Assignment Twenty Five: An “About Me” Photo and Finding a Mentor

Assignment Number Twenty Five


Mentors are very important for artists and creatives. They can help keep us on track and provide a great sounding board for our ideas and initiatives.

This will be an ongoing assignment. I want you to find someone to mentor you. Whatever point you are in your business, there are photographers who will help you understand what you are up against, and guide you through the sometimes rough waters of a startup.

Start looking now. Find someone you can trust.

How to Find the Right Mentor

How to Get a Mentor When Starting Your Business

Finding a Business Mentor

How To: Find a Mentor

How to Find a Mentor

6 Steps to Finding A Photography Mentor

Some of the above will appeal to you, and some will not. The point is to find someone who is willing to help you keep focused.

This is different than a “consultant” in that mentors usually do not charge, and consultants do. I think consultants fit a different position, and I think there are benefits to both. In fact, there are some consultants that can rock your business.

So start to work on finding a mentor. We will discuss this beginning of August.

Part Two:

An “About Me” photograph for your website.

Real world assignment.

You need a great about me shot. Seriously, I am telling you that you need one. There are only two ways to get a killer About Me shot and they are to shoot it yourself or have a buddy shoot it. You can art direct it or have your buddy art direct it.

Thing is, you need to have one in two weeks. That is your assignment. KILLER about me page portrait. KILLER.

Pull out all the stops. Make the shot rock, and tell us something about you and your work or – well – not. It all has to do with how you see yourself.


Author: Don Giannatti

I have been a photographer, art director, creative director and designer for nearly 40 years. The experience both behind the camera and behind the desk hiring photographers has given me a unique set of tools for working with photographers. Project 52 grew out of a frustration with the boards and forums that seem to be more about personalities than the actual work of being a commercial photographer. I am not famous, and I have no aspirations to be... but I know what the hell I am talking about.

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