PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS + PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING

workshops for aspiring or professional photographers – Shooting, editing, business + marketing

 

 

Whether you are a professional photographer who is just beginning your journey shooting outdoors or you are more experienced and want to grow your style to create more bold and creative portraits, Nina can offer a photography course for you. Working as a group, we will delve into how to find beautiful natural light on location, and how to bring colour into your imagery to create children’s portraiture which your clients will love.

These practical, hands-on child photography workshops aim to inspire you and also give you an opportunity to capture images for your children’s & family portfolios. My photography workshops are all about helping YOU to find YOUR style.

With 15 years of business and marketing experience with major international brands, Nina also now offers business and marketing training. You will leave these courses with a clear action list of what you need to work on to take your photography business to the next level.

For more details on any of my photography workshops or bespoke photographer training please see below. To register your interest in a particular location and date please complete the form towards the end of the page. 

The day course was a great insight to outdoor photography. As I have only ever been used to studio work I wanted to gain more knowledge on how to shoot outdoors. The training was very relaxed and in a beautiful location. I was unsure how I would find it but I now feel more confident to take more photos outdoors and I am really enjoining putting into practice what we all learnt. Thanks for a fab day!

Sarah Hunt Middup 
Sarah Hunt Middup

Having admired Nina from afar for some time I was finally able to attend one of her group workshops. With only 5 photographers present we all had lots of time to ask questions and to take photographs.

Prior to the course, I felt that my images were lacking something to give them that "wow" factor.

During the photography workshop, I had a number of light bulb moments and am absolutely amazed at the difference I am now seeing in my work. Nina is incredible, she openly shares her knowledge, provides lots of guidance and explains everything in a clear way - no jargon!

If you are considering training with Nina, do it! It is worth every penny, I promise you will not be disappointed.

Julie Grant

Amazon location, a huge amount of classroom-based training crammed into an otherwise full afternoon of shooting into the golden hour. Everything was organised perfectly by Nina, the models, location, training aids. I want to do it all again!

Ginny Tarelli

I had an excellent one to one photography mentoring session with Nina and left buzzing with ideas and a clear plan for moving my business forward. I love her work and would recommend her as both a mentor and family photographer. Her workshops for photographers are second to none!

Katrina

I thoroughly enjoyed my recent 121 training session with Nina, she made me feel most welcome and was so easy to chat to regarding all aspects of my business. The half-day flew by so quickly and I took home a notepad full of knowledge to put into practice.  I then had a follow-on Skype session a few weeks later to discuss my progress and what to tackle going forward, which was great.  Nina is so lovely and I look forward to training with her again in the future. Not only is she a great trainer who runs great workshops for photographers, she's a fantastic children's photographer and her work is truly beautiful! Thanks Nina.

Dani

OUTDOOR CHILDREN’S + FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

A practical child photography workshop which is focused on finding beautiful light outdoors and utilising nature’s backdrops. The afternoon is divided into 2 shooting sessions, working in high sun all the way through to golden hour. Maximum 8 attendees.

We discuss and put in practice different lighting styles and look at how to modify natural light. This course is designed to grow your skills for your client family shoots and you will see an immediate impact on the quality of your images.

As we work we discuss all camera settings including white balance, Kelvin, ISO and aperture and focal length and work to get the images as close to our vision as possible straight out of the camera.

As part of this course, I also share some before and after edits of images taken on the day in a private FB group. If you want to spend more time photographing families outdoors and confidently navigate a new location, then this is the course for you.

£349 per person.

 

EDITING FOR REAL FAMILY PHOTOSHOOTS WORKSHOP

For photographers who have already attended my outdoor children & family workshop this training day is designed to push your business & editing to the next level.

We will discuss HOW to plan your edits (what is your plan and why?), colour strategy and then look at which tools we use to deliver our plan. Maximum 4 attendees

We will also cover the most common problems associated with outdoor shooting such as green colour casts. In the afternoon we will look in depth at how to deliver customers who value photography. We look at your target customer and then all the steps we need to take to increase our visibility when potential clients are ready to book their annual photo shoot.

Price £349 per person

BUSINESS + MARKETING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

A full day working session (with a maximum 6 people) which covers the fundamentals of building and marketing a family photography business. Ahead of the course date, I will review your business model and current position in the market to make the course content as bespoke as possible.

The aim of the course is for you to leave with a clear direction on what actions to take in 2018/19. The course covers:

  • Getting to know your ideal client and running marketing activity that the love!
  • How to drive awareness of your brand from websites including basic SEO
  • How to become the most visible photographer in your local area 
  • Developing your pricing model which is simple and works for your clients 
  • Marketing planning and activity
  • Getting to grips with social media and using it in a time and cost effective way! 

Price: £349 per person

 

OUTDOOR DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

After the success of my first Dance Photography Workshop in 2018, I have evolved the day and am very excited to launch a new concept in Dance Photography Workshops.

  • Training from 2 trainers – Nina Mace & Gary Hill
  • Learning how to use natural light PLUS flash off and on camera
  • Followed in the afternoon you will have an opportunity to get creative with your own dancers! This way you have time to create your own images

To be held at the incredible Elvathem Hotel on the Hampshire/ Surrey Border

The next workshop is to be held in 2020 register your interest via the contact form below. 

Price: £399 per person

PHOTOGRAPHY MENTORING 

Due to demand, I have now released a number of 12 months mentoring programmes for 2020 alongside my 1 1/2 and half day products. 

These sessions are totally bespoke and can cover any subject that you wish. Most popular sessions include website structure and design, branding. pricing, and marketing and communications planning.  We can also cover editing of your images plus review real family shoots.

A years support mean we are able to set clear monthly goals and significantly grow your photography business.

Over 60% of the 2020 scheme starting in January is now SOLD OUT so please do get in touch ASAP if you would like to secure a slot. 

UPCOMING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS: DATES + LOCATIONS

 

Please find below my upcoming photography training and workshops which take place throughout the UK and Ireland. To reserve a place on any course just click on the relevant location underneath the calendar.

 

september 2019

12sep10:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedAdvanced editing for family photographers - Surrey10:00 am - 5:00 pm

19sep2:00 pm7:00 pmFeaturedOutdoor Children's Photography Surrey2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

* Terms & Conditions of booking. A deposit is required to secure your place on the course, and the remaining balance 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 full amount 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.  If you are a photographer who currently offers mentoring or training, then, unfortunately, you will be unable to attend.

By booking a place on the course you are agreeing to Nina Mace Photography Terms and Conditions. See HERE for all details.

HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? FEEL FREE TO GET IN TOUCH

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A little about your instructor

Before becoming a children’s 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 is passionate about photographer training and her photography workshops take place all throughout the UK from Bristol to Scotland.

Nina has been a Professional Photographer for 9 years and was named the UK’s Children, Family & Lifestyle Photographer of the Year. Her work has been featured in magazines and on popular blog and websites including Vogue. Nina has also just been awarded top 3 professional photography training by the prestigious SWPP at the 2017 Awards evening.

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PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP TESTIMONIALS

I have admired Nina’s work for quite some time, and when I had the opportunity to attend the outdoor child photography workshop I jumped at the chance.  Needless to say, Nina didn’t disappoint, the course is very well thought out, with a great briefing at the beginning of the course followed by an exceptional hands-on learning experience outside. Nina was very forthcoming with advice, tips and knowledge.  I have since made use of the forum set up after this course and not only learned a huge amount but been able to develop my photography to where I want it to be.

Senay Donaldson

Senay Donaldson Photography

Hi Nina, I am really pleased I attended your Colour and Light course last month, I learned so much about my camera and how to get the best out of it but more than that you showed me how to get the image correct in camera. I know this is something I will perfect with practice but I am amazed at the overnight change to my pictures already. I have studied photography and used 35mm sSLRand medium format cameras historically but I have never attended a workshop like this and wasn’t sure what to expect but It was a fantastic day and I am excitedly looking forward to the Business and Marketing course I am booked on later this month. Best wishes Debs

Debbie Chadwick-Edgar

Family Photographer, Edgar Images

I thoroughly enjoyed my recent 121 training session with Nina, she made me feel most welcome and was so easy to chat to regarding all aspects of my business. The half-day flew by so quickly and I took home a notepad full of knowledge to put into practice.  I then had a follow-on Skype session a few weeks later to discuss my progress and what to tackle going forward, which was great.  Nina is so lovely and I look forward to training with her again in the future. Not only is she a great trainer who runs great workshops for photographers, she’s a fantastic children’s photographer and her work is truly beautiful! Thanks Nina.
Danielle Reeder

Family Photographer, Danielle Reeder Photography

The day was great- I learned new ways of manipulating natural light, got to practise things in real life that I had only read about, picked Nina’s brains about business questions, and met lots of other lovely photographers. And that was just on the day- the advice and feedback on editing after the course from Nina and input from other course members has been brilliant. All in all, a highly recommended Children’s Photography Workshop

Clare Metcalfe

Clare Metcalfe Photography

I have now been on two photography training courses with Nina, an outdoor workshop, and an editing an marketing course and it is fantastic training. Nina has a talent for teaching and coupled with her stunning portraiture skills she is an absolute must to train with, not only for beginners but those with experience in the world of children’s photography. Her manner with the children and families is enviable, her skill at guiding her trainees is admirable. Money well spent.

Roxy Wallis

Roxy Wallis Photography

I learnt loads in the first five minutes of Nina speaking. She imparted so much knowledge and know-how I want to go back and do it again to make sure I didn’t miss anything! I’ve gained huge amounts of confidence and can see the improvement in my work straight away. Nina is approachable and willing to answer all questions. The models were gorgeous and I had a fantastic time. Money very well spent! Thank you Nina

Sian Peters

Sian Peters Photography

I recently attended Nina’s Light & Colour Workshop in Glasgow and it was superb! It was one of those days where niggly things i’d been trying to work out just clicked. I am a hands on person when it comes to my training and Nina’s course was perfect for me. She interacts personally with you and looks at your style to figure out how to get the best out of your work. She very generously shares all of her knowledge without hesitation and works through your individual needs on the day. She’s also rather funny with I appreciated. Book now, best thing you’ll do to advance your photography skills

Kellee Quinn Lynch

Kellee Quinn Photography

“I’m a strong believer that the key to success is practice, challenging skills and more practice! So when a few photographer friends had already recommended Nina’s child photography workshops, I signed up. I was not disappointed; and thoroughly enjoyed the day discussing light & colour, photographing children in an outdoor environment and hanging out with other like-minded photographers! Highly recommended!”

Graham Baker

Graham Baker Photography

“I have admired Nina’s children’ss photography for a while so jumped at the chance to attend one of her child photography workshops when it came up in my local area.  I wasn’t disappointed.  Nina gave us brilliant advice on using colour and light and had a very relaxed and engaging way of explaining technical stuff too.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her as a photographer and a teacher and will definitely be back for another course soon.  Thanks, Nina.”

Sue Salamon

Sue Salamon Photography

Nina has a way of explaining the technical aspects of light and colour composition that is so easy to understand, you are left wondering why on earth you didn’t see it in the first place”… Just kidding, but really, Nina does have a real knack for explaining what people normally battle to get their heads round!

Kelly

Umoya Photography

Having followed Nina’s work for a few years I was delighted when she offered training in Glasgow so I jumped at the chance to train with her. The day was well paced, Nina was a great teacher and explained things in a clear and concise way and was very generous in her teaching and happy to answer any and all questions. I’m now hugely excited to get out of the studio again and put everything I learned into practice and would definitely recommend training with Nina!

Rachel Lynch

Beautiful Bairns

I went on Nina’s “Advanced Editing and Marketing” course last week, and last year attended her “Colour and Light” workshop. Both were inspirational! Nina is open and enthusiastic and will give you the tools to be a better photographer and get your business moving in the right direction. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Ellie Cotton

Family photographer , Danelion Photography

I attended Nina’s Colour and Light course for professional photographers in May 2016. I was very impressed with the amount of information she taught the group over the course of the day. She taught so many practical skills about how to find the perfect spot with beautiful light and the “after care” was brilliant, showing how to edit images from the day and giving feedback on my work. I think it’s the best professional photography workshop I’ve been on by far and worth every penny. Thank you Nina, I am looking forward to attending another workshop with you soon. Anna

Anna Allan

Anna Allan Photography

I can safely say that Nina’s child photography workshop was one of the best investment I made this year for taking my photography to the next level. I learned invaluable tips on how to position my clients, where to position them depending of the time of day and different light conditions. I would definitely recommend it to any photographers

Sandra Cullen

Sandra Cullen Photography

Thank you Nina for an excellent and enjoyable workshop. I have always sought locations where I liked the backgrounds and worked around that but after your course, I am very much converted to looking for the light first. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone thinking about it; its been a great learning curve and the post workshop Facebook forum has provided me with lots inspiration for editing outdoor location shoots. Thanks!

Pratika

Kay Sehmi Photography

I had an excellent one to one photography mentoring session with Nina and left buzzing with ideas and a clear plan for moving my business forward. I love her work and would recommend her as both a mentor and family photographer. Her workshops for photographers are second to none!

Katrina Shepherd

Family photographer , Katrina Shepherd Photography

I had the pleasure of hosting Nina in my home town last month for a fantastic day of photographer training. From the get go Nina struck the perfect balance between being super organised whilst also keeping things relaxed and most of all fun! From keeping us all up to date with what to expect and how to prepare from the day to organising the most perfect little models for the day, Nina had planned it down to a Tee. Coming from a studio environment to the great outdoors was a little scary for me but Nina made me feel totally at ease from the moment I met her right until the end of the day. I learned so much in the short space of a day. Nina really is a fountain of knowledge, not just in outdoor photography (which she is the master of) right down to her expensive experience and knowledge in business and marketing. I am delighted to have the pleasure of hosting Nina again next year for more business and marketing training, she really is the most genuinely, lovely and giving trainer I have had the pleasure of learning from.

Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy Photography

I have attended 2 photography workshops with Nina now and learnt so much from both. The colour and light workshop was very hands on with lots of opportunities for photographing children on location. Nina is very straightforward and clear in explaining how she does things and allows time to answer everyone’s questions. We covered a lot on the course but nothing was rushed. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and came away very inspired. Thank you, Nina!

Claire Williamson

Little Olives Photography

top tips for booking the right photography workshop for you

 

I am very proud to have been running photography training and workshops for over 5 years now (and am close to reaching my 100th workshop) and there are some excellent courses and training days available throughout the UK. I thought it would be useful for me to write some suggested tips on what to look for and questions to ask to make sure you get the most from your investment.

 

 Tip 1: Be clear on what you are looking to  get from the photography workshop 

At the start of each year I work on a top-line plan of what i want to achieve in my business over the coming 12 month – I break it into separate areas such as branding, marketing, editing and shooting, I also include creative inspiration and personal projects. Start with a plan to decide where you need to grow *(this blog post here might help you get started) and then look for workshops that meet these needs. 

 

 

Tip 2: Ask for the maximum number of attendees on the course  

Group photography workshops are a great way to get a feel for how other photographers work, how they style their subjects and their lighting set up. If you want any one on one time with the photographer it’s really good to know the maximum number of people on the course.  Too many photographers can ruin a workshop experience as inevitably the stronger personalities will step to the front and demand more attention. Ask how many people are currently booked on plus what the maximum numbers will be. 

 

 

Tip 3: See whether you are able to use the images in your portfolio or whether you have your own creative time on the day to practice and use what you have learnt 

This is a very important point – no images taken on workshops or training should ever be entered into competition but more often than not most workshops will not allow you to use the images in your portfolio and you must credit the trainer at all times. Some trainers now offer training in the morning and then a creative session in the afternoon where you design and set  up the images so you do own the shots and can use them in your portfolio. 

 

 

Tip 4: Ask if there are any course materials to take away 

I have to admit this is a challenge for photographers who run the training as we really want you to leave with materials  but also want to make sure they aren’t shared,. Its especially unfair for photographers who have paid to come along to the course to find that others have been passed the materials for free. On my courses I now aim to give printed materials or overview summary sheets as a take away. 

 

Tip 5: See if there is any support after the course 

Its also great to know if there will be any support after the photography workshop if you have any questions. I run a number of Facebook communities and on my outdoor workshops I keep a private group open for 2 weeks to share edits and discuss ideas after the workshop. 

 

 

Tip 6: Speak to a couple of photographers who have been on the course 

To get a real feel for how the workshop impacted the photographers shooing or business ask to speak to a couple of people who have been on the course. All good trainers should be able to give you contacts of other photographers to speak too. 

Tip 7: Check into the trainers credentials 

If the course is around Business & Marketing you are absolutely allowed to ask how about theirs business model before they trained, their pricing strategy etc. You can ask about volume of clients, average sales, website visibility etc. 

 

 

Tip 8: Check the cancellation and refund policy in the Terms & Conditions 

Make sure you read up on the cancellation and refund policy – both for you and if the trainer cancels. There will come a point where you are still liable for the full payment if you cancel close to the training date as the trainers will incur costs for hotel hire, food etc. Also ask if you were ill for example could you sell the place onto another person and whether there will be an admin fee attached Read the terms and conditions of the photography workshop. Image usage and whether you intend to train at any point are very important. These will also include whether you need to credit the trainer in any images used. 

 

 

 

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