Created by two leading UK documentary family photographers, Emma Collins and Antonina Mamzenko, Real Life Photo Academy is a new learning platform for photographers wanting to creatively succeed in the documentary family genre and build a solid business foundation for long-term success.

Currently open for enrolment:

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Turning Chaos Into Art: Elevating the Documentary Image


a 24 week creative mentorship with award-winning photographers Antonina Mamzenko and Emma Collins

only 12 spots available

starts 11th January 2021

Also available:

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Sustainable Pricing for Family Photographers

A self-paced course guiding you through all the math and psychology required to set your pricing and sales process for long-term success.

Instructor: Antonina Mamzenko

Enrol anytime, work at your own pace

Image © Emma Collins

121 Mentoring with Emma

Book a one-to-one session with Emma to work through your creative blocks, get help with culling or crafting a compelling image series, work through shooting in a documentary way, and more.

Instructor: Emma Collins

Book a spot first, align diaries later

Image © Antonina Mamzenko

121 Mentoring with Antonina

Book a one-to-one session with Antonina to get help with pricing, selling, portfolio and website reviews and more. 

Instructor: Antonina Mamzenko

Book a spot first, align diaries later

Image © Antonina Mamzenko

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Your instructors:

Emma Collins

From humble beginnings of wrapping newborn babies back in 2010, to having a successful lifestyle business, Emma has become one of the leading documentary family photographers in the UK and has won several Documentary Family Photography awards, including Best Overall and Environmental Portrait categories twice in a row. Her heart has been won by the powerful stories that documenting family life offers, showing families that life doesn’t have to be manicured, that what they have together is their perfect. She is passionate about spreading this message, raising the profile of the genre and teaching photographers how to elevate their images to create art from the everyday chaos.

Emma’s Instagram | Emma’s Website

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Antonina Mamzenko

Antonina is a recovering lawyer who moved from Russia to the UK in search of an adventure and found her home. She started her lifestyle family photography business back in 2009 and after getting tired of telling people what to wear and where to sit, transitioned to a more documentary approach in 2015. Over the past 10 years she has become one of the leading UK family photographers working with clients from all over the globe. Her superpower is documentary portraiture and capturing authentic moments of humour and connection. An introvert to the core, she is passionate about teaching photographers how they can run a profitable photography business while playing to their unique strengths – and without burning out.

Antonina’s Instagram | Antonina’s Website

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