Welcome to BRETT HARKNESS LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY
Kids grow up far too quickly and before you know it, they’re packing their bags for university. As new parents ourselves, we understand the importance of family/lifestyle photo shoots to capture those unforgotten moments . With technical ability and an artistic eye, it is essential that any lifestyle family photographer can make your experience a fun and memorable occasion for all of the family. From beautifully lit portraits to all day beach adventures let us capture the memories of your family forever.
What our clients say
“We can not begin to express how grateful we are for all Brett and Kristie have done for us over the years. Brett’s love and passion for photography does not only show through his amazing photographs but also through the way he makes you feel comfortable and at ease. The photographs are always beyond our expectations and are truly beautiful each and every time. From engagement pictures to wedding pictures, baby pictures to family pictures, Brett and Kristie have been there to capture them all! Thank you for the memories we can forever share and will last a lifetime. We look forward to many more to come!”
Danielle & Kelly
“Everyday, whether on my phone, hanging on my wall, on my desktop, I see at least one of the amazing photos that Brett shot of my family. If you know his work then you will already guess these to be striking images, commented on by everyone who sees them. My young family has been captured beautifully, doing exactly what the picture required of them, smiling not because they were told but because they couldn’t stop smiling. Brett has an engaging way of working with his subjects and the pictures show just how much we all enjoyed the day. It turns out that while anyone can press a shutter button, it’s the character emanating from behind the camera that get’s the picture.” - Tom
“We had a fantastic shoot with Brett and Kris when we wanted to capture some family time. We were instantly at ease and the shoot was great fun. Although we had seen Brett’s work before we were actually blown away at the preview. We spent most of it in happy tears. It was like watching the best bits of our family right before our eyes. People still complement us when they walk into our house and see our pictures.” – Guy
After many years of travel and working in Miami with people from all countries and cultures, it was under American skies in 1999 when I met Kristie. From that day forth, our own love story spiralled into a marriage, a business and an expanding family. It became our dream to work together creating a career that reflects our passion for both family and photography, whilst maintaining a distinct vision on how the the Harkness brand would progress. In 2001 that dream became their reality and as 2018 has now begun, that success is very much growing with every passing day. BHP is now highly regarded and certainly one of the best Manchester , Cheshire & UK Family Photographers working today.
Selecting a photographer to capture some of the most special times with your family is an important decision. As well as expertise and artistic talent, you also need someone who understands how to make the session a really memorable occasion for you & your family. A lifestyle or portrait shoot with us is truly a unique experience. I understand that people photograph best when they are relaxed and so the shoot can take place either in the studio or out on location. Be it in your own home, down by the river or on the beach. It can happen wherever you feel most comfortable. I utilises setting, lighting, colour, mood & scenery to make the photographs come alive. It has been said I have a rare talent for capturing people at their natural best. You will also be taken care of by Kristie , who’ll take time to understand what you want from your very personal lifestyle shoot. Looking after the finer details on the day, Kristie ensures that I capture those all important moments working together as a team.
THE KIND OF SESSIONS WE OFFER
THIS SESSION WOULD TAKE PLACE AT OUR STUDIO & TAKE APPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR. YOU WOULD HAVEA CHOICE OF A BEAUTIFUL HAND PAINTED GREY, GREEN OR RED BACKGROUND.
WHY NOT GO FOR BOTH OPTIONS AND SPEND AN HOUR IN THE PARK SHOOTING SOME GREAT FAMILY LIFESTYLE IMAGES, THEN BACK IN THE GARDEN WE CAN SHOOT A FEW BEAUTIFULLY LIT PORTRAITS TOO!
A FABULOUS LIFESTYLE SESSION CAN TAKE PLACE ON THE BEACH, IN THE FOREST OR A WALK IN PAR. IF YOU HAVE A PLACE THATS SPECIAL TO YOU OR YOUR FAMILY WE CAN MEET YOU THERE! THIS SESSION USUALLY TAKES AROUND 2 HOURS.
Q&A WITH BRETT HARKNESS
Where will our family shoot take place?
In a nutshell, it can take place anywhere you want! In any part of the country! We can shoot a more "portrait" looking image in our own studio or you may want to take the shoot to the beach or park, or even a walk in the forest and bring the dogs too!
Who will be there on the shoot?
Usually myself and Kristie but if Kristie isn't available I will bring another assistant along.
What if it's raining?
If you choose to go outside for the shoot then ofcourse if its raining too much then we may have to reschedule the shoot. otherwise we say bring some wellies and a raincoat and we'll have some great fun!
We don't really like having our picture taken..
Don't worry, who does! The way we work will put the whole family at ease. There is no time limit to the shoot and we will not leave until we have captured some beautiful moments. Children can take time to warm to the camera, we don't rush out shoots and wait for the everyone to be on our side!
How do I see my images?
We can do a face to face viewing at the studio or at your home approximately 3 weeks after your shoot. You can chose from a wide variety of beautiful framing options & albums. If you have decided on the High Res File Collection this will be ready to download 3 weeks after your shoot.