Valerie Mather Photography

I am a portrait photographer based in Yorkshire but available to work with you anywhere in the UK, to create bespoke beautiful portraits that capture your unique personality. I offer a range of services including professional personal and corporate headshots, family and lifestyle photography, including special occasions such as an anniversary, a birthday or an engagement. I also offer mentoring sessions to help you on your own photographic journey. Please enjoy browsing my website and feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements.

Valerie Mather

In Association with Bass & Bligh

In Association with Bass & Bligh

Level 1 Photography Workshop

Learn how to switch over to manual exposure plus how to get creative with your camera.

1-day workshop led by Valerie Mather Photography in association with Bass & Bligh.

Sunday 2 February 2020.

This course is suitable for beginners and those who already enjoy taking photographs but wish to understand manual exposure controls and to improve their compositional skills. 

The day will be a mix of theory and hands-on exercises with your camera, to help you put into practice the theory behind manual exposure settings, plus lots of opportunities to ask questions. Val specialises in teaching in a fun, jargon-free, practical way. A representative from Bass & Bligh will be on hand to help with the practical exercises, and to provide you with a range of cameras to try on the day if you wish.

By the end of the day you should be confidently taking control of your camera settings, and ready to demonstrate your own creativity by applying your new-found compositional skills.

This 1-day workshop will focus on three key components of photography:

  • Taking control of your camera by switching over to manual/understanding the “Exposure Triangle”.
  • Learning the basics of composition.
  • Understanding which camera settings will help you achieve your desired look for different scenarios: e.g. portrait, landscape, sports and macro photography.


Price: £99 (no VAT).

Small group size: maximum of 10 places. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Venue: Harrogate Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5RR. (venue website:

Date &Timing: Sunday 2 February 2020. 10am-4pm. Please note that the six hours does include a break for lunch. Please bring a packed lunch with you.

Refreshments: Tea & coffee are provided. 

Parking: There is on-street parking outside the venue (disc parking restrictions do not apply on Sundays).

Equipment: Please bring with you a digital camera with manual controls, charged battery and memory card. Pen and paper if you wish to take notes. NB: A helpful handout will be provided on the day, summarising what you will have learned during the course, to help you practice your new skills going forward. A representative from Bass & Bligh will be on hand with a range of cameras for you to try on the day, if you wish.

How to book: Contact (07968 558795) to confirm your place. Payment in full is due at the time of booking.

“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

    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

    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

  • Kind Words

    Kind Words

    "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

  • Kind Words

    Kind Words

    "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"