Mentoring Sessions Leesburg Virginia Wedding Photographer
Earlier this year I talked about a few things that I would love to see happen this year. Not goals really, because I wasn’t in control of many of them. But a wish list of sorts. One of those wish list items was the desire to more formally start mentoring sessions with other photographers. I have done so more casually in the past, but really wanted to put a more organized effort behind them this year.
And based on that little announcement, I was fortunate enough to have several photographers reach out to me for more information. One of those was Sabrina Kamberis, and she was the first to schedule her mentoring date with me. We met up this past weekend, snow and all, to go over some of the things that she wanted to learn more about.
We started off with a quick review of her website. She didn’t ask for this but I feel that a photographer’s website is vitally important to project the kind of person they are and the kind of work they want to shoot. It someone’s first – and maybe only – impression of you, so there’s a bit of pressure to make it good. I knew Sabrina is going to be revamping her online presence later this year, so I didn’t get too deep into the specifics on her current website. Instead I also focused on some things to think about going forward.
After that is was another quick overview of my editing process, but then really focused on the core of Sabrina’s requests – using flash and posing couples. We went through a bit of an evolution of flash so she could see the difference that the different options make. From on-camera bare flash and bounce flash to several types of off camera triggers and fill light.
Then I was lucky enough to convince my husband to participate in a posing demonstration. I showed Sabrina several go-to poses that have endless abilities to be modified and changed up for variety. And after a couple of tips for remember things it was time for some real life practice. I know Sabrina was nervous and probably felt under pressure to “make it happen” but that was really the point because the more you practice the better you become and the more comfortable and natural everything becomes. I reassured her that we were willing subjects, not paying clients, and that we had no expectations. We wanted her to experiment in a low pressure situation so that when she was next with a client that she could knock it out of the park!
As we were out playing in the snow for photos, I captured a few of Sabrina herself. I know that it’s hard to get in front of a camera since we photographers are always behind it, but it’s amazing what you can learn from having to take direction and pose yourself. I always learn something when I’m in front of the camera too.
Here are a few highlights of our day, and you can read more about Sabrina’s experience on her blog too.
If you’re interested in setting up your own mentoring session, I’d love to talk with you. In fact, I’ll sweeten the pot a little and offer a little something extra to anyone who inquires about a mentoring session within the next week.
Or leave a comment below with what you’re looking to learn more about and maybe I’ll devote an upcoming blog post to answering your questions.
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