Photography Workshops and Mentoring With Maria Falconer FRPS & Prof. Paul Hill MBE

The Tutors

Paul is one of the UK's most influential photographers and workshop leaders, who has published several books and exhibited all over the world. A photo-journalist before concentrating on his own personal projects, he was awarded an MBE for services to photography and a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.
Hill on Photography


A university lecturer and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Maria is also an experienced workshop teacher and professional photographer, whose work has been exhibited in the UK., Ireland, France, the US and East Asia. Her commercial photography has been widely published including The Guardian, The Times and The Scotsman.
Maria Falconer Photography



We are delighted to announce a new workshop taking place this summer called TIMEFRAME. It's a hybrid workshop, part live, part online and is now open for booking. Our workshops are now hosted at Maria's new site PhotoDrama, please click here for details

We are still offering a limited number of bespoke workshops to organised groups, please do get in touch for details if you are interested in this approach.

Meanwhile our bespoke 1-2-1 sessions and mentoring programme may appeal to you, see details below.

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Photography Mentoring Programme & 1-2-1 Sessions

Private Photography Coaching

Private coaching sessions with Paul or Maria, suitable for beginners and experienced photographers

photography psychogeography Online or live in the Peak District Timetabled to suit

Photography Mentoring Programme

Private mentoring programme with Paul or Maria designed to offer input and feedback over a period of time

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Private Photography Coaching and Mentoring

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Private Photography Coaching Sessions

The main advantage of a private photography coaching session is that it really is all all about you! And this means that instead of following a predetermined course or workshop, each session is designed to offer you exactly what you need. So with a little expert guidance to help you improve your photography a 1-2-1 session will really fast track your learning. Paul and Maria have extensive teaching experience from absolute beginners through to post graduate level, so whatever your background and experience you will be in good hands.

Private photography coaching is available in hourly slots and can focus on the technical aspects of image making or the creative. And time slots are available daytime, evenings and weekends.

Sessions can be booked with either Paul or Maria, and can take place online or live in Ashbourne in the Peak District.

After booking Maria or Paul will contact you to arrange a mutually suitable day / time for your session.

Please don't hesitate to email or call us (Maria 07740985887 / Paul 07977700274) if you would like to chat about what we can offer you, or if you would like to discuss which tutor woud be most appropriate for you.


  • One hour - Zoom £ 60

  • One hour - live in Ashbourne, Derbyshire £ 70

Please check out our t & c's before booking

Choose from the following options

Photography Mentoring Programme

Our photography mentoring programme, jointly run by Maria Falconer and Paul Hill , is designed for photographers who would benefit from 1-2-1 input and feedback over a period of time. This is particularly useful for those about to embark on, or are in the midst of a project or a body of work, but is also suitable for those looking for regular tuition.

The programme consists of 5 x 90 minute sessions available either online or live in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Sessions will take place at approximately two week intervals and time slots are available daytime, evenings and weekends. The initial session will involve both Paul and Maria who will offer individual feedback on your work. At the end of the session, and in consultation with you, a decision will be made about which mentor would be the most appropriate to take you through the rest of the programme. Sessions two to five will continue with your personal mentor. If you would prefer to work with either Paul or Maria right from the outset, then simply let us know before we begin (please don't be afraid to say, we are never offended), and we will happily arrange that.

It doesn't matter which genre / style you work in or what format / platform you prefer to use. It could be a documentary book or a radical zine, a moving image piece or a series of prints, it's entirely up to you. Whatever you decide, Paul and Maria will be there to provide an informal but professional guiding hand to help bring out the best in your photographic work.

Topics covered during the sessions are variable and will reflect the needs and direction of each photographer enrolling on the programme. They may include any part of the creative process such as;

  • Finding inspiration

  • Working on a theme

  • Developing a style

  • Editing

  • Layout and sequencing

  • Design

  • Formats (what to make) - prints, moving image, books etc.

  • Platforms (where to show) - galleries, online platforms, festivals etc.

  • Anything else that will help you complete a successful project or advance your work.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner you will be supported, challenged and encouraged to develop your photographic practice to the highest possible level.

Please check out our t & c's before booking


  • Photography Mentoring Programme- Zoom £ 375

  • Photography Mentoring Programme - live in Ashbourne, Derbyshire £ 450

Choose from the following options

Please don't hesitate to email or call us (Maria 07740985887 / Paul 07977700274) if you would like to chat about any aspect of the programme.

Buying a programme as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!

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