Meet Your Teachers

We'll show you how to get better and more creative at photography!


Photography is one of the most accessible forms of creative expression, and many of us have used cameras since we've been old enough to hold one in our hands. Venture Photography Workshops is here to show you how you can get the most out of your camera, by taking creative control of it and getting you started on your own image-making adventure!

All our workshops are hands-on and full of activities and shoots. We explain everything in everyday language to make sure you understand all the key ideas and concepts you need to learn. You learn by doing and you'll get plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice and to refine your skills!

Let's meet your teaching team!


Meet your Teachers


Seng Mah




Seng is owner and lead instructor at Venture Photography Workshops and Tours. He has an extensive background in teaching and mentoring, having taught in schools, universities and designed courses for educational institutions. In Venture Photography Workshops, he combines his love of photography and teaching into a job that's rewarding for him and great for photographers wanting to learn from someone who is an experienced educator.

Seng enjoys traveling, so much so that he takes photographers on tours so that he can share his love of these destinations with other like-minded people. He is an accredited professional photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). Seng is also involved in many community-based photography projects and events -- including FotoFreo, CanTeen, Propel Youth Arts, and is much sought-after judge at photography exhibitions and competitions.

Seng is a committee member of the West Australian Photographic Judges Association (WAPJA) and was on the organising committee for the Fremantle International Portrait Prize 2017. He has won multiple photography awards in both the professional and creative arts arenas and recently won the Award for WA Documentary Professional Photographer of the Year in 2018, and was a finalist in the WA Travel Professional Photographer of the Year Awards in both 2017, 2018 and 2019.


Craig Franke




Craig Franke is a wildlife photographer who can often be found exploring bushland and wilderness in search of subjects to photograph. He is also a photography judge who has judged at numerous photography group and camera club competitions. In macro photography, Craig specialises in the photography of insects and arachnids. He runs our macro photography workshops and our 1-on-1 wildlife photography workshops. You'll have a great time learning from him in these hands-on shoot-and-learn events.

Craig runs Jarmat Wildlife Photography, and you can follow his work on Instagram.


Erica Serena



Erica Serena is a professional wedding photographer, based in Perth. She fell in love with photography when a photography class was offered at her school. She aced all the lessons and, when she was 20, started her wedding photography business, which she has been running for sixteen years now.

Erica is an award-winning photographer and an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and loves sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge with beginners who are just making their first steps into digital photography.

Jennifer Smith



Jennifer Smith is a fine-art photographer who assists Seng in keeping the business running like clockwork. She's responsible for our activities on Facebook and is involved in planning, organising and marketing new workshops and tours. Jenn's photography has an inspirational and fine art sentiment to it, where she finds remarkably dreamy and tender moments in everyday, a style that's perfect for children's portraiture in which she specialises in her photography business, The Cucumber Walrus.

Brian Kinson




Brian Kinson is our landscape photography instructor, and he hails from the beautiful South West town of Busselton via the northern English county of Northumberland. Brian photographs many iconic and classical landscapes of the South West, producing fine art prints for homes and businesses in the region. He is an enthusiastic outdoorsman, who is often found chasing the light and dramatic skies during inclement weather at some of the most epic settings in the south west. Brian is an experienced photographic guide and tutor. His landscapes are images that evoke emotion and draw a response from viewers, something which he is passionate about sharing with those who join him in our landscape workshops.

Julie Butler




Julie Butler is a fine-art photographer whose works range from studio portraiture and beauty, to macro and nature photography. She runs our beginner's photography workshops, where she's a dab hand at working with beginners to help them gain greater understanding and control over their cameras. Julie is part-owner of River Road Studios and has a long history of supporting and developing the photographic community in Perth, especially through her organisation of photographic shoots for the Perth Photoshoot Group, a community that brings photographers, models, make-up artists and stylists together for creative shoots.

Ty Stedman




Ty Stedman is a multiple award-winning landscape photographer based in Busselton, Western Australia, who shoots landscapes from both on the ground and in the air (aerial photography). For Ty, landscape photography is a great excuse to explore new horizons and escape the trap of a modern sedentary life, a way to see the world that is unique the way most of us see it, whether it is from the elevation of a plane or the addition of time through a long exposure. Ty is an instructor on our landscape photography retreats and landscape photography tours to New Zealand. He was most recently crowned the "Western Australian Professional Commercial Photographer of the Year" at the WA Professional Photography Awards this year. You can follow more of his work on his website.

Paul Richardson




Paul Richardson enjoys photography in all its creative forms. Paul has a Diploma in Photography and has run his own photography business since the early 1990s.Professionally he shoots Events, Portraits, Sports, and Weddings. Paul loves to talk photography and is always happy to share his knowledge with others. Paul joins us to help us run our mini-workshops. You can view Paul's work here.