Un-Cheese Your Family Photos: The Workshop

The Un-Cheese Photography Workshop is all about teaching parents simple but powerful techniques that they can use every day to capture real, authentic, and beautiful photos of their children growing up, from the first fleeting smiles and chubby legs of your new baby to the crazy antics of your 7-year-old to your moody teenager being their crazy annoying but awesome selves!

From learning about how light affects your photos and how to use it to your advantage, to learning composition techniques, to finally understanding what all those buttons on your camera mean – you’ll learn it all in just one morning!


What you’ll learn:

  • how light affects your photos, and how to work with natural light for best results
  • understanding exposure and why you can’t rely on the Auto mode to get it right
  • composition rules that will instantly elevate your photos to the next level
  • how to give photos that lovely blurry background you see in professional photos
  • how to capture genuine smiles without having to resort to bribes or asking your kids to say “cheeeeeeeese”
  • how to get started with photographing your everyday life in a storytelling way and capture it beautifully
  • ….and lots more!

The price is only £95* and includes:

  • an intensive 3.5h workshop with Antonina Mamzenko covering simple to implement techniques that will transform your everyday photography
  • coffees, teas, cakes and light lunch
  • a workshop workbook to take home with you (I don’t expect you to have to remember everything!)
  • 2 weeks of one-on-one email support following the workshop
  • lifetime access to a private Facebook group for continued support, feedback and image critiques

* Early bird rate of only £75 is available if you book early!

Next Un-Cheese Workshop: 2018 Dates TBC!

The Venue: Thyme on the Park, 29 High St, Hampton Hill, TW12 1NB [map here]

“It was fantastic – exactly right. Not too complicated but not dumbed down either. The whole thing was exactly what I needed.”


“I feel a great sense of achievement and will continue learning even after leaving. I think most people ought to take this course!”


“Really wonderful! Fast-paced and focused on what was really important. Very practical and interesting — and fun!”



Is this workshop only for parents?

If you’re interested in photographing people in a natural, unobtrusive way, then this course is for you too, you don’t need to be a parent to benefit from it! I will be mainly focusing on photographing children and their everyday antics, but the basics of using light and composition are the same, whoever your subject is – your elderly parents, your spouse, your nieces and nephews, or your pets!

Do I need a DSLR camera to attend?

You will get the most out of this workshop if you have a digital SLR camera, but you can benefit even if you have a compact or a camera phone! Half of the workshop is dedicated to learning about light, composition, backgrounds, and capturing authentic moments and emotions, so you’ll still take away loads!

Can I really learn to take better photos in just 3.5 hours?

Absolutely! I will be sharing simple concepts that you can start applying right away, as well as showing you which settings to use on your camera for best results. But of course just like with any workshops or courses, you get what you put in it, so you must be prepared to apply your new knowledge and practice, practice, practice! And that’s what the 2 weeks of email support and the lifetime Facebook group membership is for – to practice, get feedback, and continue improving your photography!

I can't make this date, will you be organising another workshop?

Yes, that’s the plan, although I don’t know when yet! If you can’t make it to this workshop, subscribe to my newsletter & free email course here, and you’ll be one of the first to know when the new dates are added!

What if I don't even know how to turn my camera on?

Not to worry! It’s a beginners workshop, so we’ll go through all the basics, and I’ll teach you what all those buttons mean – and, most importantly, which ones you need to know how to use, and which you don’t!

What's with the "un-cheesing"?

Well that’s (a) me trying to be original – how many “beginner photography workshops” are out there?! and (b) because I’ll be teaching you how to get great smiles without ever having to ask your child to say “cheese” for the camera! And, well, it’s kinda quirky – like me :)

I'm not very technically minded, is this workshop for me?

I’ll tell you a secret: I’m not very technically minded myself. In fact it took me ages to get my head around the exposure triangle, apertures and shutter speeds, and that’s why I’m probably the best person to explain it in the most simple terms.

How is this workshop different from your free email course?

My free email course, Un-Cheese Your Family Photos, is designed to cover the very basics and doesn’t go into any technical detail such as exposure, best camera settings, etc. If you are looking to really understand light, exposure and your camera controls, you need to book onto this in-person workshop!

Can I bring my child to the workshop?

I’m afraid not. The workshop is very intensive with a lot of information and requires your full attention. It will be unfair on the other attendees if we have to interrupt the workshop if the baby decides to make a fuss, or your child needs attending to. If you’d like to explore an option of arranging a different workshop for a group of mums with babies, please get in touch and I would be glad to work out the details!

How do I book onto the workshop?

Use the buttons above and fill in a short form before proceeding to payment. You can pay with any debit or credit card. You can book a space for just yourself, or come with a friend and book two tickets at a great combined price! If buying a two-ticket combination, do make sure your friends can attend, as tickets are non-refundable.

What if I can't attend last minute?

I’m afraid all bookings are non-refundable, but you can transfer your booking to the next workshop date. If you can’t attend, you may send a friend in your place. If you can’t attend and let me know at least 2 weeks in advance, I will try to rebook your place, and if it fills I will refund you in full.

Meet your instructor

Oh, hello there! I’m Antonina Mamzenko, a family photojournalist based between London and Surrey. I’m also a recovering lawyer and a mum to a cheeky 6-year-old boy who is a constant source of both my frustration (let’s keep it real here, okay? parenting ain’t all roses and unicorns!) and inspiration.

After spending the past 8 years photographing children and families from across the globe, I’m now on a mission to help parents make better pictures of their children when I’m not there – that is, 364 days of the year.