Photography Mentoring


Continuing education is key to every business, but it is especially true in areas that require technical skills and creativity.  In particular with photography, the rapid and frequent changes in photographic technologies and techniques mean continual training is crucial.  At George Fairbairn Photography we are firm believers in continuing education and we ourselves frequently attend workshops and training seminars to stay on top of our game.  Even attending courses and workshops in areas you consider yourself proficient can lead to learning new skills and techniques that you may not have known before.  Because of our firm belief in continuos training we offer ongoing photography mentoring.


What is mentoring?


Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be. Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring


Our mentoring is tailored and dictated by you.  We work with you to improve areas and skills that you need.  The first mentoring session is dedicated to understanding your current skill level and skill set.  We also learn what areas you feel you need or want improvement and, perhaps most importantly, what areas will help your business.  No two photography businesses are the same, and no two mentors or mentoring sessions should be the same as well.  In a field as creative as photography, it is not possible to mentor different photographers in the same way.  An approach like this will only create clones of the mentor, and that is not what we want to do here at George Fairbairn Photography.


What we do.


Our sole aim and purpose of our mentoring is to improve your photography, vision, and business.  This is achieved by providing you with training and experience in areas that are important to you and your photographic business.  Each person that we mentor has a program that is tailored and bespoke to that person, no two photographers will receive the same mentoring experience.  Some of the areas that we can address…

What we DON’T do


We don’t create George Fairbairn clones.  It’s extremely important to us that we don’t impose our style onto the people that we mentor.  Within each person is an incredible photographer with incredible vision…we give you the skills and techniques to bring that photographer out.


How does it work?


We ask that all people that we start mentoring dedicate themselves to at least 4 months.  This would involve 1 mentoring session of 8 hours a month for 4 months.  The 4 month time frame gives us a chance to not only assess and plan the skills and areas that require mentoring, it also gives us the time for the mentoring to take affect.  During this time we would have one face to face mentoring session a month, but would be open and available to conversations through email, phone, or even Skype at any available times throughout your mentoring.  This allows you to ask us questions and advice, or even just critique new work that you have shot.  Once the 4 months is up, we will then assess with you where you are with your development and where your future development goals lie.  This results in setting up a new mentoring schedule where we can decide to continue with a monthly mentoring session or change to frequency to whatever seems suitable.  This is truly led by you and where you want to take your photography.


How much does it cost?


It may sound cliche, but good mentoring is priceless!  The results that you will see from your mentoring will result in you creating better images and that in turn can lead to more business*.  Mentoring sessions are £300 a session and we do ask that all new mentee’s commit to 4 months of mentoring with the mentoring schedule being reassessed at the end of those 4 months.


Sounds great!  Where do I sign up?


If you would like to receive mentoring from George Fairbairn Photography, please contact us so that we can discuss your needs and desires and set up a mentoring schedule together.


Don’t live in the UK and still want mentoring from George Fairbairn?  No problem!  We can conduct mentoring session via Skype only as well.  Contact us for more information on Skype only mentoring.


*mentoring from George Fairbairn Photography does not guarantee more business or more profitable business.  Mentoring with George Fairbairn Photography does provide you with the skills and techniques to create better photography which in turn, with good business practice, can lead to more business.