NEW FOR 2018 – The Business of Photography

Are you a ‘weekend warrior’ looking to make the jump into photography full time? Or have you got a year or two under your belt but could really do with some insider info on how to really run a photography business? Then you’re literally on the right page!

Running and sustaining a hungry photography business is hard work and there are often few people to turn to in your chosen field who will give you a helping hand.

When I started in photography I found it a daunting world with many locked doors and information dead ends. The online world has opened up a huge bank of information on the technical side of the business; how to use off camera flash, how to oomph up your images in Lightroom, how to rock on Instagram, why you should buy this kit and that. At times it feels like information overload. However, the business of photography itself and by that; I mean the business side of the photography world is still very much unchartered with little information available specifically for photographers.

I made the jump from ‘weekend warrior’ to full time photographer 5 years ago and within those five years I’ve built an established and admired brand, photographed weddings in the UK and overseas, opened a photography studio, built a team of photographers who work for me, opened a commercial photography business, featured in many magazines, and won multiple awards for my work.

So who am I?

I’ve always had a passion for photography which was started when my parents gave me a basic point and shoot camera when I was six years old. However, my first career was not to be photography. I studied and gained a degree from Trinity College (archaeology/history) but again this was not to be my career. I fell into brand and marketing on a graduate scheme during the depths of the mid-nineties recession and ended up becoming one of the youngest account directors in the UK. I worked across global brands and ad campaigns for companies and organisations including American Express, British Airways, BP, The Salvation Army, Danone, Ford, CAFOD, Lloyds Banking Group, AXA Wealth and many more. Brands and their marketing became a passion and a field I thrived in; the strategic business planning, building and merging businesses, creating new brands, the creativity of developing and implementing refreshed brands. It was fast paced and exciting, a constant challenge and gave me the opportunities to break the rules and to see what worked and what didn’t. My move back to the Cotswolds (and a very supportive husband) gave me the breathing space to follow my passion for photography. Building the business for a couple of years alongside working full time as a brand consultant for two of the UKs best known financial houses. And now its time for me to share this knowledge with you for the benefit of your business.

So why am I doing this?

I remember my first wedding show and another photographer saying to me “I wouldn’t bother if I were you”. I kid you not! And after conducting some market research with other fellow photographers in the industry one of the common phrases that kept coming up were ‘doors were slammed in my face’ (metaphorically I’m assuming!). The common theme was that it was a closed world which was driven by the worry of ‘newbies’ taking ‘their business’ but this should not be the case. Photography is an art and therefore subjective and in a world currently driven by images the opportunities for good photography will always be there.

I believe in passing on information.

I believe in helping others.

And I believe that the photography industry should be applauded for rigorously striving for beautiful imagery and educating the world in the importance of this.

I’ve built my business from nothing and without financial help from external sources, and you can too.

How will we do this?

We’ll do this together. The courses are all one-to-one courses as I believe that you should be able to ask questions without hesitation (and receive honest answers), enabling me to shape the training time around you.

The courses are business courses developed specifically for the photography world and are designed to be fast paced, in-depth, and packed full of useful tools for you to use, important know how, and energy to pull out what is quintessentially you and what will make you and your business unique.

They are written from the inside out, by someone who has had to learn all of this the hard way, by seeking answers and creating solutions. So, bring a mind ready for learning and bring lots of energy as it will be a packed session, and let’s create your very own success story.


The Courses

The Business of Wedding Photography

1-day course (09.30 – 17.00) at the Country Studio

One-to-one training with Nikki

Aimed at: new photography business start-ups, semi-professional photographers, and those making the jump from Weekend Warrior to Full Time Wedding Photographer, those retraining and switching careers.

We will cover the following in a one-day course busting open the challenges and myths on running a successful Wedding Photography business. Covering the following:

What exactly is Wedding Photography in 2018?

Who are your clients and how do they find you?

The logistics of a client wedding journey from your first meeting to delivering their photographs and beyond.

The Business of Wedding Photography including; what should you charge, contracts, time management, insurance, IP, copyright, your brand, the customer journey, marketing your business, business planning, and much more!

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire before the course as its important that I have time to research you from a client’s perspective to help you visualise how your customer sees you.

FREE Work Book included with the course.

Lunch provided: either at our fabulous local country pub or a working lunch (please see Housekeeping below).

£1295 inc VAT / You will need bring lots of energy and a mind ready to soak up lots of information!

Dates available: Thursday 8th March, Wednesday 14th March, Friday 16th March, Thursday 22nd March.

Please note we can book further in advance, please just send us a requested date and we will do our best to accommodate you.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK Just fill in the form with your preferred date and we will send all of the information and online payment link to you.


Photography for Small Businesses

½ day course (09.30 – 13.00) at the Country Studio

One-to-one training with Nikki

Imagery is critical when selling products online and whilst I would always recommend hiring a professional photographer for key images and shoots I also understand that there are times when this is not possible due to timescales or budgets and therefore you need to understand how to take such images yourself in a timely manner.

Aimed at: small businesses with ever changing product lines, small enterprises without the budgets to hire a professional product photographer on a regular basis, businesses selling on Etsy and similar sites, businesses using social media for their sales leads.

You will need to have a digital camera and know how to use it properly. This is not a course in how to use your camera. If unsure please bring the manual with you. For demonstration purposes Nikki will be using Canon cameras.

We will cover the following in this ½ day training session:

An overview of your business and your brand including mapping your customer journey

The value of good photography and today’s world of images

We get creative and define your must haves for your product photography

We have practical ‘how to’ sessions including tips and tricks of the trade that you can use going forward.

FREE Work Book included with the course.

£495 inc VAT

Now taking bookings for March: Thursday 1st March , Wednesday 7th March, Friday 9th March, Thursday 15th March, Wednesday 21st March.

Please note we can book further in advance, please just send us a requested date and we will do our best to accommodate you.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK Just fill in the form with your preferred date and we will send all of the information and online payment link to you.


More courses coming soon…



All courses are held at The Country Studio, 28 Westend Courtyard, Westend, Gloucestershire, GL10 3FA. Please use postcode GL10 3SL for the sat nav. We are just off the M5 at junction 13 with lots of free parking right outside the door.

There is wheelchair access.

If you are attending a one-day course there is the option for lunch at our fabulous local pub The Old Badger, or a working lunch at our Studio. You will need to advise of any food allergies.

You will need to complete a questionnaire before your training session and have this returned at least ten days prior.

Courses require a non-refundable booking fee with the balance paid in full a calendar month before the training course.

Don’t forget you can claim the costs of these course back on your tax return if they are to maintain and update your existing skills and relate to your trade.


The Small Print

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