Mentoring

Be the boss of your camera.

Do you want more control over your camera, but don't know where to start? I "make" you read your manual (yes, you really need to read it), but I also know they can be clear as mud to figure out.

I can help.

Because if you're wanting to tell your camera what you want it to "see", then I know you're at the level of wanting to know more about composition, too. While there is no right way, I can help guide your vision of what you're trying to communicate. Composition goes hand in hand with learning how to control your camera. If you already have a strong grasp of composition, then my mentoring of you adapts to your level.

Contact me and I'll explain my mentoring process (which is custom tailored to you, by the way).

Or, if you are ready to begin, I have three mentoring packages, ranging in hours from 3 to 24 hours. I've structured them so that the more hours you buy, the less it is per hour for you. Click here to buy. (I do prefer that we've already met in person to be sure we'll get along with each other before you purchase.)

WB? ISO? Huh???

WB? ISO? Huh???

Who is this for?

You've got a DSLR, mirrorless, or point-and-shoot camera, but are disappointed with your results. With the gear you own, I'll do my best to to get you on the path for the results you're looking for. While I don't know how to work every camera out there, I do have enough experience to take what I know and apply it to learning another camera.

I'll probably ask you to bring your camera manual along to sessions, because they are all so different, I'll need that manual to help me help you. But it's a team effort. Don't be surprised if I give you an assignment to read a portion of your manual for our next session. I'm definitely here to get you going in the right direction, but I also want to be respectful of the mentoring time you've purchased and for you to get the most out of it as possible.

Looking for composition help? Critique of images?

If there is something you're needing help with that I know I can't help with, I will let you know up front. I'll never claim to know it all.

Who am I?

I've been photographing long enough that I now feel I have something to offer others starting out on this journey called photography. I photograph more than flowers. You can explore my portfolios under Work+. Feel free to look around on my About page, blogInstagram, and Facebook to get an idea of who I am. When you're ready, fill out the contact form below.

Some of my gear - reflector, little stool for me, camera backpack

Some of my gear - reflector, little stool for me, camera backpack

How does this work?

Our first meeting is free to figure out a little bit what you'd like help with, for me to explain my way of approaching the mentor/mentoree relationship, and for both of us to see if we'd like working together. This is very different from taking a class where the instructor stands up front and "blah blah blah blah blah". It's more personal, and as I said, tailored just to you.

To get a feel for this experience, please read the testimonial below. Debby really does say things better than I ever could.

Where is it available?

Mentoring is available in the Avon, Minnesota area (which, yes, includes the St Cloud vicinity, basically a radius of about 30 minutes from Avon).

If you live beyond this area, let's talk to see if we can make this work.

With all mentoring appointments, receive an additional 30 minutes free if you drive to St. Joseph, St. John's, Avon, or Albany. Time may be used same day or banked for future use.

After you decide that I'm the mentor for you, we'll typically meet in a public area like a park to practice photographing. If the technical side of things like processing is more your need, then you, your laptop, and I can meet at an area coffee shop. There is often homework to work on between sessions. For example, let's say you're struggling with understanding the different apertures and their effect on an image. I'll ask you to take multiple images of the same subject using different apertures (but always going for the correct exposure), and for you to look at them to note the differences, and the effect on shutter speed when you change the aperture. Of course there's a little more to it than that, but this gives you an idea.

Cost

You can buy a couple hours at a time. Or you can buy bundles of hours (the bigger the bundle of hours, the less your cost is per hour). You can also earn an extra half hour per session together by coming to Avon, Albany, or St Johns/St Joseph. The extra time can be used that same day, or banked for future use. The hours you purchase with me don't expire, but I suggest using them up within a year or less to get the most out of our time together.

If you're just looking for image critiques, the minimum purchase is one hour of time for up to eight images. I like to give that feedback in an email because you can easily refer back to it.

Please complete the form below if you're interested in finding out more.

I typically reply back within a day, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and holidays. You can also call and leave a message (320-493-8883), (but my response time will be the same; I'm not glued to my phone).

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Testimonial

Debby out at St John's Univ.

Debby out at St John's Univ.

"I met Barb at an event she was showing at – and I was immediately drawn to her work and began visiting with her about it.  I thought her approach was very artistic, and she also seemed to really understand the guts of the technical aspect.  When I found out she was offering a mentoring program, I was in!  I am a jewelry artist, photography is an important part of my business as I need to take attractive, realistic shots of my work to post on my website.  So our mentoring relationship began with problem solving, as I was not getting the quality of pictures that I wanted and needed.

I cannot speak highly enough of how helpful Barb’s mentoring has been for me.  I had taken a photography class in the past, but it doesn’t compare to the benefits of working with someone of Barb’s caliber one on one.  I have learned how to better use my camera, use a lightbox and tripod, work in indoor and outdoor settings,  as well as learning more about lighting, composition, focal points – so both the artistic and technical sides of the craft.  It’s everything I’d hoped it would be and more.  She’s knowledgeable, patient and a good communicator.  I feel it’s taken me to a whole new level of ability and it’s been thrilling to experience the change in myself – going from being frustrated to feeling like I can do this!  I’m nowhere near where to hope to get, but I’m so encouraged by the progress as well as falling in love with my camera and photography all over again. Thank you Barb!" ~ Debby, Little Falls, MN