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"Sometimes Everyone Needs a Mentor!"
We all learn from example, imitation. Music was a big part of my life growing up. I was extremely fortunate to be a member of one of the top high school jazz bands in the country. My instructor Hal Sherman, now age 77, is still teaching and continues to be a leader in his profession. He was one of my first mentors. Hal not only had the ability to teach us to play jazz but inspired us to be the best we could be. We traveled the country and even Europe my senior year competing with other top notch bands. I had the opportunity to learn the principles of success at an early age. Principles that I still use daily. I'd love to share these success principles with you, as my mentor Hal Sherman did for me 30+ years ago.
Throughout my photographic career I've had many mentors and still do. So who are some of my past and present mentors?
- Ken Whitmire: Creating images for the sale of large wall décor
- Charles Lewis: Sales, marketing, life lessons
- Lisa Evans: Designing wall décor
- Donald Jack: Traditional lighting, posing
- Linda Lapp: Seeing the light, sales
- The Late Monty Zucker: Weddings with flare
- The Late Don Blair: Lighting and posing refinements
- Steven Rudd: Using the fisheye
- Stephan Sheanin: Life in general!
I attribute part of my success to learning techniques and concepts from these mentors, assimilating the information into my personal style, and then putting the principles into action.
For most of us, photography started out as a hobby. Turing a hobby into a profession can be a formidable task. It's not just taking pretty pictures and having your clients throw money at you- it's becoming a Marketing Master, a Super Salesman, and Studio Management Expert.
Unlike some professions, luckily the photography business is a mentor based community. Most professionals I've come in contact with over the years have enjoyed sharing their successes. I don’t just enjoy it, I have a passion for it.
As Image Makers we should never forget our huge responsibility to preserve our clients' legacies. A photograph is a family asset that grows in value as time passes. I feel that the value is even greater when the image is created with artistic vision. This is what separates the family snapshot from what we as photographic artists have the ability to create.
This is what being a professional photographer and Legacy Creator is all about! It is an amazing way to make a living and one of the most fulfilling things you could ever do.
Through MyStudioMentor.com I can assist you on your journey to becoming a successful professional photographer. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional at a crossroads in your profession, I am here for you!
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