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Work with a mentor to expand your photographic knowledge and skills, and to refine your photographic personality. Mentors will champion your work—guiding and supporting your dreams and aspirations as a photographer. A mentorship is often goal-oriented; it could lead to exhibiting in a gallery, printing in a magazine, publishing your book, building a stronger portfolio for graduate school, developing a business plan to start your photography career, or simply creating a memorable portfolio of personal images under the watchful eye of a photography master.
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops presents 18 of our popular workshop instructors as mentors:
The Photography Mentorships program offers three options to cater to your individual needs.
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For example, you might choose to work one-on-one by phone and online with former National Geographic staff photographer Sam Abell or world-renowned travel photographer Nevada Wier. Or you might have your recent work critiqued by Eddie Soloway, or benefit from a marketing consultation with Mary Virginia Swanson.
Topics covered are wide ranging and arise from your individual needs and questions, and all communications occur via phone or online. Your mentorship will likely focus on refining your personal vision and style; however, technical questions, business and marketing strategies, advice on book publishing or exhibiting your images, and life coaching may also be part of the mentor relationship. Our mentors bring their lifelong careers in photography to help you develop and expand your passion for imagemaking.
CHOOSING A PHOTOGRAPHY MENTORSHIP
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Call Reid Callanan to discuss (505) 983-1400, ext. 15
Call the Workshops to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11
© Eddie Soloway
Each mentorship is structured to have individual sessions with your mentor approximately every three weeks. This time frame is flexible, however, mentorships need to be completed in the time allotted (6 or 12 months). Sessions are usually conducted over the phone, although Skype and iChat are possibilities. The mentor gives assignments at the end of each session with the expectation and understanding that completion of these assignments will be made within a three-week timeframe. Images are emailed to the mentor before the next scheduled session, allowing enough time for the mentor to review the work.
Respecting the mentors’ time commitments to this program is important. All our mentors are busy professionals who do not have much spare time in their lives. Each mentor session is 60 minutes in length. Contact with your mentor between these scheduled sessions should to be kept to emergencies.
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Once a year the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops will host a Photography Mentorship Annual Gathering exclusively for mentors and their students. We want to create and encourage a vibrant, worldwide community of mentorship students. This event offers seminars, lectures, and presentations along with fun social gatherings for valuable networking.