Testimonials

Below are people who have spent time with Gary as guide, workshop leader or are a general admirer of his work. (page will refresh with new testimonial order every 30 mins or so)

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At workshops/tours:

I just wrapped up a weekend with Gary’s Hidden Blue Mountains workshop and wow it exceeded all my expectations! Gary’s knowledge of the local area is unsurpassed, and he definitely took us to hidden parts of the greater Blue Mountains that are not readily accessed and that have been seldom photographed.
His hospitality and guidance was fantastic and we all had a great time exploring unique landscapes.
I can’t wait to join him for another trip to discover even more of this amazing part of Australia.

— Paul Mock

I arranged the hidden Blue Mountain photography workshop for my hubby’s suprise birthday gift. It was a fantastic experience for him to chill out and do something different away from his workaholic lifestyle. He felt so energetic with all the hiking and wonderful sites visited and of course, photos he never knew he could take himself. Gary was so inspiring and full of knowledge. We highly recommend this workshop for those who want to do something fun and to explore the Blue Mountains from a different perspective.

— Cindy W

Had a great time on the Starry Night, Astrophotography workshop. Gary was very helpful and knew the area well which gave us great opportunities to capture the night skies. Thanks Gary, I can thoroughly recommend this workshop, learnt lots had fun and all very reasonable.

— Jenny Davidson

I am most grateful for Gary’s time, and photography passion for the Blue Mountains, that he so generously shared with us. Gary has been an excellent tour leader, informative, down to earth, and so knowledgeable about the secret insights of each location that he has explored for so many years. As a result I walked away with images that I would not have been able to get on my own for sure. Even though I’m far away in California, I’m looking forward to take an other tour with you soon.

— Klaus von Schwanebach

I am writing to say how much we all enjoyed your presentation last night at the Upper Blue Mountains Camera Club. We’ve had some very positive comments so far and are very grateful that you came along. Having presenters of your calibre and enthusiasm certainly opens eyes and stimulates interest in the members. You covered so many areas in your chat – all of them interesting, but the take home message( for me at least), was just how hard you work to get the images you need, and how many bases you cover in marketing your work, to make a living from photography. It’s impressive and quite amazing.

— Alan Daniel – President UBMCC

On behalf of the Blue Mountains Photography Group, and myself in particular, I would like to thank you once again for your wonderful presentation to our club earlier in the year. I found it most enlightening to get an insight to your techniques for capturing such beautiful images and I am sure other members of our club did as well.

— Anne Baker – Blue Mtns Photography Group 2018

Took the Astro course with Gary. Weather wasn’t that hot due to clouds but Gary put the miles in to find the best vantage points for the conditions. Very knowledgeable and happy to pass it on.

— Jason Bunce

Did the astrophotography workshop with Gary. Went to places I didn’t think about, and the wealth of knowledge regarding the Blue Mountains make Gary the perfect guide. Learnt one very important message from the course regarding astrophotography – the foreground is as important as the night sky. The enthusiasm of Gary is sure to inspire you. I can thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who loves photography. I will book more courses in the future.

— Jeffrey Brew 2019

Recently completed the overnight Astrophotography workshop. Gary was not only knowledgeable and helpful, he showed flexibility in the workshop structure both before and during the night, as the weather wasn’t going to play the game initially. Gary passed on information and techniques in a friendly, easy to understand manner and was both mindful and attentive to the various skill levels within the group and adjusted his mentoring style to suit. After the workshop, Gary was more than happy to field follow up questions via email and offered some valuable guidance once we went into post production. His assistance didn’t stop once we finished the workshop. Thanks Gary, the Mt Victoria area is beautiful and I appreciate the opportunity to capture a small part of it.

— Dan Dwiar

Thank you for the great weekend – we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot in the process.

— Gonzalo and Lynn Alfaro 2019

Thank you so much for making it an amazing day. I hope to book a similar experience in the future.

— Lynette Bester 2018

I had a great time in early August on the Hidden Blue Mountains workshop with Julien, Peter and Gary Hayes. The Gardens of Stone was amazing and Gary’s photographic knowledge is immense. From angles to leading lines, processing, he knows how to convey it to you also, thanks again and catch up sometime.

— Peter Hickey

I just wanted to say how much everyone enjoyed your gig as the guest judge last night. It really did go down well.
The feedback so far is all very positive with a few emails already today giving the thumbs up. Well done, and thank you for making the time to come along.

— Alan Daniel – President UBMCC

Gary has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the  mountains. Showed us the most amazing places to capture the best of this area in the perfect light.. Gary was a delight as our guide, friendly and knowledgeable. I was very happy with the photography that I captured and I would highly recommend attending Gary’s workshops.  Gary has a great knowledge of the Mountains and knows the best places to photograph it’s beauty away from the tourist trail.. I will definitely be returning and doing one of Gary’s Workshops this year… thanks to Gary, I will return….

— Lesa Corrine

Thank you so much for your great work with the night sky photography workshops. The feedback has been very positive.

— Sabrina Roesner – BMCC Exhibitions Manager 2018

While visiting the Blue Mountains, I found Gary’s Blue Mountains Photography Hotspots guide to be invaluable. Using the grading system (on difficulty of accessibility) I was easily able to find some stunning locations. I’ve been a big fan of Gary’s work for some time and was delighted to have the opportunity to meet up for a last-minute photo tour. Despite being arranged at short notice, I found Gary to be very accommodating as well as both friendly and highly professional. His knowledge of the local area is extremely impressive, particularly away from the main tourist areas (off the beaten track). Thanks to Gary’s assistance, I have come away from The Blue Mountains with a collection of photos that I am very pleased with. I hope to visit again one day and *highly* recommend booking a tour with Gary. You will not be disappointed.

— Damian Davis

Gary was kind enough to show me some great photography spots in the Blue Mountains. He was very friendly and keen to talk about photography and good photo locations. I also found his Blue Mountains Photography Hotspots guide very useful for my own excursions and planning.

— Maciek Gornisiewicz

Gary’s Autumn Workshop was fantastic. The whole day was extremely well organised and nothing was too much trouble. With Gary’s knowledge of photography combined with his knowledge of the local area his workshops are a must. Highly recommended.

— Scott Lambert

I highly recommend Gary and his wonderful “Hidden Blue Mountains” Workshop. Gary gave us heaps of options to choose from and took us to some spectacular places I had no idea existed.
Thank you Gary for your guidance, your willingness to change plans as the weather dictated and your hospitality. i look forward to going on another workshop adventure with you in the future.

— Anne Baker

I’d like to thank Gary for taking me to some of the lesser known photography locations in the Blue Mountains. Gary’s knowledge of the area is astounding as is his passion and knowledge for photography. I’d highly recommend anyone attend one of Gary’s workshops.

— Shane Arrold

As photographer:

I first met you on the iconic Lincoln Rock – of course at sunset! Your skill and interpretation with your photography has really inspired me. I am not able to get to the places you go to and so I really appreciate your persistence and determination in getting to the locations you get to (and the time of day you get there when you are ‘chasing the light’.) It certainly shows that ‘special something’ in your photography. I appreciate your sharing of the ‘how to get there’ information to many of the great locations in our wonderful Blue Mountains. …and one more – our local camera club certainly appreciated your time of sharing your experience early this year.

— Greg Wood 2018

In time Gary will be seen as the most prolific Blue Mountains photographer ever and stoked to call him a mate. I really love that he has shown me the Mountains in a way that i will always love it

— Mark Jessop 2018

Gary seems to be able to always catch that perfect sunset or sunrise so words cannot describe how appreciative I am to be able to see our beautiful Australian landscape through his eyes and camera.

— Deloraine Miller 2018

Gary’s images are without doubt outstandingly beautiful to look at. But further to that, personally, they serve to encourage me in my own passion, provide valuable visual information about the effective use of light in an image and the mastery of great composition. I one day hope to meet Gary, whom i consider to be one my greatest unofficial mentors. Until then… thanks Gary, i look forward to being introduced to the Blue Mountains by you one day soon!

— Chris Steed

Outstanding. You are inspiring others with your talented work, valuable insights and generous spirit. Thank you!

— James Crook 2017

I love to see Gary’s photos on FB. He never ceases to amaze me with the way he captures the essence of the stunning landscapes in the Blue Mountains. Just when I think I have seen the best photo yet, he posts another even better one. Thanks Gary for sharing your talent so freely.

— Linda

So beautiful! Take it from a watercolour artist, you are an artist!!! Keep ’em coming.

— Vivienne Burnett 2017

Gary, you have a special eye for photography they have depth, contrast, greatness, you make us feel that we are standing in a lookout with the Blue Mountains in front of us. Thank you for sharing your photographs with us.

— Norma Bonora 2018

I am constantly impressed by Gary’s photos of the Blue Mountains area, I have lived in the mountains for 35 years and I have seen more beauty, than I ever knew existed in the mountains through his photos. Being in a wheelchair now, means I am limited to the places I can see first hand, I am happy to be able to discover the full scope of Mountains through Gary’s skillful use of the Camera as a medium, to share his spectacular views of the world. Gary has inspired me to get out and take my own views of our beautiful mountains.

— Ben Wilkat

As someone who has worked in many outdoors locations in the Blue Mountains for the past few years, I thought I knew the Mtns well. However, since coming across Gary’s work and subsequently being inspired to advance my own photography journey, I have realised how little I really knew. I’m talking about the little things that often go unnoticed. Gary’s dedication and talent captures our beautiful mountains in the most special way.

— Dal Atkinson

Wonderful impressions of the BMNP full of atmosphere, showing us the beauty of the unique landscape we are living in. Thank you for sharing your photos with us.

— Dagmar Sweetland 2018

Gary captures the mystery and essence of the Blue Mountains.

— Andrea 2018

I really think these are the best pieces of work I have ever come across and as I was born in the Lithgow area and went to school there every time I see your work I really do miss the scenery as I don’t get to see it much any more and it makes me Home Sick! Thank you Gary for such an adventure down memory lane and bringing the memories back to life! Great Work keep it up!

— Stephen Smith 2018

Gary has an eye for the dramatic and this translates into the most majestic photos of the Blue Mountains and Gardens of Stone area. He is an ambassador for our area and shares his love of it world wide. His photos are inspiring and stunning.

— Sharon Lee Lewis 2018

Those photos that you have shared, take me back many many years, sitting in the back of my families ’36 Chev’ meandering up the many hills, twists and turns and looking in awe at the incredible region. Your photos are a joy to see, and now I’m old and living in Brisvegas’, they bring back so many memories. You truly depict nature at it’s finest, and since I’ve taken up a bit of amateur photography, I appreciate even more, how you can capture the ‘essence’.

— Barbara King 2018

Your work means the world to me! I lived and lived in Blackheath for many years and now your talented photography captures the moods of the mountains and I can still enjoy the view.

— Suzanne Ellis 2018

Gary P Hayes photography takes me to the places my heart yearns to be

— Vikki Fisher 2018

Spectacular ! exquisite marriage of your artistic eye and technology !

— Elizabeth Cooper-southam

Visited your gallery on Saturday morning with my wife Mary – impressive collection of shots and very inspiring on numerous fronts. Currently considering joining your workshops and also to tee up some private shoots with three of my close mates in exploring some parts of the Blue Mountains with you. Photos on Facebook doesn’t do justice of the quality of the stuff you capture. Well done and good luck with the gallery.

— John Van Put

I highly commend you for being so generous and offering such a thorough and awesome article to the public!! That’s a lot of hard work you put in there!

— Seng Ung

Authentic, inspiring images that reflect a intimate respect and knowledge for the Blue Mountain region.

— Nodd Owen 2018

Inspires me to get out an take more photos, though not nearly as well!

— Neal Anderson 2018

Talented photographer and educator. Gary constantly explores lesser known areas of the Blue Mountains so knows a multitude of locations. Highly recommend his workshops, approachable and explains complex concepts in an understandable manner. A photographer that takes photos with his heart as well as his eyes.

— Lauren Hook 2018

Breathtaking & peaceful & wow!

— Darlette O’Brien 2018

Beautiful photos Gary P Hayes

— Jim Tilley 2018

Gary’s pictures are like looking through a window , they’re always so clear ,I have never been to your beautiful country ,but feel I know it so well by enjoying his pictures ,some are so wild it’s like looking at a picture of an long forgotten time , and others so lovely they take my breath away at their beauty ,then the ones where the morning mist thru the mountains look like a river raging thru ,I could go on and on , just love seeing Gary’s pictures.

— Margret Bullock 2018

I find the most beautiful photographs taken of a place tend to be those captured by the photographer who not only sees the colour and beauty of the landscape but is also able to feel it’s majesty and energy. Gary Hayes shows he has a deep passion for his beloved Blue Mountains and each of his photographic images portray emotion and feeling by making use of subtle light and shade created by some of the most dramatic sunrises and sunsets to touch the rugged cliffs and ridges of one of my favourite places in Australia.

— Michelle Taylor 2018

Gary’s photography captures the moods, grandeur and mystery of the Blie Mountains. I grew up in the mountains, came back to get married and regularly visit my parents in Blackheath. I haven’t discovered another photographer that captures my mountains. “The Event” proudly hangs on our wall in Central Queensland, a cooling reminder of the beauty of the backdrop to our wedding at George Phillips Lookout … our special event. The mountains are so special to me and you’re the only photographer who captures them as I see them.

— Rachel Buteaux 2018

Gary captures the mystery and essence of the Blue Mountains.

— Andrea 2018

As someone who has worked in many outdoors locations in the Blue Mountains for the past few years, I thought I knew the Mtns well. However, since coming across Gary’s work and subsequently being inspired to advance my own photography journey, I have realised how little I really knew. I’m talking about the little things that often go unnoticed. Gary’s dedication and talent captures our beautiful mountains in the most special way.

— Dal Atkinson

Beautiful images of the majestic Blue mountains

— John Heywood 2018

Gary, you have a special eye for photography they have depth, contrast, greatness, you make us feel that we are standing in a lookout with the Blue Mountains in front of us. Thank you for sharing your photographs with us.

— Norma Bonora 2018

My life has been enriched by Gary’s fabulous photography, and, I have a beautiful framed print of his the Jamison Valley in the Blue Mountains. Gary’s photographs are extraordinarily beautiful, and, just today I recommended his work to a budding photographer. Amazing. Thanks, Gary.

— Lynda Hill 2018

Spectacular ! exquisite marriage of your artistic eye and technology !

— Elizabeth Cooper-southam

Outstanding. You are inspiring others with your talented work, valuable insights and generous spirit. Thank you!

— James Crook 2017

Wonderful impressions of the BMNP full of atmosphere, showing us the beauty of the unique landscape we are living in. Thank you for sharing your photos with us.

— Dagmar Sweetland 2018

Oh goodness how I love Gary’s photography, he is so creative and wonderful. I have Never had the pleasure of visiting the Blue Mountains, and in the past months he has made the area come alive for me. My partner is Loving that you explain how your achieved the photograph. In fact Ryan tells me that Gary makes the Blue Mountains even more beautiful then what he remembers. Thank you for taking the time to create such magic from nature.”

— Deborah M, Director of The Butterfly Experience

In time Gary will be seen as the most prolific Blue Mountains photographer ever and stoked to call him a mate. I really love that he has shown me the Mountains in a way that i will always love it

— Mark Jessop 2018

Your sensitive and succinct images of my beloved upper Blue Mountains brings me great joy.

— Liz Stewart 2018

I love how your photos of the Blue Mountains captures her in all her splendour and moods.

— Linda Ferguson 2018

Gary P Hayes Photography is a breath of fresh air

— George Abdulnour 2018

Love your photos, in your work l see a beautiful person with a lot of inner peace.

— Loretta

Your work means the world to me! I lived and lived in Blackheath for many years and now your talented photography captures the moods of the mountains and I can still enjoy the view.

— Suzanne Ellis 2018

Gary has made the Blue Mountains his domain.

— Mal Campbell 2018

I am constantly impressed by Gary’s photos of the Blue Mountains area, I have lived in the mountains for 35 years and I have seen more beauty, than I ever knew existed in the mountains through his photos. Being in a wheelchair now, means I am limited to the places I can see first hand, I am happy to be able to discover the full scope of Mountains through Gary’s skillful use of the Camera as a medium, to share his spectacular views of the world. Gary has inspired me to get out and take my own views of our beautiful mountains.

— Ben Wilkat

Visited your gallery on Saturday morning with my wife Mary – impressive collection of shots and very inspiring on numerous fronts. Currently considering joining your workshops and also to tee up some private shoots with three of my close mates in exploring some parts of the Blue Mountains with you. Photos on Facebook doesn’t do justice of the quality of the stuff you capture. Well done and good luck with the gallery.

— John Van Put

So beautiful! Take it from a watercolour artist, you are an artist!!! Keep ’em coming.

— Vivienne Burnett 2017

Thanks for inspiring me Gary

— Troy Hovenden 2016

Your photos captured the beautiful essence and soul of The Blue Mountains. Make me feel like I’m there. homesick feeling. Bless your gift

— Rose Wolfinger 2018

A definite fan of Gary’s Facebook page. Love his portrayal of the beautiful Blue Mountains. I have recently renovated, and have a wall that I think needs a Gary photo.

— Rosemary Mann 2018


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2 Responses to Testimonials

  1. Gary Hayes says:

    great

  2. Jeffrey Brew says:

    Did the astrophotography workshop with Gary. Went to places I didn’t think about, and the wealth of knowledge regarding the Blue Mountains make Gary the perfect guide. Learnt one very important message from the course regarding astrophotography – the foreground is as important as the night sky. The enthusiasm of Gary is sure to inspire you. I can thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who loves photography. I will book more courses in the future.