Valerie Mather Photography“I have been passionate about all kinds of photography all of my life. Currently, the focus of that passion is people. I love capturing people in public and private moments. Sharing something of a person's personality in what Henri Cartier- Bresson described as the “Decisive Moment”


Having been mainly self-taught, in 2016 I decided to test my own knowledge of photography and in 2017 I was awarded the Royal Photographic Society Certificate in Photography from the Open University (granted in conjunction with the RPS).


Valerie Mather ARPSIn 2018 I was awarded the internationally respected Distinction of Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS), which recognises a high standard of both technical and creative skill in photography.

In 2020 I was awarded the higher Associate distinction.


My image “Bramham Cross Country” was selected as part of the Hull City of Culture, to be included in the Showcasing Yorkshire Print Exhibition 2017.

In 2018 I have been interviewed online for the RPS Documentary Group in connection with my image of Cuban school children and I have been successful with a Highly Commended image in the RPS Bi-monthly documentary competition [pdf version here]. I was also one of the winners of the RPS 365 competition in August 2018.

I was lucky enough in 2018 to meet and interview David Hurn, the UK’s leading documentary photographer for publication in the RPS online journal: The Decisive Moment [pdf version here].

In December 2018 my photo essay on the Anti-Trump demonstration in London was published in The RPS online journal: The Decisive Moment ( pages 78-85). RPS Anti-Trump photo essay

RPS Anti-Trump photo essay




In March 2019 my article Children of Cuba was published in The RPS online journal: The Decisive Moment (pages 104-111) 

Children of Cuba RPS Article







In May 2021 my article Creative Camera was published on the RPS website here

In June 2021 I was  interviewed about my photography journey to date by the RPS Yorkshire Group which is published here

Yorkshire Born & Bred:

Farm Book Photo Hardback 1







 Country Life: Read the full feature here 

Yorkshire Post: Download pdf feature here

Yorkshire Life Article: Download pdf feature here



Over the years I have experimented with a number of different cameras and lenses, working with both film and digital equipment. As my photography developed so did the quality ( and cost! ) of my kit. I believe it is important to have the right equipment for the right project.

Currently, my kit comprises Leica and Canon digital cameras and a variety of highest quality prime and zoom lenses.
Photography is all about painting with light and whilst I enjoy working in natural light I also use top quality Profoto off-camera strobe lights and light shaping tools, such as softboxes, grids and beauty dishes, to achieve bespoke creative images. I have a selection of portable studio backgrounds suitable for corporate headshots /or web-based portrait images but I am just as happy to create an environmental portrait of you to show off your business or social media account in a more personal way.

The beauty of using Profoto lights is that they can be used just as easily for an outdoor shoot as in a studio and they allow a photographer to control ambient light and be creative in any situation. This is ideal for capturing that special occasion be it an engagement, an anniversary or birthday, a family day out, a dramatic role-play or a personal portrait, an album cover for your band, a perfect image for your social media account or website, a corporate headshot, an environmental portrait of your business, a fun night out with the girls or boys, or a favourite family pet or simply capturing yourselves, your friends and family at a given moment in time.”

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New Book: Yorkshire Born & Bred

Val's new book, Yorkshire Born & Bred has recently been published find out more here >>>