If you want to take better pictures of your kids this is the course to take! I've tried several others and this is by far the best. - Emma M.
ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES
Learn to photograph your children BEAUTIFULLY. For the memories that last.
Learn the steps and techniques to taking photos that capture your children for who they truly are. Go from snaps to photos you'll be proud to frame for your walls in a few short weeks.
Do you know that sinking feeling...
where you see your child do something magical, with a smile that melts your soul, in the most beautiful surroundings and you quickly grab your camera and take the photo and look back at it and... it's MEH. At best. The magic is gone.
Or when you tale 27464 photos in one go, only to find that 3 are 'somewhat good and out of those, 1 missed the focus and in the other one your child has one of their eyes closed.
Or maybe, you were getting rubbish photos, so you upgraded to a fancy camera in the hope that this would fix it, maybe even learned how to fiddle with some of the settings, but the photos are still not what you TRULY see?
And then it seems like everyone and their dog on instagram is taking better photos than you?
Been there, done that, got the Tshirt.
And so has pretty much any parent who comes to our courses, so you're in great company!
Here is what I learned:
Great photos are not about the camera. .
You need to learn to see your children through the camera like a photographer. You need to understand what the camera, that awesome tool, does, and how to make it do what you need for your photo. You need some grounding in composition because that's how you make your vision come alive. And you need to understand light because without light, there is no photography. You need to learn not just the theory, but how these things make a difference in practice.
- Like how with a flick of your wrist on your lens you can make your baby look like themselves or a bit wonky ( we all have those photos!)
- Like how changing your camera angle can make the clutter from your image disappear and your child stand out and truly grab your heart.
- Like why when you take the photo from one side of your child, you get a flat boring picture, but stepping to the other side of them, you get sparkling light and colour and magic.
And that's before we even touched any of the confusing buttons and dials.
And if it seems like a lot, don't worry.
Our FUNDAMENTALS course takes you through it step by step, block by block, building one on top of the other with a precise order that takes you from camera know-how to the softer, composition and light and storytelling elements so that by the end, you are taking photos like these, in just 6 weeks:
*actual student photos paked as part of our Fundamentals course homework
The important thing:
In the few short weeks which take your from our first module to the last ( 6 weeks) - you will see a massive transformation of your images. We see it with every new group of students. Just have a read through our reviews to see for yourself. And you don't need mega expensive gear - most our students start with a standard, entry level DSLR or mirrorless camera. ( check out our FAQs at the bottom of the page if you're not sure about yours )
Those photos up there - that could be you - you could be taking beautiful images of your child, capturing their spirit, their character and their beautiful smiles.
The clue is in the name.
This is a course created by parents, for parents. We have been teaching parents how to capture their children beautifully for 9 years now. Our instructors are consumate pros and lifestyle family and children's photography is what they specialise in. We know the challenges that come with photographing children ( our kids misbehave too and refuse to perform in front of your camera just like yours), we know the challenges of photographing kids at home ( bad light and clutter anyone? or is it just me?) , we know that often, the only time you have to yourself is when the kids are in bed ( so our live classes are scheduled in the evenings so you can still join in).
3 more reasons why:
“Absolutely, without a doubt, the best money i have ever spent on anything kid related. I so wish i had done these courses 6 years ago, just before my 1st was born. I recommend this to anyone who has kids and likes to take photos of them, so pretty much any parent, ever! My photography has improved significantly and I’m just sad the course are over, I have loved everything about them! "– Hannah Slater
“I can’t recommend the programmes highly enough. The instructors are knowledgeable and inspiring and the course materials easy to digest. I had never picked up a proper camera beforethe course and found I was taking better shots within days of the starting the course. If you want to create some truly beautiful photographs of your children but feel a little intimidated by anything other than your phone, this is the course for you! " – Michaela Strivens
Here is what you get:
6 weekly course modules covering all key aspects of photography ( camera know how, composition, light and visual storytelling) with a focus on kids. Each weekly module focuses on a different key area and they all build one on top of the other to give you strategies to cover all kinds of situations and photos.
Weekly live online class ( always recorded in case you can’t join in live) to answer any additional queries, explain techniques, provide extra personal help. We schedule these for the evenings ( after 8.30pm) to allow for bedtimes. We're parents - we know!
Personalised, constructive, uplifting feedback and advice on your photos - every week you get a home assignment to help you try out your newly learned skills and we feedback on your images in detail. That is one of the things our students value the most - just check out our testimonials! I believe words like 'the feedback alone is worth the price!' have been used there more than once!
Private support group to cover all your questions, for daily inspiration, ad hoc tutorials and connecting with your fellow students.
Materials accessible from your desktop or mobile devices or as a downloadable pdf - this should go without saying but being an online course, it's accessible from any device. And if you prefer to print and annotate things - there is a pdf version for that at th end of each module.
Aftercare - we don't just leave you to your own deviced after the course - you are invited to our Alumni group with loads of active members at different stages of their photography journey - from newbies to those who have made a move into professional photography, answering each other's questions, helping, supporting and inspiring each other daily. Many a genuine friendships and in-person meet-ups have been forged there!
You will surprise yourself at how much you’ll pick up in a few short weeks.
Here are just some of the skills you’ll have learnedby the end of the Level 1 course:
- how to take lovely, flattering portraits
- creating meaningful, candid photos that truly tell the story of your kids
- highlighting your kids little details – toes, eyelashes..
- capturing your kids in action – hops, jumps, sprints, fun on the swings and more
- creative techniques such as photographing fireworks, water play, silhuettes and a lot more
- rules of composition to apply even to your phone snaps – those will improve too!
- making the most of your home light and finding beautiful light outside
- plus a lot more!
Our next Fundamentals course starts on 9th Sept 2019
COURSE FEE: £229 ( Payment plans available)
Just for comparison, this is less than an average pro photographer photo session with a handful of small format photos. For a lifelong skill. And a lifetime of photos to cherish.
Important : Because of the level of interaction with the instructor and personal attention you receive, we only open 27 active places per course. Once they're gone, you will be offered a place on a waiting list or a non active course place ( with no personal advice and feedback).
I hear you have questions:
What photographic knowledge do I need to start the course?
For our Fundamentals course, you’ll be absolutely fine even if you’ve never picked up a camera before. If you have, but aren’t 100% comfortable with your settings, you’ll find the course will help you structure your knowledge and you will quite likely pick up a few new tricks as well.
If you’re relatively familiar with the camera’s manual settings, but want to try out new techniques and develop your composition – our Advanced, Level 2 course is the one for you. If you’re not sure where your knowledge puts you, just get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help.
What do I need for the course?
- A camera with manual controls – it doesn’t have to be an SLR, a mirrorless or a bridge camera are absolutely fine – get in touch if you’re not sure if yours is up to the job. These days, most cameras beyond the simplest of point-and-shoot ones ( does anyone even buy these anymore?) tend to do just fine.
- Ability to spend approximately 2h per week ( not necessarily in one go) on your photography practice. We suggest spending at least 15min daily for best results
- Access to the internet ( that’s a given but we had to mention it )
- A child / children you can practice your photography on
What happens in the course? How does it actually work?
The course consistes of 6 modules, each focusing on a different aspect of photography.
Every Monday morning, we will release the module's core materials for you to access and read at your leisure. You don't have to be online when they are released - when you log into your learning space, the materials will be waiting for you. The modules include little 'Ttry it now' exercises which you can follow to immediately put in practice what we explain in the materials.
On top of that, you get given weekly homework - nothing strenuous, we usually ask for a few photos which illustrate the skills we teach in that module. Usually, our students tend to spend weekdays on the module and the little practice exercises and do the home assignmemt at the weekend. We give you personal, detailed video feedback on those homework photos. Our students often say that this feedback is one of the absolute best things about our course.
Every week, typically on Wednesday or Thursday evening, we run a live webinar class, during which we cover and expand on all the key elements of that module, we answer your questions, we provide additional explanations and illustrations. These sessions are scheduled in the evening and always recorded, so that even if you couldn't join live, you can always relay them.
Finally, there is also our private Facebook group - for the students of your course only. The group ia a great opportunity to share your images, ask questions, chat to your fellow course mates. It's also where we post any additional materials and info and / or run little additional video demonstrations when needed.
Each course is run by an experienced instructor - professional children's photographer who is your main point of contact to answer your questions, provide your feedback and talk to in your FB group and in webinars. They're there to help and nurture and cheer you on in your photo journey.
What camera do I need? Does it need to be a Pro camera?
No. You DO need A camera. And your camera needs to allow you to make changes to some of the manual settings ( going beyond the ‘landscape’. ‘portrait’, ‘fireworks’ modes). You’ll often be able to tell if your camera has those just by looking at it - if it has a wheel with letters M, A, S, P or M, Av, Tv, P on it you’re good to go. Some modern cameras do not have that though, but still let you change those settings, so just drop us a line with your camera’s make and model and we’ll happily advise. We even have a few cameras for rental if you need.
Will I improve? I’m not an ‘artist’ type
Ah. The question not many people actually ask, but nearly all want to know. Obviously - I don’t know you or your ability BUT I have seen over 1000 students go through our courses ( in person or online) and every single one of them improved. Some improved more than others, some really got the ‘photography bug’ and moved on to start their own photography businesses, some just kept it as their hobby and a way to get better photos of their kids. Not everyone can become the next Annie Leibovitz but everyone can learn how to use the camera to deliver the kind of results they want ( like that blurry background in images or being able to capture your kids on the move - sharp!) and everyone can learn how to master their camera and principles of composition and light which make your photos much stronger. So yes, you will improve, even if you don’t think of yourself as an artist.