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  



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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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!

  • 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!

Which camera should you buy? If you are looking to get a new camera or upgrade your old one – look no further – we have you covered!

If you’re not editing your photos, you’re missing out. It’s an ESSENTIAL skill for any photographer – from newbies to advanced enthusiasts – it’s not just for pros!

Nobody starts out a photographic genius. But we can get better and better. Check out the before and after images of our own students. You will be amazed how much things can change!

By popular demand, following the success of our last Lightroom Live – we’re bringing it BACK baby! Join us to learn how to get the best out of your images, how to fix and enhance and get creative with your photos!

My changing bag. It’s got nappies, wipes, a sippy cup, some snacks for the little one, oh and a camera. Don’t worry, it’s got its own little padded home within the bag so it doesn’t need to touch anything icky, but live in my changing bag it does.