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13.09.2016 | N Yorkshire: 09.30-17.00
course £295.00+vat
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  Brett says..." Those of you that have seen our super Flash DVD for weddings, it was shot at this great venue.We are super excited to have secured this venue for our wedding course. If you want to shoot at an amazing location, learning as much as you can about what makes us one of the most sought after wedding photographers in the uk,  great make up & styling and so much more then this is the course for you. Join us on this day to remember..We pride ourselves on everything that we do at Brett Harkness Photography and our training courses are no exception. Apart from the obvious information being passed on we look to take care of all the details from dresses & outfits used to food and comfort. We will work you hard !! But our days are filled with fun, exceptional shooting and most importantly the chance to learn!"

 This course will teach you...

  1. Spend a day with Brett looking at what makes him tick
  2. How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion.
  3. Looking at timing, posing & making the most of what you have
  4. Using different backgrounds & natural light
  5. Using flash for creative effect as well as to light things!
  6. See how we plan a wedding day so we don't miss a thing!
  7. First dance, cutting the cake, group shots - make them special!
  8. Get the wow shots every time & see your business change
Using speedlights, 'half way house 'lights ( Calumet- Genesis flash ) & Elinchrom packs Ltd to 8-10 photographers

Photography course snapshot

This one day course set at the stunning Middleton Lodge . This theory & shooting day will take you through the steps to produce amazing imagery of your Bride & Groom on their wedding day and leave you with stunning images. This fantastic one day course will be full to the brim with great shooting opportunity. Using spaces inside and out we will look at how to create great images in the shortest of time and making the most of the daylight available & mix it up with flash also. The day will be split into the am & pm session. In the morning we will be looking at some of Brett's imagery and talking through the process of being the best you can be. In the afternoon we will be shooting in and around the Hall, looking to utilize the beautiful hall in all it's glory. Brett will teach you some of the tricks that makes him one of the UK’s most successful wedding photographers.

Equipment needed

  • Camera ( digital SLR )
  • Zoom & Wide angle lens
  • Indoor & Outdoor clothes
  • Empty cards
  • Flash gun ( if you have one )
  • Lots of questions !
  • Ltd to 8-10 photographers

Who is this course aimed at?

Our courses are open to anyone that wants to improve their own photographic technique. Brett teaches in such a way that he makes it easy to understand. So if you are a hobbiest or an advanced pro then you will learn something from Brett Harkness. If you are just starting out shooting weddings or want to take your own weddings to another level then this is the day for you. We will be using daylight & flash and teaching in such a way that you will have ample time to ask questions and practice until it all makes sense!
What photographers say about our courses
David Long- "I just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday, I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and learnt a lot.I'm not quite a workshop junkie but do love learning and have attended a fair few! I do have to say that this is probably the best session that I have been to. What shone through was the quality and attention to detail throughout the day from the venue, to the models to the quality of information/instruction and the opportunity to learn and shoot - you both did a fantastic job!"
Barry McCullock- "Brett. Just a massive thanks to you and Kristie for making todays shooting the most truly eye opening experience in every sense. The models were superb and helped make it massive learning curve in such a short time and done in the best of atmospheres. Invaluable."
Stephen - " My mind was blown away with the information and have already started ordering new equipment to get practising!!! I had a fantastic day and thought it was extremely well organized. Brett you were very inspirational and the information I hope comes in very useful for my future weddings. Kristie thanks for your kind hospitality it was very much appreciated and holding the flash all afternoon. I got some great images and loved every minute. Thank you again and I will be n touch soon Brett for some one to one training but think the day of shooting sounds good. "

Behind the Scenes on previous Middleton Lodge Course


Nearby Accommodation & where is Middleton Lodge

Although secluded, The Lodge has excellent transport links; Darlington Railway Station is 7 miles away and offers excellent links to Edinburgh (2 hours) or London Kings Cross (2.5 hours). By car Leeds, Newcastle and Teesside are all within 1 hours’ drive. Durham Tees Valley Airport is 12 miles away and offers daily flights to many UK and international locations.


Middelton Lodge now has the awesome Coach House for you to stay in - please contact Rowena at Middleton Lodge for prices.

Hartforth Hall - rooms from £80

Holiday Inn - Darlington - £55.00

Please note that these are recommendations only. Feel free to find your own accommodation elsewhere.


If you can't wait for this course and want to see what we do at weddings now then CLICK HERE and go to our DVD shop to watch, download & purchase our two wonderful wedding DVD's. Don't miss out on this amazing resource & hive of information. PLEASE NOTE THAT COURSES NEED A MINIMUM OF 5 PHOTOGRAPHERS TO GO AHEAD, IF THIS NUMBER ISN'T REACHED WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO RESCHEDULE THE COURSE DATE TO SUIT APPLICANTS.  


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Moving Forward

  • STEVE ASHTON - Got our yesterday Brett, Just after returning from the darkest wedding I have ever shot. Despite being a bit sleepy to say the least we stayed up till 2am to watch the DVD..... super job you have done with it. I would say the best training dvd I have ever seen.... Put us down for a copy of the next one you do. Every wedding tog needs a copy of this!!! So nice to see some real quality post production as well.... congratulations to you both.”
  • JONATHAN FENTON - Brett & Kristy- watched your inspiring real wedding DVD last night and just wanted to say how beyond impressed I was- truly amazing and beautiful pictures! A great insight in to how you approach a wedding. Fantastic resource to keep referring back to! Any thoughts on a course on post production?? Must come back & do another course soo...n!”
  • ANDY FOUNTAIN - Hi Brett and Kristie , Thank you so much for the fantastic day you arranged for Rachael and myself on Monday.  It was one of the best training experiences I have had as a pro photographer and we came away feeling confident in knowing how to drive the business on.  On the way home Rachael said we would be booking a course with you guys on a yearly basis and for her to say this is a big turn around. I think she really saw the benefit in having days like this. Thank you so much again for a life changing tremendous day.”
  • Peter Williams
    Just thought I would drop by and say how helpful I found your instructional DVD. I have my first wedding to do in a few weeks and your DVD has given me a great insight into how I should expect the day to go. I found it full of useful advice and I am sure I will watch it over and over again between now and the big day. So thank you for giving me a spoonful of your knowledge! Thanks again, Pete
  • Steve Mannell
    Hi Brett, your DVD is superb and worth every penny. I watched the whole thing including the extras and it's inspirational. I think I might have to watch it again to try and take in all the key points and tips! Keep up the good work. and I will see you on one of your London based courses in the near future.
  • MATTHEW STAINER - "Just a quick note to say thank you for a fun, relaxed, informative, inspiring and a well fed day of top notch training. You have a great set up and love your studio and I would love to think that in a few years I might be somewhere up to where you are right now”
A class mixture high fashion, romanticism and fresh energy— Brit - Model