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 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

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 – Sep 2020

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 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’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

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

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 – Hidden Blue Mtns

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

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

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 2019

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 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 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

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

I recently chose Gary to take me and my photography partner on a customised photography excursion of the upper Blue Mountains. I was familiar with all the tourist locations and wanted local knowledge and expertise to get some great, well composed shots of the Blue Mountains.
Gary customised the day for us, and guided us safely to locations that were slightly off the tourist beaten track.
Gary was organised, very knowledgeable about the area and able to suggest a wide variety of locations. He was flexible and very helpful in helping us achieve our goals for the day. He has a wealth of technical knowledge about cameras, and image processing that he was happy to share with us, and was generous with his advice and shared images of the day.
We both had a great day out and now are inspired to visit his list of special locations to return to when we next visit the Blue Mountains. Thank you Gary.

— Lisa Owens

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

— Lynette Bester 2018

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

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

— Gonzalo and Lynn Alfaro 2019

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

As photographer:

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

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

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

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

— Eileen Haley 2018

Your photos of the Blue Mountains take me to my happy place. I love your perception and I especially love your mono photography. It truly show the awe and wonder of a spectacular sight.

— Kerri-Ann Farr 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

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 have been following Gary for years and am always in awe of Gary’s work.I doubt whether you will find a more seasoned,hardworking landscape photographer anywhere.A man with RAW talent across a few artistic platforms ,with his willingness to share makes him an outstanding individual in my book.We are blessed to have him reside in the Blue Mountains.

— Richy Norman 2018

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

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’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

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

— Nodd Owen 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 captures the mystery and essence of the Blue Mountains.

— Andrea 2018

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

— Vikki Fisher 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

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

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

— James Crook 2017

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

— Mal Keeley 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

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

— Linda Ferguson 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

Captures the beauty of the Mountains!

— Malcolm Clune

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

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

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

— Eileen Haley 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

Your photos of the Blue Mountains take me to my happy place. I love your perception and I especially love your mono photography. It truly show the awe and wonder of a spectacular sight.

— Kerri-Ann Farr 2018

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

— Lesley Lennox 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

Spectacular ! exquisite marriage of your artistic eye and technology !

— Elizabeth Cooper-southam

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 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

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

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

— Liz Stewart 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

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

Beautiful images of the majestic Blue mountains

— John Heywood 2018

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

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

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

— Vivienne Burnett 2017

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 has made the Blue Mountains his domain.

— Mal Campbell 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

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

— Loretta

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

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 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

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

— Mal Keeley 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


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