How My Mentorship Experience Helped me Relaunch my Photography Business in a New Market | Photography Coach

How motherhood photographer, Natalie Yates used what she learned as a mentee to relaunch her photography business in a new market.

Hi, I’m Natalie Yates I’m a motherhood photographer previously based out of Dallas and who recently relocated to Jackson Wyoming.

I have two little ones of my own and I started working with Sabrina shortly after my first son was born when the reality of quitting corporate life and pursuing photography full-time was becoming more and more real. I had been playing around with a camera for about two years, and I was shooting for clients but I just really didn’t feel like everything was clicking.

Sabrina really helped me hone in on my style. She gave me the courage to stop shooting posed sessions and really shoot what I love… real life moments. This change really defined me as a photographer.

In Dallas, because of my existing network, I was able to really grow my business quickly. Sabrina shared a ton of helpful information pertaining to both the business and social media side of growing a successful photography business. At the time I was so busy trying to shoot and pursue my corporate job that I didn’t implement everything I had learned but my business was successful nonetheless (again because of my network).

Fast-forward five years and here I am kind of starting over in Wyoming. I’m going back to Sabrina’s basics of how to build your business from the ground up using advertising, paid web advertising, blogging and social media and it is working.

I’m so grateful to Sabrina. I’ve done several workshops since, mainly motherhood photography focused, and I think hands down making the one-on-one investment to have a professional photography mentor was probably the best decision I made early on in my photography career.

Having the opportunity to watch someone shoot and go through their entire process from start to finish with a client just really helps you get around the learning curve. If you’re on the fence about hiring a mentor, I highly recommend it. Especially, if you’re a self-taught photographer or if you don’t have a ton of peers in the photography industry that can help point you in the right direction regarding software, lenses, and equipment, and just really show you all those shortcuts.

Sabrina really helped me and hiring her as a mentor was the best decision for me and my business.



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