David Handley

Child & Baby Photography

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    Includes personal feedback and tuition. More

  • $75

    Learn in an online classroom with no more than 20 classmates. More

Course Description

Child and baby photographer (and parent) David Handley teaches you how to take brilliant photos of your baby and children in this online photography course.

David shows you step by step how to compose shots, handle cameras, take portraits, and even photograph children in a work capacity. David also goes on to reveal many secrets he's learnt during his career working with children to create beautiful natural looking portraits.

You will learn how to take beautiful artistic photographs of your kids - from newborn babies to teenagers from one of the greatest child photographers in the world.

You'll learn:

  • setting up and handling your camera
  • photographing children with style, clarity and colour
  • creating professional baby and child photos
  • composing portrait shots
  • creating natural looking photos
  • which camera settings to use
  • printing images
  • exposing images correctly
  • photo processing

You'll need:

A digital DSLR camera (but you can also use a compact camera or phone).

This photography course is suitable for any level of photographer - from parents looking to create beautiful portraits of their children using their phone to photography professionals who want to learn more about child photography from an expert.

Your tutor:

This online child photography course is taught by one of the most acclaimed photographers in the world - Sony Fashion Photographer of the Year, David Handley.

The course includes stunning examples of child photographic portraits, and David talks you through how he took each shot.

Choose Expert option for personal feedback on your photographs from David.

Time to complete this child & baby photography course:

Every student is different but in general we think the whole course will take around 13 hours 15 minutes to complete including:

  • Video lessons: 1 hour 15 minutes in total
  • Course notes: 30 minutes per lesson
  • Assignment: at least 2 hours per lesson
  • Interactive classroom time: 15 minutes per lesson
  • tutor feedback review (Expert level): 15 minutes per lesson
  • The course includes:

    • On-demand video lessons - presented by David Handley
    • lifetime access to the video, notes and interactive class
    • flexible classes - join and learn when and where you like
    • downloadable lesson notes
    • practical (optional) child and baby photography assignments
    • access on your mobile, PC, Mac or laptop
    • small interactive online classroom chat online to students from around the world

    Ready to get started?

    Just add the course to your basket above - choose the 'Expert' option for personal feedback from David on your photos.

    Any questions? Contact us by clicking on the orange speech symbol - we'd love to hear from you.

    CPD Accreditation

    Course activity has been accredited by the CPD Standards Office (CPDSO). The course equates to 13 hours, 15 minutes of CPD learning.
    The CPD Standards Office. CPD Provider: 50276.

    Course outline

    • Achieving natural photographs of babies and children

      The first lecture is all about achieving natural photographs of babies and children of all ages. There is a particular method I use all of the time for getting happy, natural looking pictures.

      The different techniques relating to this method are explored and illustrated, as I show you photographs I have taken using each technique.

      The photos are mostly the finished product which were used commercially and there are some behind the scenes shots showing you how I achieved the pictures.

    • Techniques and Attitudes

      The second lesson teaches you about more techniques and attitudes. It contains more of my knowledge, views and philosophies on photographing children and babies.

      I talk about specific methods relating to particular age groups but as with all of the lectures, it includes all ages, from newborn to teens.

      Again I talk through my own photographs, to show you how I used the techniques I'm explaining and how I put them into use to create each picture. I share my experiences and give you tips and advice on how you can achieve similar pictures.

    • Improving your Technical Abilities

      Once you have learnt the techniques mentioned in the first two lectures, you can then start to improve your technical abilities. This lecture is more technical but I don't blind you with science and too much jargon. Keeping it as simple as possible, I want to give you a better understanding of cameras and photography so you will become a better photographer.

      However, it's not all about equipment and data, as I also find this a little boring myself. I want you to enjoy taking pictures. I'm merely giving you guidelines on the technical things which will give you more control and skill as a photographer.

      The lecture also includes creative things like composition, cropping, and camera angle.

    • The Secrets of Lighting

      The fourth lesson is mostly about lighting. Lighting is actually very important and is probably overlooked a great deal. It can make the difference between a mediocre and a great picture.

      All the elements in a photo can remain the same but if the lighting is beautiful and flattering then so will be the picture. In this lecture I explain the different types of lighting you can use. They are all very simple and are explained again with the aid of my photographs.

      You will be amazed at the difference good lighting makes to your pictures. Especially when combined with all the other skills and knowledge you will have learnt from the previous lectures.

    Great concept, wonderful class. Learned what I wanted to, would recommend to anyone


    Choose how you want to learn

    • The Expert option


      Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from David Handley

      • Start course whenever you like
      • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
      • 4 assignments marked by David Handley
      • Certificate of completion and CPD hours
      • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
      • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
      • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
      • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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    • The Peer option

      Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

      • Start course whenever you like
      • Practise what you learn with your peers
      • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
      • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
      • 4 course assignments
      • Group chat & direct message classmates
      • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
      Learn more

    Buy this course for a business or group

    You can now buy this course through your business or organisation for individuals and groups up to 20

    Photography classroom - how it works

    • Start anytime

      Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

      Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
    • Test yourself

      Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

      Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
    • Personal tuition

      Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

      Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
    • Share ideas

      Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

      Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Meet David Handley

    David Handley - Photography

    David has won the prestigious title of SONY WORLD FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER and received awards in PDN Exposure Award, One Eyeland Awards, Aesthetica Art Prize, London International Creative Compettion and International Photographer of the Year.

    The Association of Photographers
    As an artist and photographer, his father encouraged David throughout his childhood to engage in both subjects.

    David's keen interest led him to Art School and University, where he gained a degree in 'Photography and Design'.

    After graduation he spent numerous years assisting various photographers, travelling the globe on photographic assignments.

    For the last 12 years he has specialised in children's fashion for commercial and editorial clients worldwide such as Mini Boden, Ralph Lauren, Mothercare, M&S and Next.

    "Working with children is very unpredictable, energetic and fun, which makes it very rewarding. I love working with kids, in fact I used to be one!".

    David has also lectured at Central St Martins University of Arts in London and now this online course.

    He has also been indulging in some acting, with small roles in major movies such as 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Harry Potter'.

    David is a multi-award winning photographer who was given the prestigious title of 'Sony World Fashion Photographer'.

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    Awards & Accreditations

    • Royal Horticultural Society - Approved Centre 2023-2024
    • Royal Horticultural Society
    • CPD Accredited (provider 50276)
    • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Digital Health and Wellbeing Learning Product of the Year
    • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Adult Home Learning Product of the Year