Mentor

Want to be confident of getting the best shots in any situation?
Do want to be sure you’re submitting your best to an award?
Is photography more of a frustration than a pleasure for you?

Mentoring is the most cost-effective way to improve your photography.

I can help you photograph in more effective, personally satisfying ways.

I can help you forge a powerful partnership between your creative energy and the technical capabilities of your camera.

Want to know more? Contact me.

Sony World Photography Awards

Why I mentor

How I miss supervising student projects! This has to be the biggest withdrawal problem  after leaving university teaching. It sounds grand, it sounds grand, but it’s not really about supervision. It’s a process – who knows how? – of helping someone turn the smudgy, hesitant and mumbled idea into a coherent, cogent and defensible piece of work.

When I started teaching, I kept seeing what I thought was what was important: new approaches to photography, technical control, and the refining of the driving concepts for the project. One day, I learned that this was not really what it was about. A student came in distress that the lack of progress she was making, and falling behind productions schedules. An hour later (yes, I did give students as much time as they needed because I wasn’t running off to subcommittee meetings) my student was actually smiling. As she packed her things away, she said  “‘When I came for this tutorial, I never thought it would turn out to be a marriage counselling session!”

Now you may think that I overstepped the mark, and I was certainly concerned that the time that I might have. But as she laid out all the problems she was experiencing, it was clear to me she knew exactly where to take her photography. What she had to contend with what emotional problems in her relationship that were blocking her ability to think and work on her project. So what would you do? Carry on talking about lighting or suggesting research or discussing camera technique? No. Until she could handle, at least to some degree, the emotional trials at home, it did not matter one iota how strong her photography, how cogent the concept or comment: she just could not photograph at all. What we worked out in the course of our discussion was strategies for handling emotional pain or loss of energy due to depression.

Of course, once there was a flow pictures we could discuss the finer points of the way she laid out the objects and lit them. Until she could get herself into a space where she could photograph at all – and there can be no progress there until the emotional barriers were lowered – there was no point talking about photography itself.

That was many years ago, and I’ve learned since then that many issues and problems people have in photography derive ultimately from emotional, psychical or psychological issues. Not all, of course, but it is a source of problems that is easy to overlook when presented with a set of images and a photographer nervously watching you.

What I like about mentoring

The best thing about mentoring, what sets it apart from any other kind of teaching or sharing, is that it is perfectly tailored from top to bottom to each person. If it’s not perfectly tailored, it just doesn’t work.

If you’d like an idea of what a mentoring plan might look like, here are two. If you’re interested, or if you simply want to walk about career or a project, do get in touch. Obviously, these are just examples. Right now, one arrangement has continued over a whole, with contact every few weeks. Whatever suits you is best!

3-month Premium Package

Ideal starter plan to ease you into more rigorous style of working and developing your photography. The time and investment commitment is light and manageable, so it’s easy to fit the package into a busy life in which photography may not be the primary activity.


Where you are assessment                 Set up objectives, project and priorities

Starter images assessment                Evaluate priorities to work on

One photo a week review                 Quick feed-back on progress

Four steps to Winning Photography             Recorded talks

2 of 1-hour one-to-one sessions per month        Personal supervision and assignments

Completion images assessment                Evaluate progress and future practice priorities

Completion consultation                Assess progress made and suggest future work

 

3-month Intensive Premium Package

Ideal plan for those with lots of time and enthusiasm and a burning desire to make a serious break-through, to take a giant step forward. With extensive image assessment and help, a great deal of technical know-how as well as visual communication can be covered. 


Where you are assessment     Set up objectives, project and priorities

Starter images assessment    Evaluate priorities to work on

Up to three photos a week review    Quick feed-back on progress

Four steps to Winning Photography     Recorded talks

3 of 1-hour one-to-one sessions per month    Personal supervision and assignments

Bonus e-books and training videos    Supplementary material worth $500

Completion images assessment    Evaluate progress and future practice priorities

Completion consultation    Assess progress made and outline project

2-hour follow-up session after TBA months    Review progress on project

 

It’s about implementing fresh, inspiring ways in your photography using future-proof techniques to empower your own creativity.

I will give you bespoke one-on-one time to up-skill, shape your vision for visible results.

Contact me to start an amazing journey in a new direction!

Or write direct to me on tomangphoto@gmail.com

 

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