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Chris Smith is a professional photographer in Charleston, SC. A photographer for almost 30 years, Chris offers a superior knowledge of creating perfect images. For many years, Chris has been the official photographer of the Family Circle Cup, a professional tennis tournament held annually in Daniel Island's tennis stadium

Private Mentor Session

“My experience with Chris during our private mentor session in one word….AMAZING! 

I discovered Chris as I was searching for a family photographer to photograph my family during our vacation at Kiawah Island.  When I came across Chris’ website (www.chrisandcami.com), I knew instantly I wanted to hire him.  After going through his website, I saw he offered a Lightbending Workshop / Private Mentor Session.  As a photographer myself, off-camera flash/lighting is one area in which I struggle in mastering.  About a month before my family vacation, I inquired with Chris regarding a mentor session with him in what we could cover. 

Chris was very responsive to my email and we talked on the phone at length regarding my experience up-to-date and some areas in what I would like to cover during the session.  Chris’ personality is fabulous for this line of work.  He is so patient, considerate, and has compassion for the rising photographer and graciously extends his knowledge and expertise in every way possible.  Throughout our day, we talked about work-flow, camera equipment, camera functions, lighting (of course), using your flash off-camera, editing programs, etc.  I walked away from the session with so much more knowledge than I anticipated I would get. 

There is only 1 thing I was disappointed with.  That I did not have more days with Chris.  I have already started my planning for another mentor session with Chris but this time, for at least 3 to 4 days.  I assure you, you will NOT be disappointed in the time you spend and learn from Chris.”

~ Jennifer Jenison, Jennifer Jenison Photography

Not a week goes by that I don’t get asked to mentor a fellow photographer!  These are often photographers who are just getting into the business, or have only recently started shooting professionally.  Some are seasoned professionals that have been doing it a long time but were self-taught and never formally studied their art, don’t have a degree in photography, and have some un-answered questions.  Others are wonderful and creative available-light photographers, but  just haven’t fully grasped how to master the technology…whether that means demystifying the dark science of flash, knowing what focus mode to use when, or understanding why your histogram is so important.

The truth is, cameras are built with such advanced features these days that almost anyone can take a nice picture when there’s soft, warm, gorgeous light illuminating the subject.  But a true professional needs to be so in-tune with the capabilities of his/her gear, that they can take a gray, wet, ugly day…and create beautiful images for their client.  The excuse “it’s not my fault you decided to get married in a candle-lit closet on a nasty day” just isn’t an option.  You’re a professional.  Your clients expect you to be able to make great images.  Period.

If you’re ready to take your photography to a NEW level, join me for one of our half-day Mentoring Sessions.  Each session is custom tailored to your needs.  We will begin by meeting for lunch or coffee so we can get to know each other, talk about what you want out of the session, and discuss the concepts and theories behind the practical applications we’re about to learn.  Following our meeting, we’ll arrive early to the location of our photo shoot.  We’ll do an overview of our equipment, and learn the “How To’s” for accomplishing specific tasks.  This might include…how to switch your camera to Back-Button Auto Focus, how to achieve High-Speed flash sync, how to set your on-camera flash to Commander Mode, whatever you have questions with.  We’ll do a short “walk-about” of the area and discuss what I look for when determining what backdrops will make great images.  By now our subject(s) will have arrived.  These will be your friends or family that don’t mind letting us practice on them in exchange for some awesome images.  If you don’t have any friends, one will be provided.  😉  I’ll help you with locations, posing, lighting…working over your shoulder as a safety net…but always letting YOU create the images.  I find the best way to learn is to DO IT!  I will also have my gear available if you’d like to experiment with a certain lens, camera, wireless flash, or piece of equipment on your “wish-list”.  I’ll teach you my tried and true lighting techniques, all kinds of tips and shortcuts to capturing the moment quickly when time is of the essence, and creative ways to achieve dramatic images even under the most adverse conditions.  About a week after the session, once you’ve edited your images, I’ll gladly go over them with you and discuss any follow-up questions you might have.

Check out the images below to get some fresh ideas.  Note that these Private Mentoring Sessions are designed to be 1-on-1 for you to reap the most reward.  However we do allow one (1) additional photographer to join you if you’d like to split the cost.  No more than 2 photographers per Mentoring Session please!  Call our studio at 843-324-8900 or email me (chris@chrisandcami.com) to schedule your session.  I’m excited about working with you!  Today is the first step towards a whole new level of possibilities!!!

Private Mentor Session:  $395

“Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to help Adelle and I learn more about photography.  After taking your Lightbending 411 Class (in Greenville), we knew you were the perfect teacher for us.  Your patience and knowledge of photography makes you the perfect choice for the Private Mentor Sessions.  We hope to team up with you in the future for more photography fun and hanging out.  We also enjoyed meeting your lovely wife.  We will need to catch dinner next time we are in town.  Thanks Again!

~ Travis & Adelle, TAG Photography