For Photographers: Get yourself a Mentor | Seattle-Tacoma Photographer

October 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The best piece of advice I could give you:

Find yourself a mentor. (No. Seriously. Go find one. It doesn't even have to be me.) Learning one on one is much easier than taking an online workshop or watching ten bajillion Creative Live sessions. Don't get me wrong here; I love online workshops (See the list of ones I've done here!) and Creative Live (in fact, I listen to Creative Live almost daily while I work). Both of these things helped me immensely in my photography. 

But the one thing that really gave me a jump on my business, even if it was after doing everything wrong for almost 6 years, was finding a mentor. Mark Tioxon {LeahAndMark.com} got a crazy idea this year to offer an online internship. Having "stalked" him for almost a year, I could tell he was super skilled and definitely knew what he was doing. I applied, with some insanely massive application story that I really can't even remember now. Of course, I waited anxiously to find out if he was going to accept my application and allow me to learn from him. 

Lucky me, he did.

I can't say exactly how much of a boost it was being able to learn from him, see what I was doing wrong (and what I was doing right), and get that extra bit of attention on my work. He taught me more than I had learned on my own in the past 6+ years of business. Sure, I'm still learning and have to re-read 90% of my notes on a weekly basis, but it's really helped me focus and find my way with my photography. It's a completely different learning experience than watching an online workshop. 

So go, find yourself a mentor and pick their brains. Gleam all their knowledge, whether you do everything exactly like they do or not. Shoot with them. Study them. Then go out and make a name for yourself. 


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