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Learn Photography + Business Know How - Adelaide, South Australia

Learn how to take beautiful photos and/or run a successful photography business with one-on-one or group mentoring sessions from professional photographer Sarah Petrusma of Little Car Photography.

Learn Photography

+ Business Know-How

Want to learn how to take better photos? Or how to run a successful creative business? I have been running a successful photography business for 5+ years full time (and part time before that), booking 40-60+ weddings per year, every year, and turning away more than 50% of all enquiries due to being booked out. Creating a successful photography business, or simply taking photos that you and your family will love and cherish for years is something I would love to help you with.

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How to run a successful business requires:

  • Finding and knowing your own unique style

  • Learning and loving your craft

  • Understanding your target market

  • Knowing what makes you and your business unique. What is your goal as a business? What is your vision?

  • Treating your business as a real business (insurance, systems and processes, accounting, etc).

  • Knowing what your business needs to be successful, by knowing what you want to gain from it.

  • Respecting your clients and offering great customer service

  • Succinct and recognisable branding that suits your style

  • A well organised and planned out marketing campaign

How to take beautiful photos using manual settings requires:

  • Learning to see, understand and capture light (I shoot natural light where possible, but know how to use my flash and manipulate light in less than ideal situations and after dark).

  • Understanding your gear, camera, lenses, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focal length etc.

  • Understanding composition, and how to frame your subjects

  • Understanding colour, shapes and texture

  • Knowing how to shoot in RAW and edit your photos in Lightroom and/or photoshop. (Or having a better understanding of how to shoot your film).

  • Learning how to interact with your subjects and make them feel comfortable.

  • Finding and knowing your own unique style.


Yes… I am writing books!

A few people are aware that I’ve been writing books, and they’ve been very slow going! (Sorry everyone, one day I promise!) The first book to be released will be all about photography with a huge focus on light. First see it, then understand it, then capture. Following books will be about building creative businesses (photography or otherwise). And finally… gaining balance! (Self employed life is almost always a chaotic life, but it doesn’t have to be painful). As soon as these are available, I’ll be spamming my Facebook and Instagram pages. So follow me there if you’re keen. :) x


One-On-One Mentoring or Group Sessions

While we all wait the long wait for me to finally finish my books (maybe this Winter?) I'd love to talk one-on-one with you, or come to your pre-arranged group sessions to share any of my knowledge that may help you on your creative journey. Whether you are an established professional photographer who wants some advice on creating a successful marketing campaign, or on climbing out of a mountainous editing pile. Or a complete beginner who just wants to get more out of their new camera, your mentoring session will be 100% tailored to you and your questions. During each session we will catch up in person or via Skype, by filling in the form below I will have a better idea of what you want to know. You bring the questions, and I'll give you whatever answers I have, no secrets held back. If you would like to use the session to take advantage of some hands on mentoring, you can bring a friend or two to model and get some real hands on advice. Have any questions about the sessions? Just ask. xx


 
 

Package Examples + Prices

2 Hour Hands-On Photography Mentoring Session:
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30 minute chat over coffee, ask me any questions and tell me what you want out of your session.
- 60 minutes hands on shooting, continue to ask your questions and we’ll answer them together with practical experience.
- 30 minutes to finish off our mentoring session (maybe over a wine?) to answer any final question/s. And/or we can use this time to edit (if you bring your laptop).
What to Bring: a camera that can be used manually, a notebook & pen (or laptop/iPad), a friend or 2 if you like.
$330

4 Hour Hands-On Photography Mentoring Session:
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60-90 minute chat over coffee, ask me any questions and tell me what you want out of your session.
- 60-90 minute hands on shooting, continue to ask your questions and we’ll answer them together with practical experience.
- 60-90 minutes to finish off our mentoring session (maybe over a wine?) to answer any final question. And/or we can use this time to edit (if you bring your laptop).
What to Bring: a camera that can be used manually, a notebook & pen (or laptop/iPad), a friend or 2 if you like.
$550

1 Hour Q&A Creative Business Mentoring Session:
- 60 minutes chatting over coffee or wine, ask me any questions you like about photography, personal development, business management, marketing plans, etc.
What to Bring: a notebook & pen (or laptop/iPad), a friend or 2 if you like.
$220

2 Hour Q&A Creative Business Mentoring Session:
- 120 minutes chatting over coffee or wine, ask me any questions you like about photography, personal development, creative business management, marketing plans, etc.
What to Bring: a notebook & pen (or laptop/iPad), a friend or 2 if you like.
$330

Where & When?

I’m normally booked up on weekends, but have flexibility Tuesday - Friday. We can catch up after work hours (in Summer this means playing with sunset!) or during the day. Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday we can catch up anywhere near North Brighton/Glenelg. Starting at a cafe or pub, and then venturing outside to learn about light. Thursdays, I can meet you in the CBD.

How many people can come?

The more people there are, the more questions there’ll be, and the more time you should book (so that you all have equal opportunity to have your questions answered). For 1 hour sessions I recommended no more than 1-2 people. For 2 hour sessions, 1-3. And for 4 hour sessions, up to 6.