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I hope you enjoy this small selection of my recent personal portfolio. I am a travel, documentary and portrait photographer and I enjoy sharing my passion for photography with others. I offer photography training at all levels in Yorkshire, the North East and further afield - including bespoke mentoring/training photography lessons.

If you would like to learn how to take images like those on this page from a technical and/or compositional perspective then contact me for a 1-1 session.

If not you, then perhaps a friend or family member? I can provide photography gift vouchers which make a lovely birthday or Christmas present. 

Absolute beginner session

Learn how to use your camera fresh out of the box, plus the basics
of composition, in a fun practical way. £75 for 3 hours.

Improving your photography

Switching over to manual, learning new techniques and how to
get the most from your camera. £150 for 6 hours.

Bespoke photography mentoring sessions

Focusing on the technical or compositional skills necessary to take
your images to the next level. Prices on request.


Contact Val: TEL: 07968 558795

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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.

  • 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"