PhotographyTraining courses

We have just released a new set of great courses for Summer & Autumn 2015.If you want us to put on a course in the far reaches of the UK or beyond then please get in touch with us via the website or through our FB Training page to let us know. Last year we visited Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham & Essex for bespoke group training!

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18.08.2015 | Manchester:
09.30-17.00 course £285.00+vat
2 places left
The fact is we as wedding photographers have to work with the light that is presented to us, why should you just have to rely on high ISO's & prime lenses. For sure they will get you so far but you don't want an album full of B&W images! This course is so much more than using flash, it will give you the techniques & ideas to take your  Weddings to another place. Give your clients so much more than you ever thought. Taking place from the Studio outside of Manchester and then on to a nearby location.
LOCATION - We will start off at Seedfield House in the morning which is in Bury, you can get the metro from Manchester to Bury. Our House/Studio is then 5 mins away. After starting there we will head out to  a location nearby. You can then get the metro back into Manchester or drive back from the studio.

This course will teach you...

  1. How to use flash , on & off camera & looking at daylight also
  2. How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion
  3. Using flash on location utilizing location, color & posing
  4. Getting the most out of the short time you have at your wedding
  5. Using speedlights & Calumet Genesis Flash GF400 & small pop up soft boxes
  6. Lighting a room to group shots indoors
  7. Using backgrounds that you never thought of before!
  8. A great day to learn all you can about using flash at weddings
  9. Coping with the ambiance inside for couple shots..
  10. Shooting in the dark, first dance & cutting the cake, light them all with ease
  11. Limited to 10-12 photographers

Photography course snapshot

This one day course will look to teach you all you need to know about using your flash at weddings. No longer should you be afraid of the dark or rain. We will look at how to amongst other things, shoot the first dance, cake cutting, lighting group shots, interiors, speeches. We will also spend time looking at how to create the style that has become Brett’s signature imagery when working with his Bride & Grooms with flash. You will not only leave with some amazing images but also the knowledge to apply it to your own style at your own weddings. Working with OCF you have to be quick as often in the winter months we do not get too much time with the B&G and often no or little ambient light! Learn the techniques that will allow you not to be afraid of the dark, working with a B&G we will look at posing, using backgrounds that you might not have chosen before, using simple off and on camera techniques that will help you in you own weddings. A course not to be missed if you want to keep shooting throughout the winter months and give you clients the 'wow' factor images. Please note that due to the recycling times of some flash guns we may use Calumets Genesis Flash unit as it gives faster recycling times and allows multiple people to shoot. We will however be using it on Speedlight equivalent power settings. The images that you will be shooting will be more than achievable with a humble speedlight but so that we can all shoot we may not use them all the time on the day.  

Equipment needed

  • Camera ( digital SLR )
  • Zoom & Wide angle lens
  • Indoor & Outdoor clothes
  • Empty cards
  • Flash gun (if you have one) We do have some Canon flashes available.
  • Lots of questions!
  • ( we will provide Pocket Wizard triggers to use for the day)

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. You will only have to take a look around the site to see Brett's style or open any of 3 photography magazines this month to see articles from Brett. So if you haven't been on one of our training courses yet, take the plunge, you won't regret it! You only have to join us on our FB Training group and ask the photographers on there that have been on our courses for the full answer!

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 today's 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 practicing!!! 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. "

Images from our previous Speedlight course:

 

Nearby Accommodation

If you are coming the night before there are numerous hotels within a stones throw of the studio, Premier Inn - Bury - Only 5 mins away
Hollingworth Lake B&B ( only 20 mins away) Please note that these are recommendations only. Feel free to find your own accommodation elsewhere.

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31.08.2015 | Prague: 10.00-17.30
course £425.00+vat
4 places left
 
Brett says "It has been a while since I ran a documentary course of any kind so i thought due to popular demand I would make this one very special! Join me in Prague this August/September for a couple of days to remember. Walking, shooting, coffee, the zoo... what more could you want!  Documentary photography is without a doubt the hardest thing to learn. Spend a day & half shooting in Prague with me and take your "eye" to a different place!"
 
 

This course will teach you...

  1. How to see ! How to look at the ordinary and find the magic!
  2. Looking at framing for maximum effect and no wastage
  3. Taking you back to basics , walking the streets looking for moments to capture
  4. Documentary photography is not as easy at it seems! Forget the lights & flashes  for a day and strip back what you know.
  5. Brett will teach you how to see , to make images out of ordinary things and most importantly to slow down.
  6. Learn techniques and take them into all aspects of your documentary shooting, weddings etc..
  7. Limited to 5 photographers only!

Photography course snapshot

Our last documentary course was 4 years ago. This promises to be  an amazing trip that will push your creativity to the max. As you know I like shooting at Zoo's Prague Zoo is no exception. We are looking for everyone to arrive if not on the same flight to get into Prague for the Monday morning - 26th Oct. We would then meet up for lunch and chat about the shoots looking to shoot at the Zoo that afternoon. Tuesday we would look to meet up for breakfast and then hit the streets shooting in and around the main town in the morning and afternoon with everyone taking late flights out of Prague that night.It is not really about photographing people or for that matter animals! It is more on how to look at whats in front of you. Stripping it back to the real basics of photography. If we shoot people then great if we don't then it will be looking at people ,environments and how they interact with eachother. How they are captured in a fraction of a second buy us. You will learn how to shoot documentary as I see the world. We will be looking for things to photograph as we walk around the town. On this course we will not be using any flash or reflectors, just purely one lens as nature intended! You will have to find your own flights and accommodation and pay for your meals etc.. This course fee covers only the tuition and entrance to the Zoo.

How can I get there?

So the option is to either fly out on the Sunday or fly out on the Monday. Personally I would think it would better to fly out on Sunday so we can all be there for Monday am and meet up. Flights are available from ALL London Airports for around £100.00 . Flights from Manchester on Sunday from £175.00 - Once you have booked your flight please let the studio know asap HERE. Or by calling the studio on 01706 340792.  

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. You will only have to take a look around the site to see Brett's style or open any of 3 photography magazines this month to see articles from Brett. So if you haven't been on one of our training courses yet, take the plunge, you won't regret it! Documentary courses don't come around too often so if you want a course to remember that will take you as a photographer to a different level and a different way of seeing things then book your place quickly! Equipment needed
  • Camera ( digital SLR )
  • fixed lens ( 50mm if preferable but can be any focal length under 100mm)
  • Outdoor clothes ( wrap up warm) It will still hopefully be quite warm at this time of year but you never know with Prague!
  What photographers have said about previous DOC courses...... Debbie Raines (04.04.2012 | 09:01)....Having been lucky enough to share yesterday with Brett . I must say it was THE most fantastic day. Not just to see him at work, but because he is the most inspiring, knowledgeable, generous and all round top bloke who really takes the time to make sure you get something from it as well. I can also say that Brett's images looked liked that on the back of camera!! I will post mine in a couple of weeks after I've edited them!! ;o) Dot (04.07.2012 | 06:32)....What an extraordinary day with Brett !!!Brett was able to see, compose and shoot with amazing resuts every time and happy to share and talk about his vision and images .I think everyone learnt a lot on the day .Thanks you so much Brett and thanks to all the great people on the course who made it a fun day too

Examples of my documentary work in Prague & India

                        Payment: Please note that this course can be paid for in two equal halves of £255.00 or a £200.00 deposit .PLEASE CONTACT THE STUDIO IF THIS IS HOW YOU WISH TO PAY.. You can also call the studio on 01706 340792 or pay in full through Paypal or CC at the bottom of this post
Refund Policy
In the event of cancellation of your place on the seminar please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible. The cost of the seminar is non refundable.  The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. Once we have resold your place we will be able to refund all monies paid to date for the specific seminar. We will do our very best to find another delegate to take your place through our Members List, and Social Network. You may be able to use the monies paid as payment or part payment towards future courses if places are available.  

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. "

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21.09.2015 | Matfen Hall: 9.30
course £295.00+vat
7 places left

Brett says..."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 one of  a kind day , it promises to be a 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...

Spend a day with Brett looking at what makes him tick and work at the top end of the wedding market. How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion. Looking at timing, posing,documentary & getting the most from every opportunity. We will be looking at using different backgrounds & natural light to get the most from your clients. Looking at how we use flash creatively at our own weddings to get the "wow" images Look at how Brett Plans the shooting for his own weddings A great day to learn all you can about weddings with one of the Uk's top photographers. Ltd to 10 photographers

Photography course snapshot

This one day course set at the stunning Matfen Hall. This is the first time we have secured this venue for a BHP course so everything about the day will be fresh & unseen. This 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. Afternoon we will be shooting in and around the Hall, looking to utilise 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. Lunch & Tea & Coffee will be provided.

Equipment needed

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

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. "

 Where is Matfen Hall ?

Matfen Hall is only 17 miles or half an hour North West of Newcastle making it an ideal location for a course. Exit the A69 at Heddon on the Wall and pick up the B6318, just before the Three Tuns public house, heading west towards Chollerford. Continue on the B6318 for seven miles; the turning to Matfen is on the right. From the A68, join the B6318 heading east at the Stagshaw roundabout, two miles north of Corbridge. Follow signs to Heddon on the Wall / Newcastle; the Matfen turning is on the left after two and a half miles.  

CHECK OUT OUR AMAZING WEDDING DVD'S

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.    

with BRETT HARKNESS

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30.09.2015 | Liverpool:
10.00-18.00 course £425 +vat
6 places left
Due to the amazing success & experience of our last Fashion Flash course we are very excited to announce this second Fashion day at the most amazing location. Newsham Park Hospital. The location offers us the chance to produce one off imagery that will get you creative juices flowing leaving you begging for more! ...Reported sightings of ghosts include that of a small child on the top floor corridor and shadowy figures on Ward G. Visitors to the basements have reported an uneasy feeling and dragging noises have been heard from the Dining Room while nobody is there.  Brett says..." Due to the amazing success of our location based courses last year & due to popular demand we have secured a date for 2015 at this amazing  location and it is ours for the day!! If you want to shoot some great models in an amazing location, 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 amazing 1 day course will teach you...
  1. How to use flash & location studio lights , off camera
  2. How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion utilizing natural light
  3. Using flash on location utilizing location, color & posing
  4. High fashion based imagery
  5. Working with different flashes & learning how to do this for yourself!
  6. Using  Elinchrom & other lights, working with models
  7. Spend time with other photographers, having lunch together, chat and share experiences
  8. Limited to 8 photographers
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We are overjoyed to have secured this amazing location again for this 1 day fashion / lighting course. Shooting Fashion imagery. Using 2 models we will be shooting a mixture of beautiful fashion imagery with funky clothes & very cool styling. Discuss your imagery over lunch with like minded people on this  lighting/fashion extravaganza. Please be at the venue no later than 9.30-9.45 am for a prompt start. This is an amazing chance to spend the day with one of the uk's most exciting photographers. Learn some amazing techniques , work with different modifiers and lights to get different looks. If you haven't dabbled in fashion before or if you are a seasoned pro there will be something for you on this course. Lunch is provided as are refreshments throughout the day. Parking is at the rear of the building. Information will be given to those booking. If you would like to see some of Brett's recent FASHION IMAGERY then click HERE. If you have any questions then either ask me through our FB Group page or direct from HERE. Please note there are  toilets on site. Do not expect luxury!  
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. It is good for you to have a little flash knowledge but it's not necessary. So if you haven't been on one of our training courses yet, take the plunge, you won't regret it!
 
Equipment needed..
  • Camera ( digital SLR )
  • Zoom & Wide angle lens
  • Warm clothes & good shoes
  • Empty cards
  • Enthusiasm!
  • Lots of questions!
 
IMAGES FROM OUR PREVIOUS COURSE HERE AT THE ASYLUM
                     
How do I pay?
You can pay at the bottom of this post by Paypal or Sagepay ( credit cards ) **** YOU CAN ALSO RESERVE YOUR PLACE WITH A £250.00 none refundable deposit and pay the rest 2 months before the event if you want to***** If you choose to pay by this method you may be liable to pay the full amount if you pull out of the the course & we cannot refill your place before the course date. If you choose to pay with deposit please call the studio on 01706 340792.  
How do I get there?
CLICK HERE for a map Newsham Park Hospital Newsham Park Liverpool
I need to stay the night before?
There are many places to stay in Liverpool. You can get the train from most Uk cities into the heart of Liverpool. The Asylum is only a few miles from the main train station. If you are coming up the night before and are looking for somewhere to stay please ask at the studio for more info. Travel Lodge - 1.3 miles away  

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05.10.2015 | Cheshire:
09.30-17.00 course £315.00+vat
8 places left
    Brett says..."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 one of  a kind day , it promises to be a 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...

Spend a day with Brett looking at what makes him tick and work at the top end of the wedding market. How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion. Looking at timing, posing,documentary & getting the most from every opportunity. We will be looking at using different backgrounds & natural light to get the most from your clients. Looking at how we use flash creatively at our own weddings to get the "wow" images Look at how Brett Plans the shooting for his own weddings A great day to learn all you can about weddings with one of the Uk's top photographers. 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 Arley Hall.This 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. 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 !
 

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. "

Nearby Accommodation & where is Arley Hall

There are numerous hotels within a stones throw of Arley Hall . Arley Hall is situated approx 3 miles off jnct 19 off the M6 motorway. Please CLICK HERE FOR A MAP. Travel Lodge rooms from £36.00 / Please CLICK HERE for more options of nearby accommodation. Please note that these are recommendations only. Feel free to find your own accommodation elsewhere.

CHECK OUT OUR AMAZING WEDDING DVD'S

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.    

with BRETT HARKNESS

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Brett says..." Due to the amazing success of our France courses of  2010 - 2013 and due to popular demand we are giving 8 lucky photographers the chance to experience the delights that this great course has to offer on October 12th - 15th  2015. Spend 3 days & 3 nights in the amazing tranquil surroundings of this beautiful Chateau in France....                              This Chateau is a first for us so the imagery will be like no other.. It's not just the photography opportunities on a course like this.. it's the chat, the food, the other photographers, the chance to spend time with like minded people in a place that was made for this purpose! Just ask anyone on the Facebook group that has been, they will tell you! Join us in October in the beautiful Autumn french light, you won't be disappointed, it will be a life changing experience! "
 You can now pay a non-refundable £250.00 deposit to secure your place on this one off course. Call the studio on 01706340792 to secure your place. The rest is payable 4 weeks before the course date or in instalments up to the course date.
 
 

This amazing 3 day ( 2 shooting days ), 3 night course will teach you...

  1. How to use flash , off camera
  2. How to produce breathtaking fashion imagery packed with emotion using natural light
  3. Using flash on location utilising location, color & posing
  4. High fashion based imagery in one of a kind locations
  5. Fabulous images to use on your own site
  6. Using Elinchrom & Pro Photo lights & many modifiers
  7. A bespoke course at the amazing 13C CHÂTEAU CAPBOURTEIL, France
  8. Techniques you can use in all aspects of your photography work
  9. Spend time with other photographers, having dinner in the long room, relax & enjoy the end of year treat.
  10. All food and drink will be provided
  11. Relax by the pool, read a book, watch a movie or two or take a glass of wine and wander through grounds
  12. Limited to 8 photographers

Photography course snapshot

We are overjoyed to have secured this amazing first time location. This is a 2 day shooting course with Brett & Kristie. Mixing elegant , high fashion in the grounds and surrounding towns. Day one will be arrival , lunch and give you chance to relax and enjoy the chateau and it's grounds. Day two & three we will be shooting in and around the amazing Chateau utilising the decor, natural light and stunning position. We will also be shooting our models on location around the chateau and areas beyond. With our own stylist & bespoke outfits our amazing models will work with us whilst we all look to create images that will leave you breathless. This is more than a course, it is a life changing experience! Shooting with like minded photographers to achieve the same goal. Shooting alongside Brett in this very laid back and casual environment. Not only will this give you new skills to take into your own photography but leave you with great memories and a wonderful way to finish 2015. Shooting with two models we will look to capture the best imagery we can. Using a host of different techniques.There will be plenty of time to chat to Brett & Kris about your business. Discuss your imagery over a glass of wine and relax with like minded people on this two day, three night course. This course is for anyone that wants to learn about flash and fashion and take their imagery to a new height! Finish the year off  with a bang on a course to remember!
 
 
Checkout out these fantastic videos shot on 2013 France course by Rob Summers of Promo Films.. to see what this course is all about! .........
 
Equipment needed
  • Camera ( digital SLR )
  • Zoom & Wide angle lens
  • Indoor & Outdoor clothes, overnight clothes etc...
  • Empty cards
  • Enthusiasm
  • Lots of questions!
What do I need to bring?
The accommodation is full board. You will each enjoy the refineries of the chateau in your own private room. Transport is also taken care of throughout your stay. You will need to bring your camera equipment, spare batteries, outdoor clothes & swimming costume!!( there is a pool! )
A little about the Chateau - CHÂTEAU CAPBOURTEIL
    • Andiran, South West France
    • Authentic castle
    • 12 bedrooms
    • 225 hectares of private grounds including lawns
    • Private pool 20 x 6m, Private tennis court
    • UK satellite TV and Wi-Fi internet
    • Games room with pool / snooker table, table football, darts
    • Table tennis, boules, badminton & croquet
An authentic castle! Beautifully situated in 225 hectares of private grounds, the 'château' offers a unique opportunity to stay in a traditional castle replete with character features throughout including huge fireplaces, beamed ceilings and hallways with suits of armour. The castle dates back to the 13th Century and is one of the most historical and impressive buildings in Gascony. This beautiful region remains a favourite for food lovers with wonderful local wine, cheese and foie gras. The château produces its own wine from surrounding vineyards. Accommodation is spread over three floors with authentic, oak-panelled entrance hallway, dining room with armour suits, a main living room, music room with UK satellite TV and Wi-Fi internet, games room with pool / snooker room, cloakroom, fully-equipped kitchen with utility room and bathroom with scroll-top bath.Superb exterior space with lawns, fields and woodland. The main gate leads to a large courtyard garden with flower beds and seating area on an elevated terrace. Stone steps lead down to the large pool (20m x 6m) with BBQ and covered seating area. The main drive leads to the front of the château with its impressive gates and twin turrets, the drive continues to the château's chais where the 'Baron de Lisse' wine is made and stored. Private, all-weather tennis court. Table tennis, badminton, boules, croquet. Lovely location, all amenities in Nerac with many restaurants and supermarket.
How do I get there?
You will have to provide the flight to France. There are flights currently available from Luton, Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick & Manchester ranging from £79 - £200 return. Once you have booked your flight please email the studio with details as we will aim for most people if not all to be on the same flight or at least all flying to Bordeaux. You can also drive from Calais and will take roughly 12 hours. *You must try and book your flights to arrive in Bordeaux on Monday, earlier the better & to be departing from Bordeaux on Thursday morning. It will take us about 1 hour 30 mins to get to the chateaux from the airport so bear that in mind when booking flights. You will be picked up and taken back to the airport altogether regardless of time of flight* If you choose to drive via the Channel Tunnel or Ferry then we can give you directions to the chateau. Once you have booked onto the course please book your flight asap. Before booking please contact the studio and let us know the details so we can make sure everyone is arriving at the same airport. You may have to wait a while until everyone has arrived.
 How much is it and what do we get?
The total cost of the course is £1550.00 ( there is no vat on this course)  .Within this price not only will you receive 2 days of great training with Brett & his team looking to push you and your skills to another level, you will also have full run of the chateau, your own beautiful room, full board , travel to and from the airport and so much more.  As explained below you may hold your place by paying a deposit of £500.00 by calling the studio or by emailing us or you can pay the full amount by paying through the BOOK ME button at the bottom of the course post. This course is limited to 8 photographers only so don't waste any time making your decision. One thing I can guarantee is that it will fill.  
Read what people said about previous courses:
Ross Holkham “I just wanted to drop you both a quick note to say a huge thank you for the most fantastic few days in France… I had the time of my life – so much fun with great friends, the most beautiful cool location, fantastic food, wine & great training as always… Some very special memories & the image of man’s attempts to fly in a sunflower field with an octobox is one I’ll remember for quite some time! Thanks again so much & I’ll get some photos over to you asap – see you very soon!” "Hello! I’ve really enjoyed watching all the clips ! I must do something with my hair next time! Ha. Thanks again for the best course EVER ! I learnt SO much and am enjoying putting it all into practise. Put me down for next year and I hope to see the same people again… It was great spending three days with everyone. Sharon x"
 A few images of the Chateau?
 A few images from previous courses?
Refund Policy & Payment Options ( PLEASE READ )
As this course is more expensive than our other courses because of the duration and what's involved you may hold your place by paying a deposit of £250.00. This is a non-refundable deposit due to the fact the Chateau is pre-booked to hold your place. You may call or email the studio to pay your deposit. You may of course pay in full by using the usual payment methods via the checkout section of the site.The remaining balance will be payable 2 months before the courses date. In the event of cancellation of your place on the seminar please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible. The complete cost of the seminar is non refundable if you have paid in full & due to the fact that the Chateau has been booked this monies is not transferable to any other courses. The exception to this is if we have enough prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. Once we have resold your place we will be able to refund all monies paid to date for the specific seminar. We will do our very best to find another delegate to take your place through our Members List, and Social Network.  

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Moving Forward

  • 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”
  • 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!”
  • 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.”
  • 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
  • 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.”
  • 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.
 
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