I know how it feels...
I receive regular "interweb" requests from students / aspiring photographers to assistant or second shoot at my couple sessions or weddings. And that, I sincerely appreciate. It's a compliment!
Of course, being the nice guy that I am, I love to help people out. Mainly, because I know how tough it was to get a break in the industry & what it means to learn from an established photographer. It's the same as when I eat out. I always tip the waiter because I know how tough it is serving tables over a double shift just to get some gas in the tank - I was one of those guys.
However, I already have a tight circle of tried & trusted second shooters that I use regularly. It's also a bit tricky to teach somebody the ropes at a live gig when the pressure is on to produce. I really need a person who can seamlessly fit in and contribute creatively when it matters. And those types of 2nd shooters are usually well on their way to success. There are very few instances these days that require only a "bag carrier".
Eye-to-eye. Coffee. Cake.
The solution is simple. Either you attend one of my upcoming 2 day workshops (I'll keep you posted), or you simply join my One-on-One Mentoring Program. What it provides is an opportunity for you to tell me about your photographic dreams, your skills & your business aspirations. I will go through your portfolio & your website (if you have one) to get a feel for where you are at, and then we will discuss any issues you may be experiencing, or perhaps answers to things that you have been wondering about. You are free to ask me as many questions as you like, and I will answer them as freely as you ask them! We will also go through your current equipment, & discuss techniques that you are perhaps struggling with.
Doing it mid-week, over tea & cake, without the pressure of a live shoot will make it a much more worthwhile exercise for you & allows me to focus on you without distraction.
Why you would want to do this
If you're serious about learning, moving forward & sidestepping the common pitfalls that cannot be "Google'd", then that is why you would want to do this! The main idea is to give you the opportunity to learn from someone who has already trodden the path you are on & has most likely learned all the lessons you are about to learn, the hard way! I have made many mistakes that have either added weeks of anxiety, months of financial loss & even a loss of artistic credibility (eek). I can help you avoid those!
On a positive note, I will even confirm that you are indeed on the right path, or affirm your already undoubted talent. It would never be an out & out critique session - but rather a positive, uplifting time that will leave you feeling inspired & motivated to rocket your skill & business into the next galaxy!
How it works
My first session is straightforward: we meet, we talk, you get seriously motivated & we go home. I charge by the hour, but for a maximum of 2hrs at a time.
If you choose to have a follow-up / practical shooting session, then we do the same, but just more intensive & more hands on. The pricing remains exactly the same.
All you need to do is contact me via the website & specify on the drop-down list that you are interested in the mentoring session. I will then reply with a booking form, which you will need to fill out. The booking form will give me an idea of you & your body of work, so that I can study it before we meet. We then confirm our dates & we meet up. After our meeting, I will send you a detailed report on our meeting, with all of the issues, solutions & suggestions that we discussed.
What it costs
Because it's a session dedicated to me sharing my hard earned knowledge on all things photographic, I charge by the hour - kinda like a consultant, but far cheaper! The first session is a compulsory sit down event (I never start with a practical), and it is charged at R1,000 per hour. Any subsequent sessions are charged the same, but can include practical sessions too.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
IT'S A WIN-WIN SITUATION!