All parents love to display pictures of their kids around the house. There are over six pictures of me in my parents' living room alone. Some of these were professionally taken, while others were photos by their own fair hand. Which do you prefer? A professional photo will have all the right lighting, best scenery, and capture your child at their most angelic. But there is something missing. Heart.
A picture taken by a proud parent manages to include all the love and spontaneity of the moment: you have a story attached to it. For example, my mum likes to recall what happened as the photo was being taken - how I refused to blow out my birthday candles, or screamed when my dad swung me round in the air too high.
These pictures are rarely perfect though. They are taken with an amateur camera, and half the time we don't fully understand the settings. This can lead too over/under exposed or blurry images. You might also have trouble getting your kids to stay still or smile for the camera.
But you can get the best of both worlds by taking a workshop with Photography for Parents. Practice, practice, practice. That's their motto. You will learn all about lighting, composition, and how to make the most of your camera.
To take part in a course it is recommended that you have a DSLR camera, but if you do not, then you can borrow one for the duration. A regular five week course costs £149, but if you book before the 30th November, you will make a £30 saving on all 2014 workshops.
21st January Queens Park, West London – The Alice House, 10.30am –12.00pm, (five weeks)
22nd January East Dulwich, London – All Fired Up cafe, 10.30am – 12.00pm, (five weeks)
27th January Chiswick, West London – Piccolo Play Centre, 10.30am – 12.00pm, (five weeks)