If this is you or has ever been you, then Exclusive Mentoring and Studio Consulation is the right choice for you.
We will work together in your own space for two days; studying every aspect of your business with theory and practise. We will analyse your set-up and together and will discover the best use of light in your space and how to aesthetically use your range of props, wraps and studio clothing. We'll begin by using a stand-in-baby to ensure that you fully understand how each set up should be photographed, which angles you'll be capturing and how to see the light. We'll work through the Authentic Newborn Workflow and I'll show you how to quickly, efficiently and respectfully create a stunning timeless gallery for your clients. After this we'll photograph a real newborn. I'll show you how the workflow is used in action and we'll create a complete gallery together. Once the shoot is complete I'll show you my post processing workflow.
On the second day you'll be in charge. This means you are running the show with your model and I'm there to assist you, coach you and encourage you - you are the photographer on this day, it's your turn to shine! I will be looking over your shoulder, checking your settings and the back of your camera, giving you feedback and tips and will, when necessary calm and care for the baby (and you if needed ;-) ). At the end of this day we'll review your images, edit a few together and talk about any aspects of your business that you feel need attention.
This opportunity is very intensive program and is designed to really develop your skills and help empower you and give you the confidence you need to shine.
NB. You will be responsible for finding a model/client and all model releases required.
Investment: The investment for Exclusive Mentoring and Studio Consultation is 3500€, the non-refundable deposit of €1500 is to be paid at the time of booking. Re-scheduling is not possible so please have a back-up model/client in case of last minute cancellations.
Participants: Participants must be comfortable using their camera in manual mode and have at least a 50mm 1.8 lens and have a studio or shooting space within which to receive their own clients.
This very intensive offering includes:
Availability is limited - I only accept 1 new mentee a month to ensure that I have the capacity to offer ongoing support.
Although during 2018 my focus will be mostly be on supporting my 1:1 mentees I will also be offering a limited number of group workshops. The locations of these are yet to be confirmed - if you are interested in hosting a workshop please get in touch.
One day workshops are from 9.30 until 16.30 and limited to 7 participants (plus the host)
Aim: To improve your level of authentic newborn photography using natural light
It won't surprise you to discover that my actions and presets are simple and without fuss. They are designed to be subtle, clean and user friendly. They are all useable with the automation function (video tutorial below) so that there is nothing to stop you getting your editing done pronto! They work wonderfully together or alone and can be built upon depending on your personal preference and style. For the minimalists amongst you the "Really Quick Fix" may be all you need. For those of you who like a polished finish then you can opt to use the "All in one" action.
For details you'll find "Baby blush and Sharp Lashes" are handy and for extra depth and dimension be sure to use the "Depth" action at the end of your edit.
Looking for whiter whites? "It's all white" will get the job done whilst maintaining the integrity of your colour.
One of my favourites is "Lovely Skin" - this very subtle action lifts the grey tones in skin and leaves you with fresh, healthy looking portraits.
Speaking of skin, I normally use portraiture on my images (tutorial coming up), but for those of you who haven't yet invested in the plugin pop the Skin Smoothing Add-on into your Cart. As a bonus you'll get a beautiful bright, sharp eyes action too.
Don't forget to grab any video tutorials that you need - I'll be updating them whenever I can.
N.B, The creation of sellable actions isn't easy - yes, I naively thought it would be - I was wrong! I thank you for remembering the person behind the product. In this instance sharing is not caring.
Thank you for being part of the tribe. x
Over the past few years I've had the honour of getting to know some truly incredible artists, either during group workshops or exclusive mentoring relationships. Here's what a few of them had to say about our time together...
Diana's training was a huge turning point in my career. She is so inspirational, & nothing is out of bounds in her training. She shares all of her infinite knowledge & wisdom. From the indispensable basics of wrapping, workflow & settling baby. To the insight & empowering knowledge regarding how to see & use the light. She not only nurtures your skills, but also plants building blocks for you to develop as an artist.
If you are wanting to be inspired & take your photography to the next level, then you need to train with Diana.
Mind-blowingly eye-opening. Do I say that correctly? Yes, because that is what Diana's workshop meant for me. As a professional you risk to get stuck in shoulds and musts, but she very calmly and in a relaxed manner explains and demonstrates what I as a newborn photographer almost forgot: to trust my why and my gut feelings.
Thanks so much, Diana, for showing me my way again. I will train my photography muscle with this newly acquired knowledge you gave me for the rest of my days.
After two cups of coffee on a beautiful terrace Diana takes us to her home. Her studio. She opens up her heart, brings out her best. She refreshes our minds that are full of rigid ideas of what’s right and wrong. She confirms that we made the right decision to pursue mentoring with her. By the end of the day we share a unique sense of humor and can’t get through anecdotes without crying with laughter.
I knew this trip will have an impact. But I never expected it would be this big.