About me

I am a London-based freelance photographer and travel writer, and produce photographs, video footage and articles on my escapades around the world.

Having been to over 90 countries, I cover various aspects of travel and photography, from adventure, wildlife, sport and luxury to hotels, food, product reviews and more. I’m an experienced horse rider and skier, and I also enjoy diving and driving (especially on challenging off-road terrain).

I am constantly learning from the people I meet and the places I go to around the world. I left England when I was 17 years old because I wanted to see the world I had grown up reading about. I moved to Switzerland to learn French and haven’t stopped travelling since.

I am at my happiest when I’m off the beaten track, travelling in remote and far-flung corners of the world and meeting people from all walks of life. Along the way, I believe I take respectful and honest photographs portraying people and our planet.
Some of my most recent trips include; being lowered 120 metres into a vast dried-out magma chamber inside an ancient volcano in Iceland; shooting video and stills during a kayak and climbing expedition in Antarctica; searching on horse back for jaguars in Brazil’s remote Pantanal region; test driving cars on Sardinia’s corkscrew mountain roads; horseback escapades across New Zealand’s South Island in search of Hobbits; driving across Outer Mongolia with the Land Rover G4 Challenge recce team; becoming a stock woman in Australia’s remote and rugged Northern Territory (NT).

For the duration of the 1980s, I lived in New York City. One of my first photographic influences came from my Renwick Street neighbour, Life magazine photographer Michael O’Brien. Michael took me on a few shoots where I ran around collecting model releases, and he would give me rolls of film to experiment with.

At the time, I was introduced to a world of music that I embraced photographically, shooting gigs and bands in New York. During the 1990s I left New York, and set up home in Paris for five years. Here, my photographic influences came from close friendships with international photojournalists. After Paris, I relocated to London where I currently reside.

My work features in a variety of publications worldwide, including the National Geographic Traveller magazine, the Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, the Times, the Independent, the Sunday Telegraph, Scotland on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, and the Sun. My work also appears in ski magazines, inflight magazines and many websites. Some photographic projects have included the London Eye, the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and aid development projects in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Africa.
Clients have included Warner Brothers, Orient Express, the GSM Association (GSM20 Mobile World documentary and book project), and Aurora Expeditions (Australia).

Travel writing Influences include Gertrude Bell (1868­–­1926) and Freya Stark (1893­­­–1993). They are among my favourite travel writers and explorers – strong, courageous women who were at the forefront of modern travel writing, and who explored the world at a time when it was not easy for a woman to travel alone.


On my return to England in 1995 I joined forces with my friends Laila Ram and Nikki Tinto as a founding member of the travel website www.i-escape.com. From 2000 to the end of 2003 I lived out of a backpack and travelled the world to photograph and collect information about the locations and hotels for the launch of the website. I have photographed and written about many of the website’s featured hotels.

Film and television

Some of my photographs have had more exposure than originally planned, having been used on various film and television sets. These include: House, ER: (Warner Brothers show ER, episode ‘Lights Out’ 2007), Without a Trace (CBS drama series 2007), Old Christine (Warner Brothers 2009), Mall Cop (Columbia Pictures 2009) and The Oaks (20th Century Fox television drama series pilot 2008).

Olivier Houalet

Over the years, I have worked closely with my friend Olivier Houalet, who first appeared in the BBC Two documentary ‘Tropic of Capricorn’ and Channel Five’s ‘The Cheetah Man’ (February 2009). More recently, he has starred in Instinct Sauvage on Planète+ (2014 France). Please contact me for photography regarding Olivier Houalet.

To enquire about commissions, future projects, videos, stock photographs or any thing else, please contact me at info@lisayoung.co.uk or call +44 (0)7813 320 129.