1:1 Photography lessons + courses - mentoring - workshops
I am a UK & destination wedding photographer based in Bristol. I capture memories in an honest and authentic way, using a style that blends natural yet artistic reportage photography.
My wedding work is internationally recognised through various award bodies. Using 11 years of experience in the industry, 8 years in stills and a further 3 years in moving imagery, I am able to teach photography lessons and courses with this knowledge to advise and train in a broad spectrum of topics.
I am known largely for wedding photography but also specialise in commercial, lifestyle and street photography alongside moving imagery and film. I love bow ties, music, red wine & silly faces! I have a cat called Tinks.
I like my tuition to be a relaxed environment of learning and all teaching is adapted to your speed of learning. The lessons are tailored specifically to what you require. With experience in various types of photography, alongside a degree in film production, I am able to offer a wide range of advice on multiple topics.
Photography is ultimately about capturing memories or documenting life. I have helped people learn the basics of going from auto shooting to manual; or to grow further into a more professional capacity.
Whether you want to just familiarise yourself with the camera settings, or focus on more advance photography practices. Together we will be able to help you grow on your chosen path.
Lessons can be theory or practical based, and the photography courses combine both. They can either take place in person at a suitable location, or online via Zoom. Lessons are available on any day of the week with various time slots between 9am and 9pm which can be requested on enquiry.
The pre consultation will take place over the phone or via a quick zoom and normally lasts around 15 minutes. From this we can confirm your photography lesson time and future photography tuition plan.
Lessons can be done in person or anywhere via zoom.
In person lessons are done in or around my office in Stokes Croft , or nearby in central Bristol, during the weekdays. My home is based in Clevedon, where evening and weekend lessons would be possible.
Locations and times outside of the normal might incur a small travel cost which will be discuss prior to the photo lesson.
To make the most of your photography course or individual lessons, I recommend thinking about the specifics of what you want to achieve. I recommend writing a list of bullet points, as well as informing me of all your equipment before the first lesson. This will allow me to research and familiarise myself with your gear and aspirations so I can offer a truly personalised service.
The pre lesson or course consultation will allow us to delve into this more. Throughout your journey we will work at your pace, but please do not be afraid to ask questions. That after all is why I am here.
Pre course Consulatation Advice
These photography lessons are aimed at those wanting the start their photography journey. If you currently shoot in automatic but would like to know how to venture into the world of manual photography then this is the lesson for you. This photography taster lesson is two hours long and take you specifically through your camera settings and how it functions before introducing you the golden triangle of photography: Shutter Speed; Aperture; ISO.
I recommend everyone either takes this lesson first or has a basic grasp before taking any further course with myself. It is ok if you know but have since forgot, forgetting is all part of the process of learning and I'll refresh on points through your tuition journey.
- 2 Hour Lesson
These lessons are 1 hour long and are completely tailored around your specific needs and level of photography. Some may wish to focus on the technical aspects of their camera and photography to help improve their basic skills.
Others however are interested in the aesthetic techniques that help create a unique photograph: Composition; Light; Movement and Interaction. Or editing techniques that help to level up your photos.
Included with all bookings is an initial 15 minute start up consultation. So I can gage what it is you are after and familiarise myself with your specific camera.
The essential course for those starting from zero who want a private lesson guidance. This photography course is split over two sessions. The first session is the auto to manual lesson, the second guides you through composition techniques. After this we will spend an hour putting your new knowledge into practice during a photo walk around. We will then review the photographs you have taken.
4 Hours over two sessions
For those seeking a bit more than a single session who have already a grasp manual shooting. The photography course is a half or full day of private tuition which can be both theory and practical.
The course itself will be adapted to yourself and based on what you want to achieve. The pre consultation will determine this and we will work through various topics at your pace to maximise you knowledge.
possible topics we could cover
advanced photographic techniques; street photography; using natural light; low light photography; night photography; external lighting setups; equipment analysis; specialist styles of photography; enhancing imagery in edit; photoshop and lightroom training.
A short course of practical hands on learning. This class covers a range of techniques and styles suitable for a certain area of photography. It could be street, night photography, landscapes, or fashion and portrait.
Each photography course workshop is done in small groups (10 max) to allow a more personalised experience and will be a combination of theory and practical.
All courses are different lengths and price dependant on the topic.
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The Beginners Course : Kick Out Auto and Compose
Introducing Editing : Lightroom + Photoshop
Advanced Editing Techniques
Think Outside The Box : Advanced Photographic Techniques
Model Interaction : Portraits + Posing
A Introduction to Flash + Lighting
From my experience I found shooting alongside and talking to fellow photographers was the most beneficial thing in my growth.
I always think the only way to grow and improve is via constructive criticism and general discussion. As part of any tuition package you will be given free access to my facebook group " The PowerShot Society" where you can talk to like minded individuals and show off your latest photographs.
Its a super friendly and private place to share all things photography! I'll be their too to offer advice and keep you updated with photography happenings around the UK.
"Recently got a new camera and was struggling to get off auto mode, finding all the buttons and diagrams on my camera way too confusing. Had a 2 hour lesson with Gavin and suddenly I was shooting in full manual mode and taking much, much better photos (and enjoying photography so much more)
Gavin is a walking encyclopedia of photography and puts a huge amount of thought into his lessons, without making them overly complex or daunting. Really recommend to any beginners looking to take their first steps into photography!"
What a previous photography student has said
My mentoring programme is aimed at any wedding photographer wanting to power up their imagery. I can used all my experience over years running a successful photography business within the industry to guide you intensively over a day or over a period of time.
You will learn about mistakes I have made, and develop a broader range of photographic skills. I'll focus on your current business and learn about what you like and what you struggle with currently. I shall offer constructive critiques on your images as well doing a range of theory and practical 1:1 lessons and show you some tricks and techniques for further progression.
We'll talk equipment, advertising, products, personal wellbeing, networking best suited for you. There is also an optional extra to watch me shoot a workshop, portrait shoot or to possibly shoot alongside myself at a wedding some point in the year.
Full day intensive is 8 hours better done in person down in Bristol. Monthly mentorships consist of 4 hours (2x 2hr sessions) worth of 1:1 time. We will plan the content of each months mentoring in advance and the training can be delivered face to face or remotely via phone or zoom. All mentoring comes with an initial 1 hour consultation
Subsequent months consist of general business support and shoot critiques.
One to One Tuition
The : Auto to Manual // £100 // 1-2 hour lesson
The : One // £75 // 1 hour photography lesson
Mentoring // £400 - First month
Per month : 4 hours 1:1 time - critiques, portfolio growth and shoot experience
*5 hours during the first month
Photography lessons specific to you.
GROUP Photography Classes // £100+
A specific course on practical shooting and advice in groups.
Then £400 Per Month Thereafter
The photography Courses
Private 1:1 photography short courses.
The Beginner // £250 // 2 Sessions / Theory + Practical
Half Day Bespoke // £300 // 4 hours
Full Day Bespoke // £600 // 8 hours
(Price Depends on type of course)
"Gavin is a walking encyclopedia of photography and puts a huge amount of thought into his lessons"
Sam Andrews // Auto To Manual Lesson
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