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Welcome to Barrett & Coe Photography

The UK's leading brand in Wedding and Portrait Photography. We are specialists in finding, training and creating new and talented photographers. If you want to book a brilliant photographer for your wedding; need a fabulous baby or family portrait; Barrett & Coe is the answer. If you believe you have a gift for taking photographs, want the best and most intensive training to enable you to fulfil your dreams; Barrett & Coe will exceed your expectations.

Learning Wedding Photography

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You can't learn photography out of a book. Photography is a practical activity. Learning photography is a bit like learning a sport, music, or a language. If you want to learn to play tennis, golf etc. you go to a professional who

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Photography Business Planning

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It's easy to fall into doing a bit of photography for friends and family. It makes you feel good when your images get lots of compliments, and you do it for little if any remuneration. That's OK if you are going

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Feedback from our latest course

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Following the completion of our latest photography courses we were delighted with the feedback received. The next Barrett & Coe wedding and portrait courses begin on Sunday 5th July, with 1 places

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How to take great wedding photos

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Summer is the time when many couples choose to tie the knot, this means it can be a very busy, and lucrative, time for wedding photographers. If you’re new to wedding photography, photographing the happy couple on their wedding day

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Forthcoming photography courses

Wedding photography course
starting January 2016 - read more...

Portrait photography course
starting January 2016 - read more...

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DONT JERK THE TRIGGER!
Many years ago when learning to shoot a rifle I was taught to 'squeeze' the trigger rather than 'jerking ' it.
Just 'squeeeeeezzzzzing' it translates into having patience, maintaining focus, staying in the present and not trying too hard.
This mind set can be effectively deployed in many aspects of life, including business.
Your enthusiasm for starting your new business can be overwhelming, ending in corners being cut, and mistakes made, because you are in too much of a hurry.
Don't be impatient, don't get carried away, take your time and get it right. Too often we see a business start off like a rocket only to crash and burn.

One of our customers got carried away with Groupon offers a couple of years ago, built a studio with several staff, high volumes, and low profit margins. In the last few months the volumes and income have dropped, but the overheads have not. He is closing the studio this month.
The bottom line is that you have to build carefully, and gradually, to create a business that is sustainable and enjoyable.
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HOW TO!
You can't learn photography out of a book.
Photography is a practical activity. Learning photography is a bit like learning a sport, music, or a language.
If you want to learn to play tennis, golf etc. you go to a professional who will demonstrate something which you then practice with him/her.
Following the lesson you go away and practice what you have learnt , and then return for another lesson.
The only way to learn photography is to find a teacher that you trust, take lots of photographs, and go back often to your teacher for feedback and critiques.
Selecting your teacher is a crucial and important decision.
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THREE PART PLAN.
Photography.
It's got to be good and to continuously improve. No matter how good you become you can always become better. Progress can be measured by qualifications achieved and awards won. Set out to become an award winning junkie!
Marketing.
No matter how good your photography if you don't have customers you won't have a business! When starting a business it is usually necessary to spend most working hours marketing in one way or other. Maybe as much as 80% of your time. You will also need to have a stack of spare money, probably 20% of any sales you target. If you want to make £10,000 sales you will need to spend £2000 on marketing.
Controls.
Efficient, accurate, and easy to keep management accounts updated every month are essential. Not having these is like being in a boat in the middle of the North Sea without an engine. Sooner or later you are going to hit the rocks!
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MAKE A PLAN.
It's easy to fall into doing a bit of photography for friends and family. It makes you feel good when your images get lots of compliments, and you do it for little if any remuneration.
That's OK if you are going to have an enjoyable hobby for fun, but it's not the way to start a serious business.
The acid test is charging an economic price to someone you don't know, and getting the same delighted response from them. Not just once but lots of times!
What's an economic price?
Well, look at what your plumber, electrician, window cleaner etc charge. Now translate that into how much you will have to charge for photography.
So, to make a living, or worthwhile return,
from photography it's about finding a way of charging for time, as well as making a mark up on any product you sell.
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3 weeks ago

In The Sunday Times recently Luke Johnson, Chairman of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, highlighted what he considered to be the main attribute required to become a successful entrepreneur.

He referred to the many who have, and do make a living, out of self help inspirational speaking and books, and the many traits that are listed: ambition, appetite for risk, industry, persistence, numeracy, creativity, self confidence, optimism, opportunism, and grit.

But he says that all of these, and more, come from one defining attribute that above all others marks a successful entrepreneur.
SELF DISCIPLINE.

He says that ' nobody forces you to do it, and nobody else to blame if it fails.' Self discipline is there at every turn. It is needed to keep going when others give up, to save and invest when others would spend, to work superhuman hours, to go the extra mile to serve customers.

My advice is if you are not sure you have it DON'T try to start your own business. It will bite back very quickly.
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