Karl Taylor Education Photography Studio

About Karl Taylor Education

14 Years
Company founded in 2007 to provide the best photography training courses.
Over 1M
Followers across our social media channels.
292,452
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 and Managing Director

Karl has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years. Commissioned by leading global brands for his precise attention to detail and exquisite control of light, Karl is also known as an instructor who explains complex subjects clearly and effectively. His unique expertise and commitment to education has led him to work for Hasselblad Camera Company, Broncolor Lighting and Adobe, as well as to appearances on the BBC and elsewhere.

When he’s not taking world-class photos or producing new classes, Karl likes to be underwater. Specifically, he loves wreck and technical diving, and is never happier than when he’s deep below the surface in his diving gear, documenting a newly discovered shipwreck.

If he can’t be underwater, Karl’s also happy fishing and boating with his family. If there should happen to be a cold beer to hand, so much the better.

Check out Karl’s portfolio at karltaylor.com.

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Tim Gaudion

Tim Gaudion

Creative Director

Tim is an experienced illustrator and web developer who’s worked with a range of international clients, including The Body Shop and Hewlett Packard. At KTE, Tim oversees our brand and website, and wields the video camera on many of our shoots. He’s also quite handy, which is why he builds most of our props and sets.

Tim is a skilled artist who makes beautiful paintings and has even illustrated book covers. A keen skater and surfer, he loves to be by and or in the water, fishing or riding waves with his son. He’s also active in the community, helping to run the local surf club and skate park.

Every summer, Tim takes part in the historic Rocquaine Regatta, a very serious competitive event in which crews of worse-for-wear amateur sailors race against each other in homemade boats. It's the taking part that counts!

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Jon Bairds

Jon Bairds

Marketing and Technology Director

An experienced designer and programmer, Jon has worked on websites and marketing materials for a host of different clients. Jon heads up our marketing strategy and goes deep on the analytics so the rest of us don’t have to. He’s also involved in the design, build and maintenance of our platform. When there’s an exciting shoot happening on location overseas, Jon magically transforms into an eager camera operator.

Jon studied graphic design and loves yoga, swimming, and his dog. But most of all he loves surfing. Is he a better surfer than Tim? We couldn’t possibly say. Jon lives in Cornwall with his family but pays us regular visits. Come and see us again soon, Jon!

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Hélène Cavignac-Taylor

Hélène Cavignac-Taylor

Financial Controller

Hélène takes care of our finances, HR and general company administration. She was born and raised in France, earned a master’s degree at the Sorbonne, and has more than decade of experience working in financial services. She and Karl have been married since 2008 and have two marvellous, noisy children.

Passionate about fitness, Hélène loves running and yoga, as well as travel and ballet. We’ve heard Karl describe her as a keen reader who’s “far more intelligent than me”, but we wouldn’t dream of weighing in on the matter.

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Benjamin Thoume

Benjamin Thoume

Head of Video Production

Ben T has a degree in media production and is passionate about filmmaking and video editing. His Premiere Pro skills are truly off the charts, which is why he does such an incredible job putting together all our videos. Ben also produces our live shows, operating a multitude of video cameras, mics and recording devices all at the same time. What can we say? The man’s got talents.

Ben is an avid Chelsea FC supporter, which we try not to hold against him, and an outstanding guitarist. He has a couple of personal YouTube channels that are well worth a look. Overall, Ben loves movies, but he what really loves is beer (see photo). Cheers, Ben! 

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Emma Harris

Emma Harris

Marketing Executive

Emma rolls out all of our marketing and keeps us looking good on the socials. She also assists on shoots, relays members’ questions to Karl during live shows, and generally keeps everything running smoothly, thank goodness.

Naturally creative, Emma lives in a parallel dimension in which days contain more than 24 hours. This enables her to work full time AND do more extra-curricular activities than we can even keep track of. These include helping to run a Brownie pack, leading groups of youngsters on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, and serving on the board of a local charity.

As if that wasn’t enough, she also makes and sells extremely cool earrings. How does she fit it all in? How can the rest of us access this dimension? If we find out, we’ll let you know.

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Georgie Prow

Georgie Prow

Visual Media Designer

Georgie makes the visuals for our website, ads, printed materials and such. She also handles much of our fashion styling in addition to helping develop and design new elements of our platform. As well as assisting on all of our shoots, Georgie also presents a couple of classes in our ‘Getting Started in Fashion Photography’ series. Nicely done, Georgie!

With a background in visual communication and illustration, Georgie is passionate about all things creative. She also enjoys making surreal paintings and digital artworks, loves to visit art and photography exhibitions, and is building up her own photography portfolio.

Georgie’s true love, though, is her pony, Westie. They’ve been through a lot together, overcoming many (ahem) obstacles. Georgie hasn’t brought Westie into the studio yet, but we hope it’s only a matter of time.

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Sara Martin

Sara Martin

Customer and Support Administrator

Customer support, customer success – whatever you prefer to call it, Sara is on the case. She helps current, past and future members however she can, fielding enquiries from around the globe by email, via live chat, and even on the phone. Looking for tips on what what course to take next? Have a question about your membership? Need to clarify something you saw in one of our classes? Sara’s happy to help, and just generally very happy.

Bringing those positive vibes to a worthy cause, Sara is passionate about plastic-free and sustainable living. She has an amazing website called I Did Something Green that you should check out immediately. When she’s not showing us all how to be kinder to our planet, Sara is likely out on a run, training for her next half marathon. Keep going, Sara!

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Corey Rive

Corey Rive

Video Editor

Corey is a super-talented retoucher and CG generalist who’s passionate about the power of the image. He’s worked with clients including GQ, Wired, Wallpaper*, Vogue and more. Here at KTE, Corey works alongside Ben T on shoots and in our video editing suite (or dungeon, as it’s affectionately known). He helps produce our classes, YouTube content and promo videos.

Fond of hiking and sea swimming, Corey is a multi-talented fellow – and we’re not just saying that because he has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For example, by night he shreds and shouts in his metal band, Gentle Suburban Boys, which he describes as “very serious and highly pretentious”. But he’s happiest of all travelling in the panel van that he and his wife meticulously converted into a luxurious camper.

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Ben Hinshaw

Ben Hinshaw

Copywriter

Ben H writes all our copy and content. He’s worked as a writer and editor in the UK and the US, mostly in tech (New Relic, Citrix) and academic research (Center for Poverty and Inequality Research). He was a lecturer in creative writing at the University of California, Davis for a while there too.

Ben used to be a musician but these days is the proud owner of two young daughters who scream ‘TOO LOUD!’ whenever he reaches for his guitar. When not child-wrangling, Ben loves to swim, and hopes to one day rekindle his teenage passion for surfing. His main thing, though, is his writing, which you can investigate here. He reads more novels than is healthy and is due to publish one of his own in 2022.

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