Last year was the year I spent focusing on growing my style and learning. I love to learn. Especially when it is related to newborn photography or running my business. I have done a TON of online classes and the next step in my journey was to mentor with a more experienced photographer. A while back, I wrote a blog post about top photographers I would like to mentor with. You can read it HERE. Now to choose one…
Choosing a Mentor
Choosing a mentor is something that is so important. It really is a personal choice. Who inspires you? How do they run their business? How do they conduct themselves in the public eye and with their clients? Do they practice safety when handling newborns? There is SO much to consider when making a decision like this. I wanted to make sure I was going to learn from the right person for me. There are a lot of photographers that I admire but none more than Kelly Brown of Little Pieces Photography.
Kelly lives in Australia and traveling to her studio to mentor was just not in the cards, as much as I would have loved it. One day maybe I will make it down there. When she announced her US dates for mentoring I jumped on it and was sitting by my computer when registration opened. (She sells out fast) There were only a few US locations for 2018 and Vegas was one of them. Since I have family down there and my bestie lives there I wanted that location for sure.
I got my seat at her workshop!! YAY!!
Off to Vegas I went…..
Needless to say I was a bit nervous. I have met Kelly before but this workshop was something that I have wanted to do for quite some time. And I did not know anyone there. We had some newborn models come in and of course they all were sound asleep the entire time. So yay for that!! Kelly spent time showing us how to pose and wrap each baby, talking about safety, teaching us about exposure and the technical aspects of our camera along with business, pricing, sales and marketing.
But, I have to say, my favorite part was being able to take pictures and have her critique everything for me from angle, exposure and everything. I feel like I learned so much from her. It turned out to be a pretty amazing day. Just being able to watch her work and see how she handles newborns was amazing. Kelly is someone I admire so much and I could not have been happier to spend my day learning from the best. Attending an in-person workshop was something I am so happy I was able to do.
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