One-on-one mentoring with Kelly Sweda
Have you just purchased your first DSLR, but have no idea how to use it? (That was me four years ago!) Do you want to learn to see light and composition differently? Would you like to focus on the beauty and art of editing? Are you ready to build a website, or looking for a portfolio review? No matter where you are in your photography education — as long as you're here to dive in, open up and explore new ways of thinking with heart and passion — you've come to the right place. I work with everyone from high school students to budding professionals.
When I was first beginning, I was so overwhelmed I felt paralyzed. I had no idea where to start. If only I'd had the undivided attention of a mentor I really trusted. Instead, I took my questions to Google and quickly found myself caught in a rabbit hole of outdated, impersonal YouTube tutorials, and Q&A forums that left me even more confused. I'd reach out to some seasoned photographer friends for help, but always felt as though I was taking too much of their time. Doing whatever small part I can now to minimize the learning curve for fellow artists is what led me to offer mentorship opportunities. Learning with me is meant to be fun, enriching and convenient, and is fully customizable.
Learning with me is about YOU.
Below you'll see my current list of offerings. Each and every section may be tailored precisely to fit your needs. See something listed that doesn't apply? We'll skip it. See something missing you want to address? Just say the word.
Completely custom Q&A
One-hour minimum. $250 per one-hour session.
This can take place in any combination of in-person, over chat/email and over the phone/FaceTime/Skype
My go-to camera equipment
Camera functions (Canon)
My approach to editing and overall workflow
The slippery slope of self-promotion
My social media strategy
How I built (and continue to build) my brand from the ground up
How my website came to be and how I keep up with it
My step-by-step process for booking and retaining my ideal clients
Setting expectations for successful and inspirational shoots
One-hour minimum. $250 per hour.
I'll provide a detailed, written review of a sampling of your work, as selected by you
May be images from your camera, your phone, or both
Emphasis on light and composition
Shadow me on a shoot
Hang back and shadow me on a shoot, and see my approach to working with families or commercial clients in real time
When it's done, we'll grab a bite to eat and talk about what just happened
You'll see my back-of-camera photos, plus the final edit of the photos from the session you attended
Purchase any one section and enjoy 10% off each additional section. All purchases are non-refundable.
Full payment for each section is due prior to the commencement of each section.