PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION DAYS
Session Days are the market leaders in organising photography events in the North West of England, from portfolio builders to instructional workshops. Run by photographers for photographers, we provide you with the perfect opportunity to build your portfolio, perfect your portrait techniques and create award winning images whilst working in some of the more unusual venues around the UK, with professional models and performers.
In line with government advice concerning COVID-19, Session Days have postponed all plans to hold events until further notice. We will be looking to re-schedule each event from the summer onwards and will be dealing with each event in turn, providing those booked on to each event with options to move their booking to forward dates or cancel and receive a refund in full. We want to see you all again on an event when this crisis has abated, so in the meantime, please stay safe, stay healthy, stay alert and stay in touch.
EVENTS FOR 2020
Our 2020 program comes in three different formats, building upon the popularity and successes of previous years. Our aim is to provide excellent quality of featured models, unique and interesting venues, expert tuition and no nonsense, responsive customer service. Why not join us? Sign up to our newsletter to get on board
NOIR CREATIVE CLASS
COLOUR CREATIVE CLASS
Our Session Days Events are very popular and sell out quickly. Our aim is to put on a show and give attending customers the opportunity to get shots of each model/performer using natural light or off camera flash. Our planning process starts many months in advance : scouting for suitable locations, agreeing dates, designing the set list and choosing models and performers that suit the theme of the event.
We thrive on the buzz of each event day…the build up to it, the day itself and the frenzy of social media activity that follows. Session Day Events are a great networking opportunity and a chance to make new contacts in this profession/hobby that we all love..
NEW FOR 2020 – THE CREATIVE SERIES.
From me feedback is, once again, that you both run a thoroughly professional set up and, just like at Gawsworth Hall, the admin was flawless, the models were great* the catering was fab, and the day was a complete success. It is no surprise to me that your events a sell out: you really are the market leaders in this kind of stuff.
We love portraiture, it is in our DNA. We wanted to impart the knowledge and expertise that we had gained through years of practice in order to help those attending the Event Days to get the most out of them.
Our Portrait Masterclasses are for smaller groups of photographers and are instructional. We guide you through lighting setups, modifier selection and posing techniques using professional male and female models that have worked with us before.
I have attended two of Graham and Emma’s Session Days and I have to say they are amazing. I have been on a few photography days over the years and none of them compare to this. The organisation is great, they look after you from start to finish, help you with set ups and make sure you get good images. Emma is very skilled at portraiture and lighting and Graham, being a professional model himself, brings flair and creativity into the mix. Thank you to both of you for giving me tips and advice on my photography journey.
COMING UP NEXT
BORWICK HALL WEEKENDER
Our Borwick Hall Weekender originally planned for April has been rearranged to September.
Near Carnforth and situated in the heart of Borwick is a Grade I listed, 16th Century Manor house and grounds where we will be hosting our weekender event of 2020. Built of local stone with sandstone dressing and a slate roof, Borwick Hall is an exceptional venue for photography.
We have seven models for this event, all of whom offer something different. You can secure your place AM or PM on Saturday or Sunday by registering below.
We are very lucky to be able to list a number of very fine and accomplished photographers from across the region and beyond among our list of loyal customers and showcasing their work and links to their websites and social media feeds is our pleasure. Our favourite images are featured on our socail media feeds.
Facebook : @photographysessiondays
Instagram : @photographysessiondays
Model : Lauren Howell
Photographer : Sue Trout
Camera Club : Doncaster CC
Event : Portrait Masterclass
Model : Dean Gregory
Photographer : Sophie Woof
Camera Club : Mercambe CC
Event : Portrait Masterclass
Model : Gabby Monet
Photographer : Andy Hopwood
Camera Club : N/A
Event : Gawsworth Hall
Model : Zack Pinsent
Photographer : Paul Campbell
Camera Club : Huddersfield CC
Event : Gawsworth Hall
BEHIND THE SCENES
We love to see our performers and customers having fun and enjoying themselves on our Event Days and Masterclasses. Here is a selection of videos and images showing what happens on a typical shoot.
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2020
Our next Session Days Event is now open for bookings.
There are numerous examples of award winning images produced by photographers that were taken on Session Days Events. Here are some of the recent notices. Congratulations to all.
Zack Pinsent as a Regency Gentleman taken by Sue Hartley/Notts and Nottingham CC scored 20/20 and won the open dpi competition in April. This image was taken at Gawsworth Hall Session Days Event last March
Simone Claire Stocks taken by Anthony Bower/Stockport PS and accepted at Rushden BPE 2019. This image was taken at Hack Green on our Session Days Event in January 2019
Blossom and Buttercups photographed by Dave Boam/Macclesfield CC won best portrait print cup at local exhibition and was taken at Atlas Mill in 2018 during a Session Days Event
Jack Cutler as Sweeney Todd taken by Peter West/Chorley PS at Atlas Mill Session Days Event in 2018. This image was placed 1st in the Annual Club Monochrome Competition.
NEWS & VIEWS
We want to keep you up to date with what we are planning and also to get your feedback and comments. Take a look at our blog posts.
Since it is International Women’s Day on 8th March, we wanted to celebrate the Female Photographer.
We caught up with Sue Hartley recently who travels up regularly from Nottinghamshire to attend Session Days Events
The model release is an important part of our process in securing the services of any model or performer on a Session Days Event.
Find out about how the PAGB got involved with Session Days at Leigh Spinners
Read all about John King, BPE2, in an interview we conducted with him recently
Our Wigan Weekender was held at Leigh Spinners on 19th/20th October. We hosted 84 Photographers and 8 Models over the course of 4 sessions. We couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved. Read all about it here.
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