In-person Mentoring

Flo Dupuy from San Francisco says:

“I loved how Charlotte explained every subject we tackled in a very clear fashion, going straight to the point, and always reinforcing her point with real life examples.”

Nicola Harnett from Brisbane says:

“Charlotte interacts really well with the dogs and their owners and was very attentive when teaching me, answering all my questions with ease.”

Putra from Melbourne says:

"Whether you're a beginner or an expert, a mentoring session with Charlotte is a must. It will save you years of self-learning experience."

Mel Murzecki from Hobart says:

"With all her years in the pet photography industry, Charlotte is a wealth of knowledge and more than happy to share her knowledge and personal experiences with you."

Charlotte Reeves says:

“I get a real kick out of finding the best way to relate to and communicate with my students.”

Nicola Harnett from Brisbane says:

“Charlotte is an excellent teacher, very professional and she obviously loves what she does.”

Do you learn most effectively by doing?

One-on-one pet photography mentoring adds jet fuel to your self-study – speeding up progress, taking you farther. As an experienced teacher, Charlotte Reeves can answer every little question, demonstrate, and correct things that are getting in your way.

In-person shooting and editing mentoring sessions work for:

Photography students looking for pet experience

Keen amateurs or enthusiasts looking to take better photos of their own dogs

Volunteers with rescue organisations or shelters, saving lives by photographing adoptable dogs

Professional portrait photographers wanting to add pet photography to their existing sessions

Start-up or aspiring professional pet photographers

What past students are saying…

  • Diane Costello, San Francisco

    "Charlotte is a very seasoned pet photographer. She knows her light and is not afraid to use it! I had a wonderful time working with Charlotte and came away from our session feeling inspired and motivated!

    "Thank you Charlotte for a wonderful afternoon!"

    Half day mentoring

  • Shannon Hill, Melbourne

    "I would recommend Charlotte not only as a pet photographer but as a mentor as well. Charlotte was very open with her teaching, extremely knowledgeable and inspiring. I travelled from Melbourne for a few mentoring sessions and it was well worth the travel. Looking forward to working with Charlotte in the future."

    Full day mentoring

  • Nicola Harnett, Brisbane

    "Charlotte is an excellent teacher, very professional and obviously loves what she does. She interacts really well with the dogs and their owners and was very attentive when teaching me and answered all my questions with ease. I feel so much more confident now than I did before the session - thanks!"

    Full day mentoring

Topics can include:

Shooting Topics

What better way to gain practical real-life experience than a mock client shoot with me as your personal tutor! Our canine subject, usually sourced from my model database, will have a good level of obedience, allowing you to concentrate on getting the best shots possible. If you’re more advanced, we can take on a more challenging subject.

What we cover will depend on your existing skill level, but there’ll be nothing held back from my end. Prepare to be saturated with knowledge, skills, tips and techniques to give your pet photography skills a massive boost!

  • Introduction to the dog and assessment of personality and obedience level – learn the best questions to ask to get the information you need
  • Communication with the owner – a very important part of the process!
  • Evaluation of the location and coming up with a rough, flexible shooting plan
  • Camera setup and lens selection for various shot styles
  • Exposure modes – aperture and shutter speed priority, manual
  • Focusing modes and techniques
  • Finding the best light and learning how to make it work for you
  • Shooting action – obtaining sharp, stunning images of dogs in motion
  • Techniques and tips for working with dogs on and off leash
  • Creating variety and interest within a session

You’ll need:

  • Digital SLR camera and at least one lens (prefer at least two to cover wide angle to telephoto focal lengths)
  • A good level of fitness and no health issues that would affect the session
  • Enough excitement to try things out, and enough humility to accept the suggestions you came to get
  • A keen interest in photographing dogs and a positive attitude!

Editing Topics

Editing goes hand in hand with shooting – I always shoot with the end result in mind. We’ll usually concentrate on editing the shots we’ve taking during the shooting component of your mentoring session, but we can also go over any issues you are currently having.

The editing is usually held at my consult room in Auchenflower but might sometimes take places in a local café – whatever is more convenient to where we shoot. We download all your images onto your laptop, discuss file management and workflow practices, then get into the fun stuff!

I’ll take you through how to choose your best shots to edit to perfection, making them the best they can be.

  • Importing, file management and workflow in Adobe Lightroom
  • Quick (and brutal!) image culling techniques and how to select your best shots
  • Basic to advanced image adjustments in Adobe Lightroom
  • Leash removal and final finishing in Adobe Photoshop
  • Advanced Photoshop techniques such as object removal and head swaps
  • Colour cast and white balance correction techniques
  • Creating your own time-saving Actions and Presets
  • Watermarking and optimising for the web
  • Preparing images for print

You’ll need:

  • A laptop with recent versions of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop installed
  • Memory card reader or cable to connect camera and download images
  • Notepad, recording device or note taking app

  • Half Day Mentoring
  • AUD $950Half Day
    • Sunrise or sunset two hour pet photography session, followed by two hour editing session
    • Brisbane location only
    • Available May-August only due to sunrise/sunset times
    • Includes pre-session questionnaire to help us determine focus points
    • Dog model chosen to suit your skill level
    • Complimentary copies of my
      e-books Fetching Photos and Dog Shots ($99 value)
    • A licence to use any images you take during the session for self-promotion and portfolio
    • BONUS: Homework review – send through your 5 best shots from the day and I’ll provide constructive feedback.

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  • Full Day Mentoring
  • AUD $1800Full Day
    • Sunrise and sunset two hour pet photography sessions, four hours total of editing
    • Includes 1 hour bonus free discussion over complimentary breakfast/dinner
    • Brisbane location only
    • All transportation included to and from your accommodation in Brisbane
    • Available May-August only due to sunrise/sunset times
    • Includes pre-session questionnaire to help us determine focus points
    • Dog model chosen to suit your skill level
    • Complimentary copies of my
      e-books Fetching Photos and Dog Shots ($99 value)
    • A licence to use any images you take during the session for self-promotion and portfolio
    • BONUS: Homework review – send through your 10 best shots from the day and I’ll provide constructive feedback.

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Please note: Pet photography mentoring is not available to existing professional photographers or those intending to start a photography business who are located in south-east Queensland, including but not limited to Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast. Mentoring is also not available to those who offer mentoring or teaching in pet photography, or intend to start in the future.

Book your mentoring session

Currently booking in-person mentoring for February 2018.  Open days fill up quickly, reserve your spot now! Check the availability calendar on my Charlotte Reeves Photography website and request a date below.

  • Please let me know where you're from and any details about your visit.

How it works

  • Fill out the booking form with your preferred session date
  • I’ll get back to you to confirm the time and day
  • I’ll send you a link to sign the agreement, fill out a questionnaire and pay the AU$100 deposit
  • I’ll organise the shoot and choose a dog model suitable for your level, based on your questionnaire answers
  • Turn up to the session and get ready to have a ball shooting and learning!
  • Send through your best shots for review
  • When everything’s wrapped up, I’ll email you a link to fill out a feedback questionnaire for me
  • You’re welcome to book in again anytime!

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