beginner photography workshop

Got an expensive camera but no idea how to use it? Are you yearning to capture your children growing up, but feel discouraged because it feels too difficult to learn all the camera functions?! Ready to move on from blurry snapshots?

Then then workshop is for you! Read on!

“I think I finally get it! I can use my camera on manual settings! Thank you for a really enjoyable morning learning to use my DSLR and new creative ways to take pictures!”




  • how your camera thinks and why you can’t let it do all the thinking
  • how light affects your photos, including when to take pictures for the best results
  • composition tricks 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 adjust your settings for dark rooms and for children moving with warp speed
  • how to get started with photographing your everyday life in a storytelling way and capture it beautifully
  • ….and lots more!

“Can’t wait to get home and practise on my family! Thank you for showing me how to use my camera and giving me the confidence to experiment”




The Un-Cheese Your Family Photos Workshop is held at Thyme on the Park, 29 High St, Hampton Hill, TW12 1NB [map here]

Your workshop seat includes:

  • an intensive 3.5h workshop covering simple to implement techniques that will transform your everyday photography
  • coffees, teas and sandwiches to keep us going
  • a workshop workbook to take home with you
  • lifetime access to a private Facebook group just for workshop attendees for continued support, feedback and image critiques

Friday 23rd February 2018

10am till 1.30pm

Or, buy as a gift!

The gift voucher will be emailed to you automatically and can be printed out. Just pop it into a fancy envelope and you’re sorted! All the lucky recipient will have to do is get in touch with me and book one of the available workshop dates!


Where is the workshop held?

The workshop is held at a lovely Hampton cafe Thyme on the Park, 29 High St, Hampton Hill, TW12 1NB [map here]

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

london family photographer Antonina Mamzenko

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.