I want to buy a new camera before taking your course. Which one would you recommend?
I’m glad you asked as I wrote an article which answers that very question! You can read it here.
I have been on photography courses before and walked out more confused. Will yours still be relevant to me?
Yes definitely! If you’ve attended a full weekend course, or a 6 week evening course, you may have ended up more confused as you’ve learnt too much! I keep things as simple as possible, and show you the best and simplest settings to use to get great results. And my students get amazing results so it does work!
Do I need a Paypal account to book a course?
No, simply follow the instructions on the registration page to pay by credit or debit card.
How do I know if your courses are any good?
Well I promise they are, but don’t just take my word for it! You can read all of the kind words previous attendees have said here. And make sure you take a look at the ‘before and after’ gallery to see the results they have achieved.
Do you sell gift vouchers?
Yes we can provide you with a gift voucher for a workshop that you have booked onto. We don’t do generic gift vouchers for the recipient to then book a workshop themselves, you need to book them onto a specific date. On the registration page, simply fill in the details on right hand side. You need to say whether you would like your gift voucher sent via email or post.
Would you run a workshop on landscape/night/interiors/pet photography?
I’m afraid not. I’m a photographer of people, so I’m not an expert in these specialist areas. You would be better to seek out photographers who specialise in these areas and ask them if they offer training. (Although I could argue that photographing a toddler is not hugely different to photographing a puppy!)
I run a blog, would you like to do a guest post for us?
Yes I would definitely be interested! Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what you are looking for or call me on 07872 587611.
I’m not a parent but I still want to learn about photography! Will you be running workshops for me in the future?
I like to keep my workshops and courses specific so that we are not trying to cover too many topics at one time. This is what makes your camera manual so confusing, it doesn’t know what you are trying to photograph! If you are interested in portrait photography (whether it’s children or not) then my ‘Photography for Parents’ in-person workshop or my upcoming online course would be relevant to you as all of the skills learnt can be applied to any kind of portrait photography, not just children.
If I do one of your courses, does this mean I can save myself money by not having to hire a professional photography anymore?
I wouldn’t recommend it! Even though I am a professional family photographer, I still invest in professional photographs of my family every couple of years as I want to be in some of our photos! It’s a real treat to have someone come and take gorgeous photos of your family and to create some beautiful products for you.
Can I bring my baby/child with me on the workshop?
I’m afraid not as the workshop is very intensive and needs everyones’ full attention for the morning. I know it can be tough to leave your baby when they are young, (and childcare can prove tricky) which is one of the reasons I created an online course so that you can learn from the comfort of your own home! If you are a breast-feeding mum and will need to feed your baby during the morning, please just let me know in advance and we can organise a time during the workshop for you feed your baby.
How do I book onto a workshop?
That’s easy! First go to the courses tab above, then then click the course you would like to book. Then follow the instructions to book your place. Bookings are only taken online and not via telephone. Bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis and full payment is required to reserve your place.
Where do you run your workshops?
I run my workshops in a number of different venues across Surrey & SW London. Currently most of them are held at The Glass Room in Surbiton. I am always looking for new venues to run my workshops in so if you have any ideas please let me know!
What if I can’t make the workshop at the last minute?
Due to the nature of the workshops and the very limited enrolment, classes are non-refundable. Please check the date carefully before you book a class.With 6 weeks advance notice, we’re happy to transfer you to another workshop (space permitting) or issue you a voucher. If you find you are unable to attend, you are welcome to send someone in your place as long as you let us know that person’s name and email address 2 weeks prior to the workshop. Alternatively, as a courtesy, we will place your booking back up on our web site and attempt to resell the spot to our audience. If the place sells we will issue you a voucher by email after the class, which you may use toward a future workshop. The workshops are normally always fully booked with a waiting list, so if you suddenly can’t make it, it means we have missed the opportunity to re-sell your place so we aren’t able to transfer it. Thank you for your understanding.
In the unlikely event that a workshop is cancelled, we will transfer your booking to another workshop or issue you a full refund.
How much of the workshop is practical?
In the beginners workshop, over half of the morning is spent with me sharing all of my tips about light, composition and more. We spend around an hour in total learning the best settings to use on our cameras and then shooting outside to practise our new skills.
My ‘next stage’ workshop is more practicial, with image critiques in the first part of the workshop and then photographing each other in pairs for around 45 mins.
You also leave the workshop with homework to do, then you send me 3 images for me to critique.
How many people do you have on each workshop?
There is usually 8 people on each workshop, but there can be a maximum of 9. I like to keep the group small so that everyone gets individual attention if needed.
I just have a compact camera. Can I still come on your workshop?
You are of course still welcome to attend! At least half of the workshop is spent with me teaching you how to see good light, composition, backgrounds etc and we don’t even pick up our cameras at this stage. There will be some of the workshop that won’t be relevant, for example when I am talking about lenses and going through the camera set up on a DSLR camera. But you will still walk out of the workshop taking better photos even if you just have an iphone! However you will get the most value out of the workshop if you have a digital SLR camera as they allow you to be the most creative with your photography.
What does the 2 weeks of email support after the workshop include?
You will be given the challenge of emailing me 3 images that you have taken within 2 weeks and then I will do a video recording with my feedback on each image which I will post in the private Facebook group. This really helps to build confidence in how you are doing and also to get the answers to anything that isn’t making sense. I offer this support and critique as I want to ensure you still have access to me if you are finding anything confusing once you start practising.
I have a group of friends who would like a workshop, would you run a workshop for a private group?
Yes I would. The venue can be somewhere as simple as someone’s kitchen as long as we have room for everyone to sit down and access to some outside space. It is a set price whether the workshop is for 2 people or 8. Please note that my diary is generally booked up at least 4 months ahead so please ensure you get in touch with lots of notice. See more details here.
How will I remember everything you’ve taught us?
I know you’re busy and value the time you spend with your family, so instead of a slow-paced weekend workshop I put the same amount of content into an intensive half-day workshop. So I wouldn’t expect you to remember absolutely everything we go through in the morning. This is why I provide you with a 50+ page digital manual which gives details of everything we go through including all of the images I show you to demonstrate the points. It really helps you to have this to refer to in the future.
Also you have email access to me for 2 weeks following the workshop where I will also do a video critique of your homework images. And you will be invited to join our private Facebook group where you can ask any questions you may have in the future.
Do you still run ‘Photography for Bloggers’ workshops?
I have run a number of workshops since 2011 specifically designed for bloggers/creative business people. They were always popular and I enjoyed running them, but my heart lies in photographing children so I have decided to focus just on my workshops for parents for now. There is a great book called ‘The crafter’s guide to taking great photos’ by Heidi Adnum which I can thoroughly recommend if you want to take better photos of the products you create.
My daughter is 15 years old and very into photography. Would you run a workshop for teenagers?
I don’t have any plans currently to create a new workshop specifically for teenagers. However I have had a few teenagers attend my ‘Photography for Parents’ workshop as everything learnt in the workshop can be applied to portrait photography of all kinds, not just photographing children. I am going to be releasing an online course in 2014 so this would be a great thing for your teenager to study from in their own time.
When will you be launching your online course?
Hopefully by spring 2015. It will take me some time to record all of the fantastic content and then I want to test it to make sure it’s perfect before I launch it. If you are keen to get a taster then make sure you sign up for my free video training with my 8 secret tips for getting natural expressions in your family photos. Then you will receive an email as soon as my online course is live.
Do you offer 1-2-1 mentoring to professional photographers?
I do offer a limited amount of mentoring sessions each year. See more details here.
I’m going to run photographing workshops for parents. Is it ok if I use some of your wording from your website?
Er, I’m afraid not! All of the text and images from my website are copyrighted and I check my websites regularly with Copyscape. So please don’t be tempted to copy!