What Makes a Great Photography Mentor / Coach?

A great photography mentor will have more questions than answers. A great photography coach is somebody that does not tell you what to do, but empowers you and guides you to work it out for yourself, so that you build your own experiences with the benefit of theirs.
– – Joe Edelman

The title of this article is a question that is too often not asked, and the answers are often assumed. To avoid any confusion, I wanted to outline what you should expect from me and what I expect from you. If we are to have success together with me as your photography mentor and coach.

A mentor is someone who has experience and is a trusted advisor who can guide, advise, and support you to achieve your goals. A coach is defined as a tutor who gives private or specialized training. With a focus on helping you to learn, rather than teaching you. A mentee — that would be you — is a person who is advised, trained, tutored or counseled.
Photography Coach / Mentor

What is the purpose of having a photography mentor and coach

The purpose of a photography mentor and coach is to help you grow as a photographer and a person. You should become the best photographer version of yourself.

This may involve helping you achieve your personal photography or photography business goals. It will likely involve introducing you to new ways of thinking, challenging your limiting assumptions, sharing valuable photography experience, and much more.

Am I the right photography mentor / coach for you?

In order to help you decide if this program is right for you, let’s start with what is expected of YOU. The role of the mentor is to help the mentee absorb his knowledge and have the ambition and desire to know what to do with that knowledge. As a student, the mentee should take the initiative to practice and demonstrate what he/she has learned.

In other words, it is not up to me to tell you what is right or wrong. It is my role to help and guide you. You can do what you like and want as a photographer — not what I like.

I consider myself to be a capacity coach. I am here to help you increase your capacity for growth as a photographer. Ultimately, you will determine how much help and guidance you need. It is your responsibility to ask for help or advice and to tackle more challenging assignments. This is not a class you are signing up for. And I am not the teacher who provides a grade.

The mentoring aspect of our relationship will be focused on your long-term photography goals. It will also be focused on how you can best achieve those goals. As your mentor, I will focus on the goals that you define and help you set realistic expectations. I will share my experience and knowledge of the industry. This will guide you towards decisions that will ensure that you reach your goals.

I will help you improve your photography each step of the way. I will work with you to improve your photography and or business and marketing skills.

I am a mentor that will get to know you and sincerely care about your success. In my pursuit of being a successful entrepreneur, I am honest – sometimes brutally honest, but always fair and willing to go to great lengths to help you succeed. But I will tell you upfront, I won’t work harder on your success than you do.

This program is right for you if you want access to a photographer with over 50 years of experience with a camera. A photographer with over 50 years of experience with a camera, who has been successful in staying relevant in today’s rapidly evolving social media driven marketplace.

Signature - Joe Edelman

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