ABOUT

Photo by Toby Saltzman

EXPERT TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER

From Toronto, Canada, I specialize in artfully documenting the essence of travel: fascinating people, intriguing places, engaging events…. and always the unexpected.

 

With a background in press, PR, stock and location photography, I enjoy producing visual narratives

— image-based tourism stories — plus stand-alone photos ready for print, web and live presentation.

 

I'm available for editorial and commercial assignments anywhere on the planet, with a positive view of life as an adventure to be shared — especially when it comes to edibles.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

* My goal is to introduce viewers to places, people and events through entertaining, informative articles.

 

* Like other working travel journalists, my trips are frequently sponsored by tourist boards or their business partners (hotels, restaurants etc) 

 

* Posted stories are my own original editorial material. All observations, comments and opinions are my own.


* My trips are not 'pay to play'. My markets are primarily editorial travel magazines.

 

* I do not buy social media followers. 

 

 

WHO’S GARY CRALLÉ ?

 

EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL

*Toronto-based travel photographer, writer, speaker

*Member: ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers 2011- 2016)

*Member: TMAC (Travel Media Association of Canada)

*Member: SATW (Society of American Travel Writers)

*Olympus Visionary 2004  – 2011

*Photojournalism, portrait, industrial, corporate and public relations photography

*Adept at capturing the atmosphere, details and underlying story

of people, places and events

*Primary education in Québec, Ontario and Manitoba, Canada

*Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Wayne State University, Michigan, USA

*London School of Film Technique (cine)

*London College of Printing and Graphic Arts (photojournalism), England

*Attended innumerable seminars and courses on photography

*Assisted 5 years at Rochester Institute of Technology color photojournalism Workshops, NY, USA

 

SEASONED TRAVELER

*Visited nearly 65 countries, Europe and North America extensively

*Global awareness of geography, socio-economic and political conditions

*Resilient: able to travel for extended periods of time, solo or with others

*Familiar with and appreciative of different cultures

*Environmentally conscious

 

COMMENTS from CLIENTS & COLLEAGUES

"You are a real pro, from start to finish!" – Jo Matyas, journalist

“Exceptional photographs!” – Ted Flett, former Cdn Director, VisitBritain

“I enjoyed your wicked sense of humor and positive attitude”– Eric Lindberg

“You are sooo good.”– Lorraine Williams, former author, journalist

“As always, beautiful and thoughtful.”– Sandra Barsalini-Cordova TMA

“Outstanding. You’re the best.”– Gina Roitman, VIA Rail

“You are an ace.” – Bruce Northam, journalist

 

CHARACTER

*Industrious, valuing beauty and excellence

*Strong sense of integrity

*adaptable with people and situations

*Direct, casual, low-key approach to interpersonal relations

*Sociable, with a relaxed sense of humor

*Flexible planner

*Organized, pragmatic thinker, capable of working under pressure

*Healthy and active

*English language, with an understanding of French

*A born traveler

 

AWARDS

* 2017 SATW Silver - Single Subject category - Bill Muster

* 2017 Third - Places photo - SATW Canadian chapter

* 2017 TMAC Second Place Photo series

* 2016 TMAC Second Place People Photo

* 2016 SATW Special Award - People Portrait - Bill Muster  

* 2014 Finalist - Photography, Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

* 2014 TMAC Hon. Mention Best People Photo

*2014 SATW Bronze award – Animals – Bill Muster Photo Showcase

*2014 SATW  Bronze award – Scenics – Bill Muster

*2013 TMAC  Two Honorable Mentions – Travel Photography – Places

*2013 SATW Honorable Mention – Scenics – Bill Muster

*2012 SATW Honorable Mention – People – Bill Muster

*2011 SATW Bronze award – Cultural – Bill Muster 

*2009TMAC  Best Travel Photography – Portrait

*2009 SATW  Honorable Mention – Action – Bill Muster

*2008 SATW Honorable Mention – Animals – Bill Muster

*2007 TMAC Best Travel Photography – Portrait – Starwood Hotels

*2007 SATW Silver and Honorable Mention – Scenic – Bill Muster

*2006 SATW Photographer of the Year – Bronze award, Bill Muster

*2005 Ontario Tourism Summit Travel Photography award

*2004 CTC Northern Lights – 2nd place, Excellence in Travel Photography, NA

*2004 NATJA, First Place, Overall Photographic Excellence

*2002 TMAC – Best Travel Photography, Faces category

*2001 Travel Media Showcase, Best Photography Illustrating a Travel Story