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What People Say About PhotoClassic


"There are not many people I would get into a freezing cold bog for, but knowing Howard's attention to safety and aftercare I braved it, which says a lot!! Not only was the content of the workshop in a league of its own for the attendees, but the advice and information given was worth it alone! Absolutely invaluable and if any photographer wishes to book me for a shoot like this one to one I'll be asking whether they have attended this workshop first! "
Scarlot Rose
(Scarlot's Portfolio on Purpleport)

"Have just returned from attending the Art Nude in the Landscape workshop. PhotoClassic (Howard) leads these workshops with such enthusiasm and attention to detail that, in my opinion, they are some of the best I’ve been on - have attended two years in succession.

Everything is itemised and detailed with alternate plans for inclement weather. Weather and conditions determine the day schedule - and takes into account both model comfort and photographer ability. Arranged accommodation is basic but functional - but we don’t come here to sit in our rooms. Initial reviews suggest I’ve captured some great images that I’m looking forward to editing.

Howard 'Boss' together with Karen 'the Real Boss' - have established what I think is a unique (I’ve not seen others) workshop that does more than just creating great images - you’re also educated in how to host such a shoot yourself ensuring the comfort, well being and safety of the model. Recommended and truly hope to return again next year. "
Paul Davison
(Paul's Portfolio on Purpleport)

Over the Easter weekend I travelled up to Scotland to attend the PhotoClassic art nude in the landscape workshop.

I've deliberately waited to leave this reference so that I could reflect on this experience whilst reviewing my modest efforts with the camera. This is not a conventional workshop where someone sets-up the shot and you step in to press the shutter release. You have to work hard and quickly to deal with challenging and changeable conditions whilst the models suffer for your art. However it is immensely satisfying to create and capture beautiful images in these situations.

The itinerary was well thought out, the locations stunning, the models brilliant and my fellow photographers were all good company. However what impressed me most was the care and attention Howard and Karen showed towards the models to ensure they all remained safe in some really extreme weather conditions. I can wholeheartedly recommend this weekend and hope to return again.

Thanks Howard and Team I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. "
Mark Abel
(Mark's Portfolio on Purpleport)

Howard and Karen hosted me while I was in Aberdeen and I can thank them enough of their warm hospitality. Dinners prepared by them were really delicious and satisfying, companied by the best picked movie. And of course, Tsavo, who has been really lovely and welcoming. Howard even brought me to visit the Dunnottar Castle which was really very nice of him Smile

 During our shoot, Howard and Karen took care of me really well. They even prepared, towels, blankets, hot tea and soup for me to make sure I am warm enough. You can be sure that you are very well taken care of during the shoot and during your stay with them. I'm already thinking of doing a winter shoot with them because I know that I will be in good hands.

The photos turn out really great and I am glad we worked together. I would really love to work with Howard and Karen again the next time I visit Aberdeen.

Highly recommended!!! Smile"
Sonya Lynn
(Sonya's Portfolio on Purpleport)

The shoot was a joy; 'Evening on the Sand' was the workshop I partook in. Howard was friendly, approachable, and furthermore sports a great sense of humour; this made for a very accessible workshop in which I could only feel encouraged. The content of the workshop was well inline with my expectation, if not better.

We moved through various scenarios in which Howard would let you get a feel for the situation and then check by offering helpful insights as he went. This was ideal to me as I felt freedom to shoot but also, and importantly, that help was at hand should it be sought.

Simply put; I could happily imagine going on a PhotoClassic workshop again Smile"
Sean McHale
(Sean's Portfolio on Purpleport)

"I've got to know Howard and his wife Karen for just over a year and I've got to say everyone of his workshops are first class and well worth the money. His attention to detail, variety of concepts and level of care for his models is outstanding. He's got a seemingly laid back style, so up for a laugh, very approachable, that sometimes it's only later you realise how much he was teaching at the same time. As for the standard of model - he totally spoils you with the quality. "
Donald Sutherland

"I just spent an amazing three days as one of the lucky photographers on one of Howard's Photo Classic Nudes in the Landscape workshops. What I experienced was a stage-by-stage masterclass in how this sort of event should be run, as really every possible detail was handled with so much care, commitment and planning.

The basic idea of the event was to drive to one of the most scenic corners of Scotland over the Easter break and photograph three of the world's best models (Rachelle, Keira and Helen) in various well-picked locations. What really sets this event apart from all others for me was the way that Howard and Karen were ready to adapt to the weather conditions - and they certainly had plenty of weather conditions to adapt to. This was the Easter weekend when airports were closed and high winds destroyed cranes and downed power lines.

But every photo-shoot had a plan B and a plan C so we either worked with the weather, learning how to plan a set so that lenses were facing out of the rain, or we side-stepped the weather by shifting the time or location slightly. The models, all brilliant in their own unique ways, displayed almost super-human levels of endurance, which was partly down to their professionalism and commitment but also partly down to the trust that they clearly have for Howard and Karen, knowing that every aspect of their safety has been considered and that their own personal favourite flavours of hot soup will be available as soon as they've got their clothes back on.

As well as coming away with the best images ever to pass through my camera's lens, I've also learned an enormous amount about how to organise outdoor shooting and work in a way that models will want to come back and work with you again afterwards. I would highly recommend this and any other of Howard's work-shops and I hope that one day I'll have the chance to attend another one. "
Charlie Marshall

"Great Workshop! Excellent 2nd options to cope with variable Highlands weather. Models were great and worked above any expectations! Great team, fun to work with. Highly recommended. Howard's workshops are filled with sensible advice without too much Political Correctness. Refreshing!"
Tony Wadham

"I used photoclassic for a weekend workshop. The workshop gave me access to one of the UKs top fine art models, in addition to well researched and available Landscape locations. Teaching was of high quality and available whenever required. All this and at a good price too, I'd have no hesitation in recommending photoclassic's workshops to anyone, at any level of photography."
Dominic Kite

"The stunning wilderness which surrounded us in the Assynt figure workshop was simply inspirational. Howard took time out to give us one-on-one support as and when we needed it, and took us through a variety of techniques and situations. The model selected for the weekends figure work was highly professional, and considerate to our level of experience. All in all, this was a weekend to remember, and the perfect springboard into the sublime world of fine-art figure photography."
Guy Carnegie

"Just a short note to say thank you for a wonderful trip. Tsavo (East & West), Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Kakamega in one trip - fantastic. Highlights have to be the elephant herd at Tsavo East and Hyena of the Mara, not forgetting the big cats of course! Howard's knowledge of the Kenyan bird species is also worthy of mention; his ornithological skill added real value to the trip. Cant wait to go on my next."
I. Owen

"This is my second safari from Photoclassic. Concentrating on East & West Tsavo and the Mara National Parks. Highlights were viewing the wildebeest crossings, an unforgettable experience, lion and painted dogs in the Mara. The elephants of Tsavo covered in the red dust of the region are always noteworthy. Howard's knowledge of local wildlife was extensive and very useful throughout the trip. Stunning photographic opportunities abound; I will be booking again."
Icarus Owen (

"Clear crisp weather, although cold, grand landscapes from beach to rivers, castles to lochs and mountains, good company and a learning experience as well. What more could you ask for, well two absolutely stunning models posing nude in those landscapes. This is exactly what we got when Howard M. Kennedy and Karen Kennedy of Photoclassic organised their art nudes in the landscape workshop in the frozen far north west of Scotland. The two models, Rachael Summers and Madame Bink braved what was perhaps one of the coldest Easter weekends to bare all for us photographers to get some stunning images. All in all one of the best photographic events I have had the pleasure to attend. Now all I have to do is sort out the many images from it. My thanks to all involved and I definitely look forward to the next one."
Les Auld (

"Howard has run several courses at my studio now. Always very well organised, and well attended. Howard has a wealth and depth of knowledge and can pass this on to his delegates in a open and friendly style. This coupled with using the best professional models, always has delegates coming back for more."
Doug Niven (

"I have worked with Howard more times than I can remember now, I class him and his lovely wife Karen more as friends than anything else. I have the pleasure of staying with them whilst I am in the area and have gotten to know them very well over the years :-) I am looked after extremely well on every single shoot I've done with them and the shoots are always very well thought out and very well organised. His workshops are no different, the best ran workshops I have been on! I am actually very picky when it comes to workshops/group shoots as if not run well can be horrific to model on..and I would never turn down an offer from Howard, in fact I would and do jump at the chance :-) Photographers should get their butts booked onto one of his upcoming workshops and models - well you are basically nuts if you turn down working with him and Karen, simples :-) As always thanks for a fantastic weekend filled with laughter - I look forward to next time"
Rachelle Summers (

"This is the second time I've had the privilege to model at one of Howard's wonderful workshops and I had a hoot! This time Howard held a Film Noir workshop - first at Red Dawn Studio and then on location around the streets of Aberdeen. Not only was it a brilliant workshop, exploring a whole range of lighting set ups within the genre - but also it had great story line attached to act out. Everyone had so much fun and it was a great laugh. The resulting images were fab - within a few days a FPI was achieved from one of the images (and I'm sure others will follow!). Howard and Karen kindly put me up for a few days whilst I was up in Aberdeen, and just like last time I was made to feel totally at home. Howard is brilliant fun and always considerate of the models comfort and safety and puts this above anything else. I always enjoy being in Howard's company, and very much look forward to the next time we meet! Very highly recommended!!"
Helen Stephens (

"WOW WOW WOW!! That's all I can say really.... I have just returned from the 3 day 'Nude in Landscape' workshop up in the hills of Scotland, nearly as far North as you can go :-) It was an experience I will always remember! Howard is one of the organisers of the workshop along with his wife Karen, I met them both the day prior to travelling to the location of the workshop and they are just such a genuine, nice couple. They are highly skilled and experienced in running workshops and the locations they take you to are breathtaking. I am not usually one for being behind the camera but I just had to get some shots of the scenery. Even when I didn't have to pose in the landscape I wanted to because I just felt I should make worthwhile of the stunning backdrops. Howard is a really lovely friendly person who from the minute I met him I knew I would feel totally comfortable with. He has a relaxed but professional attitude which made the whole time on the workshop very very enjoyable. I was so well looked after on the workshop, and with early morning starts they ensured we didn't stay out in the cold too long, we had blankets, coats and hot soup :-). Such a well organised trip, everything ran perfectly and we couldn't have been luckier with the beautiful weather. I highly recommend Howard and Karen on this workshop and I can't wait to work with them again. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience, I keep looking at my pictures hehe."
Tillie Feather (

"Had a really wonderful time shooting with Howard a few weeks ago! He is very well organised photographer who kept me well informed of details regarding the shoot before hand! He is also incredibly hospitable, kindly offering me a place to stay for the night! Howard is very funny, friendly and easy individual to work with, he is also incredibly considerate of a models needs and comforts during a shoot and ensures they don't freeze having been plunged into the north sea!! Howard works very quickly and efficiently during a shoot, he spots great angles and has a real eye for a beautiful shot! He also gets on very well with not only models but other photographers (we ran a small workshop whilst working together!) and in general is a lovely person to have amongst a team of people on a shoot! We got some really beautiful location images and I had a really wonderful time achieving them with Howard, highly recommended!"
Lulu Lockhart (Lulu's portfolio on Purpleport)

"I had a wonderful shoot with Karen and Howard. Even though it was my first nude shoot I felt very comfortable and the images they produced were fantastic."
Eve Watson (Eve's Portfolio on Purpleport)

"I have just recently returned from a weekend modeling for Howard on his art nude in landscape Photoclassic workshop and I didn't have a good experience... I had a an absolutely phenomenal experience! Please excuse the whole Simon Cowell style of feedback but really, when a photographer had to pretty much drag his models out of a loch kicking and screaming you know it has been an exceptionally productive few days and a shoot to most certainly remember. Smile

Howard got in touch just weeks before said workshop with the proposal for me to step in following a cancellation; things could not have fell more wonderfully into place and I am so very glad that circumstances happened the way they did because it has been one of the most enjoyable workshops I have modelled for to this very day. The locations taken on were simply stunning not to mention completely varied - the great thing about Photoclassic is how carefully spots are selected to ensure that the images are going to shine with glory. From a models perspective, seeing what environment you have to play with just fills you with excitement! All in all, the workshops are truly informative and offer so much valuable material making them even interesting to the models assisting - the quality of the photography is the icing on the cake and Howard demonstrates superb methods for blasting out beautifully composed images when there is so much you are presented with within each location.

The care shown towards models with Photoclassic is by far the best. Howard and Karen make a point of looking after and encouraging total respect for us during every single moment from the hot soup/tea in-between sets to the kind offer of accommodation before/after the workshops. You feel 100% comfort throughout and because of this are able to give the very best quality of modelling work; Photoclassic workshops have a perfect balance of relaxed etiquette and high-yield action keeping a professional flow/rapport maintained at all times.

Next Easter I am booked to visit again and it cannot come quick enough, I laughed so much working with Howard and the gang this time that my chest and vocal chords were more tired than my limbs!

Very, very highly recommended. Photoclassic workshops rock in every way possible - fabulous images, endless fun and exceptional value to photographers guaranteed. Smile"
Keira Lavelle (
Keira's Portfolio on Purpleport)

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