I am so excited to announce my first ever workshop!! This has been something I've considered for so long, but never truly had the confidence to go for it... until now! You've all encouraged me so much, and I couldn't be more excited to put this together for you!
There's a lot of information, so hang in there as I fill you in :)
What / Monique Serra Photography : Progress over Perfection Workshop
When / Monday Sept 18th-Wednesday Sept 20th
Where / Oregon Coast (fly in to PDX or EUG, both about 2.5 hours away)
Cost / $800 ($400 due upon booking, non refundable-but transferable)
This workshop is meant to be fun, exciting, and a push to go for your dreams, and put yourself out there. This workshop will be best for those with camera experience, who already have businesses, but are ready to grow and progress! We will have one EPIC styled elopement, with the most talented and amazing vendors on board, we will have a fun, care-free, energetic engagement shoot, and tons of education. This workshop is meant to be an honest and vulnerable place for us to all connect and open up about our businesses, struggles, and goals. I will be an OPEN BOOK. Covering everything from marketing, social media, editing, attracting your ideal client, traveling, brand, shooting, posing, and MORE. The cost of your ticket will include the workshop, lodging, and all of your meals, aside from one (we will be going out to dinner after our styled shoot!).
Additional information and details will be sent out next week, after booking! I have a full guide of information / what to expect / how to pack / etc! This is going to be so much fun, and I can't wait to meet and connect with you all!
To book / email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with WORKSHOP in the subject! 50% is due upon booking via paypal or venmo.
I CANNOT WAIT!
Never (EVER) did I think I would be in a position where other artists were asking me for advice, tips, help, or guidance. To say it's humbling would be a huge understatement!
I remember when I was just learning, and I had so many basic questions, but nobody to ask. Simple things like, "what does my ISO really do?" Then, after only learning basic photoshop tasks in school, I remember reading a post from another photographer who was raving about lightroom and being able to SYNC edits. "What the heck is lightroom!? Sync edits?!" Commence: research, books, youtube tutorials, blogs, community forums, questions, and hours and hours (and HOURS AND HOURS) of non stop learning. I was determined.
Once I felt like I maybe understood lightroom, I realized how big the world of photography really is. Taking a photo is such a small part of what we as photographers really do! Websites, blogs, coding, social media presence, hashtagging (really!), consistency, formatting, emails, guides, marketing, posing, directing, client galleries, print releases . . . and the list went on and on and on.
I would spend so much time feeling defeated, frustrated, and stuck. Heck, I still do! But I'm an artist, and that's how it goes, right? At least now I understand how to run my business, attract my "ideal clients," respond to inquiries, shoot in manual, edit in lightroom, photoshop, upload galleries, and consistently grow as a photographer. I still dedicate time to learn. New techniques, new methods... and I love reading tips and advice from other photographers. The day I stop desiring to learn, or wanting to grow, is the day I'm no longer an artist.
Mentoring sessions are unique and tailored towards each individual photographer. When putting these together, I asked myself, "what would've helped me most when I was starting out or feeling lost?"
Ultimately, I've always had this desire to watch other artists work, and see how they draw inspiration, guide their clients, manipulate light, and conduct a shoot. Just being able to watch another photographer work is so helpful, and I figured that being able to set up shoots for educational purposes is the perfect "mentor" opportunity.
Each 1:1 mentorship will include a Q&A, a live full photoshoot where I will help lead and direct (but you will ultimately shoot), post processing basics (Photo Mechanic / LR / PS / BlogStomp), marketing, branding, and an optional website/portfolio review (if you're interested).
Essentially, I will set up a session based on your desires. Whether that's a mock engagement or senior shoot, I will find models and a location that work well with your overall vision. We will spend the afternoon talking, shooting, drinking coffee, and editing.
You will have the entire gallery (shot and edited by you, with my help) to use for your own marketing and portfolio.
Once your mentorship has finished, you'll always be able to check in with me, ask questions, seek advice/help, etc.
Don't live in Eugene? Not interested in a full mock shoot? You're in luck!
I realize that a full shoot isn't an option for everyone. Whether it be location or pricing, I wanted to offer a smaller mentorship option.
This mentorship will include a Q&A, as well as camera and lighting basics, post processing techniques, marketing, branding, and everything else the 1:1 mentorship offers, aside from the actual shoot.
This session is great for photographers who can't meet me in person, or photographers who've already done a handful of their own shoots, and just want further guidance, education, or advice.