The Photography Workshop for Parents


Revolutionise your photography in just half a day

If you’re reading this I’m pretty sure I know how it is. You’re frustrated by the photos you take of your children, but you’re too busy to add an evening course to your schedule. I hear this all the time! Join my fun and friendly beginners photography workshop in Cheshire for busy parents. I can teach you both the technical and artistic sides of photography, and will then guide you in practical exercises to hone your skills.

Treat yourself to something just for you - and start getting fantastic photos before your children are all grown up!

The course was fab for me, a complete SLR novice and I’m now loving the search for bokeh. I’m even looking at lighting in films and TV programmes now! Thank you again Ellie

Student photos before & after attending ROCK YOUR CAMERA



£95 per person, includes

  • Small group workshop (maximum 10 attendees) so I can give you individual attention,

  • "How to" sheets for your specific model of camera

  • Two practical sessions during the morning where we go out of the classroom to try out new skills

  • "Cheatsheets" which summarise all the vital technical and artistic topics

  • Teas & coffees, and mid-morning pastries

  • Four weeks of private email support from me following the workshop

  • Entry to my Rock your camera facebook group with 4 weekly assignments to help you practice what you have learned and where I offer ongoing support for as long as you would like it


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Rock Your Camera ~ Sun 25 November

Wilmslow SK9 4EY

From 9am to 1pm

Rock Your Camera ~ Sat 2 February

Alderley Edge, Cheshire SK9 7BJ

From 9am to 1pm

Rock Your Camera ~ Sun 17 March

Warrington Rd, Knutsford WA16 0RW

From 9am to 1pm


Gift certificate for a place on any Rock Your Camera beginners photography workshop. This is a small group training course covering the technical basics and exploring how to use light, composition and photography genres - read more here.

Gift certificate will be delivered within 2-3 days - if you require it sooner let me know via email


 Course Content


EXPOSURE - Understand what we mean by ISO, f-stops and shutter speeds, and the exposure triangle

CAMERA MODES - Learn why taking control of your camera is the only way to achieve those lovely fuzzy backgrounds and perfect exposure.

GOOD AND BAD LIGHT - Learn how to recognise good light and avoid bad light, and how to shoot in different conditions.

COMPOSITION - The rules of composition which can turn ordinary snapshots into extraordinary photos

AVOIDING BLUR - Understand the 4 main reasons you are getting blurry photos and the best ways to ensure they are super sharp.

PHOTOGRAPHY STYLES - What is family documentary photographyHow do you get cooperation from your children for better photos? Learn how to experiment with different styles of photography to ensure your child doesn’t get sick of the camera.


I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your course, your style and easy manner in covering so much ground. I previously did a term’s course at a local college but I can honestly say I learned ten times more at your workshop. Thank you!


Q - I have been using my camera for a few years, is the course still useful?
A - Whether you just bought your camera, it's been sat in a cupboard, or you have some basic skills already - this workshop is suitable for you. The technical side of the course will cover how and why to use aperture-priority mode effectively - if you are already comfortable using this mode then it may still be applicable but please email me to discuss your individual needs. 

Q - I honestly have no clue how to use my camera - does this matter?
A - You don't need to know how to use your camera, because I will create a guide for you. Before the workshop I'll ask for your camera details and create specific guide just for your camera model. The only thing you do need to know is how to charge it up and insert a memory card!

Q - I don't have children, is the course still relevant?
A - Most of the examples I use are tailored to parents, and make the assumption that this will be your main photography subject. However you don't need to have children to come on the course - the content is relevant for all types of photography.

Q - What camera do I need? Is it ok if to use my phone?
A - The course is designed for parents with a DSLR or mirrorless camera who want to learn how to get out of auto-mode and start getting fantastic photography. To get the most out of the course you need one of these cameras and bring it on the course with you.

Q - How will I learn so much in one day?
A - This is an intensive workshop - but taught in a fun and progressive way. There are 2 outdoor practicals included on the day to get you trying out new skills straight away. Then, in the weeks following the workshop you can also join in with 4 online assignments to practice further.

Q - Do you cover composition / camera modes / focus? 
A - Scroll up for a full course outline

Q - Are the online assignments essential?
A - Not at all, but they are designed to encourage you to practice. Because I know that parents are busy, and I don't want you to come to the workshop and then not pick up your camera again for six months. I want to get you polishing your new skills and very quickly reaping the rewards!

Thank you Ellie!! I got such a lot out of the workshop and feel so much more confident using my camera. I really like your style and enjoyed all the content. I just feel so excited to practice!
— Claire Brookes
Ellie Cotton photography training


Ellie Cotton is a the owner & photographer of Dandelion Photography, and has been photographing families, children, births and events since 2010. However she actually picked up her first SLR camera when aged just 11 years old - and that's over 30 years ago - gulp! 

Since creating the ROCK YOUR CAMERA workshop in early 2017, Ellie has taught over 60 parents with tremendous response from those attending - please take a look at the testimonials on this page.

You can read more about Ellie & her photography style here.