"In the world of professional photography, if you want to learn and take the challenge on your own, it is admirable, but the result will be a longer and a more complex road.
Mentors are a critical component to successfully unraveling the rules of photography. Instructor and Professional Photographer Ramiro Cervantes is my inspiration, my personal guide and one of my mentors who helped pave the way to a shorter road to success. His focused and personalized method of teaching have helped me navigate through a clearer understanding of lighting and posing techniques which have led to my better understanding the rules of photography.
The results of these mentoring sessions have led me to successfully create images that have launched my photography skills to a higher level. Now, when submitting images for competition, I feel more secure about my craft as they, little by little, are scoring higher as I work to achieve the goals I seek - to stand out and be recognized as a quality and professional photographer in this very competitive artistic field."
So when thinking about getting into photography, strengthening your skills, consider a mentor you look up to. There are many out there willing and able to share their experiences and will take the time to help you find your way. I love mentoring the students who trust me with sharing what I have learned from Masters like Ramiro Cervantes, Rick Ferro, Jesus Padilla, Carol Hoy, Shayne McGuire, and so many more now and more to come. I am now specializing on formal Fine Art Photography and Portraiture, thus am being mentored by Maria Moore Salvetti. She is an amazing Master Photographer so my work should continue in the path of growth and refinement in studio and location portraiture.