Underwater Photographer & Writer
Hi I’m Henley and I am completely and utterly in love with the sea. As a child, I quickly developed a passion for the underwater world through snorkelling and freediving. At twelve years old, my dad needed a dive buddy and I was roped into doing my Openwater course. My scuba diving adventure had begun and, looking back, it’s one of the best things my parents ever did for me!
" Being underwater is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a different world and get close to some fantastic wildlife."
I went down a fairly conventional route for a while and spent a few years in the corporate world as a marketing consultant. I suppose things were looking good on paper but I didn’t feel fulfilled. On the slow days I would daydream of being a dive pro. Soon enough, this dream would come true as I took a trip to the Philippines and qualified as a Divemaster. I had found my calling and had never felt happier. Over the next five years I lived and worked as a dive instructor in the Philippines, Bali and Saint Lucia. I experienced some of the best diving in the world - it was awesome.
I believe diving is much more akin to meditation than a sport. Being underwater is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a different world and get close to some fantastic wildlife. This mentality set me up pretty well for photography and it was in the magical muck of Lembeh that I first experienced a ‘proper’ underwater camera. I was instantly hooked - here was a way for me to capture and share the wonders of the sea!
"I firmly believe that once people start to appreciate the small things they will be endlessly entertained underwater."
I started taking photos seriously in 2014 and have been consumed by it ever since. My first love is macro photography and I firmly believe that once people start to appreciate the small things they will be endlessly entertained underwater. That being said, I’ll probably be the first to start screaming with excitement when a shark swims by - it simply doesn’t happen all the time! I’m grateful for the successes I’ve had to date and the support I’ve received from many along the way. In particular, I’m lucky enough to have Jade as the perfect mix of fiancee, muse, dive buddy and underwater model!
I lead private dive expeditions and am also available for commission. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to know more.
Diving qualifications across recreational, technical and free diving:
- PADI IDC Staff Instructor
- TDI Trimix Diver
- TDI Advanced Wreck
- AIDA 2* Freediver