I am sitting here this morning, after waking up at 4:15 am to help a friend with a photography project on the beach, thinking about our friendship. We met a few years ago when our kids were starting swim team together. We started talking about things beyond family and kids, and got into what we really do. What, at the heart of it, is our life, or skills, and our passion. She's one of the top graphic and textile designers in the world. Her talent and her skills are top notch. Not a humble brag, this friend has the pedigree and resume to back it … [Read more...] about Finding A Mentor
I've been actively teaching the Martial Arts for over 30 years. I was formally trained by an instructor who was formally trained by his instructor who, well you guessed it, was formally trained by his instructor. Our strong Martial Arts heritage goes all the way back to the first instructor that created our style who was formally....wait a second, he wasn't formally trained. If he wasn't formally trained, how did he create our style? It's simple, it was a collaborative development that grew over the years and became the style we teach today. … [Read more...] about Is Formal Photography Training Necessary?
A few days ago I wrote a post about mentors. Many of you contacted me to ask for advice on locating a mentor. Here are a few tips. 1. Join professional and amateur photo associations and clubs. This gives you access to people who might know more about photography than you do. 2. Look for examples. Which photographers are doing the kind of work you like? These are prospects for mentorship. 3. Volunteer to assist working pros. Establish your willingness to help them first. Then you win the right to be heard when it comes time for you to ask for … [Read more...] about How to Find a Mentor
I've had a mentor or two. My first mentor, Mr. Russell was a long-time newspaper photographer. He was never famous or fancy. Back then, photographers didn't tour on a speaker's circuit or sell DVDs. Mr. Russell just made his living taking photographs for the newspaper, telling stories with his camera, day in/day out and occasionally taking pity on a snot-nosed kid like me. He was one of the best photographers I ever met. Still is. While I didn't know it back then, he was very gifted both as a photographer and a mentor. Later in life, Arthur … [Read more...] about Have You Got A Mentor?