I’ve been a student of photography since I was 12 years old, refining my craft through my education with a BA in Photography, Art History and Aesthetic Philosophy from NYU and advanced courses at the International Center of Photography in New York. However, there’s nothing quite like one on one mentorship for growth as an artist. My teachers and mentors over the years have changed the way I see the world through my lens through their critiques. My four step mentorship program is designed not to pad your portfolio with pretty images, but rather change the way you shoot and see your business at a systemic level.  My students walk away being able to implement new techniques that they can implement seamlessly into their workflow to create a strong and cohesive brand as an artist.  My program begins with a discussion of your goals as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Then we dive in.  Session 1 involves in depth critiques of full galleries.  We discuss art and semiotics, learning what truly makes a good photo great and how to be both an artist and a storyteller for your clients AND for yourself. Session 2 is a deep dive into your business practices and strategies because no matter how wonderful of an artist you are, if your business isn’t working, nothing works! Mentorships take place either in person in LA or via Skype/Facetime for my clients all over the world. My mentorship program is $1500 for the program as detailed below and I limit the number of students I take on at any given time to give personalized attention to each.  For a more in-depth experience I offer a hands on learning experience, which includes an editorial shoot that we will shoot together followed by a critique session, allowing for  the full understanding and absorption of techniques that can be implemented on your own after the session.  These sessions are custom created, please inquire for pricing.

I began my professional career as a photographer my freshman year of college as an event photographer for NYU. Over the next 6 years, I worked in event photography, fashion photography and documentary photography, focusing on travel and wildlife, before turning to weddings in 2012 and never looking back. Weddings are the perfect combination of everything I love about photography. We must be everything in one day- photojournalists, still life photographers, fashion photographers, creative directors, entrepreneurs and we must do it all with a smile on our face while pleasing our clients. Not an easy task, but one I absolutely love. I grew my business quickly going from shooting 2 weddings my first year to a full season with over 20 the following year. Here are some of my other achievements in the last 5 years: 

Published in print in over 45 magazines including Martha Stewart, BRIDES The Knot National and multiple local editions, Destination Weddings Magazine, Flutter, Cottage Hill, Marie Claire, Magnolia Rouge, Modern Luxury brides, NY Mag, and Hochzeitsguide and online by Style Me Pretty, Once Wed, Wedding Sparrow, Green Wedding Shoes, Bridal Guide, Carats & Cake, Grace Ormonde, Grey Likes Weddings, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Elle.com, My Domaine, National Geographic Online and Cosmopolitan Magazine. 

First place in Rangefinder Magazine’s Wedding Photography Awards in the details category in 2015 and 2016. Winner in the Wedding category of Rangefinder’s Photography Annual, Animal Photography Awards and PDN’s Top Knots in 2015. Winner of Film Photograph of the Year by Belle Lumiere Magazine in 2016. Semi-Finalist in Royal Geographic Society's Photographer of the Year and awarded in PDN Magazine's Photo Annual.

Named one of the top 10 photographers to know in NYC by Brides Magazine in and named one of Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Abroad Magazine’s top 10 “Globetrotter” Photographers.

A discussion of your business and artistic goals.  You will begin by filling out a questionnaire we will discuss in detail during this session and create goals and structure for the rest of the process.  Below sessions can be modified and personalized depending on your goals.

In depth critique of your work: portfolio critique of three full weddings.  Review of website, social media, and blog. Includes shooting assignments we will review together.  The purpose of these critiques is to get you thinking deeper into what your photographs say about you and about your clients.  We will go over everything from posing to styling, lighting and editing to image selection and curation.  Session includes readings by aesthetic philosophers.

Breakdown of your business strategy and in depth review of what’s working and what’s not working. We will discuss networking, getting published, making a great submission, creating a cohesive and thoughtful brand as well as pricing structure, growth and sustainability.

This session takes place 6 months after the last, once you’ve implemented your new shooting and business skills. We will review another full wedding or engagement session as well as website updates and do another round of critique and discuss branding and artistic vision. This is also the time for any miscellaneous questions not covered in the first three sessions.  I will guide you through one submission and answer any lingering questions.

Rebecca's mentor sessions are based out of Los Angeles, but she conducts them via skype or facetime worldwide.  Hands on sessions can be arranged anywhere in the world.  Rebecca@rebeccayale.com