Finding a photography mentor with Peggy Farren


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"Hi, Joe McNally? You don't know me, but I'm Lyn Morton. I'm a big fan of your work, but even more so, I love the way you teach. You see, I'm also a photographer and photo coach. I was wondering if you would be my mentor?

"Why would you do that? What's in it for you?!

"Good questions...." Hmmm...

If you've ever imagined asking someone to be your photography mentor and feared the conversation would end like that, Peggy Farren has some tips for you.

Peggy is a portrait and wedding photographer in Naples, Fla. She joins us today to make the case that you need a photography mentor or even a photo buddy, and she has several tips to help you you find one.


Peggy’s tips for finding a mentor

  • Join your photo guild and make friends.

  • Refer business to successful photographers.

  • Cold call. Tell them you admire them and are willing to help them in any way you can.

  • Join a Facebook group. Comment on their posts and begin the relationship.

  • Hire them.

My Take Aways

  • Focus on the relationship — People are more inclined to help people they already know.

  • What's in it for them — Be clear on your value proposition.

  • Be clear about your goals — There's nothing busy people hate more than time wasters.

  • Ask for small commitments up front — Get your foot in the door.

  • Handwritten thank you notes — Don't forget your manners.


Your turn

What challenges and skills would a mentor be helpful in your photography learning path?