How To Choose A Trainer
- Think about the level you’re currently working at – are you confident with your camera but need a basic course which shows you how to soothe, pose and shoot newborns and babies? Or are you looking at developing your skills in a particular area such as lighting or editing? Maybe you are really confident in all areas of your photography but need coaching or mentoring in the business of newborn photography?
Once you have worked out what you need, you can set about finding a suitable course.
- Consider how you like to learn – are you a practical person who needs to do to learn – you might need 1 to 1 training. If you prefer to work in a group, think about what size group would be acceptable to you – 3 other photorgaphers, 7, 19??
- Do you want a trainer to visit you in your studio or are you happy to travel? Quite often if a trainer is based within your local area they may refuse to train other local photographers so bear this in mind.
- A photographer who produces amazing work is not necessarily the best trainer – they might make a great mentor but that’s something completely different. Teaching is a skill – being able to inspire and motivate others and give them the confidence to follow their own style is the sign of a great teacher – not one who will produce ‘mini me’s’
- Ask other photographers – there are lots of newborn and baby photography groups on social media sites. Get real feedback on how effective the training has been and if they would recommend it to you.
Training should meet your own personal needs, gaps in your knowledge or areas in which you’d love to improve. This industry has a huge number of trainers and as with any industry you will find varying degrees of competence along with vastly ranging subjects.