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“ What you do matters, but why you do it matters so much more “
— unknown


"Don't wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect"

Welcome to our new Training blog, full of information just for you! I have been a professional photographer in the uk now for over 17 years, previously working in the USA in Miami.  In my eyes I am a photographer. I don't see it as a job, but who I am. I love to take photographs; whether it is a Wedding, Family shoot, Portrait shoot, Commercial or Fashion assignment . I love to share this knowledge with others... I have been running my own training courses for over 10 years and have taught 100's of photographers in this time. Make sure you are one of them! 

Take a look at our up & coming courses in Spring 2018 ...

Keep a check on the blog this year as we fill with exciting posts packed with info and posts from locations too....

Read more about Kris & I


Courses for Spring 2018

Our courses are open to anyone that wants to improve their own photographic technique. I teach in such a way that I makes it easy to understand. So if you are a hobbiest or an advanced pro then you will learn something. If you are just starting out shooting weddings or want to take your own weddings to another level then there is a course for you. If you are interested in bespoke 1-1 or small group training then get intouch via the site or on social media....

Arley Hall

April 11

Arley Hall | April 11  | 2018

 Cheshire | Limited to 10 photogs | Just released | 6 places left

"We are super happy to have confirmed another opportunity to shoot at the simply beautiful Arley Hall - This course is packed with learning.. From the business of wedding photography to shooting a wedding from start to finish. I cover as much as I can that I do myself.. no stone unturned and no question you cant ask!  Our courses are meant for a broad range of photographers from novice to expert!


BHP 1-1 training | Dates Open | 2018

BHP Studio outside of Manchester or at your own location

Start off 2018 with some special 1-1 or small group business training. If you feel as though you need that bit of extra help and don't know who to turn to then a one-one session with me could be the answer you have been looking for to help take your business , image  & photography to another level.


Chicheley Hall

May 14

Chicheley Hall | May 14 | 2018

 Essex - border | Ltd to 10 photogs |  Just released | 6 places left 

"A new venue for us ! Start 2018 off with the ultimate wedding photography course! A stunning Grade I listed mansion, Chicheley Hall is regarded as one of the finest examples of early 18th Century architecture & it is ours for the day! Come with us for this wedding photography day packed with learning & shooting opportunities in this amazing location. 


The Light Ship| TBC | 2018

London Docklands | TBC

This promises to be one of our best courses ever! The location is like no other we have ever shot at or taught at! Looking at different lighting techniques that I use when shooting Portraiture & fashion based imagery on location. We will be playing with different sets onboard the ship and shooting a mixture of different themes. 


Abroad Course | TBC | 2018

2018 wouldn't be 2018 if we didn't venture aboard with our fabulous lighting course! It takes months of planning to organise the course just the way we like it so we always like to ask photographers for their feedback on what kind of course they want and who is interested! So click on the link below & take a look at 2017's Italy course and see what an amazing time we all had.If you are interested REGISTER your interest HERE

If there is something you would like us to look at regarding training opportunities & courses then let us know. If there are enough people onboard and interested in the idea then we will look at running a bespoke course around that. 


Italy Course 2017



Past Courses



Eynsham Hall 2018


Home made background


Fashion Course at The Asylum


Me & the 'Z'



Kit We use for Weddings



Don't Just Take my Word for it!...

Our courses are open to anyone that wants to improve their own photographic technique. I teach in such a way that I make it easy to understand. So if you are a hobbiest or an advanced pro then you will learn something from our fantastic days...  Take a few minutes to read below some fabulous feedback from just a few of the great photographers that have been with us for training........ ( in no particular order )  


    Alex Bradbury

"Seeing Brett’s work was the reason I got into wedding photography in the first place. His work made me realise that not all wedding photography has to be cheesy and crap! So it made sense to book on to one of Brett’s lighting courses as there is no-one better with flash than the Harkness. I have done other courses since but Brett’s course was still the most inspiring and eye opening course I’ve done to date. Since then I’ve bought his DVD’s and watched them over and over for inspiration on those wet and horrible wedding days. Invest in yourself, book a course with Brett!"


Dean Standring

"Why would you book onto a Brett Harkness training course?Well, for a start it’s a lot of fun and full of like minded people wanting to learn from arguably one of the best in the business. Brett is not one of those pros who expects you to ask for his autograph as soon as he walks in a room! Far from it, he is very down to earth and one of the most approachable guys I have ever met. He has a very natural way of teaching and explains things in a way that makes even the most daunting techniques seem unbelievably simple. Not only will you come away from the course with lots of amazing images, your head will be full of information and if you’re anything like me, you will be inspired to try lots of new techniques on your next shoot. Brett’s courses are not only an investment for your business, but also an investment in yourself as a photographer." 


Lee Alison

“I attended Brett’s course back in 2014 and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn flash. He explains everything in a clear way that’s easy to understand. He breaks everything down a simplifies the process. Teaching is a skill and Brett has this in abundance along with also being awesome photographer ;)If you want to improve your flash skills then this is the course for you. It’s the best flash course available in the UK!”


Gareth Tibbles

"I attended one of Brett's courses to learn more about controlling flash both on and off camera. On the course, Brett led me through the differences in both settings, requirements and different techniques for each scenario. This has given me a lot more confidence in using flash and the advantages it can bring to my images. I thoroughly recommend one of Brett's courses for the investment you make will lead to greater rewards."



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Ben Appleby

I’d followed Brett’s work for a while and loved his lighting style. I decided that I needed to take my wedding work to the next level and knew that lighting and composition was the only way to do this, so naturally, I booked onto a course with Brett. His openness in how he teaches is truly refreshing and is always there to answer follow up questions, should there be any. After a day of being amazed, confused, corrected and inspired, I was fired up to take away what i’d learnt and implement it into my own wedding work. Since then I have been on a couple more of his courses and bought his DVD’s and my wedding work has gone from strength to strength. My prices have increased and bookings have gone through the roof and it’s all down to the things i’ve learnt from Brett and how i’ve implemented them into my own business model. I can’t thank you enough - You’ve truly inspired me to be a better photographer and continue to do so on a daily basis. “


Rob Jones

"Brett is God! What Can I say about a Brett Harkness Course.. Sarah and I went on our first one 4 years ago and have been on many since. The way he will teach you is so inspirational & really doesn't matter what level you are at , as you will still learn something new! We now feel that it doesn't matter what the weather throws at us, we are ready to produce fab images..."


Mille & Max

"After following Brett's work (fairly obsessively) for a while I was inspired to learn more about how to use flash better in my own work. I decided to book one of his "Winter Wedding" courses back in 2016. The day before I was slightly worried about the level the teaching would be - would it be too technical for me to really understand and take back with me to integrate into my own work? Happily though, it was pitched just right, full of amazing tips and tricks but backed up with a combination of both theory and how it all works in a practical setting. Brett was open about all areas of wedding photography from business advice through to posing techniques and I came away with far more than what I expected - so much so, I booked to attend an additional workshop the following year! Both workshops have improved my photography beyond recognition and I gained a confidence that whatever the conditions that are thrown at me, I had a far better understanding of how to deal with them. I would highly recommend Brett's workshops to photographers of any level!"

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Talissa Fernando Clark

"Brett’s work has always been an inspiration to me. I chose him as my wedding photographer around the same time as I was getting my photography business off the ground, as I loved his style and his ‘wow’ shots! So I was quick to jump at the opportunity to take a training course with him once my business up and running! Since being on his course and watching his training videos I have now had the confidence to use these skills at my most recent wedding! I still have a lot to learn (and will definitely be attending another of Brett’s course to expand on these skills!) but I was really happy with my first attempt and I would never have even considered trying it if it wasn’t for Brett’s course & teaching.. "


Louise Mills

" I've been on four workshops with Brett over the past two years and would absolutely recommend them without hesitation. He takes a down to earth and fun approach to teaching; explaining techniques in a plain English, making them easy to understand and taking you through the whole shooting process, whilst making you think when and how you might apply them to your own photography. He motivates, inspires and encourages you, whilst providing you with the knowledge and confidence that makes you want to go off and try everything that you've learned. If you're thinking about booking a course or a one to one with him, just do it; it will take your skills, knowledge and photography to a completely different level."

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Jon Mold

"I have so much respect and admiration for Brett and Kristie. They run a very successful photography business and remain at the top of photography workshops in the UK. Brett is still one of the leading technical photographers in the UK. I first saw his work back in 2011 when I was starting out and immediately reached out. I booked 3 of his lighting/wedding courses over the next 18 months (one of which was the 2-day glamping that was incredibly fun and inspiring). Each course pushed me further into understanding off camera flash and seeing light differently. Since my first course with BHP, Brett and Kristie have remained totally open and graceful in their support, sharing of knowledge and experience in the industry, still to this day I ping Brett a question and get a nugget of support or new technique to try. I can honestly say, without the workshops and support from Brett and Kirstie my photography business would not be where it is today without them."


Owen Warburton

I've been photographing weddings for 7 years and I leant so much from attending one of Brett's courses.  He covers everything from the business side including how to promote yourself and the technical side including his techniques which he uses at his weddings which guarantees great photos. He makes the day fun and happy to answer any questions you have. One of the most valuable lessons I learnt from the course was how to take great pictures that require very little if any adjustments in Lightroom or Photoshop as this has freed up so much time in my post processing workflow.

Andy Dawson

"I wanted to let you know about my experience on one of Brett’s courses. I had launched my business a few months previous and was looking at enhancing my wedding photography skills, especially my OCF work. My plan was and still is that once I retire from the police I will go full time as a wedding and portrait photographer. My good wife treated me to the course for my birthday so I very lucky. I arrived on the day to the fabulous Eynsham Hall and wow! What a breathtaking venue!! Brett was super and made me feel extremely relaxed. The day was a good mix of learning techniques and actual shooting of two fab models. I learnt so much that day that I splashed out on more lighting equipment and now have the OCF bug massively. I’m looking at attending another course soon as Brett is a great tutor but there were no courses available this birthday. I shall definitely be booking again though. I have seen a real improvement in my work and I’m really loving every minute of shooting weddings. Brett has continued to stay in touch with me from time to time which is a massive bonus to know he’s there for me if I ever need his advice. Top bloke and top course. "


Carey Sheffield

'Brett introduced me to OCF many years ago using humble speed lights, even during that time with the simplest of equipment I was stunned at how he could sculpt light and see the possibilities in any situation. For him to translate this knowledge for the absolute beginner so that they may understand it and utilise for themselves is also something he has mastered. I have invested my time and money in Brett's teaching via his DVD, on location workshops, incredible week long trips abroad and in a one to one situation. Using natural light, strobes, speed lights.. he will help you understand light and how to make the best of it for your photography.'

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Neil Proctor

“Having attended a number of BHP training courses one word sums them up….AWESOME! On a BHP course you learn from the best. A relaxed learning environment with a trainer who is clearly at the top of his game. Not only will a BHP course provide you with so much information it will make your head spin, you will also take away with you the techniques and skills that you can instantly put into practise in your own environment that will help your images glow and stand out from the rest. If you want to take your photography to the next level, then get yourself booked onto a BHP course. You will not regret it!

Inspiration, challenges, fun and life changing advice…..that is what you can expect to get from booking onto a BHP course”


Nick Haigh

"Being pretty new to the wedding photography industry i thought i would attend one of Bretts courses as i had heard so much about them. I have attended a few photography workshops before but this was the first of Brett's. The course i attended was ran at The Manor House at The Weston on the Green. It was without doubt the best photography course I have attended. I thought i knew enough about using flash in my images but Brett has certainly taught me how to think more about getting THE shot and how to use flash more creatively. If you're thinking of attending any photography course to improve your skills and knowledge then his courses are the ones. I'll certainly be attending another one!"

Chris Thornton

"Booking on Brett’s course was the best business decision I ever made. By far. It gave me skills to take my photography to the next level. Skills that I still use on every shoot....7 years on.

Any time I get asked if I teach lighting I send them to one man....Brett Harkness."

Training DVD's & Downloads

If you haven't seen or purchased our fantastic set of Training DVD's then now is your chance to get them.

All released on download & Hard copy ( real weddings sold out - hard copy )

New Price 


Creative Flash for the Bride & Groom




130 MINS  



DVD - £25.00 inc vat & pp

Download - £20.00 inc vat


Creative Flash -

Buying options below 

If you have ever wanted to see Brett in action and learn the techniques that have made him one of the most sought after social photographers of his generation then this is the DVD for you. With 25 sections of great footage lasting over 130 mins if you want to cuddle up this Winter with some fantastic learning then this is the DVD for you. All quick to set up to take the session with your B&G to another level. Shooting in Bedroom/Staircase/Corridor/First Dance/ and so much more...  

New price


Light up your Weddings






140 MINS




DVD -  £30.00 inc vat & pp

Download - £20.00 inc vat


Light up Your Weddings -

Buying options below 

A DVD that answers a lot of the questions you have about the wonderful world of wedding photography!  let me take you on this roller coaster of a ride using just a speedlight , Lastolite Ezy Box , Pocket Wizards , a reflector & a lot of imagination! Taking a look at : Taking a look at : Couple shots  | Posing with the car  |Speeches | Group shots – Bridal Party indoor & out | Ceremony and how to light it  | First Dance | Table Details | Using Natural light & Reflector | Cutting the Cake

New Price


Real Life Wedding








130 MINS  - £15.00 ( DOWNLOAD ONLY )

Real Life Wedding -

Buying options below 

Download only Available - Our  DVD ” Real Wedding” has sold out as a hard copy but is still available as a download. The DVD is over 70 mins long with a further 60 min voice over, ” Directors voice over - me! ” covering more aspects of our wedding business. I also talk about my top 20 wedding shots from the last 18 months and you also get to see the finished album from the shoot. A few years old now but still relevant if you are just starting out in weddings..




Date coming soon - 

Facebook Live Q&A session


It's up to you......

Let me know on social media or via the site what you would like me to put on a course about in 2018! We will let you know at the end of the month if any of your ideas will make it into our fab training....

Courses 2018

Featured Blog Post.....


Day 1 of our fabulous Italy trip in October 2017...

Day 2 coming soon...



Free Stuff to Watch

Take a look at some of the clips below.. Join my Vimeo & or You Tube feed to see more.. If there is something you want me to make a short video of then get intouch

Bride & Groom on the Beach

The day after filming for our 'Creative Flash for Weddings' DVD last year the weather was so nice we decided to stop by the beach wth our Bride & Groom - watch this 20 min clip for some great footage and learning... 


France Training

This clip shows Day 1 of on of our Lighting/Fashion courses in France. To see images taken on our Italy course in 2017 and various other abroad courses take a look at this link.... Brett Harkness - Fashion & Lighting

A few handy tips....

A few tips from myself to help you out on certain situations at weddings. Shot on a wedding in 2017 these clips cover shooting a civil ceremony and how to light it - getting ready - details and much more packed into a 7 min clip!


Real Life Wedding

Clips from our Real Life Wedding DVD. This DVD is now only available as a download. It was shot a few years ago and some things have changed but still holds true to todays wedding market. If you are just getting into Wedding Photography then this amy be the DVD to set you off on the right foot! Packed learning and all at a real wedding! 

Shooting in the rain...

Shooting the Bride & Groom inside whilst lighting the rain outside! Using the inside out method of shooting can be a great way to use the rain to your advantage using only a couple of speedlights & a little imagination....


Kit Used on a wedding

A short video clip showing some of the kit we take on our weddings. Sometime we use more and sometimes less! I usually shoot my weddings now on a 50mm 1.2L Canon lens. Whist also having a 35mm & 16-35 with me. I also use a small macro lens which comes in hand for close up details. To SEE A LIST CLICK HERE

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