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Mentoring with Colie James

You deserve a donut AND a business that works for you. Let's see what we can do to give your business a boost together.

 

Accountability Sessions- Do you already have goals but need a helping hand to see them through? An accountability session is customized to help you with your shooting or business/technical goals. We will have an initial chat so that we can discuss any aspect of your work and website to determine how the mentoring session can best serve you. There is continued communication over the mentorship as well as a portfolio and/or website review depending on your goals. You will have access to a private forum to ask questions while you work on the ideas outlined in your initial chat. At the end of your

mentoring, we will have a final chat to discuss your progress, get final overall feedback, and set goals for you to continue on your journey. Available in one-month or long-term sessions. Use the contact form below for details!

 

Question & Answer Sessions- Just want to pick my brain? Perhaps a Skype call is a better fit. What topics can we discuss? Anything you see on my website is fair game from my own editing or client/personal work. You might be most interested in getting feedback on your client/personal work or creating/revising your website.

 

Weekends with Colie - This is a combination of hands-on in-person mentoring paired with your own family documentary session. Available in Colorado or wherever you call home. Highly customized for your needs, please contact me (Local or Travel) for additional details.

workshops and mentoring

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Mentoring

You do deserve a donut, but you also deserve to make sure you are working towards your goals as a photographer and/or business owner. You can choose between a workshop-driven or customized mentorship. Workshop-driven mentorships follow the original schedule of topics from each workshop. Customized mentorships are developed with personalized help in achieving your goals. Either option includes a lot of interaction about your work and goals.

 

Mentorships (online or in-person)

 

Week 1 – Creating Art: exploring the basics of lifestyle photography and shooting indoors

Week 2 – Becoming a Storyteller: essentials of storytelling and documentary photography

Week 3 – The Story of YOU: telling, editing, and preserving your personal stories

 

Week 1 – Life Stories: preparing to offer documentary family photography sessions for clients

Week 2 – Selling Stories: modifying business practices to offer storytelling sessions

Week 3 – Sharing Stories: telling stories in a compelling way (blogging and creating products)

Why should you start with The Art of Telling Stories? If you are looking to improve your actual shooting techniques, are new to in-home shooting, or aren't getting the results that you want technically; this is where you should start.

When should you jump right into The Business of Telling Stories? If you have been shooting in-home, are satified with your skills as an indoor photographer/storyteller BUT you want to start to applying this to clients, then you should jump right to The Business of Telling Stories.

Online Workshops

The Stories We Tell - Returning for 2018

 

Week 1 – Creating Art: exploring the basics of lifestyle photography and shooting indoors

Week 2 – Becoming a Storyteller: essentials of storytelling and documentary photography

Week 3 – The Story of YOU: telling, editing, and preserving your personal stories

 

 

Week 1 – Life Stories: preparing to offer documentary family photography sessions for clients

Week 2 – Selling Stories: modifying business practices to offer storytelling sessions

Week 3 – Sharing Stories: telling stories in a compelling way (blogging and creating products)

Storytelling in Motion (NEW)

 

Coming Soon!

Image Credit: Sabrina Gebhardt

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Am I the right mentor for you?

If you are looking to improve your outdoor portraits or learn how to run an effective and profitable studio business, you are OBVIOUSLY in the wrong place.

All jokes aside, my most common requests for mentoring are learning how to create/offer family films to clients and how to photograph your kids/clients in a documentary/lifestyle/storytelling manner. I am also super tech savvy in all things related to cameras, ProPhoto, and Dubsado.

Questions for Colie

Mentoring Options

Online Mentorship- Do you already have goals but need a helping hand to see them through? An accountability session is customized to help you with your shooting or business/technical goals. We will have an initial chat so that we can discuss any aspect of your work and website to determine how the mentoring session can best serve you. There is continued communication over the mentorship as well as a portfolio and/or website review depending on your goals. You will have access to a private forum to ask questions while you work on the ideas outlined in your initial chat. At the end of your mentoring, we will have a final chat to discuss your progress, get final overall feedback, and set goals for you to continue on your journey. Available in one-month or long term sessions. Use the contact form at the bottom of the page for details!

 

Weekends with Colie - This is a combination of hands-on in-person mentoring paired with your own family documentary session. Available in Colorado or wherever you call home. Highly customized for your needs, please contact me (Local or Travel) for additional details.

 

Q&A Skype Sessions - Just want to pick my brain? Perhaps a Skype call is a better fit. What topics can we discuss? Anything you see on my website is fair game from my own editing or client/personal work. You might be most interested in getting feedback on your client/personal work or creating/revising your website. This is also a great strategy option for website/CRM questions. Book your call by clicking HERE.

Question & Answer Sessions (Skype)

Just want to pick my brain? Perhaps a Skype call is a better fit. What topics can we discuss? Anything you see on my website is fair game from my own editing or client/personal work. You might be most interested in getting feedback on your client/personal work or creating/revising your website.

 

Book your 60-minute call using the scheduler below.

Other learning opportunities

The Unraveled Academy

Let’s start planning your mentoring session

Family is Everything Workshop

Colorado Lifestyle Family Photography Workshop

Family is Everything 2018 was amazing!

If you would like information on future in-person Family is Everything workshops please visit the website HERE.

Why am I the mentor for you?

That's a loaded question right? The answer is NOT because I tell you to or because your good friend took it and said I am awesome. Before you send an inquiry I encourage you to think about where you are in your journey, where you hope to get, and if you like my work. YES because while my goal is not to get your work to look like mine, if there isn't something about my work that excites you I am likely not the person to teach you. I'm just not.

See what others say below

Workshop Reviews

"Colie gave incredibly meaningful and specific feedback that was worth the cost of the class alone." Kayla Maltese

"This is exactly what Colie taught, not how to take a lifestyle image, but how to look at a moment and capture images that together would tell the story." Jennifer Vititoe

"Since I always have my camera around I thought I took enough pictures of him, but what I didn’t know is that I wasn’t communicating a story by just picking up my camera for a couple pictures here and there because I didn’t know what to look for to tell a story." Carlee Kettell

"Of course, we all have photographers that we admire, and there is something to be learned from all of them. Colie has a ton to teach. She is enthusiastic, diligent, and constructive. She knows her stuff! I love channeling my inner Colie sometimes when I am out shooting, such as this shot of the kids together by the shore. " Cate Wnek

"I've taken a few photography classes both online and in-person. None have compared to this workshop. To say I learned a lot would be complete understatement. " Rhea Bailey

"I think when I started the workshop I thought (hoped!) that by the end my pictures might look a bit like Colie’s. What she actually did for me was give me more confidence to be myself, and a lot of new skills and information to go forward with. " Julia Cooke

"Colie rocks. Just sign up. That is all. Just kidding! There is more!" Sabrina Koogler

"And prior to taking the workshop with Colie James, I couldn’t see my day to day life as something that I would want to take photographs of at all. In the middle of smushed goldfish and sticky grape jelly hands, I was hardly finding inspiration, let alone an ounce of motivation." KaetheJo Binder

"Each week’s lessons, along with the group’s discussions and Colie’s feedback, proved to be valuable and enlightening. Colie was very open and went the extra mile to help us in any way should could. She completely exceeded my expectations!" Delania Waddell

"i've been participating in a fabulous class called the business of telling stories with colie james photography. i was completely blown away by the talented group of ladies in this class, and colie is an amazing teacher. she's so patient with all the questions we ask her and is open to telling you ANYTHING." Kelly Walsh Loss

"Whether it be an issue with photos or an issue with editing software, Colie James is there to help. Even months after I have completed the workshop, Colie James has still made herself available to assist. This is truly a great course. 6 out of 5 without a doubt ." Carolina Santiago

"Colie's class was AMAZING. The forum was well laid out, user friendly and the participants were wonderful. Not only is it incredibly valuable to surround yourself with people who are passionate about the same things you are, but also immensely valuable to receive regular feedback and constant access to a super talented photographer and creative stimulation is incredibly gratifying (and addictive!). " Angela Norlen

"As a hobbiest, this workshop gives you the tools and knowledge to document your family's memories and everyday moments in compelling images whether it be in a single image or as part of a series of photos. I was really sad to see the end of the workshop as it really was a fabulous 6 weeks!" Jodie Byrne

"When I first came across Colie's work, I was drawn by her uniquely authentic view of the world. Then, when I heard about her workshop, I knew it would be on my to-take list. This class has an incredible amount of information about what makes a storytelling image and how to approach a single image from different perspectives to tell a story." Felicia Chang

"Each assignment challenged me to try new things and build on my skills. But what struck me most was the personalized feedback from Colie and Kayla. I felt constantly connected to them and my fellow workshoppers through the forum created specifically for the needs of this workshop." Megan Hassold

"This is the greatest, most informative, applicable workshop you will ever take. End of story. In all seriousness this really is the best money I have ever spent on a workshop. Not only did I learn to strengthen my technical skills, but I gained a deeper understanding of properly documenting families, uninterrupted. " Edith Taylor

"I want to say this is an amazing course that you could possibly invest into your business. Colie has put so much thought into the way she teaches this class. You will be blown away by so much information and how much progress you make from the first week to the last day. " Jessica Pajimula

"I walked into this course feeling pretty defeated. In a few short weeks, Colie has managed to help me turn everything around, including my website, pricing, storytelling skills, and especiallly my attitude. I feel excited, not just by photography, but by the business of storytelling, too. Colie works tirelessly with each participant to help them determine what their personal vision is for their photography and their business, giving encouraging, yet honest feedback. " Elisa Elliot