Whether you are relatively new to newborn photography or an experienced photographer looking to enhance your skills, 1:1 mentoring can be a valuable investment for your photography business.
A lot of my own learning within the industry has been through both 1:1 mentoring as well as group workshops with a number of award winning Australian and International newborn photographers. I hold a Certificate IV and Diploma of Photoimaging and for the past 6 years, have run my own successful photography business in which I have been specialising in newborn and maternity portraiture for the past 4 years.
Participating in a mentoring session is an excellent way to gain the knowledge and ‘know how’ from experienced professionals in the industry and in turn, will help you enrich your skill set on your path to running a successful photography business.
My 1:1 newborn photography mentoring sessions take place in my commercial studio in Sale, Gippsland. During the session we cover everything from achieving the best image straight out of camera, studio lighting, camera settings and angles to the art of posing and wrapping, soothing, newborn safety and the use of props. We will also cover postproduction in Photoshop. You will be able to use all of the images you take on the day within your own portfolio with mention of Leanne Curtis Newborn Photography on social media.
My objective for your mentoring session, is to customise the session to suit you’re current experience and abilities as a newborn photographer. I want to see you succeed, to leave the day feeling inspired and confident.
The day commences around 9.30am once you arrive at the Studio, where we will sit down for a quick overview of the day ahead. Our newborn model is scheduled to arrive around 10am and this is when the fun begins!
You will observe me in my typical workflow during a newborn session. Throughout the day we will cover positioning the baby on the flokati, posing beanbag shots as well as some prop set-ups where there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions along the way. You will also have the opportunity to capture your own images of each set-up and I will coach you in camera angles, exposure and getting multiple images from one set-up for your client gallery.
We will finish working with our model around 1.30pm, followed by a light lunch and refreshments of which are provided as part of the mentoring fee.
After lunch, the files from the session are downloaded and we will then run through my typical editing process step by step in ACR and Photoshop. We usually fully edit between 2-3 images from the session to show my general editing workflow on a number of different styled shots.
The day concludes around 4pm but your support from me does not necessarily end here. I offer continued support and am available to answer any questions you may have or if you just need me to refresh you on anything that we covered during that day, You will also be added to my private Facebook group along with other past workshop and mentoring attendees.
You will need a basic knowledge of Photoshop, you must own and understand DSLR camera usage and be comfortable shooting in Manual Mode; plus have a basic knowledge of aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. I use a 35mm and a 24-70mm lens but also recommend a 50mm lens as well.
The investment for a 1:1 mentoring session is $1650.
A $650 deposit secures you a date in my diary and the balance of $1.000 is payable in 2 instalments
- $500 60 days prior to the mentoring session and
- $500 30 days prior to the mentoring session.
Please note that I only accept photographers residing and working outside of a 150km exclusion zone from my studio address in Sale, Gippsland.
All attendees must agree to a 'non compete / teach' clause for a period of 12 months from the date of their learning with Leanne Curtis Photography.
Testimonials from previous attendees –
“……I've been following your work for close to two years now and to finally get the opportunity to not only meet you, but learn from you as well was a dream come true.
I'm confident that what I learnt from you will help me speed up my workflow and greatly improve my images which is exactly what I need.
I can't wait for my next newborn client to be born so I can put everything into practise and take my images to the next level.
Thanks again it was a wonderful experience!.......” | Emilie Thompson from Sevasti Images
“……I found the session to be both informative and inspiring with no questions left unanswered. The reasons for every hand movement, pose and camera angle were all explained with great detail, making everything learnt very easy to put into practice in my own studio.
There is also always ongoing support from Leanne when needed.
I’m most grateful for Leanne taking the time to spend with showing me how to create beautiful memories to last a lifetime. …….” | Mel de Visser from Mel de Visser Photography
“….. Leanne was very open and generous with her knowledge, and willing to answer any questions and demonstrate how she does things.
I saw a difference and improvement in my images from the very first session after the mentoring.
The day was so worthwhile for me, and exactly what I needed to take my business and images to the next level.
Thank you Leanne! …..” | Michelle from Moments by Min