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Alison has been teaching week-long workshops for over 25 years, and has taught over 1000 students in locations around the world. If there's one piece of constructive feedback we've gotten the most, it's that students wish they had more one-on-one time with Alison. We're happy to now offer exactly that – and so much more. 

We're so excited about spending more time with you. If you've been thinking about deepening your understanding of photography, developing a portfolio, marketing your work, designing and publishing a book, or just getting back in touch with your creativity, this is for you! This year, the Mentorship will be done 100% virtually, and will not require any travel. 

Here's what you'll get:

FOCAL POINT TOOLKIT – Set goals, and track your progress through the Mentorship. This sets your intention for the six months, and creates the velocity for your experience.

YOUR OWN PASSWORD-PROTECTED PAGE – You'll have your own page accessible via our website, where you can find all program info, upcoming appointments you've scheduled, your list of goals, downloadable notes from your calls with us, and a personalized to-do list for your reference

SEVEN CALL HOURS with ALISON – These calls will be all about you and your work – developing your own unique creative style, staying consistent and keeping focused. You’ll send Alison jpegs of your latest work before each call. During the call, you’ll see her screen live on your computer, as you both discuss your photos, and she makes suggestions shown in Adobe Lightroom. Learn how to be your best editor, get custom training, feedback, motivation, and brainstorm ideas. Alison will give you customized assignments that will keep you inspired, and define your next steps toward your goals.

FOUR CALL HOURS with SUE – Get an Art Director/Gallery Owner’s eye on your body of work, and advice on your portfolio, graphic identity, website, book ideas, writing, and marketing. Sue's signature Intuitive Interview will help you identify what makes your photography distinctly your own. Discovering what drives your creative work helps you write and talk about your unique motivation, and gives you a framework for your creative process as you pursue your work. 

SIX TRAININGS – Our in-depth trainings cover a number of topics, which have included: getting in touch with your deepest creative self; writing an artist statement and bio; marketing your work; communicating with galleries, and having a show of your work; Alison’s digital workflow; and a fine art printing Q&A with a master printer.

14 GROUP CALLS – We’ll begin with a “meet & greet” zoom call, where you’ll show your work and introduce yourself to the group. Six of the calls will be devoted to our trainings. You’ll have at least two photo assignments, with group critique of the results (we can do more assignments if you want), and we’ll have some critique calls where you share your newest work with the group. Several of the calls will be devoted to student Masterminds, a unique opportunity to get feedback from the group. Develop your project ideas, body of work, artist statement, and/or website, with the support of other artists. Alison and Sue will share our insights and processes throughout our time together, and we encourage group feedback and peer support as well. We’ll pace the calls so that they’re every other week, and schedule call times together, so we’re sure you can attend.

PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP – This is a great opportunity for feedback and technical support, from all past and present Mentorship students. Post your photos and questions, and get feedback, answers, and encouragement on your progress. Sue and Alison monitor the group page regularly.

20% OFF IN THE GALLERY – For the duration of the Mentorship, you’ll get our best discount on all fine art prints, books, posters, and cards.

YOUR WORK ON OUR WEBSITE – Take advantage of our international audience. After the Mentorship ends, we’ll post a photo of you, your artist statement, and a slideshow of your best work during our six months together, with a link to your website if you have one.

If you have any questions, or would like to talk about whether the Mentorship is right for you, call Sue at 508-982-7628. 

Maximum 7 students

* We also have a 10-month Advanced Mentorship program, for students who've taken our 6-month Mentorship. If you've had a gallery show, have your own website, and a portfolio of your work, you can apply to go straight to the Advanced Mentorship. Requires submission of 12 images, website url, artist statement, and CV. Ask Sue for details.

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Focus on You

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Sharpen your Focus:
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hoping for 2022-2023!
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Staying in Focus

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July 27, 2020 -
June 11, 2021
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Cape Cod 3-day Weekend

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Martha's Vineyard 3-day Weekend

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Colors of Maine

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August 22 - 26, 2022
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