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Wedding, People & Food Photography Training

Taught by Full Time Professionals

Photography & Video Training Courses

That are truly Relevant & Current

Photography and Cinematography Training School

Hello and welcome to the online home of Training byLumiere.  At the heart of this photography educational offering is a small core team connected to a large network of industry partners.  You can read who we are and find out more about our backgrounds here.  We have crafted the photography training school from a set of strong values and a desire to provide intimate, supportive face to face training and photography courses to fill the knowledge and confidence gaps that really matter.  If you want to know how to start a photography business then you have come to right place!

Most Relevant

We believe that we have created the most relevant Foundation Programme in the UK designed to fast-track your development into both a confident business owner and professional photographer.



Outside the core Foundation Programme, we also offer half and full day photography workshops which have been developed to fill specific business and technical knowledge gaps that are common to photographers.

Running a Business

For those photographers who are already running businesses but struggling with certain aspects then our mentoring offering will be perfect for you.

Meet The Team

Training byLumiere

Hello – we are Kate & Brent – active and current in the industry, shooting, marketing and selling to customers every day.  We know first hand the ups and downs, the successes and the failures and we will share all this with you in an honest yet supportive way

Do you aspire to be a Professional Photographer?

Many people aspire to earn a living from their creative passion and we are offering an alternative experience to the traditional photography education system for those interested in a professional career in photography. We have created the Foundation Programme to offer a blueprint for a successful photography business in today’s competitive market.

Truly Relevant Photography Training

Creative / Technical Skills & (critically) Business Knowledge

Running a photography business today requires both creative/technical skills and business knowledge in equal measure.  We believe the strength of our offering lies in the fact that we are full time working pros: Kate has run her own photography business since 2010 – and together we run luxury photography, filming and aerial business – All of the content that we teach is based on years of experience of running very successful photography businesses, workshops and mentoring programmes.

Behind The Scenes

We have tried to express what the Training byLumiere Foundation Programme offering is in this short video.  We truly believe we are offering something very unique and as a result, our part-time 6-month programme is selective.

Kate Hopewell-Smith - Sony Europe Imaging Ambassador

Kate Hopewell-Smith Switches to Sony

Why I made the switch – from Nikon DSLRs to Sony Full Frame Mirrorless for Wedding Photography. Many of you know that I have used the Nikon system for 10 years and represented the brand as a UK Ambassador so the fact that I have recently switched to the Sony Alpha...
DSLR Filming

Learn to Film On DSLR Workshop

Learn DSLR Filming: We believe that DSLR Filming is fast becoming a skill that is expected of professional ‘photographers’.   More and more photographers are being asked if they can record certain elements of a shoot and provide some video footage – particularly...

60 Seconds to Change Your Life 2018

Change your life: Now that ’60 Seconds to Change Your Life’ Competition 2018 is live we thought it would be brilliant for you to hear why you should be brave and enter.  But don’t take it from us – instead here is last year’s winner Emily on why she thinks you should...

Photography Pricing Guide

Photography Business Pricing: Why is setting photography pricing one of the most difficult business decisions to make? My experience of mentoring photographers has taught me that photography pricing is the single biggest thing that we all struggle with.  However, once...
SEO for Photographers – Workshop

Just wanted to let you know that my new optimised Boudoir pages are now showing up as No. 1 in my area on google at the top bit where Google displays by location, then when typing in Boudoir Photography Suffolk I am no. 3 and I had a booking yesterday.  So this stuff works!!  I wasn’t coming up anywhere before for boudoir.   The Google My Business stuff is really great too.

Thank you thank you!


May 2018

Speed light training – Workshop

I just wanted to send an e-mail to thank you so much for the training on Friday. It is so hard to find the type of specialist and specific training that you need within this industry and I’ve never walked away from a training course before feeling so enthusiastic and excited!

The integration of the practical elements, powerpoint, photographic examples and just the general down to earth way it’s all delivered really made me take it all in and I feel so confident that I actually know what I’m talking about now with my speedlite. I can’t wait to start practising.

So just thank you thank you! I felt stuck in a rut with my capabilities and now I feel I’ve got the opportunity to take a massive leap forward. I’m hoping to attend another one of your courses in the future.


Jan 2018

Photography and Business Mentoring

For full-time photographers who are already running businesses but struggling with certain aspects then our Mentoring offering will be perfect for you.   We have successfully turned around many photography businesses over the last 8 years.  Some photographers need technical support but the majority need help with the business, marketing and sales side of being a photographer.

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