Mentoring Sessions

I have been running a successful portrait photography studio for 10 years. I offer mentoring sessions to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of photography, business, editing, marketing, studio lighting, and more. Mentoring sessions are flexible and crafted to best fit YOU. They are customized to focus on what you want to learn! I am here to help provide direction and give you the tools and steps to execute your plan. I am an open book and we can go whichever direction you want to go! Please see below for the types of mentoring options offered. If you don’t see something you need, please get in touch!


Testimonial:

“I absolutely loved the Photographer’s Inspiration Night Out. It was such a treat to work next to two talented photographers. Having access to models and their families that had been professional styled and posed was such a great opportunity. As a new photographer, it was such a unique opportunity that I had to take advantage of when I learned about it. I also loved meeting another local photographer during the session. Being new to the community, it was great to be introduced to others in the field. The additional resources provided to participants were icing on the cake. I would absolutely recommend this workshop to anyone. I am grateful that there are entrepreneurs in the community that are willing to take the time to put together opportunities like this one.”  – Linda


Ask Me Anything:

Are you struggling in your business? Are things like pricing, consistency in your portfolio, finding the right clientele, or lack of branding holding you back from being a success? I’ve been in your shoes. I’ve spent countless hours when I first started my business trying to figure all the things out. I WISH I could go back in time and have someone to ask all my questions. Now I want to be that person for YOU… I want to share my knowledge and insight gained from running a successful portrait studio. We can Skype, FaceTime, speak on the phone. I will answer your questions, big or small. Need some business critique on your portfolio or website? Want to talk through your pricing strategy? Struggling with workflow? This is customized to whatever you want to get out of it. I want to help you as efficiently and effectively as possible! I have 10 years of experience running a successful portrait studio for you to hear all about… I am an open book and we can go whichever direction you want to go! Let’s Get Started!

This is a great option if you are struggling in one particular area and need some guidance and direction to move forward. It includes (2) 30 minute calls to discuss your goals & hopes based on the one topic you are struggling with the most. The first call will be answering questions and helping you figure out next steps/action plan. The second is a check-in to make sure you are on the right track to see the positive changes after you execute what we discussed. The cost is $199.


NOTE:  You can choose to add on a custom editing session to your package for $99. This includes an additional 30 minutes of remote editing (you'll be able to see how I edit my images, or yours) using Lightroom and Photoshop.

NOTE: You can choose to add on a custom editing session to your package for $99. This includes an additional 30 minutes of remote editing (you'll be able to see how I edit my images, or yours) using Lightroom and Photoshop.

Online Mentoring Session:

This is a completely customizable two-hour online mentoring session. This is a time for you to invest time into your knowledge and your business. I will share my experience and knowledge to discuss any aspect related to technique or business that you would like to cover. It is more in-depth than the Ask Me Anything option because we can dive deeper into various topics. Includes post-session access to me by email with any additional questions for 60 days. The cost is $399.

How it works:

After you book your mentor session, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire that will give me an idea of how to prepare for our call based on what you want to learn. From your responses, I'll prepare information to make the most of our time together. We will cover all things related to your area of interest (maternity, newborn, baby, family, outdoor). These areas can include, but are not limited to: finding your style, emails/client interaction, workflow, website/blogging, pricing/contracts, lighting, posing/wrapping, and more. At the end, I will help you implement what you learned and create an action plan for success. And I will follow up to make sure you are succeeding and implementing what was learned :)


Sales (IPS) Mentoring Session:

A one hour session where I will teach you, one on one, the methods that I use to run a successful IPS (In Person Sales) based studio. I use multiple tools and steps to create a profitable business based on in-person sales of products and digital image files. I will share this information with you. You do not need to have a studio for this option! It includes post-session access to me by email with any additional questions for 60 days. The cost is $249.

How it works:

After you book your IPS mentor session, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire that will give me an idea of how to prepare for our call. From your responses, I'll prepare information to make the most of our time together. I will coach you and help give you the tools to run a successful IPS based business. You will learn how I use email, phone calls, verbiage, and much more to make the process easy and seamless. At the end, I will help you implement what you learned and create an action plan for success.

BONUS MATERIALS: Customizable post-portrait session IPS guide to use with your clients.


BONUS MATERIALS:  Customizable Welcome guide AND Prep guide for your area of interest to use with your clients.   NOTE:  If you choose to share your mentoring experience with another photographer (2:1), the total would be $999. If you choose to share with two other photographers (3:1), the total would be $1399.

BONUS MATERIALS: Customizable Welcome guide AND Prep guide for your area of interest to use with your clients.

NOTE: If you choose to share your mentoring experience with another photographer (2:1), the total would be $999. If you choose to share with two other photographers (3:1), the total would be $1399.

In-Person Mentoring Experience:

This is an in-person 1:1 photography experience with a focus on one of the following areas: maternity, baby, or newborn. This is a completely customizable four-hour mentoring session. I will share my experience and knowledge to discuss any aspect related to technique or business that you would like to cover. Includes live models for shooting time as well as editing time. Includes post-session access to me by email with any additional questions for 60 days. The cost is $749.

Here's how it works:

Once you book your session, I'll be in touch to schedule our time together. All in-person mentoring will take place at my Rockville, MD studio. We'll spend four hours together. The first 1-2 hours will include a discussion about your area of interest. We'll cover topics including but not limited to posing, lighting, client interaction, sales, editing and marketing. I’ll share my knowledge and my steps for a successful and profitable session. The second half of your session will be hands-on. I will provide a short styled session with a model and we will do a session together so you can gain experience in a variety of different areas. You will be able to use images that you take in your portfolio. After your experience, you will receive bonus materials from me that will help you take the next steps towards success.


Mentoring Services

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Please email danielle@daniellesaraphotography.com for more information. Custom mentoring sessions can be created if you don’t see what you are looking for. Payment due before session begins.


Testimonial:

“I had the pleasure of meeting and learning from Danielle at a Photographer’s Inspiration night out she planned with another local photographer. I was able to photograph 2 maternity clients right along side her. It was such a great learning experience for me as she shared her wealth of knowledge about posing, lighting, session flow and so much more. She was eager to help in any way she could and answered all of my questions. After the session she shared a posing guide and editing video which I found extremely helpful. If you are a photographer and have the opportunity to work with Danielle I HIGHLY recommend it!” – Alison S.