Over the 12 years of my professional career I have experienced quite a few training courses.  Some have been excellent, but unfortunately the majority have been very poor leaving me feeling ripped off with not much to show in terms of learning.  These experiences have been in the foreground of my mind whilst developing my own training programme and the following are all key to my tuition:


Group workshops will have a maximum of 5 participants.  Bespoke small group sessions can be arranged on request to cover a specific area of interest.


All sessions will be super friendly and relaxed and are all about YOUR learning needs.  I want you to feel able to ask anything, and yes you can ask the same question again and again if needed!  


We'll leave the complicated photo jargon to the instruction manual.  Photo terminology is presented in a real and understandable way.


There will definitely be no egos present.  Tuition focuses on your development needs - and is NOT an opportunity to tell you how brilliant I am !!  


Every workshop and tuition session will be packed with practical learning opportunities.  Putting the theory into practice is the best way to build skills and confidence.


For most people I tutor the biggest frustration comes from not feeling confident with their camera and how it works.  They will often have a vision of what they would like their image to look like but just don't know how to get there.  My tutoring always focuses on helping you master your camera settings in a more intuitive way.  


In my mind, great food is essential to learning!  We'll be working hard so will definitely need some replenishing refreshments along the way!


York provides a stunning backdrop to outdoor based tuition.  I also have some wonderful indoor locations up my sleeve to inspire creativity!


Here are some kind words from previous training sessions:

"I enjoyed being reminded of how the different settings worked on my camera.  Seeing places I didn't know existed and taking the time to look at everything from a different angle.  You're very approachable, knowledgeable and made the morning fun.  I liked the relaxed atmosphere and being able to ask daft questions!  It was an easy session to attend on my own"

“Olivia broke the mystery of using manual camera settings down into simple basic steps. Unnecessary jargon had been left out so we could see clearly, and achievably how to set our own cameras and practice to achieve the perfect shot. I wish I’d known all this years ago!”

"I just wanted to say thanks for a wonderful photo walk this morning.  It was a great opportunity to pick up my camera again and be creative and to meet so many lovely people".

"Like a lot of women, I lack confidence in using my camera and so being able to use it in an environment where I felt able to ask you questions when I wasn't sure about something was invaluable . I think one of the main things I will take away from that session is to try and use my camera more intuitively".




This is an amazing opportunity to have a session tailored to your own learning needs.  From a complete beginner to an emerging professional, each session will focus on developing skills and confidence.  Here are some example sessions but of course subject areas and locations can be arranged to suit needs:

  • Getting to know your camera (perfect if you have a shiny new DSLR and you are feeling overwhelmed by all of the functions)
  • Shooting on manual - building confidence to step away from the auto settings
  • Location photography - how to shoot in a variety of environments
  • Food and still life photography - how to photograph beautiful editorial style images
  • Wedding Photography - practical teaching and behind the scenes knowledge sharing


  • 1:1 Half Day £250
  • 1:1 Full Day £425

Investment fees include refreshments on the day.  Coffee and cake for half day sessions and coffee / tea breaks plus lunch on the full day courses.


To book a bespoke training session please do call me on 07779 345819 or you can email  The first step is to have a telephone consultation so I can find out more about your experience and learning needs.  I will then create a tailored teaching session and propose a suitable location.



Small group tuition sessions enable me to give plenty of support to everyone and ensures there is time and space to answer any questions as they crop up.  

Examples of small group sessions include:

  • From Auto to Manual - getting to grips with ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture without jargon
  • Location photography to develop outdoor skills across a variety of settings
  • Indoor photography - finding and making the most of natural light
  • Food and still life photography - bringing an editorial feel to your photography

Small group workshops investment

Half Day Workshop £80

Full Day Workshop £130

Please note some workshops may include a slight fee increase to cover specific expenses such as model fees and prop hire.

The workshop fees include refreshments.  Coffee and cake on the half day sessions and coffee / tea breaks plus lunch on the full day.



Alongside my more structured training sessions I run occasional photo walks in York city centre.  These sessions are more social and are about camera loving people enjoying a couple of hours in good company.  All levels of ability are welcome.  We will take in some of the beautiful sights of York and aim to see the city with fresh and inspired eyes.  I will be on hand to answer any burning questions but the walk isn't a formal teaching session.  The walks would be ideal for those who have attended a training session and would like a supportive environment to put learning into practice.   

There a maximum of 8 places on each session and the photo walk lasts for 2 hours.  The walk fee is £20 per person.  There will be the opportunity at the end of the session to go for refreshments and these are payable at your own cost.  I also run Ladies only photo walks and can create a walk for clubs and societies on request.  Please visit the course dates page for information on upcoming walks.


Do get in touch about upcoming group training dates or to find out more about one to one tuition then please get in touch for a chat as these sessions will be created on a bespoke basis.  My email is or you call call me on 07779 345819.

If I can help with any questions or you'd like to chat through your learning needs please don't hesitate to get in touch.   



I am also delighted to offer mentoring to aspiring professional photographers.  This is arranged on a bespoke basis according to needs.  Please do get in touch for a chat and I can then pull together a tailored mentoring programme for you.  Mentoring can cover photography skills development, business set up, networking and business generation inspiration and shoot preparation.