiLMiC Pro. As a freelance videographer she also loves to make promotional videos for other artists. She became a recognized personality in the photography community after 5 years as the Host of the online education network, CreativeLive. Through photography, video, writing and teaching, her mission is to inspire others to live out their creative dreams.
Varina Patel | Photographer and Educator
Varina is a wilderness photographer, writer, and photography instructor with roots in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Northern Idaho. She spent most of her childhood outdoors, playing in creeks, climbing trees, building forts… and nurturing a life-long love for nature. She now lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, Jay, where they have spent more than a decade building their freelance photography business. In between filming video courses in beautiful places around the globe, editing lessons at home, and handling various business concerns, Varina spends her time dealing with the insanity of parenting a handful of teenagers, rock climbing with Jay, practicing Yoga, and trying to fit in a few more hours of sleep.
Jay Patel | Photographer and Educator
I could start off like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. These days I spend my time traveling and photographing the world with my beautiful wife Varina Patel and enjoying outdoor activities like running, hiking, cycling, snorkeling, scuba diving and more. Varina and I have spent more than a decade building our photography business that offer video courses about all aspect of nature photography.
Sebastien Beun | Landscape Photographer
Sebastian Beun is a thirty-something Belgium-based travel photographer, especially interested in landscape, nature and cultural photography. Photography, for him, is a lifelong and everlasting passion. It is what makes him feel emotions, breathe, live. Photography challenges Sebastien to share his life, thoughts, and perception of the world that surrounds him, with others; and to share in their lives as well. From the waterfalls of Iceland, to the mountains of the Alps, the Palazzi of Venice, to a small Maasai village in Tanzania, to watching his children grow, photography is the rhythm to which he lives his life. As a photographer he specializes in travel, especially landscape and portraiture. He love to take take photographs for a good cause; this is the why most of his travels are linked to NGO’s or non-profit organizations that try to help people locally, which is how he came to participate with The Giving Lens. After 4 trips with us, we’re thrilled to officially welcome Sebastien to our leader family. He is fluent in English and French, and have travelled across Europe, Africa, Asia, America, and Cuba.
Kita Roberts| Social Media Assistant
Kita Roberts is a freelance writer and photographer from Newark, Delaware. She is a serious travel foodie and specializes in food photos and recipe development for clients as well as her own sites Pass the Sushi and Girl Carnivore. Her work has been featured on Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Char-Broil, Certifed Angus Beef, Idaho Potatoes, Ladies Home Journal, FeedFeed, and more. When she isn’t behind the lens, Kita loves being on her mountain bike or hitting the trails with her pup.