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Mentoring | The Benefits & Value

You see it all the time on photographer’s pages under their list of services. You see it on the forum sites. You hear about it in the professional photographer arena.

What is a mentoring? And why is it important to your photography journey?

A men·tor  is an experienced and trusted adviser.
And why do you need an adviser? Why shouldn’t you do it all on your own.
Because you will always be stronger in numbers. You will always go further with help. And lastly, because others can see what you often cannot.

“If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together”

Benefits of mentorship:

  • Objectivity (and a fresh pair of eyes)
  • Insight
  • Assessment of your current skill and work
  • Identify your strengths & weaknesses
  • Advancement of skill
  • Growth
  • Reduced frustrations
  • Save time finding things on your own.

There are several ways to find mentorship and some are free or of little cost.

  • Join a forum
  • Join a group
  • pose questions to photographers
  • network with your peers
  • take a class or workshop
  • Hire a mentor

What is the difference between free and paid mentorships?

When you hire a mentor you should be getting a dedicated amount of attention or time. There should be a greater attention to detail and you should feel that you got an experience out of it. When I am working in a group or volunteering my time I look more globally at the item or portfolio. When I am doing a paid mentorship I go over every technical category/aspect including the histogram, and review both locally and individually as well as globally.

Mentorships can:

  • be in person
  • be in groups
  • be online via messaging or Skype
  • give assessments in print or in PDF form

Some assessments may be overviews, while some may be in great detail. Some mentorships are solely question and answer form and don’t include critiques. There is a setup out there right for anyone.

If you find a photographer, but don’t see the services list, ASK!

What should you look for?

  • Someone with equal or more skill (Peers can mentor each other)
  • Someone you think you can learn from
  • Someone whose work inspires you (it does not have to match your own)
  • someone you feel possesses qualities that you’re interested in

Some feel they need special training or certification. But ultimately, you’re looking for someone you think has something to offer you. Either a perspective, skill, or intuitive nature to be able to view your body of work and present you with what you’re doing well, areas for improvement, and resources to help develop those weaknesses.

No matter how you could about it, mentoring is a great tool to keep in your back pocket if you want to assess where you are at and make plans or goals to grow.

Interested in mentoring with me? Click HERE to find out more.

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  • September 8, 2015 - 9:33 pm

    Iris - Totally agree with you. Finding a great mentor can help get you where you want to take your skills.ReplyCancel

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