Mentoring for Photographers
Hey - you there!
The one with the camera and the dream in your heart - this page is for you.
Whether you are a seasoned pro stuck in a creative rut, or a newbie with admin-overwhelm - if you are:
struggling to get consistent enquiries and bookings;
feeling like an imposter, and a fraud, for taking people’s money to photograph them;
constantly broke and have no idea how to manage your cash flow;
wanting to hide under a pile of blankets at the thought of pricing yourself for profit;
bored, stuck, uninspired, demotivated and generally on struggle street with your business;
lost and overwhelmed with admin and need help finding your creative voice;
…then the wholehearted sessions are for you.
“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinte power of our light” - BRENE BROWN
The Wholehearted Sessions
You want to know something? I think the words “profitable” and “successful” have become dirty words that we associate with those slimy salespeople, or big rich companies who care more about the 0’s in their bank account than they do about people.
But I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to be a slimy salesperson to run a profitable business, and you can run a profitable business without selling your soul. You do it the same way you photograph people - with love, and from the heart.
Because when you care about people, you focus on serving your clients and making a difference in their lives; you end up with a heart-centred business that aligns with your values and your why, and is more likely to generate income (money that you can feel good about earning).
Learning the skills to run a business with your whole heart can be hard - after all, it’s not the kind of skill set they teach at school or university but here’s how I can help you (please note that we won’t cover all of these topics during your wholehearted session - we’ll just deep dive into whichever area you need the most help in).
The Art of Business
Meeting your Ideal Client.
Creating a killer customer experience + workflow from start to finish.
Managing your clients + their expectations.
Legal stuff (contracts + other legal requirements).
How to price yourself for profit (and feel good about it).
Understanding your finances, and managing your cash flow for profit.
Setting business goals + staying motivated and inspired.
Marketing 101 (basic overview of social media, and optimising your website for killer SEO).
Business 101 (essential communication skills, what to do when things go wrong)
Mindset management (redefining your definition of success, developing business confidence, dealing with imposter syndrome, and learning to love “failure”).
Finding your Creative Voice
Portfolio Review (gently, with honesty).
Starting with Why.
Developing your brand message.
Photography 101 (understanding manual + composition skills)
Editing 101 (culling, editing, tips and tricks, finding your style)
Connecting + engaging with your clients.
Natural, joyful and emotive posing tips.
Visual story-telling skills (how to share your why with images).
Seeing the Light, and the embracing the shadows.
How to stay inspired.
Understanding + cultivating creativity when you feel stuck or bored.
Developing creative confidence (and the courage to do what sets your heart on fire).
Book your Wholehearted Session today
Reaching out for help is scary, so kudos to you for being here! And no matter where you’re at, I would truly love to connect with you and help you figure it out. You don’t have to go it alone, and I’m here to help (and I promise to be an open book - nothing is off limits).
Sessions are held at either my home studio (located in Point Cook) or my fave cafe in Yarraville. I’ll supply you with all the coffee/tea/food/wine/cheese and shnacks you need to keep your brain going because I want you to leave feeling re-energised, inspired, confident and ready to kick some business-ass!
Four hours dedicated to cover a select few topics
An action plan + 30 min follow up chat in 2-4 weeks
Eight hours dedicated to you and your business
An action plan + 1 hour follow up chat in 2-4 weeks
A live sunset shoot with a family or couple
“One who refuses to seek the advice of others will eventually be led to a path of ruin. A mentor helps you to perceive your own weaknesses and confront them with courage…”
Frequently Asked Questions
I’M A PHOTOGRAPHER WITH A SIMILAR STYLE/SKILL SET TO YOU, BUT I FEEL AWKWARD ABOUT REACHING OUT TO YOU.
Yup, I totally hear you. When you’ve been in the industry for a few years, it can be really awkward to reach out to a peer and ask for help. Especially if you are worried about being judged or shamed (there’ll only ever be gentle and honest feedback and guidance here my friend). There’s always more to learn, and sometimes it helps to have someone who is at a similar level to you, someone who truly gets it to deep dive with you and help you find your path.
I AM A TOTAL NEWBIE, AND JUST WANT HELP UNDERSTANDING MANUAL ON MY CAMERA…CAN YOU STILL HELP ME?
The Wholehearted Sessions are designed for those of you who already know how to use your camera on manual, and who are either about to take the leap into running a photgraphy business, are in the early days of their business, or seasoned pros (3+ years experience) who need some help shaking things up and getting reinspired.
One day I plan to run beginner workshops to help people love their camera, so stay tuned for those!
DO YOU TAKE SECOND SHOOTERS TO WEDDINGS WITH YOU?
All students of the Wholehearted Sessions are welcome to tag along to weddings with me, if you’d like to experience everything first hand/watch me work.
WHAT’S THE BOOKING PROCESS?
A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your date, and the balance is due no less than one week prior to your session. Payment plans are available, but your session won’t take place until it’s been paid in full.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I BOOK IN?
The hours will fly so fast during your mentoring session, and to make sure you are getting the most from your time with me I will send you a detailed questionnaire so I can get to know you a little and understand where you are struggling in your business/creative journey. This helps me know where I can best help you on the day.
WILL THERE BE ONGOING SUPPORT?
Yasss! Of course! You’ll get a detailed action plan from your wholehearted mentoring session, and I’ll touch base with you 2-4 weeks afterwards to see how you are going, and answer any followup questions with you.
A separate Facebook group will be created for all students of the Wholehearted Sessions so you can also connect with and support each other.