Mentoring Sessions

Danielle Sara Photography has been running a successful portrait photography studio for 10 years. She offers mentoring sessions to anyone who wants to expand his or her knowledge of photography and/or studio lighting. Mentoring sessions are flexible and crafted to best fit your need. They are customized to focus on what YOU want to learn – if you have experience or just need help getting out of auto! 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. You can also visit our STORE.

Hear What Others Say About Danielle’s Mentoring!

“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

Mentoring Services

Online Newborn Mentoring Session:

This is a completely customizable one-hour online (skype) newborn 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 post-session access to me by email with any additional questions for 60 days. The session cost is $249.

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 newborn related. These areas can include lighting, posing, wrapping, soothing, and more. At the end, I will help you implement what you learned and create an action plan for success.

NOTE: You can choose to add on a custom editing session to your package for an additional $150. This includes an additional 45 minutes of remote editing (you'll be able to see how I edit my images, or yours) using Lightroom and Photoshop.

Sales Mentoring Session:

I will teach you 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. Includes post-session access to me by email with any additional questions for 60 days. The session 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. 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.

In-Person Photography 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 $649.

Here's how it works:

1. 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.

2. We'll spend four hours together. The first 1-2 hours will include an all-encompassing 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.

3. The second half of your session will be hands-on. I will provide 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 taken in your portfolio.

4. After your experience, you will receive bonus materials from me that will help you take the next step towards success.

BONUS MATERIALS: customizable 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.

Business Critique | 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’d love to help! I want to share my knowledge and insight gained from running a successful portrait studio. We can Skype, FaceTime, or speak on the phone. I can answer your questions, review your portfolio or website, critique your images, or talk through pricing and business goals, etc. It’s whatever you feel most comfortable with because YOU take the lead on the flow of this session. I WANT TO HELP YOU as efficiently and effectively as possible! I have 10 years of experience for you to hear all about…Let’s Get Started! This includes (2) 30 minute calls to discuss your goals/ hopes and a follow up post critique call to see positive changes after you execute what is suggested. The cost is $199.

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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.