Karl Taylor Education Photography Studio

About Karl Taylor Education

13 Years

Company founded in 2007 to provide the best photography training courses.


Followers across our social media channels.


Happy photographers who have participated in our courses.

While there are plenty of self-proclaimed “photography experts” online, the majority aren’t able to produce even average images without extensive retouching — and you definitely won’t see them shooting live and sharing their results in real-time.

Karl Taylor is the exception. He is respected by amateurs and pros across the industry for his ability to clearly and concisely communicate both the artistic and technical aspects of photography. Karl breaks down complex subjects with a logical and entertaining approach that has attracted a worldwide following.

Meet the Karl Taylor Education team

Karl Taylor

Karl Taylor

Photographer / Managing Director

Karl Taylor is a professional photographer with over 20 years experience and he is commissioned by leading global companies for his precise attention to detail and his exquisite control of light. www.karltaylor.com

Karl’s work covers advertising, beauty and fashion photography for commercial clients. Having started his career in photojournalism he is also comfortable and actively enjoys shooting across a range of other genres. Karl’s ethos is that ‘variety is the spice of life’ and that the visual philosophies for creating effective images are universal.

Ten years ago Karl also entered the training market and soon became known for his ability to explain complex subjects extremely clearly. His unique way of teaching and clear instruction has led him to work for Hasselblad Camera Company, Broncolor Lighting, and Adobe as well as appearances on the BBC. His training is also used by Universities and education providers around the world.

Karl regularly travels around the globe as an Ambassador and educator for leading players in the industry and his range of courses have become the benchmark for effective, entertaining and inspirational training. As well as a passion for photography Karl’s other passion is technical diving and underwater video. At weekends Karl can often be found in the depths documenting forgotten shipwrecks. Karl is happily married to Hélène and they have two adorable but mischievous young children.

Tim Gaudion

Creative Director

Tim is the creative director of the business and in charge of the overall look and feel of our brand. Tim also works as a cameraman on our live shows and video, having had extensive experience in video and television production.

Tim is also responsible for the look and design of the website, as well as some of the key coding. Tim comes from a creative background in illustration and web design and has had a successful career in illustrating book covers and well-known images for international brands such as the Body Shop and Hewlett Packard.

Outside of work Tim is happily married and has a son. He loves being by the water and in his spare time can often found surfing with his son or fishing in a lake or the ocean.

Tim Gaudion
Jon Bairds

Jon Bairds

Marketing & Technology Director

Jon is our marketing and technology director and his work involves maintaining our website, ongoing analytics, and marketing campaigns. Jon has implemented many key ideas in the business and is also involved in the design and build of the website.

Jon comes from a background in design and spent many years working in programming and coding in the UK and overseas. He also doubles as a second cameraman where necessary when the team are away filming.

Jon is based in Cornwall in the UK where he lives with his wife and two children and enjoys surfing and swimming.

Hélène Cavignac-Taylor

Financial Controller

Hélène joined the company in 2014 and is in charge of company finances, general company administration and customer support having spent almost 15 years in the finance industry.

Hélène was born and raised in France and has a Master’s degree in Business Management from La Sorbonne University in Paris. She moved to Guernsey in 2002 and met Karl, with whom she is happily married and has two young children. In her spare time, Hélène enjoys travelling, ballet and yoga classes — that is if she gets any time to spare from the kids!

Hélène Cavignac-Taylor
Benjamin Thoume

Benjamin Thoume

Head of Video Production

Ben joined our team in 2015 and is now head of video production. He is responsible for editing all of our photography courses, productions and advertisements for clients including Hasselblad, Manfrotto, and Broncolor, in addition to the steady stream of online videos we make for our large following on various social media platforms.

As well as working as a cameraman alongside Tim he also produces our live photography shows, live talk shows and live members critiques.

After discovering a love for film at an early age he pursued an education in media studies, eventually finding that his passion lay with video editing. He then went on to obtain a degree in Media Production at the University of Winchester, where he created a variety of dramatic, stylistic and informative short films.

Outside of work, Ben is a devoted Chelsea supporter and when he isn’t watching football he is expanding his knowledge in video post-production, creating videos for his Youtube channel and adding to the long and ever-growing list of movies he has seen or is eagerly waiting to view.

Emma Harris

Marketing Executive

Emma is the youngest member of the Karl Taylor Education team and joined the company in 2016. Initially in charge of general company administration as well as the day-to-day running of our studio, Emma has now moved to assist Jon, our marketing director, with day to day marketing activities.

Emma is also there to field your questions to Karl and guests during our live shows as well as help run our social media accounts and work on advertising campaigns.

Outside of work, Emma spends a lot of time volunteering, helping run a Brownie pack and leading groups on Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions as well as sitting on the board of a local charity. Always one to keep busy, in her much-needed down-time she can often be found crocheting or getting stuck into a good book.

Emma Haris
Ashleigh Morris

Ashleigh Morris

Copyrighter & Content Creator

Originally from South Africa, Ashleigh joined the team at the start of 2018. She works closely within the group as a copywriter and assistant video editor, helping to create content for our website and social media platforms. Ashleigh also supervises transcriptions and assists on photoshoots, having come from a background in photography.

She developed an interest in photography while still at school and secured her first job as a second shooter at the age of 16. Wanting to combine her passion for photography with her love of writing, she went on to study journalism at Rhodes University, where she specialised in Photojournalism.

In her spare time, Ashleigh can be found outdoors, enjoying an active lifestyle or working her way through an ever-growing list of books she wants to read.

Georgie Prow

Visual Media Designer

Georgie joined KTE in November 2019 to assist with design work for the company and manage our advertising content for print, online and infographics. Georgie has also assisted Karl on photoshoots and works alongside Tim in designing new elements of the website.

Coming from a background in visual communication and illustration, Georgie is always coming up with visual ideas of how we can better communicate and engage with our audience.

In Georgie’s spare time she expands on her interests developed at university by researching aesthetics and the human brain, as well as attending art and photography exhibitions. She also enjoys creating surreal paintings and digital artworks through image compositing. When Georgie is not indoors reading or painting you can find her riding her pony that has been in the family for over 10 years.

Georgie Prow
Sara Martin

Sara Martin

Customer and Support Administrator

Sara is responsible for supporting new, existing, and potential customers, providing course recommendations, helping with site navigation, handling membership renewals, and providing customer service to our global audience. She also helps with general admin, including course captions and equipment lists.

Having previously worked in administration, and with experience from a customer-focused role, Sara is excited to be assisting members to get the best experience and service from Karl Taylor Education, whilst being on hand to answer any questions.

Sara’s passion for a plastic-free and sustainable living often keeps her busy outside of work, creating content for her blog and doing beach cleans. She’s usually training for a half marathon or relaxing with a cup of tea.