I abandoned my art education degree,

but the desire to teach stuck around. 

 

I've been "the girl who takes pictures" since I was thirteen years old, but finding mentors and community in this industry changed the game for me. Having someone who wasn't Google to ask questions of was so important and still is! It helped give my business a direction and something to build off of. I still attend workshops, take classes, and seek the advice of people I admire because I don't have it all figured out. I never will. I think isolation in a saturated industry like this  stirs bitterness and can cause us to build up walls that will only hold us back. 

I couldn't be more excited to finally be offering these sessions! 

Mentor sessions are designed to guide you to your why and give you the steps to how. Plus, you know, lots of pretty pictures.

 
 
 
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skype session // $200

As much as I would love to grab coffee with and squeeze each and every one of you, I know that's not always possible. Skype sessions are for those of you that can't meet in person but are still looking for some practical guidance to grow your business. You'll start off answering questions that will give me a better understanding of who you are and what you're passionate about. We will use that to nail down your ideal client and make some moves to get you shooting what you want to be shooting. Then, we'll have a 2 hour skype session guided by your questions and what you want to learn! We can cover anything and everything, including social media marketing, websites and portfolio review, the booking process, traveling for photography, workflow, and editing. 

 

live shoot session // $400

I think the best way to learn something is to get out there and do it! 

Before we meet we'll work through your ideal client and areas you'd like the most help.  I'll arrange a shoot with an awesome couple, and we'll meet up beforehand to grab some coffee and chat. Bring any questions you've got - I'm an open book! We'll go over how I shoot, client interaction, prompts and posing, and you'll get some sweet shots for your portfolio.  This session is driven by your needs and what you are specifically wanting to learn and shoot regularly.

 

 shoot + edit Session // $500

The same in-person perks as a live shoot session with the added bonus of in-person editing!

This session includes email correspondence to focusing on finding and strengthening your brand and an in-person q+a before a shoot with a super fun, super in love couple where we will hit all the areas you're wanting to learn the most about. Tips on natural and emotive posing and prompting, client interaction- and everything that happens between my clients and me at a typical engagement session. Once the shoot wraps up, we'll end with grabbing something to eat and going over some photos from the session to edit together. 

 
*use contact form or email me with session type as subject at juliamaddensears@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
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foster co. workshop

If you're interested in learning with a group, consider coming to a workshop! I started Foster Collective with two of the best photographers I know, who also happen to be two of my best friends. We all believe that finding your people is pretty closely tied to finding your space in this industry, and the workshop is a great place to connect with others at the same place in their business as you. We teach on several topics, photograph styled shoots, edit together and drink too much coffee.