Finding a photography mentor can be a challenge. Many photographers are hesitant to share their knowledge with people in their local area who will become their competition. Today I’m sharing tips on how to reach out to photographers to inquire about a mentorship as well as how to find a photography mentor online.
I was fortunate when I started out that my friend, Megan Cieloha, lived close by and was starting out as well. I asked her thousands of questions and still do. Having someone either on your level or at a higher level than you in photography is key to your own growth as well as it’s fun to talk photography with people.
My question has to do with finding a mentor. I’ve read all kinds of books, been to all kinds of classes but what I need is someone who is close by that I can go on shoots with and ask a tons of questions. Someone I can call and just talk photography with. I have two small kids so I don’t want travel across the country and take a bunch of expensive workshops if I can help it. It just sesem as if anyone who is local doesn’t want to mentor close by because of the whole competition thing.
How should I go about finding a mentor, paid or unpaid? Where should I look or who should I call? Emily Hughes