Are you one of those Mums or Dads who has a great camera, but doesn’t really know how to use it? You often get some great shots of your kids, but it’s a bit hit and miss and you don’t know why? Then come along to one of Nina’s beginner’s photography courses in Surrey!   

For those times when you can’t have a professional photographer with you, such as holidays*, weekend walks, playing at home, Nina would like to show you how to take great photos of your kids. The beginners photography course is a day of practical learning, with lunch, cakes and bottomless cups of coffee. *Please note I am more than happy to discuss coming on holiday with you if it’s somewhere warm.

Who will be teaching you?


Nina is one of the UK’s top family photographers having won Children, Family & Lifestyle Photographer of the Year and Professional trainer of the year. Her work has been featured in many publications including those shown below. Nina has trained hundreds of mums and dads (and professional photographers) in the last 10 years and you can see some of their images below.

There are a number of different course options from 1-2-1’s to group training and the content can be tailored to your needs.  The beginners photography training  is run on the weekend in Camberley, Surrey and can also take it on the road around the UK if requested for groups of individuals or businesses. 







LEARNING HOW TO Get out of Automatic mode

Confidently take control of your camera in a quick and easy way.

Learn about ISO, Aperture and white balance so you can get the best shot of your family on days out.

Follow on support in a private FB group including feedback on any images you take. 


Creating interesting composition

Learning the basic rules of composition to make your images look more professional.

We discuss the rules of composition and why they are more pleasing to the eye.

This includes rules of 3rd and framing. 

Understanding light from dawn til dusk

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Learning about how to deal with light indoors and outdoors, to get the most flattering photos.

This section of the course will have an immediate impact on how your images look and is relevant for your mobile phone aswell as your camera! 


Getting great NATURAL expression

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Finally I cover how to get great expressions from your children without saying “cheese”.

We discuss techniques for photographing babies, children and siblings and how to make them laugh and smile in a natural way. 

Learn some of the tricks of the trade! 



Weekend Photography Course Surrey


Beginners Photography Course Surrey, Camberley

4-5 hours including lunch and printed course materials 

10am – approx 3pm


Intermediate midweek course Surrey


Hands on group training with a family to model in Camberley, Surrey

3 hours

Starts 3 hours before sunset 



There are currently no Beginners Photography courses scheduled but these will start running again as soon the Government advises we are allowed to meet in small groups.

In the meantime, I am offering Gift Vouchers for birthdays and anniversaries and these will be valid for 12 months.

I am also happy to discuss online training which if taken 1-2-1 is £199 for an hour and a half session. If this is something you may be interested in please get in touch via the form below. 

Gift Voucher which can be redeemed in 2021 against any of my Beginners Photography Courses in Camberley.

Please note dates do fill quickly so please email to book your place as soon as possible.


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If you have any questions regarding my Beginners Photography course please get in touch via the form below. 

Finally, if you are considering buying a DSLR camera and you aren’t sure which to choose, then pop by my latest blog post with my recommendations on which camera and supporting lens to buy

* Terms & Conditions of booking. A £39 deposit is required to secure your place on the course, and the remaining £60 is due 4 weeks before the course date. If payment is not made on time, your place on the course may be given to another attendee. If you cancel more than 4 weeks before the course date, you will not be liable to pay the £60 but your deposit will be retained. Unfortunately, if you cancel within 4 weeks of the course date the full amount will be retained unless a replacement can be found.  The course materials remain the property of Nina Mace Photography and cannot be reproduced without permission. If the photographer has to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances (illness/ accident) you will be entitled to a new date or refund of the course cost. Travel will not be re-imbursed. By booking onto this course you agree to the Full T&C here.


I have always loved photography and been the one in my group of friends that takes the photos and I really wanted to get to know my camera even better (Canon 750d). Nina advised I purchase a lens ahead of the training and I was so impressed with her willingness to help and answer my questions. The day itself was superb and I really understand how to get the best out of my camera now. I would 100% recommend Ninas beginners photography course

Catherine  Camberley

I found Nina's photography course after seeing a friend's photos really improve (it turns out she has been on Nina's course ) and decided to book on for the day. I took an evening course a few years ago but it was too technical and I was overwhelmed with information. Nina got the level just right and I also really liked the booklet of the course that she supplied so I could check back on any details afterwards. I enjoyed it so much I am really keen to go on the intermediate course now

Karen   Farnborough Mum

After meeting Nina on her 'snow shoots' in Heatherside and chatting to her about my camera I decided to book onto her Beginners Photography Course. I am so pleased that I did and now I am so much more confident with my camera. She explained how to use it in a really simple way and also about light - I didn't realise how important great light was and now the photos of my kids are wall-worthy!  I would 100% reccommend her course

Julie Graham   Camberley Mum
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No – this course is for beginners but also for those who have some knowledge and would like a refresher. Each course often has attendees with a mixture of knowledge and it can make for a fun day. 


It’s certainly possible knowing our UK weather! If the rain is on and off we will still go ahead and allow a little more time. The home of the course is indoors and we have options for shooting outdoors that are sheltered.

what if you need to cancel?

My full terms and conditions can be found here but if you have any questions please feel free to ask

Can I bring a family member?

yes, of course, I often have friends and family attend the photography course together. Just let me know at the time and I shall endeavour to book you onto the same date. 

what should we wear?

Casual clothes and trainers/ boots for when we go outside on our practical sessions. 

do you cater for different food choices?

Yes – I am more than happy to choose food based upon your wants and needs. Allergies will, of course, be factored in along with requests for Vegan food, low carb etc. I will email a few weeks ahead of the course to take any requests. 

what happens after the 1 day beginners photography course?

After the course, you will be invited into my private FB group for everyone who has attended the course. This way you can continue to ask questions and share your images as you practice. 

Having been on a beginners photography courses before I found it was so broad that I forgot most of it, I really just wanted to take better pictures of my family and that’s why I found Nina’s course so brilliantly useful rather than just interesting! Nina covered how to improve my shooting and what  I can alter on my camera in different conditions. There were some light bulb moments when Nina explained some really simple things that I just hadn’t heard of before. It was a perfect mix of technical and practical  for a beginner photography course and I came out of the course thinking…’I can do this!’

Amanda, St Albans

I came across Nina’s beginner’s photography course online and was really pleased to find it was taking place just around the corner from my house. We started the day learning about ISO and aperture (which I had heard of but had NO IDEA what they meant) and once we got to grips with the technical aspects of our cameras we headed outside to practice. Nina is really fun and relaxed and knows her way around so many cameras, I now feel super confident that I can take great photos of my kids on our upcoming family holiday.

Dawn, Camberley Mum

I was gifted a DSLR for Christmas and had been looking for a 1-day photography course in Surrey and came across Nina on Google. I emailed her and she was very helpful when asking about lenses that I decided to book onto her course. I was not disappointed as we learnt so much on the day but I also had lots of fun and met some like-minded mums and dads.  I would 100% recommend Ninas Surrey photography course and now I am planning to take the intermediate course next.  

Karen, Lightwater Mum

I found Nina’s beginners photography courses incredibly useful. It covered all the technical basics in an easily digestible manner, plus lots of invaluable tips from a professional who knows what it’s like to photograph children!

The course was in a really relaxed, friendly, non-judgemental atmosphere, and it has been brilliant to be able to follow up what we learnt through our Facebook group, where we can post our efforts and ask questions as they come to us

Kathy, Hertfordshire

Thank you Nina for such a fun and informative day! I now feel as if I have a better understanding of my camera and how to create that lovely blur in the back of my photos. You were totally right that ‘seeing the light’ has changed my photos for the better and like you said I can apply what I have learnt to my camera but also photos taken on my mobile phone. I can’t wait for your intermediate course sign me up now!

Claire, Surrey Beginner Photographer

What a brilliant day! I learnt so much about my camera but like Nina said learning about the light was such an eye-opener! I was totally placing my family in the wrong location for images which explains why I was never happy with them. I am also very pleased with my new found selfie knowledge! A great day and I would 100% recommend Ninas Surrey photography course. 

Julie, Frimley

I loved the whole beginners photography course, it was great to learn how to use my camera properly and to learn the various settings. 

The practical side of the day was immensely helpful as it really put the new skills to practise and helped the information sink in!

Can’t wait to try out the new skills and really appreciate the follow-up work Nina puts in to help with any questions the group have

Jo, Hemel Hempstead

Finally, after 5 years of owning my camera (which I bought when I had my first child!), I now know how to use it! I tried to read the camera manually but it was incredibly complicated with lots of words I didn’t understand. Nina showed us how to quickly set up our camera to make sure we didn’t miss those lovely moments that I often would take instead on my phone. I enjoyed the course so much I am planning on buying my husband a place on the next photography course for his birthday. Thanks again Nina a really fun and informative day! I would totally recommend you for a beginners photography course Camberley

Karen, Lightwater Mum

beginners photography courses by nina mace

A little about your instructor


Before becoming a photographer, Nina spent 15 years working in Marketing & Brand Management.  It was during this time that she also found a love for leading working groups and training. Her style is fun and relaxed and focuses on a mixture of theory and hands on practical exercises.

Nina has been a Professional Photographer for 6 years and has just been named the UK’s Children’s Photographer of the Year. Her work has been featured in magazines and on popular blog and websites including Vogue.

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