When I first started, there was no such thing as a free photo mentorship. Honestly, I’m not sure there is anything like that now. I was reminded of that when a photographer friend sent me the following message (she was referring to wayyyy back in 2009):
Hi Dale! Hope you are well! I wanted to reach out to say Thank You. I have a 21-year-old intern this past Summer who has a strong motivation to be a photographer. She is motivated, strong-willed, asks a million questions, and loves photography. She reminds me of me at 21. I have mentioned to her before that when I first started, Facebook was very new, and Instagram wasn’t a thing. I had very few people to reach out to and ask questions. I was looking through my feed, drinking my coffee, and saw your recent post with Ellie. I remember when Ellie was just a toddler…and love seeing her recent Senior session! It just got me thinking about how difficult it was to receive good advice or anyone to answer a young girl’s questions back then. You always did; you were always so nice, and you really made me feel like a part of the industry as a rookie. So, Thank You, for being you; I hope we can meet up one day for coffee! Best, Brandy Swartz
I read that and felt inspired. I’ve helped thousands of photographers with a free photo mentorship over the past 15 years, and love doing so, but haven’t had time lately. I want to change that. Here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to start holding QUARTERLY free photo mentorship zooms; yes… for FREE. Once every three months, I’m going to schedule a zoom meeting and send it to the photographers on my mentor list.
How do you get on the list? Easy! 1) Subscribe to this blog, and then 2) send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) asking me to add you to the zoom list. Then, when we have our zoom meetings, you can ask me anything. We can discuss photos, websites, marketing, etc., and meet other photographers.
Do you know a photographer who would love free photo mentorship and tips? Send this to them!
I hope to see you there!
Dale Benfield is a Luxury Northwest Arkansas Wedding Photography and has been named one of the best Luxury Wedding Photographer in the world while serving Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, and Destination Weddings. Benfield Photography is a Fine Art Bespoke Wedding Photography Studio and is a staple in NW Arkansas and has photographed luxury weddings, Italy weddings, celebrity weddings, private estate weddings, Crystal Bridges weddings, Carnall Hall weddings, Weddings at Osage House, Bachelor Nation Weddings, and more.
He has photographed every style of wedding you can image: intimate weddings, Catholic cathedrals in Italy, church weddings, elopements, destination weddings on the beach in Mexico, and so on.
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