Mentoring Sessions- Beth S.
I started offering mentoring sessions when I was asked to be a mentor through an auction with Thirst Relief International. A few dozen photographers all around the country were asked to take part to raise money to provide clean drinking water to third relief countries and that’s when it started. Through that auction, over the last 3 years, I have met some amazing photographers and have been so grateful for a chance to educate them, even if just a little.
This year, I decided to put it out there that I would offer one on one mentoring sessions for beginning or starting out photographers, or those who feel they just need a little boost in certain areas. I will be honest, I was a little nervous to offer these because while I do believe I have been successful in what I do, I also don’t know that being a “teacher/educator” with this is my strong suite. Having done several now in different formats, I can tell you that I love it. I get nervous before every one, just like my weddings and sessions, but it’s because I want to give my absolute best and truly give you everything you need and more from me. It’s a lot of pressure, of course, but I wouldn’t offer them if I felt like I didn’t love them and all those I get to meet in the process. It’s been pretty amazing and I am so lucky to have this opportunity.
I met Beth when she emailed me about helping me with my personal project and also asked about mentoring sessions. What an exciting email to get! She is so positive and upbeat and a natural smiler, which I love. She will tell you that when she smiles really big, her eyes nearly close and I giggled when she said that because if you know me, I say the same thing about myself. I consider that an awesome thing and was excited to photograph her and her beautiful smile. We started chatting at my home, going over things like SEO, the basics of Lightroom (which overwhelms nearly everyone for the first couple tries), how to move your business (she will be moving next year!), and how to go from portfolio building to making money and getting the clients you want. We had a good 3-4 hour chat and then she and I went to lunch at a local cafe here. Once lunch was done, we headed over to a favorite spot of mine and photographed her headshots and then following that, I invited her to photograph a couples’ session with me with Shannon and Ricky. I may have made her step a bit outside her comfort zone during this session with shooting, but I am so glad I did. She excitedly emailed me and told me how much she loved the images she had taken at that shoot and how crisp and sharp they were. That made me smile the whole night! I can’t wait to see what she continues to do- I know it will be amazing!
These are some of my favorites from her headshot session:
This is the laugh and the smile! So awesome!
I must have been funny!
Here is what I asked Beth about the session and her goals in general coming into it:
What were your main goals going into the mentor session?
So beautiful, Beth! Thank you so so much!