In order to stand out from the crowd in today's world of photography, you must have an array of skills that span across several areas of study and training.
Through this mentor program, we will work one on one to enhance the exact skills that you personally need to improve in order to reach your true potential and goals as a professional photographer.
We will work on all the necessary aspects of setting up, running and succeeding in a professional photography business such as developing a professional portfolio (or more than one, depending on your field(s) of interest), discovering your own niche, developing your own style, finding the types of clients that you wish to work with, walking through each step of contacting those first few clients, going over all of the paperwork involved, making sure those first few clients get exactly what they are looking for, going through all the pay options and expenses involved in running your own business of this type, how to use social marketing as a tool not a hindrance, setting up and running your own pro website, how to keep the clients coming back time and time again, how to keep records, how to keep up with your images so they are easy to find and know which ones you can use for what, as well as many more tools you will need to succeed.
Not only will we will work on things privately, you will have the opportunity to choose workshops to attend which will enhance the skills that you already have plus you will learn new ones that will need in order to make it in this competitive field.
Some of the things that we will work on in these workshops include the following:
Composition and Rules of Photography:
These studies will include tips and techniques for turning snap shots into awesome shots which will then put you in the running for winning contests, to landing those exciting assignments, to wowing anyone who looks at them, to enhancing your portfolio to the point of putting yours ahead of the vast majority of other photographers in this field.
The only way to consistently get the incredible shots that you will need to excel in this field is to learn everything you possibly can about the manual controls of your camera. You will then be able to use them in order to capture amazing images as only you can imagine them.
This includes such topics as wildlife, waterfalls, night sky, nature, landscape, macro, still life, creative and even Fine Art.
Understanding different types of natural lighting and how to manipulate it in a way to make your shots inspiring! We will go over all of the different types of lighting, how to identify each one and how best to work in each kind of light in order to get the shot that you want and need.
You have to be able to get the absolute best image you possibly can in camera and should never rely on post editing to fix your images. However, if you are going to go pro, you will have to know some post processing and will have to use it more than you might think in order to get the exact image that your all of your clients want. You will have to be able to match color spaces, sizing requirements, and be able to position subjects as requested to accommodate other info your client might wish to stack on top of or next to your image in magazines, brochures, etc. You will need to know how to set resolution, add text or other add-ons and manipulate your image in a multitude of ways at different times. Post editing is just another tool that you will need to use in order to get the absolute most out of your images. We will go over all of these features and more.
The Business of Making Money:
Some of the specialty workshops that you will have the option of attending at a greatly reduced rate will be: "How to Make Money As A Travel Photographer", "How to Get Noticed and Make Money as a Nature Photographer", "How to Make It In Stock Photography", "How to Get Into the Magazine Photography Market", Understanding and Creating Fine Art Photography" among others. We will cover many aspects of each of these as we go through the mentor program. However, each of these workshops goes in-depth into each field of study and are recommended if you choose one specific path over another one.
We will go through all the different aspects of professional nature photography and will work one on one to get you where you need to go in order to make money with your nature photography.
Other Types of Photography:
If you are interested in doing other types of photography rather than nature or wildlife, etc., let me know and we can cater your program more along those lines. I recommend that everyone in the program shoot at least one or two people shots as well, just in case the need ever comes up. Its always a good skill to fall back on and if you are looking to make some money while establishing yourself in a more specialized outdoor photography field, people photography is a great way to do just that.
I have a lot of assignments that I cannot do for whatever reason, usually a conflict in scheduling, etc. I always refer them to someone else to to cover the assignment for me and I begin those referrals with the students in this program. If you are ready to start doing assignments, those could begin right away. If you still need work in that area, I can probably send you as a backup on some assignments to help you prepare to do them on your own as you progress through this program.
Some of these assignments are paying, some might not be. There is no obligation to accept any assignments as part of the completion of the program and no guarantee of paying assignments. However, most assignments that I am offered are paying and if you want to do professional photography, it never hurts to have a few assignments and clients under your belt.
For more information about me or to view some of my work, please visit my website at : www.OutdoorPhotosByRena.com
You can also check out some reviews of my workshops, images, and client based work by going to the following link: http://www.outdoorphotosbyrena.com/Testimonials-and-Reviews
I look forward to working with each of you on this awesome journey through the incredible world of photography. Just imagine where you want to be a year from now and lets get started making that dream come true!
How will you ever know just how far you could have gone, if you don't give it your best shot? !!
Bonus Pricing: As an active enrolled student in this one year program, each mentor student is allowed up to a $250 discount each month covering up to half of the price of any selected workshop, class or course I offer.
Program pricing is $1,500 and is available by clicking on the link Pd In Full option below and then following the instructions to make payment and sign up for initial class. By paying in full you save $336 off the price of financing the program.
A Payment Plan is available without credit check and is billed monthly on the 1st of the month. Auto pay is available for those who wish to keep your card on file. In order to take advantage of the Payment Plan option, simply choose that option below.
How it Works:
Once you make the payment as chosen below, you will be officially registered. Shortly afterwards, You will receive an email confirming your payment followed by another email including all of the information and instructions for beginning your mentor program as well as your first classroom materials,.