Are you ready to dust off you camera?

Here are 10 ways my parents photography workshop will help improve your skills.

There’s less than a week to go until my parents photography course. Places are almost full up fast but there is a one space available.

If you’re thinking of coming along to one of my parents photography workshops but not sure it’s right for you, here are 10 reasons why you should come and just what this beginners course will do for your own photos.

1. You'll learn how to get that beautiful all important blurred backgrounds or “bokeh”

With the invention of portrait mode Apple has given the majority of the population the ability to create bokeh at the touch of a button. These blurry backgrounds were OMG sort after and for many years were only available for people who knew how to take a photo in manual.

Now, don’t get me wrong I know it’s not a popular opinion. But what most people don’t realise is portrait mode is not creating real depth of field or bokeh. It’s something that the phone manufacturers are “painting” into the photo as part of the post-processing. I could go on and on about why I don’t particularly like portrait mode but i won’t. I’m here to tell you you don’t need it. I will teach you how to create your own depth of field to get the elusive and sort after blurred background.

A blurred background is great for reducing distractions and keeping the focus on your children- but let’s be honest we all just love how it looks don’t we? I guarantee that after my beginners photography workshop you know how to achieve this look with your DSLR.

2. NOT AGAIN!! it’s all Blurry!!!

Ever taken a photo of your children or pets and wondered why on earth you can only see a streak of colour across your photo? Do you wish that you could those take a pin shop images that you see online? Do you feel that complete frustration when everything else in the photo is perfect? Your children are looking, they’re smiling, they look nice but you can’t see any of that because your camera hasn’t taken a sharp image? Again I promise that after this beginners photography workshop you will understand why that happens and how to prevent it every time you want to take a photo.

3.Let me guess… your kids hate having their photo taken especially in the sunshine?

Most people have a common misconception that photographers like sunny days. I can assure you my favourite time to photograph people is on an overcast day especially if we’re outside. Don’t get me wrong there is a time and a place for sunshine in photos and it’s normally during golden hour. Now many of you will have tried to take a photo of your children in bright sunshine and all you achieve is capturing a lot of squinty faces. Chances are those sunny photos have been ruined by dark shadows, bright highlights and squinting faces. I’ll show you one very simple trick to ensure that you do not end up with these photos ever again.

4.Your images lack that something special?

There is a reason that you’re drawn to an image. There is a reason that some photos look better than others. Nine times out of ten that reason is composition. I’ll show you some simple ways to make small changes which will impact the way your images feel and look to the eye. It’s often the some small changes that have the greatest impact.

5. You wish your children would just let you take a photo?

Contrary to belief my children are some of the hardest to photograph. Don’t get me wrong when they’re on my side I can produce the most beautiful images. But and it’s a big but, they are just the same, if not worse than everyone else’s children. There are certain things which I can do to make the process a lot easier for my kids and I’ll teach you some of my tricks to make taking photos a lot less stressful!

Warning though, the more you take their photo the more difficult your children will become. ;) there is such a thing as photographer child syndrome, and all three of mine suffer badly ;)

6.. No more gummy false or cheesy smiles.

Following on from tip five, I will teach you the best ways to get natural reactions. And even tell you a few trade secrets for capturing emotion.

7. Gain a new skill and much more confidence

Hands up how many of you own a DSLR? Let me guess, you bought it took out the box took a few photos they didn’t end up quite how you imagined? You realised it was much easier to take photos on your phone? There is no guesswork with that was there? So you then put it your camera back in the box, closed the lid, then popped it on a shelf in the cupboard and have forgotten about it ever since?

Does this sound familiar? You are not alone, there are so many people who are all in the same boat. Crikey, even I was there once upon a time. I understand how difficult it is to get your head around the jargon that comes with learning how to take a photo. I promise to make this jargon free, easy to understand, and I want to ignite a passion in you. There is nothing I love more than giving people the skills and confidence to tackle using their DSLR.

8.Wall worthy, timeless portraits?

Tell me how many images of your children do you have on your phone? Now out of those tens of thousands of images how many of them have you printed? Now out of those ones you’ve printed how many of them did you take on your DSLR?

Im the first to admit here is a time and a place for using your phone. I love the saying that the best camera that you will ever own is the one you have in your pocket. And that is so true. What I will help you with is how to imorove all aspects of photo take . Even if it’s when you’re using your phone! i will show you how to ensure that those photos are “wall worthy”

Not only that but I want to get you in the habit of getting your DSLR out and using it to take those all important portraits of your children.

Learning how to use your camera in manual will be the biggest gift you give yourself and your children.

9. Polishing and honing your editing skills

I will show you the apps you can use when using your phone and camera to take photos. I’ll show you how I edit my photos that I take on both my camera and even iPhone. The small tweaks really do make all the difference. A quick 30 second edit can take a photo from drab to fab.

10. Practice makes perfect

I don’t know about you but for me I was find learning is something is much easier when it’s done in a hands-on way. I’ve always found that I’ll pick things up much quicker if I actually do them. Not only does it help me get my head around things much quicker, but knowing that I have somebody there ready for me to ask for help is without doubt the best thing for me about learning face-to-face with someone.

Throughout the workshop will you have the opportunity to use your camera with me on two separate occasions. During one of these times we will also have some live child models for us to use to practice our new skills.

First of all you will watch how I direct the shoot , I’ll talk you through the settings I’m using, then I’ll let you loose on our models to try for yourselves.

With me on hand to help whether that’s to direct the shoot ( one less thing to worry about) or just have me there to manage your questions as they happen .

I’ve no doubt that you will learn more from that one hour shoot then you will at any other time.

After the workshop you will have access to a Facebook group where I’ll be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

If you’d like to find out more about the upcoming workshops please do drop me an email at

You'll find a link to more information on the workshop here.

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Thursday's Child Photography |

Based in Hampshire


 Covering Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Berkshire, London and beyond.  

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Thursday’s Child Photography is a family lifestyle photographer and newborn lifestyle photographer based in Hampshire. ideally located for family and newborn photoshoots in South London, Epsom, Richmond, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Winchester, Romsey, Fareham, New Forest, Basingstoke, Fleet, Dorset, Surrey, Portsmouth, Chichester and West Sussex