Valerie Mather Photography

Covid-19 Response

Message from Valerie Mather

"The safety and well-being of all my portraiture clients and workshop participants have and always will be my priority. Due to the UK government lockdown restrictions of non-essential movement of people I have postponed all photo-shoots and workshops up to the end of May 2020. I am reviewing on a daily basis and will update it here when necessary and in accordance with government policy.

Please be assured that if you have paid a deposit or full payment for a photo-shoot or a workshop during this period you will not lose it. Your payment will be 100% credited towards a future photo-shoot / workshop ( as applicable) booked to start before 30th May 2021."

Book with confidence

If you are interested in a photo-shoot or you would like to be a part of any of the workshops or you wish to book a 1:1 photography day from June 2020 please get in touch at any time to make a booking. Please be assured that your deposit will be safe and if the event has to be postponed due to government restrictions over Covid-19 you will not lose your money. It may simply be transferred to a future event of your choice to start before 30th May 2021, so please book with confidence to secure your place.

Please stay safe!


I am a portraiture photographer, based in Yorkshire, with a portable lighting studio, who loves to create bespoke beautiful portraits that capture a person’s unique personality. I offer a range of services including personal and corporate headshots, family and lifestyle photography, including special occasions such as an anniversary, a birthday or an engagement. Check out my portraiture work here and please refer to my Portraiture FAQ’s page for more information. Please take a look at some of the portraiture testimonials I have received here >>.


Are you interested in learning how to get creative with your own camera?

I offer a range of photographic workshops tailored towards beginners and enthusiasts covering a variety of photography topics from coming off “Auto” through to portraiture, wildlife/pets, black & white, landscape, documentary and speed/action photography, plus 1:1 mentoring sessions, all designed to help you with your photographic journey. Check out my current workshops here and my personal portfolio here.Please take a look at some of the workshop and 1:1 kind words I have received here >>.

Please enjoy browsing my website and feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements.

Valerie Mather

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are” - Paul Caponigro


“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it” - Edward Steichen

  • Kind Words

    "I had a photo session with Valerie for some new images of myself for my website and various media publications. Valerie had a natural instinct for the style and quality of the photographs needed for my business and took time and patience to get the right setting and positions. The images captured me naturally but with a professional focus and I am delighted with them."

    - Jacquie Cole, Bakewell Travel, Harrogate

  • Kind Words

    "We came into contact with Val when we wanted to organise a family photograph for our 40th wedding anniversary. Val was wonderful to work with, she made sure everyone looked great, was very good with the grandkids, we had a lot of fun, and you can really see that come through in the end results"

    - Nora T

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    "I thoroughly enjoyed my photo shoot with Valerie . Her sense of humour and attention to detail resulted in the perfect images for my fashion blog and social media accounts . They not only captured the clothes , but also something of my personality - in my experience a rare feat. I could not be more pleased"

    - Katherine M

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    "Val is an amazing photography tutor and has succeeded in teaching me where others have failed. She has a flexible and adaptable approach to lessons, which suits me perfectly, and we have a giggle to boot! Her patient and thoughtful nature has really helped me progress, with her picking projects that suit my objectives as well as challenge my skills. I am very much looking forward to continuing my photography journey with her. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Val is the best photography tutor I have had the pleasure of being taught by and I would highly recommend her!

    - Mayu Amin"

  • Kind Words

    "Does exactly what it says on the tin! Highly enjoyable and commended. I now know what it means to come off Auto!"

    - Roger Taylor attending a Level 1 Photography Workshop

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    "A very useful and informative day. Demystified moving off Auto. I feel a lot more confident in getting creative with my camera. The practical exercises and manual playing cards were really useful".

    - Alastair How

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    "Val broke down the basics into a language all could understand, and she gave plenty of chance for practical moments to cement the theory. Her workshop made me feel very confident to remove the “auto” button".

    - E Womersley

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    "A really thorough grounding on how to use my camera on manual settings, thanks. I now feel confident to practice myself. It was brilliant to have things simplified and explained in great detail. Good to have practicals to put things together". 

    - Sally How

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    "Very clear guidance to understanding the 3 elements of the exposure triangle, with lots of opportunities for practice. The quiz and manual playing cards were great".

    - G Fisher

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    "Done in a really good structure which made bringing things together easier. I enjoyed the practical exercises".

    - Rosie Hester

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    "Thoroughly enjoyed the course and can now understand the basics of using a camera not on Auto Mode."

    - A Swift