The first few years of our business, we were failing. It felt like we spent hours and hours working, and we were no closer to our goals. We tried everything. We wasted so much time and money on courses and things we thought we needed. We did not have a plan. We did not have guidance from someone who understood what it took to make it.
Consequently, we began to lose hope and felt inadequate.
All our efforts those first few years didn't help us achieve our goals one bit. It only seemed to confuse us more and more.
Maybe they gave us some great ideas (or things we knew we “should” do), but we still didn't know the right way to do them; as a result, we often felt overwhelmed.
We started to question if we could "make it" and felt like giving up altogether because it seemed like NOTHING was working.
Finally! You will have someone who understands in YOUR corner!
You wake up every morning EXCITED to tackle the challenges of your business, because you have the knowledge you need to handle it like a PRO.
Because you know what happens when you finally know you have someone on your side?
Our Mentorships focus on you and your goals. We don't teach "at you!" We don't want you leaving confused with more questions than answers. We are with you, live, 100% of the time. Ready to guide you and gently push you towards your goals.
Our mentorships are broken into five sections that build on each other over the course of eight weeks.
Section One - Your Goals
Section Two - Systems
Section Three - Client Experience
Section Four - Business Growth
Section Five - Review
First things first, we want to find out about you, your business, and what are your goals. Let's see where you are, and where you've been, so we can come up with a plan together to move forward.
During this time, you will have eight hour-long mentor video calls — one per week covering different aspects of your business, based on the plan we have formulated together.
You'll also be able to contact us directly, anytime, to ask questions, bounce ideas off of, or if you need advice. Bottom line, we are here for you.
1. Your Goals
We understand every photographer is at different levels. What makes sense for one to go over may not make sense for another. Because of that, our mentorship starts with understanding and defining what your goals are. We'll talk about where you have been and what you are going through so we can better formulate a custom plan on moving you towards your goals together.
Did you know most photographers quit not because they take bad photos, but because they don't understand how to run the business side of everything? We were one of those. For years we didn't have the correct systems in place running effectively. Here we are going to review and streamline all your operations. Making sure you have all the tools available to you without overdoing it, or needlessly wasting time and money.
3. Client Experience
Have you ever wondered how to create a loyal following of brides that not only rave about you but recommend you to all their recently engaged friends? We will review every aspect from how you acquire new clients, through the entire process of booking them, communication, and delivering a final product. All while enhancing your brand, and having clients that rave about you. Many photographers talk about providing an experience; here, we will roll back everything to show you how we accomplish this. We help to clarify this based on your brand and goals.
4. Business Growth
We have laid the foundation to build on. This is where it gets exciting. We help you to identify and define specific actions that will help you to continue to move forward. Whatever your goals are, you will walk away from this with a clear action plan already in motion. With confidence and knowledge about the direction, you are heading.
Lastly, we want to make sure you feel comfortable and confident with everything we have covered and the direction forward. Because of this, we feel it's important to have time to go back and review anything that needs further clarification, or if you have any questions about anything.
Even as our sessions come to an end, we continue to be there for you. Our goal is to see you succeed.
Building a report with your client
Building confidence in your client
Communication and direction
Finding Great Light
Backlighting & Harsh Light
How to add emotion
Mentoring classes are a one day eight-hour in-person session. Limited times only. Please join the email list to be notified when our next Mentoring Class will be!
Our mentoring workshops are designed to have multiple students participate. They are in-person workshops that focus on actions, not lists. Our workshops don’t take place behind a desk; they take place in front of real couples! We believe the best teacher is experience — no more theories and endless talking to leave you more confused than when you started. You will be doing everything hands on because experience is the best teacher of all.
Our workshops are designed to be eight hours, consisting of no more than four to six students per class. We're keeping the class sizes small so you have more one-to-one experience! We will show you what we do, and follow it up with the chance for you to take a turn and implement it for yourself. Don’t worry though! We will be right there with you, guiding you, and cheering you on!
You will walk away with education, amazing photos for your portfolio, new friends, and knowledge. You could say this is kind of like a styled shoot on steroids.
Some of the things we cover
Six months ago, I was knee deep in shooting weddings while trying to book brides for the following year. I had a
couple ready to sign, they had given me a verbal agreement when they abruptly BACKED OUT! The bride thanked me for
my time and efforts, but ultimately felt that there was another photographer who was a better fit.
I was upset with myself because I was now at a crossroad where I wanted to (finally!) charge prices that reflected my acquired experience and skill level, but was clearly suffering from a disconnect between when a potential couple first reached out to booking with me.
I reached out to Ben for help and couldn't be happier with how his guidance has helped to shape my business!
Ben's approach to working with a photographer starts out with a comprehensive website review! He spent more than 30 minutes going over the 'good' and the 'bad' for my website! I knew that I had a website with a good existing foundation; but his tweaks and recommendations made it so that my couples were able to experience a more fluid visit while being able to easily navigate through my website! Ben's work with a photographer also deals with crucial elements (which we may have no understanding about)! His tips on SEO helped rank my website higher and draw in more traffic!
Ben's insight into all things important: from developing a strong 'why' in my business, to elevating the look of my proposal when trying to book clients made me feel more confident that I was working towards a stronger brand. And whether you're a new photographer looking for a lot of help in building a brand, or an established photographer looking to strengthen an already existing brand, with a market that is saturated with photographers, it is YOUR BRAND that sells and attracts clients. Ben's guidance has had such a huge impact and I couldn't recommend his services enough!
Oh...and for those of you who need a 'number? Something to work of off, how about this: within two weeks of tweaking and implementing Ben's feedback, I EASILY booked 7 WEDDINGS! And six months later, I'm now easily booking 2020 weddings and turning away 2019 dates because I am overbooked!
I had the BEST time at Ben's workshop. He provided an organized and fun experience with fantastic
model couples! I loved exploring beautiful new places, and pushing myself to create something unique
for my portfolio. I built relationships with photographers from all over the country, and loved being able
to learn (and laugh!) with them. The Horseshoe Bend retreat workshop filled me up as an artist. I went
home feeling fueled up to take on 2019 with gorgeous new photos, new friendships, and an excitement
for my business! Thanks again Ben!
Most recently, my new photography website went live. Although it was a great site, I still felt like
something was off since I wasn’t getting a single inquiry for my business. So, I contacted Ben, the one
guy I can trust. Instantly, he took the time to review my website page for page and then created almost
an hour-long video on some things he advised needing some touching up. Once I changed the small
details, I started to receive more traffic and three times as many inquiries before! The small details do
matter and having Ben check my site helped me with things I’ve missed that I didn’t think about before.
He was straight to the point but kind about it and even answered a few questions on the side! I’m forever grateful for his help and will certainly use him again in the future!
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