mentoring with sbp | lake county il family photographer

Last Thursday, I experienced one of the highlights of my career thus far, as I was lucky enough to do a 2:1 mentoring session with the amazing Sarah from Sarah Beth Photography. I have followed Sarah on Facebook and Instagram for some time now, have purchased her actions, and pretty much drool over every image she posts. Sarah has a knack for capturing raw and real emotion in her clients, shows the natural love and connection within families, and somehow manages to find the most perfect, yummiest light during every single session. I’m pretty much obsessed with her. So when this opportunity came up to do this mentoring session with my pal Robin, I jumped on it and couldn’t wait to take the trip down to Indy.

Now, despite having purchased numerous posing guides and action sets, and spending countless hours studying the styles of photographers I admire, this was the first “official” mentoring I’ve done during my career. Even though I feel like I already knew Sarah (since I basically stalk her on Instagram and am pretty sure we’re long lost BFFs), I was still super nervous and didn’t quite know what to expect. That was silly of me. We met Sarah at a quaint little coffee shop for the business discussion portion of the session, and within minutes we were all curled up on couches just chatting. She made me feel at ease immediately! Plus, she was a complete open book and took us through every aspect of her business. Not only did she answer every question we asked, but she sought to truly get to know us as fellow photographers and moms and showed us how she has tweaked her business to work for her. It was evident that she has spent a lot of time and effort getting her business to run like a well oiled machine, and since this is the part of the business I struggle most with, I found this to be invaluable.

After chatting all things business and styling with Sarah and her assistant, Heather, we moved onto the shooting portion of our session. I was SO anxious to watch Sarah in action, as I wanted nothing more than for her to share some of her shooting magic with us. We arrived at our location about 30 min early, and Sarah walked us through the different spots we’d be shooting in, the typical flow of her sessions, etc. Once the family arrived, and the session officially began, I was so shocked at how relaxed everything was. After spending the day with Sarah, I had learned she was pretty easy going and super funny, and this definitely carried over into her session. During each set-up with the family, Sarah explained what she was doing with posing them, talked us through her camera settings, and then started shooting. After we took our turns shooting, she looked at our LCD screens, and helped us make some tweaks and adjustments to truly get the “shots” she was after. She showed us what she looks for on her screen, how she places her subjects in relation to the light, and guided us through simple posing tips. I definitely had quite a few “a-ha” moments! Sarah encouraged us to try some camera techniques I had been nervous about, walked us step-by-step on how to get that magical sun, and was overall just a wealth of knowledge.

Check out some of the gorgeous images I was able to capture of our stunning model family:

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If you are looking to take your family photography to the next step, and truly learn how to capture that magical sun – Sarah is your girl. I would recommend Sarah’s mentoring sessions and workshops to anyone looking to improve their family photography, and I am so thrilled that I had this opportunity. Plus, one of the things that made this experience so special was sharing it with my great friend, Robin of Picsy Photography. It is truly such a joy going on this journey with her, and I am a lucky girl she’s in my life. Plus – we snuck in a little shopping trip too ;) To see what Robin had to say about our experience, check out her blog post {HERE}.

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