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Photo Bootcamp – Photographing Children

HOW TO photograph kids

Got camera and kids?

Love capturing them but not always happy with the results?

 

Join our online Photo Bootcamp ALL ABOUT photographing children

Wednesday 19th Feb - Sunday  23rd Feb


IT'S FREE!

 

Nothing passes as quickly and as categorically as childhood.

We take photos to take those precious moments and freeze them in time, to capture and bottle that magic and to preserve those 'blink-and-you-miss-it' unique events. 

But often, the photos dont live up to the magic you see. And you may be forgiven for blaming ot on your camera or not having some natural born artistic talent, but the simple truth is: 

Everyone can learn to take better photos. And we make it easy. 


Introducing :

How to photograph children

online photo bootcamp

19 - 23 February 2020

5 days - 5 lessons - 5 challenges and opportunities to capture something magical. 

Each day, we’ll be helping you get one step closer to capturing unforgettable images by  sharing a bitesize daily lesson, each focused on a particular aspect of photographing children. We will be staying away from the boring techy jargon bits as much as humanely possible and focus on making a change to how you SEE, how you COMPOSE and how you approach your camera.  But since we are promising you a BOOTCAMP, each will be coming with a challenge – something for you to do and capture every day.

It's about doing - not watching

In photography, there is no better way to learn than just DO. It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or already ‘dabble’ in photography – what we want you to do is to get your camera out EVERY DAY out of those 5 days and capture something.

Photography novice? No trouble

This bootcamp is suitable for all - whatever your level or camera. It's about changing the way you see and tell stories with your camera, NOT about specific settings or techniques. We will show you that even if you never shot on anything other than auto, you can still make your images better! 

But Free? Really? What's the catch

Yes. Really. And there is no catch. We make no secret that our bootcamps can serve as na bit of a taster for our full, paying courses, and we do hope that you like what you learn enough to consider those too, but crucially: our bootcamps stand on their own legs in that they still give you LOTS of instantly applicable skills, whether you leve it there or decide to move forward. We donlt ask for any upfront payments - just your email and name, and even with those - we give you a reminder at the end to unsubscribe if you don't want to hear from us beyond the bootcamp. 

And there is an extra reason to shoot and post daily…

There is no substitute for ‘having a go’ in photography. No shortcut. You have to take a few thousands of terrible pictures before you start taking great ones consistently. Sorry for the bad news. The good news is – if you really have a go at this bootcamp and all the lessons we have for you here, and you post daily for each of the topics, you stand to win yourself a place on one of our online photo courses – your choice which!  And then watch your photography really take off!

At the end of the course, we’ll draw a winner at random from among all the people who will have posted something for each of the 5 topics. So all that is standing between you and that chance are literally 5 photos. 

 

And if you're worried about where yourdata goes - don't be - we don't spam and will even remind you at the end to unsubscribe if you no longer want to hear from us. No catch. 

Check this out : a small sample photos captured by our past bootcamps participants! 

THIS COULD BE YOU  



In the New Year, get into the frame

This week, on our Student and Alumni group, but also on our Instagram channel, we're kicking off week one of our Project52. If you've not heard of it before, it's essentially about a personal commitment to taking at least 1 photo a week for the whole year. Simple.

You're welcome to join in - just follow us on insta: @photoparents, watch out for weekly theme announcements and post a photo that fits the theme - #photoparents52

Our very first theme is : #thisisme - and this one is all about YOU

 

Why you really want to get into your own photos:

I was recently sitting with my older 10 year old  daughter and we were choosing which photos, out of the few hundred that we took on a recent day trip, to print. I find that letting her be involved in both the photo 'starring' part but also taking some of the photos and coming up with ideas what to photograph and then printing them - helps immensely with overcoming her reluctance to have a camera stuck in her face yet again.

But my point is, as we were sifting through the photos we took on the day, while I kept trying to pick the more 'arty' photos I took of her and her sister and their dad, she kept picking the photos I was in. The ones where I thought l I look fat and old and awkward -  taken by her or my husband or on self-timer.

The photos that show her MUM having fun with her.

The photos that are about us, our connection, me being present with her and joining in her joy and being in her life. 

And you know what, I hate them so much but I also kind of love them. Because they show me and them that I was there! Because my children deserve to have the memories they made WITH THEIR MUM  to have a pride of place on the wall too. 

Let's talk about the technical first 

With most cameras, and indeed, even the phone cameras, you'll have at least one of the following options. 

Self-timer 

Most cameras and phones have this option these days so you have NO excuse. You can often choose to have a shorter or longer lead time, and sometimes you can also choose whether the camera should trigger once or multiple times. 

Interval shooting 

Available on some cameras and some phones. You set the camera up, and then tell your camera to take a photo once every so often - you define the duration, so this could be once every 30 seconds or 3 minutes or anything else really. It's great when you don’t want to perform for the camera but simply want it to capture the fun as it's going on. It will inevitably involve lots and lots of pretty bad photos due to people wandering off the frame, focus missed, etc, but usually it'll have a couple of gems as well.

Remote trigger

Some years ago I spent £5 on eBay and bought myself a super simple, uncomplicated clicker remote. It is the size of a lighter, attaches to my key ring and pairs with my camera via infrared connection and it means that I can just set my camera up and then trigger it discreetly when I feel the moment is right. The kids love using it too! You could, of course, get a fancier one that helps you focus and set the camera settings (mine just sets of the shutter)  etc, but honestly, I think for this kind of purpose, my clicker did its job rather admirably!

Camera specific app on your phone

While I still have my little clicker, my newer camera allows me to use my phone to trigger it remotely and it comes with the added bonus of letting me see what the image will look like and even focus remotely. Many of the newer wifi-enabled cameras will have that option too so if you haven't explored it yet, it's worth checking. 

Pass it on

Admittedly the most low tech solution and it comes with both its benefits and drawbacks. The benefits being that there will be a human at the back of it so you're less likely to end up with your head chopped off. Then again, there may be an unskilled human at the back of it and they'll chop your head off regardless... well, no solution is perfect.

 

The problem with shooting blind..

... is that, of course, you can't see where you're pointing your camera in real-time!  And this can make getting sharp photos hard. We have a few tips: 

Focus : 

  • if you know roughly where the action is going to take place, pre-focus there, and possibly even leave the camera on manual focus so it doesn't try to hunt focus and send it to the wrong place. I sometimes will place to toy or a more compliant of my children to use them as the pre-focus target and make a mark on the ground so I know roughly where I'll be.

  • avoid using super-wide apertures - this is the tip for those of you who know how to manipulate them on your cameras. If you extend your depth of field, you run less of a risk that people will drop out of focus. For those self trigger photos, I would generally avoid going below F4 or even F5.6

  • avoid zoom - short focal lengths - AKA no zoom - naturally creates a larger sharp focus area, so they're usually a safer bet when it comes to being able to capture multiple things sharp.

  • keep your shutter fast - ideally above 1/250s - you don't want your big joy, high energy photos to be spoilt by blurriness? 

 

Don't look for excuses not to do it.

Trust me, I've been there, I know them all.

How to help with a cringe factor: 

The worst thing you can do in front of the camera is just to stand there and look at it. Action and interaction is KEY!

Have a concept of what you want to be happening - maybe you'll just be having a tickle fight on the sofa, maybe you'll get your kids to race towards you and try to topple you over, maybe you'll be jumping up or dancing like a lunatic. 

If a photo is about that action, it ceases to be JUST about you and it makes it about the memories. 

Make it easy on yourself with light - pick a location for your photos which has good light - ideally outdoors as you'll find it easiest, but if you'd rather be indoors, make it close to a large source of light and avoid shooting against the light

Let go of perfection

This is the biggest obstacle for many a photographer - if it's not perfect, it's worthless. WRONG. Perfection is not something that's often achievable with remotely triggered photos so if you get yourself in a mindset of accepting that this will be an imperfectly composed, imperfectly focused, imperfectly posed photo and that these things will be its strengths - you just let go. 

Pick an activity, a situation, a moment that your kids will enjoy with you - as I said above, it doesn't have to be anything complicated - and use one of the methods I suggested above to capture yourself in it. 

Be present. 

 

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What camera to buy? Nov 2019

It's that time of the year, when - if you were thinking about upgrading your camera - you are starting browsing the stores offerings and wondering if now is the time to take the plunge. 

But also, if you want a new camera or lens - which one? 

We have researched and tested and thought about some key considerations for you. All accurate as of Nov 2019

SO WHAT’S THE BEST CAMERA FOR ME?

If we had a penny for each time we get asked: “What’s the best camera to buy?” And I really wish I could just say – THAT one. But I can’t. Even if we take the cost out of the equation, there are still a lot of reasons that make one camera the right fit for someone and a terrible for another.

So how do you know? Here are a few questions that may be of help.

What’s your skills level?

If you’re just starting up, you certainly don’t need the £3,000 piece of gear. Instead, go for a camera that will not be too complicated to handle when you don’t know much, but at the same time, one that you won’t want to replace as soon as you’ve learned a little.

That’s why we tend to recommend cameras that are one shelf above the absolute starter camera – if possible. The production cycle of cameras these days is approx 18 months and sometimes the technical differences between the newest model and its predecessor are really insignificant ( like for example having or not having built-in wifi) so in some cases it’s better to choose a slightly older model from a shelf up ( which had gone down in price since the newest version came out) than the brand new shiny model from the bottom shelf.

If you're upgrading your camera, you already know a bit about what's important to you and you know the degree to which you tend to use it. If you find it lacking - I'd recommend going for a model that's 1-2 levels above what you currently have, so you can get some longevity out of it. 

 

Weight and size – are those important to you?

 

Does the size and weight of your camera matter to you? If you have a few small people swarming around you, perhaps carting a larger piece of equipment is not really for you. Getting a heavy camera, however great it might be, won’t be of any use to you if its weight and bulk will make you reluctant to bring it with you frequently. The saying goes – the best camera is the one you have on you – and we certainly subscribe to this view. If you don’t use it, what’s the point of spending lots of money on it?

So if weight and size is a key consideration, you want something small and light ( that includes smaller lenses) which means you’re looking either at the smaller end of DSLRs or going mirrorless.

What's a Mirrorless? 

Do not confuse mirrorless cameras with ‘bridge cameras’. Bridge cameras are essentially upgrades to point-and-shoot cameras which include the capability to shoot in manual modes and to manipulate a few other settings. More often than not, bridge cameras have one fixed lens which is not interchangeable with any others. We don’t tend to recommend these for one reason – even if they boast most of the features of an entry-level DSLR, they are usually designed with an Auto user in mind – not someone planning on using them in semi-manual and manual modes. The key settings tend to be hidden deep in the menus and not easily or ergonomically accessible.

But mirrorless cameras – that’s a whole different story. They are essentially designed to be the new DSLRs. They make away with some of the mechanical elements from the DSLR design ( the mirror which sends the image from the lens to the viewfinder – which does not actually take part in the photo creation, just pre-viewing the image) ) and often pack some great features and advanced settings. The quality they give you is as good or better than DSLRs. As of the last few years, they even come in professional-grade, full-frame varieties and we’re seeing more and more photographers switch away from bulkier pro DSLRs to the much smaller and lighter Mirrorless.

The future is Mirrorless

More importantly, camera manufacturers are definitely putting their money that way with Nikon for instance announcing they will not be further developing and updating their entry level DSLR ranges, and instead offering entry level Mirrorless in the coming years. So if you're thinking long term, mirrorless maybe the way to go. 

The pros of mirrorless cameras are certainly the size. The downsides – well, they are on the pricier side, there are still fewer lenses available for them and they tend to be more expensive too and they can be more fragile. In some cases, depending on how you will be using them, the lenses can be almost as large as the ones for DSLRs ( though there are quite a few small and light ones so that’s certainly not a rule)

 

What will you be using the camera for?

 

Do you plan to use it as your family camera or perhaps thinking of working towards becoming a pro? If you have such ambitions, you will need a camera that’s reliable and precise above all. Those – and lenses that come with them – tend to be a lot heavier and bulkier so worth considering whether it’s a now or future purchase.

If you’re planning for it to remain a family-focused hobby ( for now at least) don’t worry about going full-frame and go instead for a good, small and compact camera that will be easy to take with you everywhere. It doesn’t need to be a mirrorless, there are some lovely small DSLRs out there that aren’t that much bigger.

Don’t forget that when you buy a camera, you are also buying into the lens and accessories ecosystem linked to that particular brand. So your canon camera will only work with Canon lenses ( or made-for-canon third party lenses – like Sigma or Tamron), and also that you will need different lenses for your starter DSLR, full-frame DSLR, and a mirrorless – even if it’s the same brand

 

And finally – budget

 

Let’s not beat about the bush. Photography is not a cheap hobby. The gear can be very expensive, but you don’t always need all that. We don’t all need to drive a Lexus if all we do is pop down the shops from time to time. All the more reason to shop with care and buy the kind of camera that’s actually well suited to what you need. It might also mean buying a camera body and lens separately to maximize your money.

Used is not a dirty word

 

There is a thriving second-hand market for photography gear. Specialized sellers like mpb.com and wexphotovideo.com or camerajungle.co.uk will service all their second-hand gear before selling it on and then offer between 6 months to a 1-year warranty on it ( depending on the seller). This means you’re getting quality gear which you can rely on for a lot less than buying it new.

Sometimes the differences between the older models and their new version can be almost purely cosmetic - in recent years there were a few cases where literally the only things that change from an older to the newer model were the addition of wifi and touch screen - and all the actual photo taking bits remained exactly the same.

 If money is a serious concern but you want to get more than just the entry-level gear, I would recommend considering second hand. 

So with all that being said, what do we actually recommend?

 


A BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHER

A beginner photographer does not need a £3000 camera. She does need a solid camera that is designed to allow her a bit of growth beyond the most basic features, that she’ll be able to build up on.

DSLR range:

 

Nikon cameras:

Nikon's entry-level cameras date from last year, as Nikon is moving onto mirrorless and have not released, now will release updates to the current entry-level range, but they're still great choices to start with, and more affordable than ever. 

  • If you’re on a budget and she’s just starting up: Nikon d3500 ( from £299 on Amazon with a standard kit lens),

  • if you can push the money a little further NIkon d5600 ( from £485 on Amazon at the moment).

  • Alternatively, you could opt for the slightly older d5500 – Nikon d5600 is newer and more expensive than d5500, but beyond adding a few Bluetooth and wireless connectivity features they are practically the same camera). D5500 can now be bought quite easily second hand from around £300)

Canon cameras :

In the past couple of years, Canon released a few lines of entry-level DSLRs: Canon d4000 being the most basic, followed by 2000d - still entry-level, but a rung above, and then an update the 100 range - Canon 250d. All three can be good choices for a beginner photographer, but for different reasons. 

Canon d4000 has the lowest resolution of all 3 - at 17Megapixels it lags behind the standard at that level compared to 24MP for the d2000 and d250. For that reason, and comparatively little difference in price, I would recommend jumping up to the Canon d2000 if it's no-frills, good, entry-level camera in a small and light package - from around £318 currently on sale on Amazon

But, if you can stretch the cash a little further, Canon d250 would be a better choice - it is smaller, performs much better in low light, shoots better video and has an improved focusing system - currently from £489 including a lens on Amazon sale. 

 

There are other camera systems out there as far as DSLR is concerned - most notably Pentax and also Sony, but given the widest choice of lenses and accessories, we tend to recommend to sticking to these two brands. 

 

 

Mirrorless range:

If it’s a mirrorless camera you want to get, we have a few favorites from the entry-level range :

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Currently on sale for around £428 on Amazon including a standard kit lens.

Great looking, very capable camera with a lot going for it. With very good performance on the move and a great focus mechanism, it definitely packs a lot of features in. Bonus – it uses a micro 4/3 lenses which means the pool of lenses available for this camera is wider than some of its competitors as you can use both Olympus, Panasonic, and a few other third party lenses. The slight downside is that the smaller sensor which results in a smaller resolution - of 16MP. However that really only matters if you plan on printing your images in large format, which most people don't tend to do often.  A big bonus is 5 axis image stabilization which makes shooting sharp images in low light MUCH easier. 

Fujifilm X-T100 or X-T20

New, entry-level kid on the block for the Fuji stable  ( around £535 incl lens from various retailers)- this one is aimed at a beginner user and while simpler than the higher up and flagship Fuji models, it still offers a small, compact, yet versatile and stylish package. What we like a lot about this model is that unlike the more budget end of Fuji mirrorless end, it does have a viewfinder and does not rely on the back screen only ( a non-negotiable feature for a camera in our books). 

But, If you can stretch a little further, we would still recommend going for the moderately older, but equipped with a better sensor and faster focusing mechanism Fujifilm X-T20 ( currently around £620 including a kit lens) - it's essentially a slightly simplified version of the photographers beloved X-T2 model and packs a serious punch both in style and substance.

Canon EOS M-50

Canon is expanding its mirrorless range and this little baby is their entry-level mirrorless. M-50 is not the cheapest of the range ( from £465 including lens)  but beats the lower level camera by improved features and an integrated viewfinder. It has good resolution, a good sensor, good focusing system - all of which translate into a good little contender. 

Sony A6000 ( or A6400)

We love the sony Full-frame range (a7 and a9 ) but the crop sensor models are great and full of features too. Sony d6000 ( around £400 incl lens) or the newer version – Sony d6400 ( on sale for around £749 incl lens) are both great cameras in little packages, capable of great things. Sony has been at the mirrorless game for a little while now so the range of lenses available is getting bigger with some third party lenses available as well.

 


ENTHUSIAST PHOTOGRAPHER

She knows her way around her current camera. She wants the better low light handling, higher resolution, better focus options and other more advanced features that her current camera doesn’t give her. Or maybe her current model is just a little too old now to handle it all as well. Either way, you want to be looking at the mid-high range.

DSLR range:

 

Nikon Cameras:

Nikon d7500 ( approx £760 at John Lewis right now) is a great choice up from entry level – a lot of the features trickled down from the the higher end, full frame models and for once, it is a significant update to Nikon d7200 ( approx £700) which already was a great camera.

If money can stretch further – all the way to full frame, pro grade – Nikon d750 ( from £999 right now) is one of the best entry full frame models – relatively small and light but with lots of features from the higher end models. Just be aware that with a switch to a full frame body, you will need full frame lenses. And those do not come cheap.

Canon Cameras:

Canon 80d ( from £965 at the moment) is one of the Canon cameras for enthusiasts which is receiving great reviews. Without having to go for a full frame camera, you get lots of the advanced features without the price tag and having to change your lenses to full frame.

If you’re ready to make a switch to full frame, 6d mark II received a significant update to the sensor and focusing system from the already excellent 6D. It's a direct competitor to Nikon's d750 and boasts similar range of features. Whether you choose one or the other is often a choice between which of the two you prefer in handling, colour rendering, or which system you may already have lenses for. Both will make a great first step into full frame systems, and be cameras you won;t be in a rush to replace soon.

Mirrorless cameras:

There has been an explosion of higher-end mirrorless cameras in recent years - from enthusiast to full pro level. The choice is now greater than ever with many manufacturers 

Sony a7 iii or Sony a7 ii

Sony a7 iii is up there as one of the best cameras for pro photographers - it has amazing focus ability, fantastic low light performance, exceptional resolution, dual memory card slot - there is lots and lots to love about it, even if Sony has since produced a newer Sony a7R iv. The only weak point is common with most other mirrorless at this moment and that's weak battery life. It isn't cheap - the camera body alone will set you back in the region of £1,700.  However, if you still want great performance and don’t need some of the more sophisticated functions, the older a7 ii could be a fantastic choice. It's around half the price too if you shop around. 

Fuji X-T3 or X-T30

Fuji X-T3 replaces the XT -2 which has long been a darling of photographers. We love it for the cool design (let’s not pretend it’s without importance) but above all, for the beautiful richness of colours, great focus and a good selection of small and light lenses. Unlike the Sony a7 range, Fujis are still crop sensors rather than full-frame, but beyond that, both are brilliant The X-T3 itself has been joined by a more budget-friendly  XT-30 alternative, one that includes a lot of the same specs but in a slightly less pro-design body and surprisingly with one bonus over the XT-3 which is a built-in pop up flash. XT-3 retails at around £1,200 while the XT-30 at around £850 if you shop around 

Nikon Z6 or Z50

Nikon Z6 - Nikon was comparatively late to the full-frame mirrorless game but it more than made up for it with this beauty. It packs in a pro-spec - great resolution, superb focusing, great handling, brilliant low light performance, plus, often bundled in with the camera body, a converter which makes it possible to use all your old DSLR fit Nikon lenses. It has also struck deals with third-party manufacturers such as Sigma to bring more lenses into the market, so it could definitely be one to jump on to if a pro level is what you need.  If you don’t want all the pro-spec, go for a more junior option - Nikon Z50 - it will mean stepping from full-frame to crop sensor and there are a few compromises on the side of build and resolution, it is a great package with the same lens mont as its older brother and the same lens mount converter. If you are en existing Nikon user and loathe to part with your lens, collection, this may be a great choice for you. Nikon Z6 is selling for around £1,400, while Nikon Z50 will set you back in the region of £850 - comparable to Fuji XT-30 - also a crop sensor.

Panasonic Lumix G9

Panasonic Lumix G9 - I've not mentioned Panasonic mirrorless in the entry-level section and that's partly because as far as its more junior models go, other brands take the edge on the quality vs cost comparison. But G9, aimed at an Enthusiast level is a different story. It's a very capable camera that excels in several areas such as fast focus, great low light handling - it has built-in 5 axis stabilization, great video performance, and all-round great handling. It's also splash and dustproof, which is a great feature when you cart it around kids that - like mine, love to roll in mud and splash in puddles. Like some of its competitors, it also offers face/eye detection. To get your hands on one, you are looking to spend in the region of £900 at the moment

Canon EOS RP

Canon EOS RP - yes, there is the Canon R - the highest resolution mirrorless you can get, with all the tricks and trimmings. BUT, it retails at around £3300 which makes it out of reach for most non-strictly-pros. But, then there is EOS RP - with a slightly lower resolution of 26MP ( which is still above most of its competitors), full-frame sensor, smaller body but still a brilliant spec. It has a great focus performance, great low light capability, touch screen, and a very fast processor. It falls short of its competitors in the image stabilization area which is reliant on lens stabilization only.  It also comes in with a handy lens mount converter often bundled in, which allows you to make use out of your existing Canon lenses in the same way, Nikon does with its mirrorless range. 

Whatever camera you choose, remember it’s just an instrument. A great photographer will capture an amazing image with the simplest camera. It really doesn’t matter all that much if yours is a Nikon, Canon or anything else – noone has ever looked at a photos and went – oooh, yes, I can see what that canon did here…. It’s the person behind the camera that matters most.

Let me leave you with a quote by a magnificent photographer, Ernst Haas

‘The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But,you have to SEE’! ~ Ernst Haas

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Summer Photo Project 2019


Are you a parent? Do you have a camera? Will you be taking photos of your kids this summer? Then you've got to join our Summer Photo Project and our Summer Photo Bingo! 

Ice cream faces, muddy knees, sprinkler high jumps, beach days, park days, flower fields, paddling pools,  bike races, picknics in the park - SUMMER is all about fun for the little ones! Join in the fun with the camera and capture their summer beautifully!

We're here to help!

 

Join our FREE Summer Photo Project

and get clicking

✔️ weekly lessons with a wealth of tips and inspiration for photographing your family in summer

✔️ tips and techniques of how to capture these moments best ( how to use composition and your camera settings for the best impact )

✔️ brilliant Facebook group to keep you going through the summer

✔️ weekly Summer Photo Bingo challenge to help you focus and grow your photography

✔️ LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of photo inspiration for any camera, level and ability!

Wait, did you say BINGO?

Yup, a printable weekly sheet full of photo prompts for you or your kids to tick off to GUARANTEE a summer's worth of varied, fun, exciting images at the end of August. 

Parents love it, because it gives you something to focus on. Kids love it because - well - it's a bit like a game! 

'It's like a Mummy's treasure trail!'

If you join us, you  could be capturing photos like these: 


3 more reasons to join us: 

1. HANDS ON LEARNING

Because NOBODY learns just by watching. The format of the Summer project is very much about having a go - whether you're a complete beginner or further along in your photo journey. Every week will come with a specific photo challenge so you'll know exactly what to focus on - and have some fabulous photos to cherish at the end. 

2. PLENTY OF SUPPORT

You will be joining our dedicated FB group where you'll be able to share your photos, get advice, ask for help and get inspired by your fellow bootcampers.

3. IT'S FREE!

Free, no charge, gratis, no tie-ins, nothing. Just click on and join the fun! 

How to join us:

1. Click on one of the buttons below to be redirected to a registration page

2. Complete the registration  - if you are an existing or past student, you need to enter the email you already have registered with us. If you're new to us, you'll need to set up a learning profile on our site - don;t worry - it's free 🙂 

3. You'll be redirected to our learning pages instantly - jump right in ( and don't forget to join our Facebook group as well - there will be additional resources added there!) 

This category includes our current and past students on paying online courses as well as past bootcamp participants - in short those who already have an account registered on our Learning site.

It does NOT include those who just downloaded our freebies or took our self-paced email based courses.

If you're never attended any of our courses ( even if you joined our free email based course) this is a category for you. As part of the registration we will be creating you a brand new account on our learning pages which you'll need to access the material.

lets have some fun!

Happy birthday to us!!

We turned 9!

10 years ago I had a baby. 

And she was perfect and magical and despite not sleeping much and eating seemingly nothing she somehow thrived and filled my days with love. I lost myself in that new motherhood experience - it changed my life it ways I never expected and appeared to make my heart grow to twice its side.

Baa Baa black sheep, have you any fun?

But as me and her were learning to find our new ways in the world, and by world, I mean baby groups and and the occasional baby class with baa-baa-blacksheep on repeat, I found myself missing some parts of pre-motherhood me. I had always been active and creative and an educator and I was craving a challenge, a stimulus for my brain. 

If I couldn't find something that would give ME that experience, damn it, I'd create it.

Photography felt like a natural fit and something that was a gift to both the parent - who would get to explore a creative passion - and the child / family - who would get their lives photographed beautifully. 

So around the time my daughter turned 1, Photography for Parents was born. First as a tiny little local class for local parents - to begin with, under a different name - Time for Mums. 

But then, like a proper child -  it grew and changed, found new challenges and many unexpected joys, went online, found a community and lo and behold - here we are ( looking forward to the teenage years when we rebel and find an unsuitable boyfriend! ) 

Our people:

It could never have happened without our amazing instructors who put all their passion and knowledge into their stidents - Katia Muscara, Penny Carolan, Kitty Phillips and Johanna Shannon Little - these ladies are AMAZING and we wouldn't be the same company without them. 

And it would never be the same without the amazing community of YOU - being so active and supportive and inspirational in our Student and alumni group! 

Thank you to every single one of our students - who entrusted their photography education to us and shared their photography journeys with us - I am grateful to every one of you and appreciate you giving us your custom

And what better way to celebrate than with a sale!!!

First of all, there is the big one - £100 OFF our our Fundamentals Course  - the flagship course which most people start with and which will give you everything that you need to start taking better photos of your children. From the very first lesson!  

The special course fee is only £129 ( full price £229) but that discount is available to the first 9 bookers only. ( 9 bookers, 9th birthday - coincidence? Not, we thought it'd be neat that way.) EDIT: I'm afraid all 9 places at this price have already claimed yesterday! BUT since the sale is still on, next next 9 places are priced at £139 - if you're too slow to catch those, they'll go up again!

GO HERE to find out more about the course and grab one of those places!


If you're more advanced with your photography or want the next step on from our Fundamentals course, grab £50 OFF our Advanced course !

The discounted fee is £179 ( down from £229) for 6 weeks of lots of learning, breaking into full manual, learning emotional storytelling and composition beyond the basic rules. Our students tell us the course is transformative and 'the best money they ever spent!.

GO HERE to find out more and book your discounted place!


Photo editing is a completey essential skills for any photographer these days. And no, it's not the same as slapping a filter or two on. We take you by the hand and teach you editing from the ground up - understanding not just the 'how', but also 'why' so you can learn how to create the effects you want from your photos.

To help with that, we give you £25 off our Photo Editing course 

 GO HERE to find out more and book your discounted place!


Natual light is beautiful. And amazing. And we all love it. But sometimes, it's November afternoon, on a rainy day, in a north facing bedroom of Britain, and you just.need.more.light. And why not have a little creative fun while you're at it. And make your images TOTALLY natural. 

To help with that, we give you £25 off our Shooting with Flashcourse

 GO HERE to find out more and book your discounted place!

But tick-tock - the sale will end on Sunday 21st July! 
And one more important nugget of information - while the links reference boking our nearest courses, they can be deferred to a different date for up to a year at no cost. SO there's no good reason NOT TO grab those prices! 

And on that, note, if you're looking for me, I'll be grabbing a large piece of cake to celebrate with! 

Happy Birthday us!

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Photographing Joy


Fake smiles - be gone!

Awkward poses - no more! 

Boring photos - never again!

We're bringing the FUN back to photography!

THE BEST childhood photos are those that make you smile. The ones that want to brurst out of the frame for all the joy and happiness they spark. The ones that show TRUE emotions!

You know what I mean - belly laughs, not stilted half smiles,  armes spread with joy, little feet leaping off the ground, imagination and creativity at their best.

If 'Smile for Mummy!' is not working for you, we've got something else - a mini online photo course that's all about fun

✔️ we'll give you ideas for capturing genuine moments of fun and joy  (and ideas for fun things to try with different kids ages!) 

✔️ we'll give you tips and techniques of how to capture these moments best ( how to use composition and your camera settings for the best impact

✔️ we'll show you how to use body language, colour, props and storytelling to create photos that SCREAM fun

✔️ we'll talk to you about how to be in the moment and notice the loud and quiet joys in your children's lives

✔️ we'll encourage you to get in on the action and get into the photos yourself

 


photographing joy

starts Monday 27th May

AND IT'S FREE!

  • 5 daily lessons covering different ways of capturing the joy of childhood - from colour, movement, body language, light to storytelling, and more! 
  • Support Facebook group so you're never left to your own devices with unanswered questions
  • A CHANCE TO WIN our full flagship online Photography course! JUST for taking part!

Is this for you?

Are you a parent? Do you have a camera? Then the answer is YES

While our full paying courses cover both the technical and more compositional elements, our bootcamps are for anybody, of any ability! 

Because what you could be doing, is capturing photos like these: 


5 more reasons to join us: 

1. HANDS ON LEARNING

Because NOBODY learns just by watching. The format of the bootcamp is very much about having a go - whether you're a complete beginner or further along in your photo journey. Every day will come with a specific photo challenge so you'll know exactly what to focus on - and have some JOYFUL photos to cherish at the end. 

2. PLENTY OF SUPPORT

You will be joining our dedicated FB group where you'll be able to share your photos, get advice, ask for help and get inspired by your fellow bootcampers.

3. BABIES AND BEYOND

Maybe you have a baby, maybe your kids are at school - their smiles, their cuddles still melt your heart - you'll get to photograph both in our bootcamp

4. IT'S FREE!

Free, no charge, gratis, no tie-ins, nothing. We make no mystery of doing this bootcamp to show you how much fun you could have in our 'full' courses but there is absolutely no pressure to sign up! A tasty taster.

5. WIN OUR FLAGSHIP ONLINE COURSE!

Yes, you can win our Flagship online Photography course ( value £229) JUST for taking part. AT the end of the course we will draw a lucky winner who will get their pick of our online courses. It's that simple. 

How to join us:

1. Click on one of the buttons below to be redirected to a registration page

2. Complete the registration  - if you are an existing or past student, you need to enter the email you already have registered with us. If you're new to us, you'll need to set up a learning profile on our site - don;t worry - it's free 🙂 

3. Await confirmation email and get your camera ready for the course start! 

This category includes our current and past students on paying online courses as well as past bootcamp participants - in short those who already have an account registered on our Learning site.

It does NOT include those who just downloaded our freebies or took our self-paced email based courses.

If you're never attended any of our courses ( even if you joined our free email based course) this is a category for you. As part of the registration we will be creating you a brand new account on our learning pages which you'll need to access the material.

lets have some fun!

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Mayday Sale!

  • Long, warm days - ✔️
  • Beautiful sunshine and great light -  ✔️
  • Stunning colours and textures all around you -  ✔️
  • Plenty of fabulous photo opportunities -  ✔️✔️✔️

There is literally NO BETTER TIME to get your camera ourt and get clicking. 

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to get properly acquainted with your camera and learn how to take your photos from a forgetable snap to a keepsake that captures your child and who they are beautifully. 

We know what it takes and have the recipe for taking your photo skills from 'Mamarazzi' to 'your family's photographer' - and beyond if you wish! 

Our recipe : 

  • one part camera know how, 
  • one part understanding photographic composition
  • one part seeing and working with the light,
  • and one part inspiration, encouragement, personal, specific feedback and peer support.  

You get a really holistic approach to learning how to photograoh your children - one that marries the technical with the creative and shows you exactly how to approach your photography.  You get a supportive peer group that goes through the course with you. And you learn through doing - with home assignmemts, practice exercises, challenges - on which you get individual feedback so you can see how far you got. PLUS we have a very active, encouraging and helpful student and alumni community which stays with you long after the courses end. 

Our students tend to agree: 

Michelle Footer :
'If you’re thinking about taking one of these courses.....do it!
I’ve had my camera for a long time and despite having taken an adult education course to learn how to use it I never really figured it out! However after having done level 1 with Photography for Parents I not only know how the camera works I can also take photos which I am proud of.'

Shannon Molloy : These courses are just brilliant!
I recently completed the Level 1 course and have joined 3 boot camps. Ania has a beautifully clear way of explaining everything - ranging from the technical to artistic. The detailed feedback provided on each homework assignment is constructive and helpful, and I feel so much happier with my photography as a result of my learning with PfP. Additionally, the alumni group is lovely community and a fantastic way to keep supported and motivated between courses. Thanks Ania and PfP!

Dalia Seaborne : This is both the best baby class I took and the most enjoyable online course I ever done. The course is very well presented in easily to digest chunks, with a lot of short exercises along the way. There are plenty of opportunities to ask questions both in online group and webinars, and time to catch up if you fall behind (as we all know how unpredictable life is with the little ones), and, very importantly, you get an individual feedback on your homework photos.
I cannot recommend this course highly enough, and I am so grateful for Ania for creating this amazing course and community, teaching busy parents how to document their family storied beautifully!


Wait, did you say SALE?

YES! From today till the end of Monday, 5th May you can get yourself a deal and book our course ( or courses!) with a lovely discount. We have 3 courses starting shortly and they're ALL discounted.

PLUS a bonus for those who are ready to book - if you book by Saturday - rather than, you know, sitting there with your finger hovering over the button and then buying at the last possible moment (you know who you are) - you get an extra £5 off with a code EARLY5

This is the course for you

  • If you're new or relatively new to photography and / or your camera
  • If you're using your your camera mainly on auto and are frigtened if its buttons and dials
  • If you want help on how to start composing your images with care

Level 1 - Fundamentals:

  • starts 10th June 2019
  • 6 week course
  • £189 ( instead of £229) if booked by Monday
  • learn more about it

This is the course for you

  • If you're already relatively comfortable with your camera
  • If you're shooting in priority modes or started trying our full manual
  • If you want to be pushed and stretched on the creative side

Level 2 - Advanced:

  • starts 20th May 2019
  • 6 week course
  • £189 ( instead of £229) if booked by Monday
  • learn more about it

And after you've taken the photos...

BUt we don't just teach you what to do in camera. We can teach you what to do after too! Our super popular Photo Editing course ( based on Adobe Lightroom) is startng soon too! 

We take you through the process of photo editing, with step by step instructions and applications, live weekly class and an instructor led support group. 

Photo Editing - in Adobe Lightroom

  • starts 13th May 2019
  • 4 week course
  • £115 ( instead of £139) if booked by Monday
  • learn more about it


And in case you were wondering : yes, everyone improves!