Please find below testimonials from those who have been on Gary’s tours or workshops (top section) or who have given an opinion of his work (bottom section). Thank you so much for adding your thoughts and if you haven’t already, please add your own testimonial/review using the form at the bottom of the page, takes a minute max:

At workshops/tours:

I recently joined Gary for one of his Autumn Colour workshops, in the upper Blue Mountains. It was a truly great day.
The weather conditions were kind & Gary’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the best locations ensured we were at exactly the right spots at the right times of day for the best available light & colours. Predicting where & when to go is a lottery unless you have Gary’s local knowledge, built up over years of experience with our ever changing weather. I live in the Blue Mountains & thought I knew the best spots…little did I know.
Gary has a great photographer’s eye & a real knack for explaining what he sees & why it can make for a terrific photo. He also has great techniques for quick & captivating editing results.
We covered a lot of ground & skills in our full day, but the pace felt good, not rushed. Gary adjusted on the fly for our preferences for where we wanted to spend more time.
Our lunch was fantastic, with wide ranging discussions over hearty food.
I can really recommend Gary’s workshops, guidance, tuition, & company…..he’s a really knowledgeable, straightforward & nice bloke.
Brendan

— Brendan Jack

I took the Autumn colours workshop in April, and it was the time when the colours started to peak for the season. Gary was so knowledgeable about the area around Blue mountains and he took us to different spots with wonderful colours. His camera, composition and post production knowledge is commendable and he kept the learning process smooth to make it much easier. He was kind enough to pick up and drop from the train station and also providing lunch/snacks to keep your energy up. Best learning experience and a special mention to his gallery right near a viewpoint!! 🙂 Thank you so much, Gary!

— Saravanan Sankar

I attended Gary’s Autumn Colours Workshop recently and really enjoyed my day. While I’ve visited the mountains for autumn colour before, thanks to Gary I’ll now know where to go in future, and more importantly have a lot more skill in taking photos of the scenery. I learnt a lot about composition and processing. Gary was a great guide and the small group size means there is plenty of time for everyone.

— Sue Crowe

I have attended Gary’s, intro landscaping photograhpy workshop, and found it absolutly fabulous. Not only did it help me behind the lens but gave some insight into the ability of lightroom for processing photos. He also took us to areas off the usual tourist routes so we not only learnt alot about photography but also about the world heritage areas in the Blue Mountains. If you want to get into or get back into landscape photography, could not recommend this course more highly

— Patrick Meares

Spent an amazing day in the mountains, Gary was very knowledgeable and answered any questions I had with a thorough explanation. I learnt so much in such a short period of time. Goes to show you can’t beat face to face learning. I love the mountains and waterfalls I’m very excited to put my new found skills to work.
Thank you Gary you have helped me more than you know 🙂

— Kath Johnston

I paid for my sister to attend an Autumn workshop for her birthday. The results of her day with Gary were amazing it was worth every dollar spent. Gary was more than helpful setting up my gift prior to the booking as I live interstate. Thanks for everything, love looking at his photos too.

— Michelle Griffith

Just recently attended Gary’s Autumn Colour workshop in the Blue Mountains. I can’t recommend this enough. Garý knowledge of the Blue Mountains aera is second to none. Also getting to see all the secret places that you would never find by yourself was also a great experience. This is a workshop for all levels of photography. If you are a newbie Gary will guide you through composition and camera settings. Theres even a handout sheet to take with you describing the places we visited.

— John Heath

I have done three workshops with Gary in the last year on different subjects and have enjoyed all of them. Not only is Gary second to none in terms of location knowledge but so technically skilled and generous with his time in imparting those skills. Cannot recommend him highly enough. Will be back for more.

— David Loneragan

We spent 2.5 days with Gary focusing on drone and ground photography of the spectacular pagodas and gorges in a number of areas north of Lithgow.
This was by far the best organised photography tour that we have ever been involved in. Gary’s knowledge of the best areas that matched what we were looking for and his expertise were outstanding. I learnt heaps from him, enjoyed chatting about photography and nature and would highly recommend being a part of one of his workshops or an organised tour.

— Bob McDonald

Was lucky enough to do Gary’s last astro workshop of the season in October. He has a great knowledge of the local area for shooting locations, and we managed several different ones in good clear conditions. I definitely picked up some great tips, and Gary hooked us up to some specialist astro gear to do some deep sky work which I had never done. Even got a nebula pic! Great workshop. Bonus parrot photo opps in the late afternoon top:)

— Andre

I had one day to do some photography during a recent visit to Australia. The Blue Mountains were an obvious choice due to their proximity to Sydney. A friend recommended that I ask Gary to guide me through the park. Gary is exceptionally prompt, gracious, and friendly. We visited many areas of extraordinary beauty. He provided ample, valuable advice on how to best shoot in each location. He is knowledgeable about the area’s geological evolution and biodiversity. During my next visit to Australia, I am definitely returning to the Blue Mountains to do another shoot with Gary. I cannot say enough good things about this experience.

— Dr. Peter Toth, USA

—Nebula & Deep Sky Astrophotography
5/5 Stars! Was a very enjoyable and accomodating workshop with the very knowledgable Gary! Because of him, I got to shot some really interesting space structures and learnt how to post process them on my own afterwards! What I thought would be something impossible and hard to learn now made easy thanks to Gary!
After the workshop, Gary continued to help me and I ended up buying my own equipment and was able to do this really technical form of photography on my own. 🙂
Thanks so much!

— Thaison 2024

Having dabbled in Astrophotography with mixed results, the workshop offered the perfect opportunity to have another go with some expert guidance to get to some great results. A thoroughly enjoyable evening run by an expert with fantastic local knowledge willing to share his experience to allow others to take great shots too. All I can add is if you’ve read this far… go ahead and sign up!

— Dave L

I did the weekend landscape photography course recently with my sister in law. It was an amazing two days and we learnt so much, too much to include everything here. It was incredible to spent time with such an experienced photographer. He was so patient with us and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the surrounding areas. even though the weather wasn’t cooperating at times, he went above and beyond in providing us with different photographic opportunities which we loved. He has inspired us both. I can’t recommend him anymore highly. Incredible value for money and such a gift to spend time with someone so skilled. Make the time time for yourself and do it!!!

— Alicia

To say this astrophotography workshop was fantastic, I will fall short in describing how good it was. You need to experience Gary’s local and photographic knowledge not to mention Gary’s friendliness. Do yourself a favour and book a workshop with Gary, you won’t regret it, and you won’t forget it.

— Miguel

I recently attended a one-on-one workshop with Gary in early February. From the moment of collecting me at my accommodation to the finish of the day, we found lookouts for sunrise and sunset and of course waterfalls. Gary has wonderful local knowledge and was very considerate of my hiking ability, matching the tracks up well. He is happy to share his editing know how as well. Thoroughly recommend this workshop!

— Sharon Blanck

We got a private tour with Gary and love every bit of it. Gary took us to some of the lesser known places, he even went above and beyond suggesting good compositions and new techniques. He was patient in teaching my partner who is just starting out using mirrorless camera moving away from the trusty iPhone.
Gary is passionate about the area as demonstrated by his wealth of local knowledge. He knew when is the best time, light and condition to get the best shot.
Gary even went above and beyond to share his list of spectacular landscapes for our future reference. The day went by too quickly and we did not have enough time to explore the more rugged landscape of the western Blue Mountains. Will definitely get Gary to take us out again when I am back to the Blue Mountains in the future.
Thank you again for everything Gary.

— Tse Yin Chang

I have attended photography workshops run by other people and most have left me unsatisfied with the end results. This was certainly not the case for the Astrophotography workshop run by Gary. His expertise of the subject, his great local knowledge and his instruction and attention to each participant will see even the least experienced photographer go home with atleast one amazing photo from the night. Going to Gary’s studio to critique and process the photos a few times during the night made his workshop stand out from any others that I have participated in. Highly recommend anyone to attend his workshop.

— Brett Miller

Hi Gary I can’t thank you enough for the amazing day I spent with you on Thursday. I was really excited to find that you in particular were doing Aerial Photography Workshops in the Blue Mountains as I have always admired your photographic skills. At the ripe old age of 73 it has been a bit daunting taking on the challenge of mastering my Mavic 2 Pro Drone. It has taken my “Brain Training” to a whole new level! Honestly, I did have high expectations and you certainly didn’t disappoint. I’m now looking at my Drone with great excitement instead of terror 🙂 A huge bonus for me was the “Creative” part of the instruction. This has added a whole new dimension to my approach to the Drone. You were incredibly generous with your knowledge and guidance and I can highly recommend your workshops to any aspiring Drone Pilot no matter what their age.

— Barbara Wall

I thoroughly enjoyed the Autumn Colours workshop in May 2024. I attended with two friends from Canberra. Gary was incredibly patient and knowledgeable. His knowledge of photography techniques as well as the Blue Mountain area was impressive. I have only recently started photography as a hobby however my friends had more (decades) experience. Gary was easily able to pivot between what I needed vs what other attendees wanted to learn. It was a brilliant day.

— Vic W

I did a photography workshop with Gary and learned lots from spending time with him. What I learned about composition and editing I have been able to apply to my portrait work. The lessons are universal. Also Spending time in the blue mountains in autumn was beautiful way to spend a day out. Thanks Gary.

— L & D Photography

I thoroughly enjoyed the Autumn Colours workshop in May 2024. I attended with two friends from Canberra. Gary was incredibly patient and knowledgeable. His knowledge of photography techniques as well as the Blue Mountain area was impressive. I have only recently started photography as a hobby however my friends had more (decades) experience. Gary was easily able to pivot between what I needed vs what other attendees wanted to learn. It was a brilliant day.

— Vic W

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

I have attended Gary’s, intro landscaping photograhpy workshop, and found it absolutly fabulous. Not only did it help me behind the lens but gave some insight into the ability of lightroom for processing photos. He also took us to areas off the usual tourist routes so we not only learnt alot about photography but also about the world heritage areas in the Blue Mountains. If you want to get into or get back into landscape photography, could not recommend this course more highly

— Patrick Meares

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

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

We managed to really pack in a range of locations and activities, and I loved that you shared some of your processing workflow with me. Seeing the drone in action was an added bonus. Despite doing a ton of photography, I found the pace of the day quite relaxed and I never felt rushed. It was also a long day and I appreciate that you never seemed tired or less enthusiastic at any point. Despite the weather not co-operating at the end of the day and missing out on the sunset and astro opportunities, the day was really enjoyable and very worthwhile

— NW

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

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

— Lynette Bester

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 – Hidden Blue Mtns

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 did the Waterfalls Workshop last Friday and had a fantastic day. Gary was very patient, a great tutor and he knows where the best photo ops are. Would highly recommend and will be back for some of his other workshops.

— Julianne

I have attended photography workshops run by other people and most have left me unsatisfied with the end results. This was certainly not the case for the Astrophotography workshop run by Gary. His expertise of the subject, his great local knowledge and his instruction and attention to each participant will see even the least experienced photographer go home with atleast one amazing photo from the night. Going to Gary’s studio to critique and process the photos a few times during the night made his workshop stand out from any others that I have participated in. Highly recommend anyone to attend his workshop.

— Brett Miller

To say this astrophotography workshop was fantastic, I will fall short in describing how good it was. You need to experience Gary’s local and photographic knowledge not to mention Gary’s friendliness. Do yourself a favour and book a workshop with Gary, you won’t regret it, and you won’t forget it.

— Miguel

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

— Gonzalo and Lynn Alfaro

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

I just had the most wonderful weekend in the Blue Mountains with Gary on his Introduction to Landscape Photography course. Gary gave me the confidence to shift from automatic to manual settings to capture some amazing and diverse scenery throughout the mountains. We covered sunrise, sunset, astro, waterfalls, pagoda country and amazing valley views. Gary had me thinking about the combination of location, timing, composition and light which was a great lesson for a relative beginner. I learnt the basics for editing and learnt enough skills to come home and refine my skills. I am already contemplating which if Gary’s workshops to do next.

— Marita Pearson

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

I attended the weekend workshop on waterfalls in the Blue Mountains and, let me tell you, the experience was about more than just photography. Gary’s impressive knowledge of the area and storytelling as a whole means that the technical aspects that you learn have a context and a purpose. The workshop will improving your own photography and appreciation of the area and leave you wanting to head back out to try your new-found skills as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to book a workshop with Gary… I’m already planning the next one!

— Gregg Savage

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

Gary’s Photgraphy workshops are great! Not to mention the landscape photography he does.

— Chris Cater

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

Did the waterfall one day workshop. What a day! I am tired after climbing all over the mountains, but my brain is exhausted with all the new information to be loaded, digested and applied. Gary is helpful, friendly, obliging, patient and a real master of his craft. He has given freely tips and helpful comments, and my photography will probably never be the same. Thank you Gary for such a good day.

— John Webster

I recently attended the starry night astro photography workshop and it was incredible! Gary’s knowledge of photography, the nights sky and post processing lead to some amazing photos that you can be proud of. Not only was the workshop lots of fun, full of beautiful Blue Mountains locations, Gary also tailored the workshop to our interests. I can’t wait to attend my next workshop. Thank you Gary.

— Jodie Morrison

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

I have done three workshops with Gary in the last year on different subjects and have enjoyed all of them. Not only is Gary second to none in terms of location knowledge but so technically skilled and generous with his time in imparting those skills. Cannot recommend him highly enough. Will be back for more.

— David Loneragan

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

Was lucky enough to do Gary’s last astro workshop of the season in October. He has a great knowledge of the local area for shooting locations, and we managed several different ones in good clear conditions. I definitely picked up some great tips, and Gary hooked us up to some specialist astro gear to do some deep sky work which I had never done. Even got a nebula pic! Great workshop. Bonus parrot photo opps in the late afternoon top:)

— Andre

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

Spent an amazing day in the mountains, Gary was very knowledgeable and answered any questions I had with a thorough explanation. I learnt so much in such a short period of time. Goes to show you can’t beat face to face learning. I love the mountains and waterfalls I’m very excited to put my new found skills to work.
Thank you Gary you have helped me more than you know 🙂

— Kath Johnston

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

Gary’s expertise is evident in his photographs, and he has encyclopaedic knowledge of the Blue Mountains region. But the first focus of his attention on our landscape photography workshop was getting to know the participants, our skills, and what we were interested in creating aesthetically with our photography. His ability to meet and expand our experience and knowledge is what makes this weekend workshop tick. It was also a great way to get to know this very special part of the world. The weather wasn’t particularly kind to us, but it didn’t matter – what’s bad weather for one photo situation is good for another, and Gary cleverly adapted to the conditions. I learned a lot, gained a new perspective on my fledgling photography skills, had a great weekend, and came away with some fantastic shots. Gary, thank you so much for the experience.

— Paul – Intro to Landscape Weekend

I recently joined Gary for one of his Autumn Colour workshops, in the upper Blue Mountains. It was a truly great day.
The weather conditions were kind & Gary’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the best locations ensured we were at exactly the right spots at the right times of day for the best available light & colours. Predicting where & when to go is a lottery unless you have Gary’s local knowledge, built up over years of experience with our ever changing weather. I live in the Blue Mountains & thought I knew the best spots…little did I know.
Gary has a great photographer’s eye & a real knack for explaining what he sees & why it can make for a terrific photo. He also has great techniques for quick & captivating editing results.
We covered a lot of ground & skills in our full day, but the pace felt good, not rushed. Gary adjusted on the fly for our preferences for where we wanted to spend more time.
Our lunch was fantastic, with wide ranging discussions over hearty food.
I can really recommend Gary’s workshops, guidance, tuition, & company…..he’s a really knowledgeable, straightforward & nice bloke.
Brendan

— Brendan Jack

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

Spent the day with Gary in a small group, improving my drone skills for both video and stills. Very hands-on, plenty of content, well-organised and covered a lot of ground (literally) in a day without ever feeling rushed. Gary knows his stuff, happy to get technical as well as accommodating and encouraging less confident users. It’s a great way to spend the day in a beautiful part of the world.

— Barrie Seppings

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

I attended one of Gary’s photography workshops earlier this year. Gary is not only a talented photographer, but also an excellent teacher who is able to impart his deep knowledge in an entertaining and friendly way. Recommended!

— Colin Chang

I recently joined Gary for his Autumn colour workshop and it was a wonderful experience. Gary’s knowledge of the area is second to none which allowed for several different spots to shoot. He was flexible in his approach was happy to stay at a location until we had the shot we were after. He also offered his professional opinion and assisted with things like composition and even took several photos on his own phone to demonstrate how to frame an image. At the end of the day, many of the native parrots came to feed in his garden and we snapped away for 10 mins, it was just amazing. I would definitely recommend a workshop with Gary for any photographers out there.

— Kylie Cheal

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

An absolutely brilliant workshop!
I recently participated in a full day, customised, small group workshop with Gary. The day was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT and exceeded all our expectations. He went above and beyond to make our day enjoyable and provide us with a variety of fantastic photo opportunities.
Gary has a wealth of knowledge and catered to our interests and varying abilities. He was friendly and patient, giving information in an easy-to-understand manner. I learnt so much and feel inspired to go out and practise the skills we learnt on the day.
I can’t recommend Gary highly enough! If you are thinking about it…do it!!

— Linda F

As photographer:

There’s a Spiritual quality to his photos. I may sense this because I grew up in the Blue Mountains and I’ve been to Narrow Neck during my younger years. This photo brings back so many memories

— Claudia Koelndorfer 2017

Great little gallery with exquisite prints. Gary is a great person to have a chat with and a very knowledgeable and talented photographer as well. Being a photographer myself, I have greatly admired his work for a while and on visiting, simply had to get one of his limited edition prints which is now hanging on my wall! A must see!

— Karan Varshnei

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

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

— Vikki Fisher 2018

You see heaven in your photos

— Glynis Anne Faucett 

Love your photography. Its very inspiring. Just want to visit those places. Thanks

— Mal Keeley 2018

Gary’s photography skills give me a point of reference to aspire to. His subtle use of black and white and colour shows me new ways to change the mood of a scene, purely by the addition of colour or lack thereof.

— Peter Holland 2018

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

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

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

— Linda Ferguson 2018

Your works to capture the full magic of the Blue Mountains, transports us to a world of wonder.

— Eileen Haley 2018

A truly wonderful gallery. Gary is a fabulous photographer with amazing knowledge of the area being a local, and a nice guy to boot. His photos are next to none in capturing the beauty and wonder of The Blue Mountains, and beyond.

— Kerri-Ann Farr

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

I love your pics the mountains n show people all over the world when I travel , they are spectacular and make me truly believe I live somewhere special

— Lee Kelly 2018

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

— Vivienne Burnett 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

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

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

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

Absolutely stunning photography Gary my trip to the Beautiful Blue Mts was so special so spiritual for me to actually make the climb down to the Jamison Valley and up with my daughter Sarah hubby Patrick and my 8week old granddaughter Erin is something I will cherish forever . Each picture of the Beautiful Blues takes me back straight away to that special moment when we reached the top such an emotional journey for me. You are inspiring Gary at your craft truly amazing pictures. I hope to return to my favourite place and country Australia where I think I left a little bit of myself there.

— Rose Walsh 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

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 captures the mystery and essence of the Blue Mountains.

— Andrea 2018

The Blue Mountains has a real resonance and connection with my heart and well-being. Whenever I see Gary’s stunning panoramas I am transported back to the place I love and feel a sense of peace and tranquility.  Thank you Gary!

— Fiona Lark 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

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

— Nodd Owen 2018

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

I look forward to Gary’s daily photograph on FB because he captures magnificent views of places I know and love. Often I can share them with family and friends. Sometimes he posts photos of other places, too, which are also beautiful, but I do prefer his Mountains and Sydney shots.  His photos seem to capture the essence of the spot.

— Robyne Ridge

Love Gary’s photography, have brought several items of his stunning work.

— Lorraine Secker

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

I consider Gary to be the best landscape photographer in Australia, at least. His photographs & commentary are, to a photographer, inspirational, he truly meditates on light through his lenses

— Pauli Pariah

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

Beautiful photos Gary P Hayes

— Jim Tilley 2018

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

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

— James Crook 2017

Gary has made the Blue Mountains his domain.

— Mal Campbell 2018

Your photos and comments are inspiring

— Isabel Costabile 2017

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

Love your photography. Its very inspiring. Just want to visit those places. Thanks

— Mal Keeley 2018

Amazing work, Gary’s photos are so beautiful!

— Sarah Gould 2018

Love Gary’s photography, have brought several items of his stunning work.

— Lorraine Secker

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

— Vivienne Burnett 2017

I look forward to Gary’s daily photograph on FB because he captures magnificent views of places I know and love. Often I can share them with family and friends. Sometimes he posts photos of other places, too, which are also beautiful, but I do prefer his Mountains and Sydney shots.  His photos seem to capture the essence of the spot.

— Robyne Ridge

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

The Blue Mountains are my happy place, but I can’t get there nearly as often as I’d like. Your photography captures all the moods of the Mountains and feeds my soul until my next visit.

— Michelle Little 2018

Your works to capture the full magic of the Blue Mountains, transports us to a world of wonder.

— Eileen Haley 2018

Breathtaking & peaceful & wow!

— Darlette O’Brien 2018

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 is a fabulous landscape photographer. His in-depth knowledge of the stunning Blue Mountains is unmatched by any other in his field. Gary is an all round nice guy and you won’t regret buying one of his beautiful landscapes or signing up for one of his photography courses.

— Joanne McCormack

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

Beautiful images of the majestic Blue mountains

— John Heywood 2018

Gary captures the mystery and essence of the Blue Mountains.

— Andrea 2018

I have spent many Years Canyoning in the Blue Mountains and when I see your fantastic Photos brings back all the Memories of the great Times I have had. Keep on showing us your work.

— Raimund Fuchs 2018

Beautiful inspiring photos that show the Blue Mountains in all their glory but also hidden aspects, makes me always want to be there that moment when I see one your photos.

— Zoe Scott-King 2018

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

— Loretta

A truly wonderful gallery. Gary is a fabulous photographer with amazing knowledge of the area being a local, and a nice guy to boot. His photos are next to none in capturing the beauty and wonder of The Blue Mountains, and beyond.

— Kerri-Ann Farr

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

Absolutely stunning photography Gary my trip to the Beautiful Blue Mts was so special so spiritual for me to actually make the climb down to the Jamison Valley and up with my daughter Sarah hubby Patrick and my 8week old granddaughter Erin is something I will cherish forever . Each picture of the Beautiful Blues takes me back straight away to that special moment when we reached the top such an emotional journey for me. You are inspiring Gary at your craft truly amazing pictures. I hope to return to my favourite place and country Australia where I think I left a little bit of myself there.

— Rose Walsh 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’s images of the Blue Mountains speak directly to my heart and soul. His spiritual connection to the land is conveyed in every image he captures as a messenger of the heart of this earth. Thank you Gary for wowing me every time with a heart opening moment of pure love!

— Helen Nicholas

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

The Blue Mountains has a real resonance and connection with my heart and well-being. Whenever I see Gary’s stunning panoramas I am transported back to the place I love and feel a sense of peace and tranquility.  Thank you Gary!

— Fiona Lark 2018

I love your pics the mountains n show people all over the world when I travel , they are spectacular and make me truly believe I live somewhere special

— Lee Kelly 2018

Beautiful images of the majestic Blue mountains

— John Heywood 2018

The dramatic dance of light over the Blue Mountains from the sunrise to the sunset … thank you very much for sharing them!

— Cristina Strange R 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

Gary P Hayes, you take the most spectacular photos

— Brigid Kirby 

Love all of Gary’s photos. Reminds of what a beautiful place I am lucky to live in.

— Lesley Lennox 2017

Spectacular ! exquisite marriage of your artistic eye and technology !

— Elizabeth Cooper-southam


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