Professional Wildlife and Conservation Photographer

Roy Toft

Roy Toft of Toft Photo Safaris, is a professional wildlife and conservation photographer who sponsors annual photo workshops & tours for photographers of all levels in destinations including Costa Rica, Brazil, Alaska, and Africa. Roy’s images have been featured in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, Wildlife Conservation, Discover magazines and other notable publications to advance conservation efforts globally. As a result, he has been named a founding fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP)



“As a full time professional wildlife photographer, I know how important it is to have guides with the right experience and knowledge to put you in the right place…..at the right time to get that special image. I found that perfect guide to be Brian Caldwell when I wanted to capture Western Grebes doing their spectacular courtship “rushing”. I’ve lived near Lake Hodges for nearly 10 years but had never seemed to be in the right place to photograph the Grebes doing their wonderful running on the water. I contacted Brian after seeing his images and hearing about his vast knowledge of Lake Hodges. Within the first couple hours on the Lake with Brian, we had dozens of Grebe pairs “rushing” by us at very workable distances!!! I was overjoyed! I also found out very quickly that just being close to the birds was not the main obstacle to overcome; Knowing which pairs of birds were going to display by their vocalizations and body position….this was the crucial knowledge which gave me those critical 2-3 seconds to prepare before the fast action began. Beyond helping me get wonderful images of Grebes, Brian combined his likable personality, knowledge of the Lake and it’s inhabitants…both animal and human to make for a thoroughly enjoyable photographic experience”


Nature Photgrapher and Lake Hodges Photo Tour Client 

Diana Whiting

East Coast award winning Nature Photographer. 



“With only one day for boat access on my short trip to San Diego, Brian was very instrumental in finding the Grebes while quietly positioning the boat to get the shots. As well, I really appreciated his ethical approach and concern for the birds. His knowledge and good nature made for a successful and pleasant morning on the lake. Thanks Brian! “

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