Rory was born and raised in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal where his interest in the outdoors and nature started at an early age, spending many holidays in the game parks and reserves around South Africa with his parents.
In his teens he joined the Wildlife and Land Service Clubs at school and was active on many of the projects and activities. This earned him selection in 1974 to attend a Wilderness Leadership School with Ranger Jim Feely and spent 10 days in the Imfolozi Game Park and the now iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Photography also started around the same time when Rory joined his high school photographic club taking black and white photos and developing them, he has been taking photos ever since!
After school Rory drifted off into the corporate world, where after a short stint in mining he joined a petrochemical company and became involved in ethanol and biofuels trading. Rory held senior executive positions with international companies over the years and lived in Chicago and Switzerland. His long international business career allowed him the opportunity to travel to over 70 countries, gaining valuable insight into the many different cultures and people around the globe. But Rory’s love for the bush, nature and the outdoors were always going to lead him to Africa, and in 2011, he decided to walk away from his executive corporate lifestyle to peruse his love of photography and the bush as a professional photographer.
Rory's photography business evolved around corporate, industrial and people; but as his business grew so did his passion for teaching and mentoring in photography. By 2014 Rory was running phototaphy courses and mentoring others and in 2016 rebranded and launched My Photo School with fellow photographer and partner Alan Nixon.
Through his quiet temperament and the understanding of people, (thanks to his cooperate travels), his immense technical and practical know-how, Rory has become a top photographic trainer, based in Durban.
So when you put together an extensive business background, love of the African bush and a passion for photographic training, the beginning of My Photo Safari in 2016 with Alan Nixon was a logical path forward.