About a month or so ago I noticed this guy named Robert Evans friended me on Flickr. I am nosy, so I checked out his pictures and was completely floored. Then I read his blurb about himself and what he’s shot and I about fell over – this wasn’t some pervert that had a foot fetish. This was a serious photographer whom had some amazing shots and had also shot one of my favorite wedding shots (the one of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston was taken by him). I perused his site for longer time than I should probably admit and then came back to earth and started flipping through the flickr stuff. I quickly found out that he was upstarting a new photography business called Photography Mentor. I came back to earth with a bit of a thud because I realized that this amazing photographer didn’t see my pictures and was impressed, he was looking for some people to join the newest photography revolution.
I was willing to be a good guinea pig and check out things and was mildly impressed. However I’ll admit one thing right now, the thought of talking to other photographers about my work scares the crap out of me. I had a disasterous experience with a local photographer that wanted to mentor me and I’ve pretty much avoided them all since. However I kept thinking back to Robert’s amazing work and the idea of the site and kept pondering the ideas that maybe this could be something that could work for me and help my business grow. So, much like my horrific wedding dress experience (oh trust me, it was horrible) I decided to suck it up and get back on the horse again. There was a charity auction For Thirst Relief International with a lot of photographers where the winners of the auctions would win a mentoring session with various photographers and Robert Evans was one of them. I decided to bid on him until I won. Sadly the auction site kept having issues and I was unsure if I won or not when the time came. I found out that I came in second place but the silver lining for me was the fact that the winner wasn’t going to WPPI and I was so Robert was kind enough to agree to still mentor me. I also signed up for Photography Mentor as part of this deal.
I poked around the site a bit last week but it wasn’t until this week that I sat down and really got into it and I am so glad that I did this. There is so much information to be had on this site. Not only what to shoot, how to shoot and so forth but there’s also quick tips and even cheat sheets to help you be the best photographer you can be. It is definately worth the money by leaps and bounds. It’s so awesome to have so many professionals WILLING to help out other photographers. It’s a really nice atmosphere. There are many aspects to the site including the forum, tutorials and assignments. It’s still so new that I think they are also learning as they go as well but so far I’ve already learned a lot. I can’t wait until it gets into the real swing of things!
I will report back after WPPI and let everyone know how my mentoring session went. It can’t get much worse right?? 😉