I work with creators and photographers on a personal basis to edit and mentor on a specific project or more broadly as an artist. This can be done in person by appointment in Amsterdam, or online anywhere in the world. Both mentoring and editing, to me, involve understanding your artistic intentions and language, and then helping you use your own language to arrive where you want to be.
This is the most practical of the services I offer. I will offer professional, critical feedback of the work you’re producing. I can do so either with a 1-hour in-person or Skype session, or if you prefer, can offer a written criticism (approx. 700 words). This is best suited for artists who are looking for an unvarnished view of the work they’re doing from someone in the industry.
- To learn more about what a professional portfolio review is like, you might read my article So, What Do You Think? (GUP Magazine, June 2013).
Editing requires distance and a different mode of thinking about your work. For this reason, an external editor is often a very useful part of progressing or completing a photo project. As an editor, I work to sharpen your artistic intentions, and then ensure those intentions are materialized in the work.
Editing sessions are often hands-on appointments, looking at images, discussing ideas and arriving at a final edit. I suggest a 2-hour session to edit, as a general rule of thumb.
- To learn more about photo editors, you might read my article Insight: The Role of a Photography Editor (Life Framer, November 2017), though keep in mind it’s focused on editing for GUP as a publication, rather than a one-on-one session such as this.
- Or, read my article Worth a Thousand Words: Writing About Your Photographs (GUP Magazine, March 2014) for tips on writing about your work.
In mentoring, I see the goal as to get you beyond a hurdle or block that is holding you back. It may be practical, emotional or mental. I have extensive experience with eliciting meaningful answers and intentions, and I use these techniques to get to the root of your current state and your future intentions.
Mentoring sessions can be a one-off meeting, to generally get your ideas further clarified, or can include multiple sessions as more of a development plan. I suggest a 2-hour session to start.
This is my custom development practice for creators. I combine my specialist expertise in creation with my analytical skills of eliciting answers and mirroring. Ultimately, I become a thinking companion to your own process, expanding your thoughts. It involves a high degree of empathy and structured thought.
Collaborative Thinking is usually better over a series of 1-hour meetings, rather than a one-off.
- One-hour session to review your project(s) or body of work
- Advance review of project(s), if desired
- Critical review of your project(s) together
- Professional feedback including suggestions on progressing your artwork (practical) or career (strategic)
Editing / Mentoring
- 2-hour session to focus on a particular project or your career more widely
- Holistic approach that aims to create the best project possible
- Probing session into your goals with the work and as a person
- Practical support with editing photo series, writing project description
- Series of sessions to develop project during critical stage(s)
- Combines empathy and structural thinking
- Specialist support to advance your project and/or its presentation (e.g. exhibition or book)
- Challenging dialogue to produce the ideal form of your creations