THE MOTHERHOOD is steeped in passion for uplifting women.  We empower mothers to embrace their creativity by giving them the knowledge and skills to use their DSLR camera.


The concept of THE MOTHERHOOD is to bring like-minded women together who want to learn how to take inspiring photographs of their everyday.

It originated in my kitchen as an all-day workshop, and I hope very much to return there soon but, because of Covid I’ll be hosting these workshops online until we can all safely meet up again.

Our workshops are just as cosy and intimate but are delivered in small chunks over four weeks instead of in a day to make them accessible to everyone.

Philippa James

The Motherhood fonder + Photographer

In THE MOTHERHOOD we start at the very beginning, understanding your camera.  With this empowering knowledge you’ll be able to take photographs in a most inspiring and creative way.

You will learn how to create captivating images through strong composition and powerful storytelling.  Not only will you be able to create the photographs you’ve always dreamed of, you’ll also be part of a community fuelled with like-minded women supporting and encouraging each other in their photographic journey.


  • 5-week live on-line workshops (1.5 hour a week) 
  • Learn about ISO, shutter speed & depth of field
  • Learn how to look for, & measure light
  • Basic introduction to editing
  • Small workshop groups to ensure intimate learning
  • Life-long photography support as a member of THE MOTHERHOOD

Once you join THE MOTHERHOOD and using your big girl’s camera confidently, you are welcome to join further workshops that we run throughout the year.  These master classes range from portritute, documentary, editing, street etc

Anyone can join these master classes, but you must be able to confidently use your camera in manule mode.  Information on the next workshop will be featured below.


  • 3 hour intense live on-line workshop
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of either Lightroom or VSCO 
  • Play with filters, colour and black and white
  • Learn how to edit confidently
  • Small groups to ensure intimate learning




  • JANUARY 18th  – SOLD OUT
  • APRIL 21st  – SOLD OUT
  • JUNE 10th – 5 spaces available


  • Lightroom – 27th April 2021  SOLD OUT

Know anyone who has a

passion for photography?



  • Do you own a DSLR camera? (aka a big girls camera, one where you can change lenses and has lots of settings)
  • Do you want to be able to capture the everyday moments in a beautiful photo on your DSLR camera?
  • Are you a mother with limited time? 
  • You know the picture you want to take, but don’t know how to take it?
  • Do you want to invest something in your own development?

If you’re nodding right now, then our workshop is for you. 

book your place

Let us know which date you’d like to join us and we’ll get you all booked in.

If you’d like to give or receive the workshop as a wonderful present just let us know and we’ll send you a gift voucher


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Take a peek below at the incredible work THE MOTHERHOOD students have created also check out their work on INSTAGRAM.  We also curated our very own exhibition which got picked up by BBC Breakfast News.  One student also had a photograph selected for the HOLD STILL exhbition by The National Portrait Gallery

a few questions

often asked


Click the + signs on the FAQ below to find out more…

How much does it cost?

It costs £125 for a four-week workshop, including live mentoring and chats with Philippa. 

By the end of it you’ll be a better photographer, you’ll be able to take great photographs of your everyday by knowing how to confidently use your camera. 

You’ll have access to THE MOTHERHOOD community and all its support.

Philippa guides you every step of the way over a 4-week period, via live online workshops.

Where does the workshop take place?

The concept of THE MOTHERHOOD is to get like-minded brilliant women together who want to learn how to take fantastic photographs of their everyday. It originated in Philippa’s kitchen, and we hope very much to return there one day.

We’ll be hosting our lives in our closed online group until a time when we can all meet again. And, as with every cloud, this brings a silver-lining that you don’t need to travel. This workshop will be taken from the comfort of your own surroundings.

It’s important to us that your learning environment is not overwhelming and so these sessions are small and intimate.

No one leaves without having a lightbulb moment and being able to confidently use their camera on manual mode.

What exactly do I learn?
  • The difference between a snapshot and a photograph.
  • How to use your camera confidently.
  • The skills to create captivating images through strong composition and powerful storytelling.

The first step in great photography is getting to know your camera, we’ll get you off automatic and taking the photographs you want to see. 

You will learn about the ISO, shutter speed and depth of field (please don’t worry if you have no idea what these terms are right now!), you will learn how to measure light and get an introduction to editing your photographs.

You will leave the workshop being able to confidently use your camera and know exactly how to take those stunning photographs you’ve always wanted to take.

I'm a professional photographer and I love your work. Can I come?

I’m afraid this workshop is only for amateur photographers. If you’d like to book a 1:1 mentoring session with me just get in touch.

I'm a dad. Can I still come to your workshop?
Yes, of course you can.
I'm not a mum, but I love your photography, can I still join?

Yes, you can. This workshop is to learn how to use your DSLR camera with an introduction to documentary photography. You’ll understand how to photograph your everyday, whatever it looks like.

Who runs the workshops

We are Philippa and Emidy!  We believe passionately in creating safe, rewarding spaces for mothers to learn creative photography skills and express themselves in new ways. 

Photographer and all-round good egg, Philippa will be the one doing the teaching. Using her own encouraging and dynamic coaching methods. THE MOTHERHOOD is steeped in her passion for uplifting women to be the artistic directors as they so desire.

As a former student of THE MOTHERHOOD, Emidy understands first-hand what it feels like to take part in the workshops and has joined forces with Philippa as a founding member its online community. Her experience makes her the perfect person to support and encourage you on your journey, as she has been there herself and has transformed her relationship with photography as a result. 

What happens after this workshop?

Once you’re a member of THE MOTHERHOOD you can choose to improve your photography by joining smaller workshops that we run throughout the year.  

We help keep you motivated to practice your skills. In 2020 we created an exhibition called ISOLATION which was featured on BBC Breakfast News and a past student had a photograph included in the National Portrait Gallery Hold Still Exhibition.

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