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25th February 2020 GMT

Mentor Me Programme

Mentoring for photographers

When there is such a choice of representative organisations out there you may ask yourself, 'Why The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers?' To us the answer is very simple. If you are a newcomer to the industry or considering a career change then we provide several membership benefits to help you identify your most needed areas of advancement and we assist you to plan and carry out activities designed to develop your key skills and knowledge within your field, as well as providing support whilst you apply your learning. The profile of our membership contains many individuals who have enjoyed active careers in many of the traditional 'professions' and to whom 'professionalism' is second nature and we provide quality training and mentoring to all who ask and want to progress in photography without prejudice or discrimination. If you are already in practice and want to gain that all important edge over your competitors, then we can help you too.

Our Mentor Me Programme is part of our Continuing Professional Development initiative and is utilised by many of our members. Through this invaluable programme our dedicated team of Fellow, Master and Grand Master Photographers provide one to one appraisals of work and advice for progression through written reports.

The Mentor Me Programme is a designed to be a cycle, with unlimited access available to our 'Professional' level members. It is a process of submitting images for critique, receiving written reports from the allocated Mentor and then applying the new knowledge gained to produce further images to submit in a cycle of CPD (Continuing Professional Development). The program is designed to assist our members with preparing to submit for Qualifications, although some members use the advice given to improve their entries for our Monthly Image Competition and Annual 20x16" Print Competition also.

Mentoring through this programme is available in a variety of disciplines including (but not restricted to) Wedding, Portrait, Fashion, Illustrative, Commercial, Wildlife, Nature, Travel, Sport and Events. Each set of images is reviewed upon submission by Terrie Jones, Professional Development Manager, and an appropriate Mentor is assigned based on the type of images and the experiences and qualifications held by our Mentors. Once a Mentor has been assigned the images are then sent for review and a report is written, this process usually takes 4-6 weeks.

Once members receive their written report the onus is on them to take the advice given and apply it to their work before submitting another set of images to us, although this may seem a daunting prospect some of our Mentors do offer additional support through this process by the way of email communication if needed. As previously stated, the Mentor Me Programme is designed to be a cycle of learning and growth, so it is advisable to members to submit subsequent sets of images for critique once they have applied the advice given in their written reports so that our Mentoring Team can continue to provide guidance and support throughout the process of development. Professional level Members who use the Mentor Me Programme as a way of gauging the standard of their work prior to submitting for Qualification are far more likely to gain Licentiate, Associate or Fellowship Qualifications on their first attempt than members who do not utilise this free and unlimited benefit of membership.

In an effort to make Continuing Professional Development available to all our Mentor Me Program is available to our Enthusiast and Retired members, although restricted to two submissions per calendar year, and to Digital members/non-members for a fee.

Submission Guidelines
To try and avoid any confusion in submissions for the Mentor Me Programme please follow these guidelines when submitting your images for critique.
1. The submission must take the form of 20 Images in .jpg format, sequentially numbered 01.jpg to 20.jpg
2. The images must be of one genre i.e. all Wedding, all Portrait, all Events, all Sport etc.
3. Each .jpg file should not exceed 2000 pixels on the longest side.
4. The 20 .jpg files should be placed in a single folder and compressed (zipped) prior to submission.
5. We require the zipped folder to be named as follows: firstname_surname_mentoring_membershipnumber.zip

Once you have prepared your files for submission please fill in the Mentor Me application form, once completed you will be transferred to our MailBigFile upload facility which will send your images direct to The Societies of Photographers Mentoring Team for review. Should you, upon receipt of your report, wish to have the submission considered for Qualification then a separate application and the appropriate fee must be paid via the Qualification Application Form. The submission will then be forwarded for considered by three Fellows in the case of Licentiate and Five in the case of Associate and Fellow.

Mentoring application form

Mentor Me Advice

Licentiate and Associate form

Members can submit for qualifications or mentoring in just about any given subject

Suggestions for wedding submissions

Mentoring submissions will receive a report. Should the member upon receipt of the report wish to have their submission considered for Licentiate, Associate or Fellow a separate application must be made with the appropriate fee paid. The submission will then be forwarded for considered by three Fellows in the case of Licentiate and Five in the case of Associate and Fellow.

Qualification Submission Form

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the popularity of the Mentoring Programme it may take up to a month to receive feedback from your Mentor. At certain times of the year, particularly during the spring and autumn seminar &workshop programmes these times may increase by up to 2 weeks.

Please complete the Mentoring Form, you will then be directed to the upload facility.
Suggestions for wedding submissions

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