Brett Harkness Photography Training Day, The Mansion House

Set in the fabulous grounds of Roundhay Park, Leeds, The Mansion House is the ultimate Yorkshire wedding venue. Following a major refurbishment the House is stylishly finished and elegant in its feel. The food served to the group was exceptional and of the highest standard. Following a breakfast of pastry and coffee the group of four photographers were introduced to Brett’s work and detailed discussion of how his work has developed and is achieved, the conversation was diverse and covered all aspects of the wedding photography industry from marketing to people skills, the group asked many questions but also gave interesting personal experiences.

After lunch the exciting part of the day came, putting the theory to the camera. The group has a wide variety of experience, from those just at the start of a wedding photography career to those shooting multiple weddings every year, whatever the skill level though this part of the day gives everyone a buzz. Using the Mansion house to the full we journeyed through the place and onwards into the Park to make the most of some stunning winter sun. For me, as an employee of Brett’s, the day was about development, as such all of the images within this blog were shot JPG, something Brett asks of his staff, and the ambient only images were made using ‘P’ mode.

The shoot began with model Emma, no flash here just simple and beautiful window light and subject position.

Brett discusses more techniques with the group, he also shows the images he has taken which demonstrates perfectly what can be achieved and how. Each photographers shots are also reviewed as they take them allowing any rough edges to be discussed and ironed out.

Our stunning model Emma made the session very easy with her natural and relaxed approach in front of six cameras.

We then moved on to discuss the grooms prepare shots. Using model Nick, again simply stood in front of the natural light flooding in through the windows. These shots are about the details of the wedding, catching moments.

Moving across the room we used another window but this time to create a completely different look than before. Emma was placed away from the window, again no flash just simple ambient light. The shots below were made simply by moving around Emma to change the background, a heavy curtain for the first, a brighter wall for the second.