Learn how to tell your own story!

When my first son was born almost 6 years ago, I bought a new camera and set out to re-learn all I had been taught in high school about photography as quickly as possible. I was desperate to document as much as I could from each phase of his new little life. Those pictures from his first year? *sigh* At this point, I’m just happy that I have anything. There were hundreds and thousands of terrible pictures. And so much frustration. That first year turned into two years of trial and error, googling, reading, shooting more bad pictures, learning, and finally, making photos I was proud of. And now it's time for you to take advantage of my clumsy journey.

You know the value of documenting the everyday. Your walls are covered with the pictures from your family sessions, but the months between sessions seem to vanish without a trace. You've got a lovely Sunday morning pancake breakfast commemorated for all eternity in an album, but nothing to show for the week last summer when your daughter finally learned how to ride a bike or for your toddler's first steps, those came a month before your session.

As much as I'm sure we would all love me to be there to capture every Instagram worthy moment, I can't be. It's time to gain some control over your camera so you can fill in the gaps! Whether you’re in business already and want to start incorporating a real-life, documentary style into your brand or you’re simply a hobbyist who wants to preserve your family’s memories in a powerful way, I can provide the tools and support necessary to get you there with minimal crying and gray hairs. Let’s get started before your kids (or your clients’ kids) are grown and out of the house.

Online Mentoring

Your time spent mentoring with me is completely tailored to your short and long-term goals through week long sessions. We work together in a private online forum where I encourage daily shooting and provide exercises customized to help you grow.

You have the option to schedule your weeks consecutively or to spread them out however you see fit. Full payment is due before we begin working together. Interested in something longer than 6 weeks? Email me and we can discuss your goals and the mentoring options that make the most sense for you.

2 weeks       $225

4 weeks       $395

6 weeks       $575

For the new photographer, BOOK 6 WEEKS and:
•    Get your camera off of Auto and on to Manual so you can start taking control over your images
•    Master your camera’s settings in a variety of real-life lighting situations
•    Overcome your fear of challenging light and cluttered environments to open up a world of shooting possibilities
•    Shoot with a variety of creative compositions to turn your snapshots into real works of art
•    Establish a solid foundation for clean editing to create timeless photographs
•    Identify the big and little moments worth photographing so you’re not wasting energy with the ‘spray & pray’ shooting method

For the veteran photographer, BOOK 2-6 WEEKS and:
•    Tell compelling stories with your photographs
•    Learn how to document the everyday in a way that speaks to you and your viewers
•    Incorporate storytelling photography into your business so you can stand out in a saturated market
•    Refinine your business and marketing practices to bring in new clients and keep your old ones
•    Find the motivation and inspiration to shoot often
•    Work on anything else your little heart desires!

Portfolio Review

Nervous about committing to long-term mentoring? Submit up to 20 images for critique on technique, composition, lighting, moment, editing and creativity. We’ll discuss the purpose of your specific portfolio, taking into account your vision and your intended audience, and focus on creating a cohesive body of work. Get a taste for my teaching style and the type of detailed feedback you can expect from me and earn a $25 credit toward any future mentoring you decide to book with me.

Portfolio Review   $125

In-Person Mentoring

Do you live near me or somewhere I have plans to visit? Let's chat about an in-person mentoring session! Prices for in-person mentoring sessions start at $100/hr.

FAQS

I know nothing about photography. I don't even have a camera. Can you help me? Pretty please?

Yep! Based on your goals and what you’re interested in shooting, I’ll make some recommendations before we get started and we can begin working as soon as you get your equipment.

How is the mentoring set up?

Mentoring takes place in a private online forum that only you and I have access to. I check in daily during our weeks together to answer any questions you've posted, give feeback on your images, and give the occasional exercise. We focus on one main topic per week but off-topic questions can be asked and answered at any time. Most students prefer to work for 1-2 weeks and then take a break before resuming. 

How do I know we're a good fit?

I'll send you a questionnaire to fill out before we begin so I know what you’re hoping to gain from working with me. Sometimes I know that I’m not the best teacher for you. I don’t want to take money from you if I know you want to learn posing or studio lighting when I have very limited experience in those areas.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, but your balance must be paid in full before we begin working.

Tell me more about scheduling my weeks.

Since it can be hard to know when life is going to get really busy there’s no pressure to schedule out all of your weeks in advance. I only schedule a maximum of 2 students at a time and take breaks through the year. I typically start booking 3-4 months in advance.

Can I break my weeks up more and do a few days here, a few days there?

Unfortunately, no. I’ve found that the minimum length of time necessary to cover a new topic with time to ask questions, practice and get feedback is 1-2 weeks. It's also a lot easier for both of us to get into a pretty efficient groove with posting and responding when we set aside at least one full week at a time.

What kind of time commitment is required?

Less than an hour per day for shooting and checking in. The more time you put in, shooting and asking questions, the more you’ll get out of our time together.

Is there any homework?

Kind of, sort of. I will give you specific things to focus on as you’re shooting and will sometimes give you exercises to try out, but nothing is mandatory. Aside from that, I really encourage you to shoot daily during your active weeks.

Will I lose access to the forum once the mentoring is done?

Nope! If I ever need to delete your private sub-forum, I will email you to let you know.

Do you offer any in person mentoring?

On a limited basis. If you’re in Europe, you can send me an email and we can discuss setting up an in-person session. If you're elsewhere in the world, travel costs will be added to my base fee, but I am willing to meet you!

Do you have a referral program?

Yep! When you refer a new student to me and they book at least 2 weeks, you get a $25 credit toward your next booking.

What people are saying

The decision to work with Kayla as my mentor was worth every single penny. I have taken a few online courses before but none of them was so rewarding. She shared so much of her knowledge and experience with me in an open and honest way. None of my questions were left without her answer. Every piece of advice she gave me was precise and made a lot of sense to me. It was a great pleasure to work with Kayla as a professional and as a person. I would highly recommend her mentoring to anyone who would like to improve their skills and take their photography to a higher level.

- Edyta W.

Working with Kayla was such a breeze of fresh air. I enjoyed every single day of the mentoring, got tons of information, clear guidelines and honest answers to my (really) long list of questions. I needed a professional critique on my work and I really appreciated Kayla's honest opinion and very good points on what to improve. Thanks to this experience I feel that I moved forward, closer to my goal of becoming a professional photographer. I absolutely recommend to have a mentoring session with Kayla to anyone whose heart leans toward the documentary genre of photography.

- Romana M.

Being mentored by Kayla has been a wonderful experience that has given me the tools and foundation I was looking for to start my own photography business. When I came across her Facebook profile, I was so impressed by her work and her style; I just fell in love with it. I hired her to do a newborn session of my baby and when she offered mentoring, I jumped on the opportunity! Kayla openly shared so much of her knowledge (which is extensive) and tailored the mentoring to my goals. She provided detailed feedback on a daily basis and worked closely with me to maximize my mentoring experience with her. It amazes me how much I have grown and improved my photography from this. I highly recommend mentoring with Kayla!

- Celeste A.

After following Kayla on Facebook for months and admiring her photos, I decided to take my hobby of family photography to the next level. Never did I expect to gain so much knowledge in such a short amount of time! I was able to take my "mom with a good camera" hobby and grow into an aspiring professional. Kayla gives detailed feedback on all aspects of shooting, camera use, composition, culling and editing in a supportive, productive way. She offers her own experience to build upon and then guides you towards finding your own styles. After completing just one week of mentoring I was hooked...and came back for a few additional weeks! I would highly recommend this mentoring experience to photographers of all ability levels.

- Cara B.

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