SUFFOLK PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING & WORKSHOPS
Have you invested in a fancy camera/DSLR yet you struggle to use it on anything other than Auto mode?
Or have you mastered the basics but are hungry to learn more?
Would you like to be able to take creative control of your camera and produce the sort of images you have always dreamed of?
If so, then I can help!
I’m Alison McKenny, a multi Award-Winning Professional Portrait Photographer based in Stoke By Clare, Suffolk.
With 11 years as a Professional Photographer, qualified as a Master Photographer with the Portrait Masters in 2020, and winning ‘Image of the Year 2021’ in two categories with the Guild of Photographers, I have gained a lot of useful knowledge, information, and tips that I can share with you to help you take a massive leap in your own photography skills.
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"Not only is Ali's photography fantastic, but she is also an amazing teacher"
I was a total novice and had only really used auto mode on my camera. Now I feel so confident to go on to manual mode and actually understand the different settings I need to get the effect I want and how to use light to help enhance my photographs.
It was a lovely relaxed atmosphere in her beautiful home and farm, and she kindly provided us with a delicious lunch and refreshments. I can’t recommend her and this workshop enough for anyone wanting to learn more about their camera and get off of auto mode!
"Alison makes the technical aspect of the course understandable and is able to show you examples from her own work."
She also offers tips on how to achieve a professional photo like hers, which is invaluable. I will now be practicing on my three children all the time and am very excited about the prospect of being able to achieve a great photo with my new-found knowledge.”
7 hours of 1 to 1 training online or at my studio
midweek dates only
tailored to suit your photography knowledge and ability – Intermediate Level through to advanced
Learn how to improve your photography skills, planning sessions including styling wardrobe and props, camera, and lighting settings, posing using actual models, how to achieve natural or moody expressions, studio and natural lighting, composition and editing. You can ask me anything about these topics in any of the genres that I photograph, allowing you to help take your photography business to the next level.
Lunch is included
1 TO 1 WORKSHOP
4 hours – 1 to 1 workshop at my studio or online
midweek dates only
I will teach you how I style my sessions depending on the genre, how to pose clients using models if appropriate, how I use studio and natural lighting to get the best RAW images in-camera, before taking them into Lightroom and Photoshop to create the final image.
This training gives you my full attention, and is specifically tailored to suit your photography knowledge and ability – from beginner level through to advanced
A light lunch is included
4 hours beginners group workshop at my studio
SELECT DATES ONLY
Lunch is included
Maximum of x5 attendees per workshop
Online PDF with keynotes from the workshop to take home
The course has given me the confidence to switch off the auto settings and really get the best out of my camera and lenses.
My wife got me the beginners photography course with Alison for Christmas and I did the course yesterday. Alison is a fantastic teacher and photographer, she explained everything so clearly and gave lots of examples. This helped everyone understand the various parts of the course and how our cameras work.
I would recommend this course to anyone who is just starting out, or those like me who have had a camera for years and always relied on ‘auto’ for their pictures.
"It was fun and informative"
I would definitely recommend this course to people who, like me, are ‘scared’ to come off of Auto!!!”
Thanks so much, Alison McKenny, it refreshed my memory on how to use the manual settings as well as learning lots of new settings.”
MY PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY
I started photography when I became a Mum nearly 16 years ago as I wanted to document my boys as they grew and I bought a camera but didn’t know how to use it. That didn’t stop me as I just put it in auto and tried to capture all the special moments in my boys lives. However as time went on, I would get frustrated as the images didn’t turn out how I wanted them to. They were either too dark, too bright, or blurry and it was especially annoying when my boys gave me that magic smile and I knew I’d missed capturing it.
Then 11 years ago I decided to learn how to do it properly by doing a Photography Diploma. I’d always been put off Photography as I thought it would be too technical and as I am not technically minded, I thought I wouldn’t understand it. But one month into this course and I was hooked! I upgraded my camera and bought a DSLR and a proper lens and within a year I had set myself up as a part time Family Photographer. Two years later and I went full time, giving up a successful 15 year career in Recruitment, and to be honest, I have never looked back.
I am still so passionate about Photography and I invest in more training every year as I just want to keep improving my skills and learning new techniques to perfect my images as much as possible.
My Beginner Workshop clients are often previous clients of mine with small children and like me they want to know how to be able to photograph them properly, capturing all those special moments gone in the flash of an eye.
They want to know how to capture their super speedy toddlers running around the garden to their older children’s sporting activities, how to blur out the background so a messy room doesn’t ruin the beautiful portrait of their little one absorbed in whatever they are doing. They want to know how to focus on their child so they stand out in the image rather than the other random child sitting closer to the camera.
And then I also train experienced Photographers, from Intermediate level up to Advanced Professionals. Those who like me understand their camera and how to get the best from it but want to learn the tweaks they need to make to really improve the standard of their work, and help them to win awards or to stand out above their competition.
If you think you could use some help improving your photography skills, get in touch to see what type of workshop is ideal for you.
I'm worried I won't understand? what if i get left behind the others in the workshop?
Don’t worry, I am not very technically minded myself so I will go through everything in very basic terms that are easy to understand. I will ask throughout the workshop if everyone understands and if you don’t, please just say. Everyone learns in different ways and sometimes explaining something from a different perspective can make understanding all the easier. There is a lot of information to take in during this workshop but we go through it slowly and then put it into practice using your cameras so you can see what we are doing and why. Also remember, I’m always available after the workshop if you get stuck or just want something explained again and you will get a PDF of the course notes sent to you so you can read through everything again in your own time.
I am not a beginner but would like to work on improving my images? can you help?
Absolutely, if you understand how to use your camera already, I would recommend booking either a 1 to 1 session or mentoring session, as they are specifically tailored to you, and your specific requirements. We can have a chat prior to booking in so I know what it is you really want to get from your session and I’ll make sure we go through it all in more detail on the day.
do you provide models to photograph at your workshops?
For beginner sessions, I don’t provide models as the main focus is getting used to your camera settings so having a model there would just add too much pressure I think. I’m happy to pose for photos if you want a person to photograph, but otherwise I will ask you to photograph flowers or other objects during the workshop.
If posing or lighting is something you specifically want to work on as part of your 1 to 1 workshop or mentoring workshop, then I’d be happy to provide a model for you to photograph and practise on.
What do i need to bring to the workshop?
You will need to bring your camera, a card and fully charged battery plus all the lenses that you might have. I’d also recommend bringing your camera’s instruction manual if you have one, just in case we get stuck on how to change a certain setting on different makes of camera.
Also a warm coat as we will probably go outside at some point to take photos.
A list of questions that you might have about things that you don’t understand or would like clarification on.
I will provide drinks, snacks and lunch for the Beginners Workshop and 6 hour Mentoring Workshops.
What precautions are you taking with regards to covid19?
Since COVID has appeared, we have taken it very seriously and want to make sure we are doing everything to keep our clients and ourselves safe. We have safety guidelines in place and will send you more info on that before your workshop so you know what to expect. Currently we are just asking that workshop attendees do a lateral flow test on the morning of the workshop to makesure they are COVID free, and we will do the same. You are welcome to wear masks if you want although I won’t as have found previous attendee’s found it difficult to hear what I was saying. I currently only offer 4 places per workshop to make sure everyone can sit at least a meter apart from one another. If you are high risk or have any other concerns, please let me know prior to booking you place on the next workshop.
I can't make the next set workshop date, can you let me know when you are hosting another one?
I host Group Beginner Workshops usually two or three times a year, so if cannot make the upcoming date but you would like to be added to the mailing list so that you are notified when the next workshop is taking place, please contact me.
I would love to hear from you, and if you do have any questions at all before booking, please do feel free to contact me using the form below.