Investing in workshops, finding a mentor

As a driven artist and small business owner I am constantly looking for inspiring photographers who are offering workshops. I like attending seminars but I would much rather participate in workshops hosted by photographers I am eager to learn from. The atmosphere there is more intimate and we can really dig into details with a small group of photographers vs taking notes in an auditorium filled with hundreds of people. 

I came across Jeff Rojas' work one day when I was browsing for inspiration on line. Needless to say his work was intimidatingly beautiful so I started to follow him on social media. When I found out that Jeff is hosting a men's fashion and portrait workshop it was a no brainer to me that I had to be there!

I flew into NYC the night before and the fun began the next morning. As a textbook introvert I was relieved to learn that Jeff was very easy to talk to and his studio was a place where we can talk about our strengths and weaknesses without  judgement. 

 

Instead of having a class room styled, all day long, note taking workshop, we rotated between group discussions and shooting professional models. 

 Me shooting one of the fashion models.

Me shooting one of the fashion models.

Honestly, I did not know what it meant to work with professional models before! I immediately grew respect and appreciation for the work models do! They are not contributors they are your partners in a shoot. What they bring to the table is imperative!! 

 This is a picture of Jeff and I as he is " holding my hands" as I was photographing a model from a major model agency. I knew that the model had his game together and I was the one who had to rise to the occasion. Jeff and Ben, you have been nothing but wonderful! Thank you! :)

This is a picture of Jeff and I as he is " holding my hands" as I was photographing a model from a major model agency. I knew that the model had his game together and I was the one who had to rise to the occasion. Jeff and Ben, you have been nothing but wonderful! Thank you! :)

Investing in Jeff Rojas' workshop was a milestone for my technical skills as a photographer. We had a wonderful group of photographers and we all brought interesting discussions to the table. Jeff is not only an incredible portrait and fashion photographer but he is also a genuinely kind and generous person who is devoted to give back to photographers who are willing to learn. Since my workshop with Jeff I have booked several portrait sessions, both for head shots with regular clients and with models for portfolio building purposes. I have made significant improvement in my lighting skills and I have communicated with clients so much more effectively. 

My only regret is that Jeff and I don't have photo together when we both looking into the camera, but perhaps we can accomplish that some time soon.

All photo credit belongs to Amanda Powell Photography