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Why not join us this year for some super training! From our bespoke 1-1 to 4-1 sessions around the country we also have numerous fantastic training 1 day courses. We have also just released a fabulous 3 day training exrtravaganza in France in oct this year.

We have had a wonderful start to the year here at Brett Harkness studios. Not only has our own shooting been going well but we are gearing up for a great year of weddings and training. Our training courses have started with a bang and already we have had three courses from the studio and 4  - 1-1 private sessions with different photography businesses teaching them everything from business structure to shooting, flash, daylight, album design, photoshop and so much more. Our courses are very relaxed and the way that I teach makes it easy for everyone to understand. You will have ample time to shoot, our maximum number of delegates on any course is 10. If you are looking for something a little more bespoke to your own business needs then why not bring me to you! You can of course come to the studio outside of Manchester or for a little extra I can come to you! We can cater the day to look at your own business needs as well as factor in shooting. A perfect bespoke day molded to your needs. To see prices PLEASE CLICK HERE.

To see more info of our great courses out now on the training course page please click HERE, including FRANCE!

Here are a few images from recent courses & 1-1 sessions here at BHP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not too often these days I get the chance to set up a test shoot. Using my new background that took me two days to make I set to it. The look was nice & clean and we were looking for a classy, soft look with the lighting.

Shooting Chloe Bell from Nemesis models. When testing it is very important to try and remember what you are doing. I mean by that,in my real shooting life at weddings and kids shoots I have to shoot very fast. I don’t get too much time to relax into a shot and work my way through it. So for this very reason that is what testing should be about , for me anyway!

Using a mixture of Elinchrom lights, modifiers – 70cm softbox, stripbox, Deep Octa & 6ft Octabank, smoke machine. With some lovely styling by Zan Atkinson & for the firs time I also got the images retouched by a pro, Catherine Day.  Here are a couple of shots from the day shoot.

To see how I made my background CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yesterdays training day saw us back at the wonderful Arley Hall outside of Nantwich in Cheshire. We started off the day after coffee looking at the business side of things, pricing and branding. Then onto some images to get the juices flowing.

After a break we photographed the B&G upstairs in one of the bedrooms keeping things simple looking at the use of daylight & exposure. After a great lunch we took to outside , using some of the architectural features of the surroundings. Using a mixture of daylight and flash in different situations. Having fun with a tree that very kindly gave us it’s blossom after a little persuasion!

A huge thank you as always to Zan Atkinson for her amazing styling & hair/make up skills. To Nemesis model agency in Manchester for our wonderful models , Liam & Naz and to the staff at Arley for making our day a success.

Here are a couple of images from the course….

 

 

 

 

 

When my assistant can do this then it means that we can do this! No tree was harmed in the making of these images!

A clip from our Arley Hall course yesterday from Brett Harkness on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Matt Selby (12.10.2015 | 03:28)

    Epic groom shots! Too good!

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The last day of March brought us to our Wedding/Speedlight course 30 mins outside of Manchester. Starting off in Bury in the morning discussing some imagery & the business side of our wedding process. We then headed off to a new venue for us, The Dunkenhalgh near Blackburn.

After lunch on arrival we started to shoot working our way around the venue inside and moving outside to shoot in some of the grounds. Using mainly 580 EX II speedlights and on occasion the Calumet Genesis GF400 flash unit. Looking at creating eye catching images of the B&G inside and out. Using different focal lengths for effect and looking at using very low power speedlights at close quarters to the subject.Looking at how to light a first dance, shooting against the daylight, using surfaces for reflection & so much more..

We have some great courses coming up soon so why not join us this yer for some amazing training & a day you wont forget!

A huge thank you to Zan Atkinson for her styling & make-up, Models Zac & Janine from Nemesis Agency in Manchester. Dresses from Novak Exclusive Bridal Lounge.

Here are a few images from the day:

 

 

 

A tiny alcove made a great background for the couple. Just a speedlight on 8th power with an Ezy box

 

Shot with the couple standing behind a fire escape door.

 

Shooting the Groom against a tree! Using a 24-70mm on the left, Genesis on 1/4 power.

Right shot- 50mm lens with 580 EX II speedlight on 128th power.

 

Dancing on 1/4 sec at f11

 

Main light is Genesis on 1/4 power & two star  ( 580 flashes) lights both on 8th power.

 

 

Single naked speedlight on full power to make the day go to night!

 

 

 

 

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  • Konrad (04.01.2014 | 09:08)

    Awesome images!!!!

  • Tom Needham (04.06.2014 | 11:54)

    What a fantastic day of learning and explanation from Brett and his team. My entire attitude to flash and flash techniques has been overturned by this workshop. Unreservedly recommended, no matter how experienced you are.

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This March saw us shooting at the wonderful Arley Hall in Nantwich in Cheshire for our two – 1 day wedding courses. Starting off with coffee & pastries I spent the morning session going through our business in detail. Looking at workflow, brochures, wedding fairs, client contact, sales and so much more. Giving us enough time to work with the Bride & Groom in the main bridal bedroom looking at natural light and getting the most out of the quick session after the bride has got ready.

Keeping things simple early on in the wedding is best!

After a fantastic lunch we headed off outside to numerous different location over the two days. Working in the grounds of Arley and also the little church that sits on the grounds. Looking at using simple flash, balancing it with the ambiance , over riding the ambiance mastering the technique of using Off Camera Flash. Using flash at Fashion or advertising shoots is a lot different when you have more time. With our weddings time with the B&G is premium and we have to work fast so we concentrate on techniques that you can execute very quickly when under pressure.

The  2 days were great fun and everyone had time with the B&G to shoot but most of all to ask questions all day on different aspects of their own business and method of shooting. The point of our courses for me is to teach people a method, to inspire people to push there own businesses & photography into different places. To create a style that is themselves and unique to them. This is what we all crave for and our desire to push our own photography into different places should be the driving force behind any successful photographic business. If you want to see what other photographers got up to on the day then check out the two links below!

http://www.warrenbutlerphotography.co.uk/brett-harkness-all-about-weddings/

http://www.jdaviesphotography.co.uk/latest-news/arley-hall-wedding-training-brett-harkness/

We also due to demand ,have another wonderful day planned at the stunning Arley Hall. So why not join us for  a day that just may change the way you look at the wedding world forever! CLICK HERE for more information..

A huge thank you to :

Location: Arley Hall

Styling & Hair/Make up – Zan Atkinson

Dresses: Novakks Exclusive Bridal Wear

Models: Nemesis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few images from behind the scenes.. Thanks to James Davies for these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Martin Makowski Photography (11.30.2015 | 05:22)

    Great photos Brett. I love the shot of the groom on top of the ladder. Awesome work.

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Last week saw us at the wonderful venue of The Mansion in Leeds in the amazing setting of Roundhay Park. A huge thank you to all that made it there and for James Davies for writing up this brilliant blog post. So good I thought I would just link to it!!

http://www.jdaviesphotography.co.uk/latest-news/brett-harkness-photography-training-day-mansion-house/

Thanks to Lee for assisting on the day. Huge thank you to Zan Atkinson for her amazing styling and to Novakks Bridal Lounge for our gorgeous dresses. Of course to Emma & Nic for their modelling and for putting up with the cold so well! Also thank you to all the people at The Mansion for making us feel so welcome..

 

Here are some of the images that I shot on the training day but if you want to see what other people shot then take a look at James’s link above to read more about our great day of BHP training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Adrian Harvey (11.27.2013 | 12:26)

    She's a very beautiful subject and it looked like a good day light-wise to capture these images. Great looking shots!

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June saw us host an amazing one day course in Oswestry, in north Wales. Due to the amazing success of our last course we held there last year we decided to secure the venue for another day course. Using mainly off camera lighting techniques and Elinchrom equipment using some of the amazing rooms at this great venue to compliment the models clothes & look.

Photographers had a chance to spend some time with each girl to practice some of the techniques that were passed on during the session.  It was all about keeping the lighting classic and looking at backgrounds that complimented the clothes and simple , elegant look of the models. The techniques that we used on this course were fashion based yes, but techniques none the less that can be used in all aspects of social photography. Taking these techniques into weddings, family & commercial shooting is the next step for the photographers that were present on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little video showing us shooting on the day:

Brett Harkness Training – Off camera Fashion flash training from Brett Harkness on Vimeo.

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October this year saw us back at the wonderful Chateau Rigaud, outside of Bordeaux, France. A huge thank you to Rob Summer for filming and producing for us this wonderful short film from our training course.

Every year we make our pilgrimage to this wonderful retreat in southern France. This year we had back to back courses such was the demand for this trip. Working with 4 models over two days with wonderful styling from Zan Atkinson with a collection of clothing to even make VOGUE magazine jealous! As I said Rob Summers from Promo Films came with us on the firs course to produce this great fun film for us.
We spent two days working with different lighting from Elinchrom, shooting in the vineyards, in a local town in the streets and down by the river. We also shot in a production vineyard using the house of the owner as a wonderful castle like background, a beautiful chateau of fairytale proportions! To see IMAGES from this course please CLICK HERE.

I have also put in some BTS images for you to see a little of what went on during this great , fun course. Including  few images of our little baby, Makenzie! She very much enjoyed the course & learnt a lot!

Thank you to Lizzie from Panama who was on the course for these BTS images.

The clap of approval from baby Makenzie!

Mmmm, cake!! A huge thank you to Steve, the amazing Chef at Chateau Rigaud.

Kristie & our little baba!…

Paul. setting up for a group shot on the last night!

Look whats in my hand daddy!

One of the amazing looks from our stylist , Zan, shooting with Elinchrom strip box & Ranger RX speed AS.

Getting down with the Phase & Canon kit, inside the chateau.

One of our set ups inside.

 

Finding the light in a small town near the chateau.

 

 

Mmm, more cake!!

Zan, doing her thing!!

 

 

 

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  • Jabidul Islam (11.30.2012 | 10:41)

    Please can you let me know when you are planning for the next france trip, i will be really interested in joining.

    Jabidul

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It has been a couple of years since Bjorn has visited us at the studio so it was great to see him again. This time he brought his daughter & friend from Norway for their works experience! Not bad ! Over two days we looked at his imagery, ways to make what he does already even better! The use of different light modifiers, using the ambiance and other light sources.

Lighting is a very personal thing and I think everyone should have their own way of doing things. I certainly do and it has taken a while to bring that in and make it my style. Whilst there is a lot of information taught over a 1-1 session it is very important that you take the information back and mold it into your own style, make your imagery synonymous with you. A big thank you to Bjorn for coming over from Norway, it was a pleasure to see you again. Maybe see you in Norway for a wedding course soon!!

If you are interested in our 1-1 sessions then contact the studio for more information or take a look at the 1-1 page on the training site.

 

 

Image taken using Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS kit & Deep Octa Box

 

Image shot with Elinchrom Ranger RX speed & Large Indirect Octabank 190cm

 

Shot using Octabank, with Emma stood against it in the street

 

Image shot with Ranger Pack & Maxi Spot Reflector 29˚ 40 cm. The same shape as the Maxi Lite Reflector, but produced with brilliant, glossy reflection material for very high efficiency, throws light even over longest distances. A narrow powerful beam creates deep, sharp shadows.

 

Shot using Ranger RX speed pack, 70cm softbox with grid, 1 – 70 cm softbox bounced & Quadra head with Snood for background.

 

Taken just using 2 Fluorescent lights above Emma, with K scale input for WB.

 

Image showing Octabank in use

 

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  • Kwame Asiaw (05.24.2012 | 02:35)

    loving the seperation on the street shots. the model properly 'pops' off the screen. that the back streets of Manc city centre Brett?

  • rob (05.24.2012 | 04:08)

    Awesome work guys

  • Bjorn H Stuedal (05.25.2012 | 07:35)

    Finally back in Norway. Thanks for the two days of training - and once again thanks for being so generous sharing your knowledge.

  • David (06.01.2012 | 01:55)

    These images really do pop in quite a spectacular fashion. Great stuff!

  • Natallia (07.31.2013 | 12:59)

    Beautiful selection Brett!

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I have been looking forward to this course outside of the lovely village of Oswestry for quite a while. It took a lot of planning and organization by my team to make sure that all the elements came together! The course was full with 10 photographers spending a great day with us at this amazing location with the whole house at our disposal!

We had worked on the look & styling with Zan Atkinson , our favorite stylist for quite a while. She brought her magic on this day! The course was all about using Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed packs and a host of different modifiers. We mainly used the 70cm Rotalux softbox & Rotalux Deep Octabox 100, we also gave the High Performance Reflector a whirl with great results. Working with Pocket Wizard Plus II’s, everyone shared the flash love, with a little organizing! We looked at using natural light with flash, overpowering ambiance, working with dark interior ambiance in the form of a loan light & also sunshine, using shapes, lines, textures and working with simple modifiers to get great results.We also used a little of the lovely natural light in one of the corridors to give everyone ample time to shoot some beautiful shots of Amber. We try and keep it as simple as we can when training, using a method that can be used in whatever kind of flash usage you are looking to do. Also this technique of manual flash can be used with Speedlights, Ezy boxes, studio lights etc.. It is a foolproof way of learning flash, making sure that no matter what the situation is , how dark or how light you will always have the METHOD to call on.

A few thank you’s…. A big thank you to Kristie also for helping out with the looks. Models Natasha & Amber worked all day in a total of 5 different looks to satisfy the photographers thirst for shots. We sourced the building from one of our location  companies we work with, a big thank you to Bella at Locationworks. Also a thank you to Will, one of the groundsmen at the location for helping us out on the day, much appreciated. Paul for setting up all the equipment and lugging it around everywhere!  Some of the clothes & headpieces sourced from Ages of Elegance a big thank you to them also. Also a thank you to Beth Hirst in Leeds for some great hats!

We have some great courses coming up this year, please check out our training page / courses for more information. We also have a couple of places left on our France course in October this year, a great way to finish your year! CLICK HERE for more info..

Also if you get chance please share this post on your FB page or Twitter feed!!!

 

Shot with 24-70, 25th sec @f8. 640 ISO

 

An amazing way to finish the course.. on the roof!! Don’t worry, it was very strong and had been tested before.

 

A shot from behind the scenes..

 

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  • Stephen (04.25.2012 | 04:14)

    Hi Brett / Kristie

    I would just like to say a big thank you for yesterday. I loved it and had great fun again with you guys. The day ran seamlessly and am sure behind the scenes you have had to work really hard to ensure the day was a success. The venue was stunning ad you could shoot in their for weeks.

    I loved it and got so much out of the day. Brett thanks for sharing your magic and will hopefully see you both soon.

    Kind regards

    Stephen

  • Paul Keppel (04.25.2012 | 06:06)

    great set of images, looking forward to the swpp workshop in bristol :-)

  • will Pateman (04.25.2012 | 07:25)

    Hi Brett, just a brief line to say thanks for a great shoot, a great day, great models and great food...oh and great directions..
    Many thanks ,Cheers Will

  • Emma Meston (04.25.2012 | 10:34)

    An incredible set of images! So wish I could have been there.. well done all!

  • Ray (04.28.2012 | 12:15)

    Stunning images Brett as always! Many thanks for generously sharing tips and insights with us! I surely have a great time during the session.

    Your photography rocks! Thanks Kristie, Zan, Amber and Tash! More power and hope to see you guys soon!

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Wow, what a day we had yesterday at the beautiful location of Danesfield House outside of Marlow. The sunshine greeted the photographers as we spent the morning session drinking coffee, eating shortbread and talking about our imagery, business method and wedding tactics!

 

We then got on with with some great shooting, using the venue inside & out. A lot of information was passed on during the days session. As it is on all of our courses. I like to teach in as simple a fashion as possible. Straight talking!! We looked at flash, off camera, first dance, posing, communication! Using daylight! Don’t forget that!! Working with a couple and getting the best out of them in as quick a time as possible. All packed into a great day of learning with yummy sandwiches & shortbread thrown in!!

A big thank you to models, Dan Dewhirst , Gemma & Rosie MacPherson for being great to work with and were appreciated by all concerned. As every a huge thank you to make up , Hair & styling guru Zan Atkinson who makes my images smile!! Also to Danesfield House for making us feel very welcome the entire day!

Dresses by Novakks & headpieces by Victoria Mary Vintage. We will be putting on another course at Danesfield House later on in the year, August time. If you are interested please get in touch now. We also have some amazing courses coming up around the UK & Europe with some places still left on our Fabulous French course in October. For more info on all of our courses PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

Here is a little footage from behind the scenes at our wedding training day.

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  • Alison Grainger (03.21.2012 | 05:11)


    Morning, Brett!

    Many, many, many thanks to you and the team for an astoundingly good day at Danesfield yesterday.

    A fantastic, full-on, amazing day. I'm shattered but exhilarated, my head's buzzing and I'm raring to get started on my next wedding. Also mildly depressed because I want to do it over and over again.

    Bless you x

  • Julian Stumm (03.21.2012 | 06:45)

    Great to see you again yesterday. Once again you delivered the goods, in a straightforward way that will enable me to take my wedding photography to the next level in terms of it's creativity.

    I am itching to get out there and practice what we did yesterday. I have roped in my wife as a model and kids as lighting assistants for me to have a play around.

    The images I personally got, and from looking at other delegates work, we all got, certainly had the wow factor. That's just what's needed to create separation in an increasingly crowded and competitive marketplace.

    Thank you once again for a very fun day\'s training packed from start to finish with practical information that will really make a difference.

    Julian

  • Michelle Winstanley (03.21.2012 | 07:05)

    Just wanted to say thank you to you and your team for a superb training day at Danesfield, Marlow on Monday. It was an outstanding learning experience from start to finish, hugely challenging for me but very rewarding in the knowledge and images I now have. i loved every minute of it and watching the video wish I was doing it all again!! thanks again and see you and your team soon.

    Michelle :)

  • Exeter Wedding Photography (10.14.2012 | 11:36)

    Good strong images, like the use of strobes and the back light couple on the chairs.

  • Natallia (07.31.2013 | 01:00)

    Just loving the dancing shot!

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This Monday saw us host a great flash course from the studio and then onto a very funky location in Manchester. A huge thank you to Zan Atkinson for her wonderful make-up & hair skills and for Emma & J’nae for giving us great hair & faces to work with! Also for jumping in very high healed shoes!

We had a great session looking at off camera flash. We started off using speedlights at the studio and then moved onto Elinchrom lights later on out on location. This may have been more of  a “fashion” type of course but the principal of the way we use flash is exactly the same at weddings, commercial & lifestyle. It just has many applications. I hope all the delegates enjoyed themselves and by the feedback we had they certainly did. We try and keep things as simple as we can when shooting with our flash. Usually the clients haven’t go too much time on their hands to wait around so we have to be quick, know what we want and deliver. Fashion is slightly different. We can afford to spend a little more time setting the lights and getting it just right. Which ever way you work it is vital you know your equipment inside/out and most importantly learn what you want to get out of it!

We have some great courses coming up this year with a new set of June-October 2012 courses being released soon.

Here are a few shots from the day:

 

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  • Jamie Vickerstaff (02.23.2012 | 04:52)

    Beautiful shots Brett, great soft light. I'll keep an eye out for training sessions this year.

  • Tony Bayliss (02.23.2012 | 08:42)

    Great shots, Brett, Loved the course and the location and girls were fantastic!

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