The UK's leading Photography Franchise

With little, or no experience of photography, our training will give you the knowledge and skill to set up a successful full or part time wedding and portrait photography business.

Our dedicated head office support team we can help you achieve this within four months of starting a wedding or portrait photography course. Read more >

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We provide comprehensive support which helps start your own business, through to becoming a professional photographer

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Operate your own professional studio within three to four months without any prior photography experience

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John Timpson made some interesting observations yesterday in his weekly article in the Telegraph:
in answer to a question about whether it was a good idea to leave a safe big corporate job for start up situation Timpson was unequivable.
“persuing your own agenda is worth a lot in terms of wellbeing. It makes a big difference to be in charge of your own destiny- and, that in itself, makes up for any drop in salary.”
And, of course, you may eventually earn more when your hard work pays off!
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Sometimes we get asked whether a degree in photography is desirable before starting a Portrait/wedding photography business.
All education is beneficial but very few of the top photographers in this field over the last thirty to fourty years have had a photography degree.
B and C were commissioned by the NVQ board to write the syllabus for the first NVQ national Higher National Diploma in Social photography which gave us an insight into this area.
Photography is such a diverse subject that much of the material covered for a degree is not necessary to become a succesful wedding or portrait photographer.
Over the last 45 years we have trained more than 1000 people to become professional wedding and or portrait photographers, and we have experienced all the changes that have taken place over the years.
One thing has never changed.
The essential requirement for a social photographer stands out more than any other, and no amount of education or training will matter if it is not there:
Empathy with people, the inter personnel skills to put people at there ease, and to give customers a fun and enjoyable experience.
In our experience most people can learn the photography skills.
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Photographers have been becoming really concerned about new data protection legislation which is commencing in May. Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, has been at pains to emphasise that May 25 will not usher in an era of punitive action against small businesses. “We have always preferred the carrot to the stick. We will use fines and serious sanctions only as a last resort. Our first resort is education and support.” ... More >< Less

Latest videos

At Barrett & Coe we pride ourselves on giving the most comprehensive support possible to our Franchisees.

Hear what Ian Wilson, who opened his studio in Caversham (2011) has to say about the initial training and ongoing support he has received by becoming a Barrett & Coe Franchisee.

Hear what Mark Adams, who opened his studio in Norwich (2012) has to say about the regular supply of bookings and appointments he receives through national partners Activity Superstore and Emma’s Diary.

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