This mentoring program is for photographers who want coaching, inspiration and feedback from an experienced professional to help fulfill their passion. I will challenge you to think more about what are shooting and why, thus assuring that you get better and more consistent photos each time you go out.
I’ve determined there are three levels of photography excellence. The first is technical, learning what your camera does and being able to make adjustments without doing much thinking. You have to feel comfortable with your equipment to make consistently good photos. Also in this phase you should be able to make your images look their best in the computer using Lightroom, Photoshop or something similar. This level is the easiest to learn although it can be the most intimidating.
The second level is seeing composition and light and be able to capture it in your photos. It requires studying the “rules” and knowing when to follow them and when to break them. Paying attention to art, design and other photography will improve your skills immensely.
The third level is sharing your soul. This may sound rather woo-woo, but there is a reason you can throw a bunch of skilled photographers in the same situation and a few come out with much better pictures than the others. They have learned how to open up and share what they feel through their camera. It is by far the hardest level to attain but it is something that is learnable. I don’t believe some people are born with this ability, they have learned to “see” in a way others haven’t and it comes from their soul. We can all learn to do it.
This is a one-on-one program, we will work on whichever level you are at.
Reading books, watching YouTube videos and shooting on your own will only get you so far, you can learn photography faster by talking with and getting suggestions from a professional who has experienced all aspects of photography, both as a photographer and a photo editor. The problem with Google learning is that you have to know what questions to ask and you don’t always know who is answering. You don’t know what you don’t know.
This is a three month program and includes six sessions. We can do the sessions in person or online, whichever is more convenient for you.
An important aspect of the sessions is doing critiques of your work. Critiques are essential to grow as a photographer and getting feedback helps you learn faster. Not only will I be giving you suggestions, I will show you how to critique your own work in a way that doesn’t make you depressed! Like I always say, critiques are subjective and I don’t think everyone should shoot in my style, but I will raise questions that you can answer for yourself and help you grow as a photographer. I will encourage and inspire you while giving it to you straight in a way that helps you improve quickly. I may momentarily take you out of your comfort zone, but you will feel exhilarated when you reach new heights.
You will work on a personal project of your choosing. This can sound intimidating, but I am a big believer that it is easier to learn when you have a goal in mind that is concrete. “Getting to the next level” isn’t a goal, it is a dream and I will show you how creating a project, big or small, can increase your passion, skills and efficiency. If you are struggling with ideas, I will help you find a workable project. I wrote a post on my blog about having personal photography projects, it should help relieve some anxiety.
When you are finished with your project, I hope you will create a book, gallery show, presentation or website of your photos, no matter if you shoot landscapes, nature, portraits, sports, fashion or documentary.
I was a photo editor for over 20 years, working daily with photographers to help them learn to see pictures in a different way, teaching them how to shoot photos with impact, how plan a shoot and come back with photos that would make them smile and feel good about what they have done. I know when to push and when to praise, my style is to ask questions that don’t need an immediate answer but gives photographers something to think about as they plan and execute a shooting session. Photographers I worked with consistently won state, regional and national awards and they avoided the burnout that frequently happens when people don’t get feedback or have anyone they respect to bounce ideas off of.
This photography coaching program is for you if:
-You are ready for a fun, exciting photography challenge and want to take better pictures.
-You’d like to shoot a project under the eyes of a professional photographer
-You’re ready to be challenged about how you think as a photography and why you shoot the things that you do
-Would love to have the insight of a seasoned, award-winning professional photographer and photo editor and would benefit from structure to help you learn photography and get to the next level.
Not only will we be talking about your photos, you will have assignments to look at images of pro photographers and we will break down those photos and discuss why they work or don’t. My homework will be looking at some of your shoots between sessions and have constructive ideas ready for you. I will show you full shoots that I do, warts and all, so you can see my thought process.
Once you are comfortable using your camera this mentoring is about creativity, thinking, shooting with intention and helping you determine where to go next. We will talk about seeing and shooting light, angles and advanced composition. But most all, I’ll share the fun and passion that keeps me shooting after 35 years in the field.
The price for the three month mentoring is $489, which includes five sessions that last up to two hours, plus email consultation between sessions. Like all my programs, if you aren’t satisfied, I’ll give you a full refund.
A year long mentoring program is available for $1,600.