WHAT IS A MENTORING PROGRAMME?

A mentoring programme is an extension of a 1 or 2 day workshop or course that aims to give you more. A lot more.

Newborn photography is so different to other genres in so many ways. You can instruct an older child or adult in the studio. You can’t with a new baby. That means doing things very differently, and the skills required are perhaps like nothing you’ll have come across before.

The skills you need range from the obvious things like lighting, settings and angles, plus styling and using all the adorable props, to how to read the baby, keep them safe, comfortable and happy and of course, pose them.

So how do you learn these things? Well many learn slowly and as they go along, which is what I did nearly 9 years ago, but there was no training available to me back then. I had to pick things up and learn the hard way. Now of course you can attend any number of workshops or 1:1 courses with your chosen newborn photographer, me included.

But what if you wanted to keep learning, beyond one or two days?

Well now you can. You can sign up for my NEW mentoring programme designed to really dig deep into the nitty gritty depths of newborn photography and learn it all in chunks, rather than have to take it all in one one day.

I’ll be holding 6 classes over a year. Each class will cover something different, and in greater depth. You’ll be in a small group and do will have much more chance to get involved and ask questions, and because its broken down, you’ll have more time to take notes, take photos, and take it all in.

Your course will have people you’ll get to know across the year as they will attend all the classes with you, and you will all be in a closed Facebook course long group where you can support each other, and have access to me whenever you need it.

This programme is meant to help you learn better but also to allow me to see your weaknesses and help you with them as the course goes on. By the end of the course you and I should see real improvements in your work, and my hope is you’ll then go on to really grow.

You can choose between either of these two courses.

COURSE 1 TO BE HELD AT PRESTON WILL START ON FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2018

COURSE 2 TO BE HELD AT ST ALBANS WILL START ON TUESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2018 – SOLD OUT

THE COURSE CLASSES

CLASS 1 – Client relationship, booking, planning and preparation. 

The first class in the starting point of the course, and covers the starting points of your clients relationship with you. The admin, the contracts, how to do all the stuff that sets you up for business. I will talk to you about my first contact and how I develop my client relationships and make them work for me and have people coming back again and again.

CLASS 2 – Reading the baby, posing bed & wrapping for smooth workflow and transitions. 

Class 2 and we have our first real model to talk about reading a baby, responding to its needs to ensure a smooth session. Here I will teach you how to wrap. I’ll ask you to bring a baby sized floppy doll on this day so while I wrap the real baby, you can copy me. This means I can see how you get on and help you refine your wrapping for greater success. I will also use the posing bed/beanbag and show you a basic workflow and how to transition between poses easily and safely.

CLASS 3 – Lighting and angles 

Lighting will be key on this day. Another real model or two, to show how to light a tiny face for best effect, using natural or flash. I’ll also teach you angles and how to use them to create really beautiful images from some of the simplest set ups and poses.

CLASS 4 – Containers, props, composites and hanging shots

Buckets, crates, chairs, bowls…you name it. I’ll show safe use of these, how to prepare them for use, and how to transition between them without waking up the baby, and how to use each prop to best effect.

CLASS 5 – Parents and siblings.

Parent and sibling shots are always a winner and so this day we will have a family to pose for us. We will cover several way to pose parents including just using their hands for the more shy in front of the camera.

CLASS 6 – Culling, editing and gallery design

This day we wrap up your course with a day of editing, plus we talk about culling a gallery for impact, how to design a gallery to increase sales and the psychology of pricing and selling to parents.

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Well I can imagine you are wondering about being able to attend all 6 classes. The date for the first one is set, but thats all. At the end of the first class we will sit together and arrange the next class as a group, and so on. This means we will all be able to pick a date everyone can attend, around 8-12 weeks apart.

You will choose a course at one of two chosen locations and attend all the classes at the same place.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

This course will cost 175….per class.

Yes…ONLY 175 every 8-12 weeks. Thats it. Not a huge sum to find up front….only the first class fee is payable to secure your place on this programme for a year, then you pay 2 weeks before the next class.

HOW DO I BOOK MY PLACE?

You visit THIS PAGE and pay for the first class or to read more information on the course.

That secures your course place. You’ll then receive your contract and booking information.

COME AND JOIN IN!