Mentoring is really a beautiful marriage of minds where one person takes the lead and feeds into the other; helping release the restrictions of ‘I can’t’ or ‘I’m scared’, providing permission to take risks and trust the process so you can step into your unique creative voice, and offering insight through lived-experience on methods of creating strong images that create clients that you will journey with through life’s adventures.
My goal is to meet you where you are, and assist you with what you’re looking to grow on while providing the tools you’ll need to begin creating more authentic and inspired work that is uniquely your own. I share the root of my passion to help you unlock yours so you, too, can create emotive images that resonate with you and your unique clients on a level unlike anyone else. I want to get to know you on a deep level so we can use your inner spark to fuel what you create. I’m here to be sure you are producing images with a clear voice people connect with so they can’t help themselves but be photographed by only you– you are the one that speaks to their soul.
Transformational mentoring sessions are one my favorite things to do as a photographer. I remember what it was like to lack confidence in the work I was producing, thinking no one wants the kind of work I long to produce. The day I committed to sticking to what my innermost being was calling me to do was the day I defined my style and began producing work unlike anyone else. Only you can create the images you feel in your soul. I’m here to get that spark out of you. Topics most students choose to cover are listed below.
- How to safely backup your images
- Efficient workflow from import to delivery
- How to develop presets that work for your light and shooting conditions
- Editing images without presets
- Editing images taken in harsh light
- How to photograph in harsh light
- How to create authentic, emotive images
- Powerful posing with couples
- Effortless family sessions
- Using prompts to guide real emotion from your clients
- Creating session guides and questionnaires to prepare your clients and yourself
- Creating email templates that works
- Reaching out and working with brands
- Workflow from first client contact to booking the date
- My favorite apps and software to keep all the details together
- Identifying what others would love to learn from you
- Creating presentations and slideshows that resonate with your audience
- How to start teaching at workshops or host your own
- Setting yourself up for successful mentoring sessions
- Best practices for live shoots from 1-40+ attendees
‘Office hours.’ Here we dive into all the technical aspects to help your business thrive and focus on you. This can mean anything from creative marketing techniques, editing and custom preset development, to building your confidence and reigniting your creativity so you can begin creating work that both makes your clients happy and fulfills YOU.
Currently, I offer mentoring in two hour or full day sessions. Two hour mentoring sessions can be purchased as singles or packs of three sessions. For a little extra, add a live shoot on to any of my mentoring sessions.
We will go over how I plan my sessions: styling, location, posing, and light and together we will plan a photoshoot according to what you would like to add to your portfolio and/or the type of session you feel you need the most help with. I will show you exactly how I choose my locations and light and then, as I pose and direct, I will tell you where and how to shoot to produce images that showcase connection and emotion.
We will finish our time together with a two hour discussion. You may spend this time asking anything you like, viewing and editing the images we just photographed or a portfolio review.
“As a photographer just starting out in the big, scary world of starting a business, I’ve been soaking up every bit of knowledge I can find out there from photographers I admire. Nothing I’ve encountered so far has forced me to take a step back and dig so deep into myself…Not just as a photographer, but as a human being. I’ve never been so creatively inspired and revived. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and opening your hear to us Twyla. The world will be full of better photographers for it.”
“Learning to connect with your inner artistic voice to create for yourself is something we all need and you’ll love the information Twyla provides. Twyla gives you such great, in depth instruction along with simple tips and tricks on posing that were like mind blowing once she explains it to you. Twyla has such a true, open hearted presence and gift for teaching. This session was one of the best I’ve taken and you absolutely need to do this for yourself!”
“I loved every second of my mentoring session with Twyla. Not only is she incredibly kind, but her artistic insight is amazing. I really believe that investing in yourself as an artist is a vital part of your success and you certainly cannot go wrong investing in a Twyla Jones mentorship…Trust me. She believes wholeheartedly in lifting other artists up, while offering them raw and honest portfolio critiques to better enhance the way they tell their visual stories. She is truly a gem.
“Twyla is a unique photography educator who is able to speak to the heart of other photographers. She seamlessly levels the playing field for folks and teaches photographers to take control over their own journeys and careers. There’s just so few photographers that discuss meaningful interactions, “what does love look like” and “living in the moment.” It’s refreshing to learn from someone who responds in such a self-reflective manner to photography. Twyla’s mentoring would be great for anyone who stresses out during shoots, struggles with self confidence or that simply needs a fresh new perspective.”
“Okay. I completely fell in love with Twyla. I was struggling finding who I wanted to be as a photographer, and what direction I wanted to go in and she was immensely helpful!! She went into a ton of detail, and didn’t just teach you ‘one-click-edits.’ She teaches you how to use the program, so that you can learn and grow as a photographer yourself afterwards. That’s the real spirit of community over competition!! I really learned a lot of incredibly valuable information on how to actually edit a photo. By taking time on each image, she really showed you how much she cares to teach. She leaves nothing hidden and rocks left unturned. The work is in the details. If you want to be a successful photographer, this is definitely the way to go.”
“Emotionally stirring. I have admired Twyla’s work for a while now and have desperately wanted to learn from her. Not just about her editing process and style, but about how she allows her soul to guide her work. Her class was exactly what I needed to push me into a new year as an artist. She shares her heart and inspires you to follow yours. This is next level information and inspiration. What I love the most is that it doesn’t matter what you specialize in or how long you’ve been doing it…this applies to you. This will help you. This will grow you. Twyla has an amazing way of making you feel like you can accomplish anything and that the story you’re telling through your art is the most important part. There’s no price tag for this kind of mentoring and knowledge…but I’ll tell you it’s worth every penny! Thank you Twyla for sharing yourself with us, you inspire me to be the best I can be and I appreciate you so much!”
“Twyla manages to capture what it feels like to be in love, to be a mother in her photos. Her sessions are both refreshingly different and inspiring. She just gets emotion and her class shows you how to capture that in your work. She’s such a damn nice person as well, roll this with her talent and I can’t think of anybody else I’d rather learn from. Highly recommended.”
“It’s like Twyla was speaking to my soul and urging it to wake. This class is not something as simple as teaching poses or technical skills. It goes much deeper and will force you to search within yourself to find your inner voice. If you are going through a dry spell and feeling stuck or uninspired, this is for you. And even if you are in a period of great inspiration, her class will take you even further.”
“I cried learning from her! She is one of the most amazing photographers I have ever seen and I’ve seen a lot! I’m just beginning photography and I have learned more than i could even imagine. Trust me, this is so worth it if you are serious about taking your photography to the next level!”