Amanda Pratt, Owner/ Photographer Imagine Life Visual Artistry, LLC
I recently invested in a full day of one-on-one mentoring with celebrity photographer Russ Harrington. I am in my third year of business as a portrait photographer, am highly involved in my PPA affiliated state and local guilds and take my education and skill development as a professional photographer quite seriously. To describe the experience of having a seasoned professional, who is recognized as one of the most influential photographers of our time, spend a day in my studio as 'impactful?, amazing?, mind-blowing?' would be an understatement. Russ came to my studio bright and early with one question, 'what would you like to do today?' His goal is for you, the learner, to set the tone of the day- What do you want to learn? What struggles do you face day-to-day? How can we 'mcguyver' something to make your life easier? (I'm a HUGE fan of mcguyver-ing since I work in a 10'x12' camera room). In one day, we shot two models, each with more than 5 different lighting scenarios. He opened my mind to seeing light where I had been ignoring its possibilities and he reassured me that, though I may not realize it, I am right where I need to be, skillfully speaking. Sometimes having someone there to help you see through a new pair of glasses is exactly what you need to jump start a new level of growth just under the surface and renew your sense of self efficacy! Thank you Russ- not only are you down-to-earth and a quality human being, but you helped me see beyond my own perceived limitations toward the possibilities moving forward.