Got questions about our courses? We’ve pulled the most often asked ones together to make things easier:
Course set-up – face to face classes
How are the courses organised?
Each session or online module combines theory and practice as well as feedback and advice on your photos. Every week you will be assigned a homework assignment, which then gets uploaded to a secure photo-sharing group and shared with the class and the tutor. At the end of each class you receive a full set of notes covering all that has been introduced in the session so there is no need to distract yourself with taking notes in class.
What if I miss a class?
This happens quite frequently – after all, babies don’t really do tight schedules. If you do miss a class, you are ALWAYS welcome to come back and do the session with another group, whether it’s in the same location or one of our other locations.
Who will be teaching me?
Our fantastic course instructors – Kitty Phillips and Katia Muscara are accomplished, talented portrait photographers who specialise in photographing children and families. They are both lifestyle photographers – dedicated to capturing children as they are, in their natural environment – just like most parents. They have both been with Photography for Parents for 5+ years and we have received countless expressions of praise for both from our students. You will be in caring, capable hands with our instructors!
How big are the groups?
Our venues vary in size, but our classes don’t exceed 10 students per class. Occasionally, if we have a student catching up from another course, the total may go up by one, but not more. In smaller venues we restrict class sizes even further – to 8 students only.
When do your courses run?
All our classes run cyclically throughout the year in our advertised venues. Our face-to-face classes run on weekdays, usually in the morning or early afternoons. Our private classes ( individual and small groups) are available one weekdays or at the weekends at times mutually agreed.
Can I sign up for part of the course only?
The courses are designed as a sum of all parts and are not really meant to be done as a pick and pix of sessions. If you know you might be missing a class before booking (perhaps due to a pre-booked holiday or work commitments) but still want to attend the majority of the course, please get in touch – we can usually find a solution for you.
Course set-up – online classes
How are the online courses structured?
Level 1 and 2 courses consists of 6 Core Modules each – the modules are interconnected so each level needs to be taken as a whole.
Our Editing course is designed to be independent and can be taken at any time.
What is the difference between Full Participation and Study Along?
Full participation option gives you access to the core course materials – weekly modules including pdf downloads, with materials released on a weekly basis. In addition to that, it also allows the students to benefit from personal support via our support forum, interactive webinars and a dedicated private Facebook group moderated daily by one of our instructors. These support features allow our students to get answers to their questions and receive feedback and personal advice on their photos, submitted as part of their homework. We find that students who take full benefit of the full participation option usually progress faster and achieve better results than those who don’t.
Study along option provides access to the core course materials – weekly modules including pdf downloads, with materials released on a weekly basis just like in the full participation option, but with no access to support forum, webinars or Facebook group. It’s best for those who are good at self directed learning.
How does a Bundle option work?
Bundle Option gives you great savings when purchasing Level 1 and Level 2 at the same time. In terms of access to your modules, you enrol at the closest Level 1 course to your booking date. For your Level 2 you can choose either the next available course or defer till later in the year – you have 12 months after your Level 1 course is finished to start your Level 2 course. If you purchase the Editing course at the same time, you will have immediate access to that course.
Do I need to be online when the course starts?
No, the course modules are released on a weekly basis and it’s best to read them and follow the exercises on a week-by-week basis, but we keep the course forums open at least a month after the last course module is released so you can add your contributions when you’re ready and they’ll still get seen. Each week, you‘ll be able to download the module contents in the form of a pdf ebook, for future reference.
How do I get support?
In the Full Participation option each course group is assigned a private forum which is moderated daily by on of our instructors – this is where we answer all questions on the content of the modules, photographing techniques, technical queries on your specific equipment and also where weekly home assignments are set and given feedback. In addition to that we have a private Facebook group for the members of your course only – this is where you can have a quick chat with your instructor and fellow students and get inspiration and quick help and answers to your questions. Finally, we host a weekly webinar to help with specific questions and use live video tools to jump in and help with a particular issue you might help or demonstrate a technique. You will ALWAYS get your questions answered.
Study Along students do not get access to this resource.
I booked the course but now can’t attend - due to personal / child illness etc
Just get in touch – we may be able to transfer you to the next available course or suggest other alternatives. We know kids and life in general can be unpredictable so we try to be as flexible as possible.
How does the online course compare to the face-to-face classes
To make sure that you get the most out of the online course, we completely rewrote it to best suit this form of learning. In that sense, the course is different from the stationary courses, but although they may introduce the information in different order or explain it in a slightly different way, they still cover the same topics and photography areas, so whichever form of learning you choose, you’ll leave with a good grounding in photography. Talk to us if you’re not sure which one is better for you.
Cameras and experience
What kind of camera do I need ?
To fully benefit from the course you will need a DSLR camera or a good bridge camera ( compact camera with manual controls ). A large part of the course is understanding how to manipulate your camera controls to get a desired effect, and you can only really get that from one that has manual controls – as DSLRs and bridge cameras do. Please note we can rent you an appropriate camera free of charge for the duration of the course.
Can you lend me a camera for the course ?
Yes we can. If your current camera isn’t quite right for the course, or you’re just considering buying a new one, we can rent you a simple DSLR camera for the duration of the course. We will charge you a small deposit that will be fully refunded once the camera is back with us. If you would like to rent a camera, you must get in touch before making your booking – we only have a limited supply of our cameras and book them for our students on a first-come, first serve basis.
Please note our camera rental is only available for face-to-face classes, we do not currently lend cameras out for our online sessions.
Is my camera good enough?
We usually recommend that our students use DSLR cameras as they offer the best control over their functions. DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex which essentially means a camera that uses mirrors to direct light from the lens to the viewfinder. Usually chunkier than compact digital cameras that use electronics to detect and process light, DSLRs allow you to manually manipulate all the settings and also switch lenses to get the desired result.
As the technology moves forward, some high end compact cameras (bridge cameras) are now featuring manual and semi-automatic controls, similar to those on a DSLR, as well as interchangeable lenses. You will know if your digital camera is a bridge camera if amongst its settings you will find one called “aperture priority” – often marked with a letter A or Av and one called “shutter speed priority” often marked with a letter S or Tv. If you are still unsure about your camera, just get in touch – we will be able to help.
How much experience do I need ?
We get a real variety when it comes to our attendees – some have only just bought a DSLR, sone have had it for some time but have never got round to using it. Some still have more knowledge but lack practice and input from a photographer. The 2 levels of our courses make them suitable for all these cases.
Our approach is structured and methodical so there is time to learn everything from scratch. For those with a level of knowledge already there, the input form the photographer and necessity to force themselves to take more photos is a real advantage. At nearly every class we have students who have done a photography course before ( usually 1 or 2 day weekend course) and they all say they still benefitted greatly from the course. What sets our course apart is the week-by-week progression with access to the photographer – we build the skills up one by one and with each step there is practice and feedback which helps you learn more efficiently, ask questions and resolve any queries. You get tasked with home assignments week on week and take photos in class with your baby as well, which motivates you to challenge yourself and be more creative.
If you’re already comfortable with your camera controls and would like more of a challenge – our Level 2 course may be a better fit for you.
If you are not sure if your experience exceeds the level of the course – please get in touch – we’ll talk and advise accordingly.
Children in session
Can I bring my child in with me?
Pre-walker babies are welcome in class – they are an important part of the class set up, being the ideal models on which to practice your photography. We always have mats, cushions and a small selection of toys set out for them and try to flex the session to their needs. We do not have additional children’s entertainers involved in the session so you will have to balance your learning with looking after your child, but in most cases our students assure us it works really well. Yes, all the children can get grumpy or a little loud at times and no, nobody minds. Everyone else in the group is a parent and knows exactly what having kids means.
I have a toddler - can they still come?
As a general rule we cut the attendance age at pre-walkers, just because the distraction from energetic toddlers to their parents can just be too great to allow them to fully benefit from the class. However, we have made exceptions for slightly older children who are happy to be occupied with some toys or a film so if that’s your case – let us know and we’ll see what we can do. Some of our venues are better suited to older children than others so it’s best to get in touch first.
Can I attend without my child?
Yes, you are certainly more than welcome to come to class without your child. During the practice we tend to pair up the parents with kids with those without them, to allow everyone to get adequate practice. The main bulk of your practice time will be at home so as long as you have someone at home to practice on, you will be fine.
How do I book a course with you?
You can book both our face-to-face and online courses from this website. Booking online is quick and easy and our payments are processed via Paypal checkout – this means you can book either using your paypal account or simply using a credit or debit card, and since it’s Paypal, your transaction is secure. We do require payment at the point of registration – otherwise we are unable to guarantee your place.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Any cancellations made up to 21 days before the start of the course can be reimbursed in full ( minus 5% payment processing fee). Cancellations up to 10 days before the class can be reimbursed at 50% rate, after that we regret but we are unable to issue further refunds. As an alternative, we can transfer your place onto another person and we can offer you a place at our course at a different date. Of course certain things ( illness etc) cannot be foreseen – if that’s your case, contact us and we’ll try to find a solution.
If we need to cancel a planned course due to external circumstances, we will always offer you a refund or a space at a different location / date.
Will my class definitely run?
We do require a certain minimum number of attendees to run the class in order to make it viable. In the vast majority of cases our courses sell out fully, but occasionally we may not be able to gather enough people to run the class.
If that’s the case, we monitor the student levels in the run up to the course and if it does look like the class is at a risk of not having enough students, we will get in touch and advise you of your options. We will usually offer a full refund, a reduction in your already paid fee if you agree to attend a postponed class or a transfer to another class or online. In some cases we may be able to offer a private course instead of the cancelled group one, at no greater cost to you.
Do you run any special offers?