In short, mentoring with S&L is an ongoing programme of support for photographers and other creative professionals- particularly those with an interest in photojournalism and creative wedding photography. Our approach is totally relaxed and we’re committed to supporting your development and goals according to your own needs.
Who isn’t it for? Mentoring isn’t training and there are no shortcuts to success. We will not teach you how to use your camera or send you away with a shopping list of must have gear that’ll launch your career. Mentoring is about developing your own style and creativity- giving you the tools and support you need to carve out your own creative niche in an ever growing industry. If you’re looking for a crash course in photography or are hoping there’s a magic preset or special button on your camera then unfortunately this isn’t for you.
From the very beginning we’ve handled every aspect of our business ourselves; from admin and accounts through to blogs, SEO and editing. As a result we have a good general understanding of what it takes to set up, run and maintain a successful photography business from scratch. It’s only been in the last year or two that we’ve actually hired an accountant to help lighten the load. We are still very much hands on.
When “Sam & Louise” was little more than a pipe dream, we worked from a corner in Sam’s bedroom at his parents house. Aged just 20 and 23 at the time, we were shooting weddings at the weekend alongside two full time jobs.
We work really hard, but the reward is rarely having to wake up to an alarm buzzing in our ears and never going to work for someone else everyday. Everything we put in directly benefits us and the fabulous couples who entrust us with their most precious memories. If you have a dream about making wedding photography your career, just like we did, we’d love to help you achieve it. Our special areas of interest are off camera flash and lighting techniques (shutter dragging, natural light vs flash and when to use them)