I am so excited to finally be able to offer one on one mentoring sessions! I was in your position just a few years ago. I had barely a clue how to work my camera. I didn’t even know I wanted to start a business. All I knew is that I liked taking pictures and making a little money on the side couldn’t hurt. I was pretty clueless actually! And that’s when I signed up for a one on one mentoring session with a photographer that I admired very much! She was so real with me. She didn’t laugh when I asked what “shooting in manual” even meant. She answered any and every question I could think of. She was being more than a teacher; she was being a friend! Without that mentoring session, I’m not sure where I’d be in my business today. And for that I am so thankful and if I could give to others just some of what she gave to me, I will be so happy!
A little about my business. I started shooting weddings just after I got married in 2015. I loved my photographers process. I loved the feeling when we finally received our finished wedding gallery and I wanted to give that felling to others. So I picked up my camera! I dove head first into weddings that year because I knew they were what I really wanted to be shooting. Without question, I put myself out there asking to shadow fellow photographers. Little did I know, our little photography community would be so welcoming to a newbie like me. I got to second shoot about 15 weddings my first year. The experience I gained from that put me so far ahead in the game. All because of other photographer’s kindness and willingness to help. I’ve never thought of myself as a teacher but I do think of myself as someone there to help anytime I can.
These mentoring sessions are customized to you and what results you’re looking for. We can start from the very basics (learning manual mode and proper settings), if you already have a grasp on your camera – we can dive into how to get your business started. If you already have your business, we can cover everything from workflow, editing, wedding day shooting timeline, posing, (or anything else!) You can ask me anything! The whole point of these mentoring sessions is that you have someone there whenever you have a question. And I know how many questions there can be in the beginning! These mentoring sessions will last far beyond the few hours we spend together. My goal is to build a community of mentorship so there’s always a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen!
Q: What is a mentoring session?
A: We will sit down, one on one, and go over any type of questions you may have. These questions can range from “how to start a business”, “how to book my first client”, “how do I even edit this photo?” – ask me anything, I’m an open book. We will spend the first half or so of the mentoring sessions chatting, asking questions and learning. Then we will finish up our session outside with some hands on learning and shooting!
Q: Do I need to have my own business to sign up for a mentoring session?
A: Absolutely not. Mentoring sessions are for anyone in any stage of their photography journey. Whether your end goal is to have your own photography business or just to learn to work your camera to take better photos, a mentoring session can be right for you. They are totally customized to what kind of results you’re looking for.
Q: What should I bring to my mentoring session?
A: I suggest to bring:
-Your DSRL (I shoot Nikon but can work with Canon also). It doesn’t matter if you have the lowest model crop sensor camera or a high end DSLR. We all have to start somewhere!
-A notebook and a pen for lots of notes!
-Your laptop (if we’re going to be going over editing, your website, etc. It’s usually easier if you bring your own laptop!)
-Wear something that you’d like some head shots in! (We are our own best test subjects!)
Q: How much are mentoring sessions?
A: Mentoring sessions are $350 (50% due to book your session. Final payment can be made up to 2 weeks before scheduled session)
Q: How long are mentoring sessions?
A: The mentoring sessions are 3 hours long – depending on your situation, typically we spend the first 1 ½ - 2 hours chatting and the last hour or so outside, working hands-on and taking photos.