The 'Mentor Me' Programme us run by the The Societies to assist members improve their skill levels
I attended the Back to Basics Wedding Photography with Martin last Sunday (14th May), which Id like to say before going any further, was the best £50.00 I have spent. It was a cracking day and Martins experience and tuition has really got me inspired to take some new and exciting photos and Ill definitely be getting along to other training days now.
I wanted to say "thank-you" to SWPP for having the foresight to establish the "Mentor-Me" Programme. There is no way I would have got around to submitting my images without that stimulus.
I also want to recognise the efforts of Martin Grahame Dunn who gave me great advice on the Coventry Mentor Me day which allowed me to submit a much stronger panel of images based on new knowledge. I also learned a lot from him on the commercial side and look forward to developing more in that area. Thanks to Martin for giving up his time in support of this initiative.
So well done SWPP, and I look forward to seeing you next weekend.
Thank you for your email with the details of my assessment. I was a little disappointed that I am still making so many mistakes, however , I am keen to fill in my knowledge gaps and progress to the next level as soon as possible.
I would be interested to know your suggestions regarding training, including the one day workshops you mentioned.
Thank you for your help so far,
Thank-you very much for your message today, and thank-you very much for your critique. It is most appreciated that you took the time to consider my pictures from a professional point of view.
I will be taking on board all your comments. They will spur me on to think harder about what I am doing and trying to achieve.
I would be thrilled to attend some Mentoring/Training Days! As you can probably tell from my pictures I have been teaching myself all aspects of photography this year so it would be a relief to get some professional training, help and advice.
It would be great if you and SWPP could put me on the right path to gaining my Licentiateship. A development program sounds perfect. I do think I need some structure and direction. I really would like to advance my technical knowledge in this field. I do have more projects lined up, so I will be ensuring I get a better, more professional selection to send to you over the coming months.
Again I really appreciate the help from yourself and SWPP, hopefully one day I can make steps to start a career in photography!
I look forward to receiving news of the Mentoring Days.
Firstly, I would very much like to take part in an intensive mentoring day. Hopefully, it might be possible to have one arranged in the North East area.
Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to critique the images I sent on the "Mentor Me" programme. I sent them in with some trepidation as I was aware that I needed some work to improve. I sent in a bit of a cross section of the subjects I have been taking over the past 8 months or so.
I was delighted that some one of your standing and experience found any of my images worthy of merit. It has given me quite a boost. I very much want to improve my ability and hopefully thereby make my work more saleable.
Nothing gives me greater enjoyment than being behind a camera. The greatest satisfaction is seeing an image which I (and particularly others) feel I have done justice to.
I definitely need help is presentation for clients. Recently I have provided a client with a DVD slideshow with fades and a gentle soundtrack along with a "contact" sheet. I would welcome any help in this area or any books you might be able to recommend that could be useful.
Once again many thanks for your comments and help.
Regards, Stephen G.
Many thanks for your comments and suggestions. It is really useful to have some constructive criticism. All my clients have been extremely happy with my work, but obviously do not look at the technical aspects of the photography, which I know needs improving. I'm aware that I need more formal training and would be very interested in the mentoring days you mentioned.
I am at the beginning of my road to being a wedding photographer, so thank-you for your assessment.
I will bear all your suggestions in mind.
I would be interested in a mentoring day, though my preference would be for a weekend as I currently have a "day job". I realise, however, that more established photographers will prefer a day during the week as hopefully they will be out working on Saturday.
Thanks again for your guidance and encouragement.
Thank you for your constructive report on my submitted images. I appreciate your comments and will aspire to do as recommended.
On receiving the report I felt at first, as one would, a little taken aback and disappointed in myself, although not very surprised. I always knew I needed further training and skill enhancement, hence my submission.
Once again thank you for your report. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you very much indeed for your valuable constructive criticism of my 20 images and your general comments. I will take them on board when providing my next 20 images.
I will submit another cd in the next few weeks and thank you once again for the time and effort you have clearly put in to assist me. I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
Kind regards, John
Thank you for your comments and feedback, I really appreciate you giving your time to help improve my work.
I have a few more wedding to photograph this year and I intend to try to work on the areas you have identified.
Hopefully I will come back to you at the start of the year with an improved set of photographs.
I try to attend 2-3 SWPP seminars a year and will continue to do so. I have found these very inspiring and full of ideas, I guess I need to look more
critically at some of the photographers work and see how I can use it to improve on my own, taking into account the feedback you have provided.
Many thanks for your help
kind regards George
Please complete the Mentoring Form, you will then be directed to the upload facility.
Remember to save the files as jpgs
Number 01 - 20
2000 pixels on the longest side
Create a contact sheet with all 20 images
Compress all the files into one zip folder
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