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 is right for you if:

You're serious about improving your pet photography skills quickly

You're willing to invest in your pet photography education and learn from the best

You have a good knowledge of photography but want to learn all the tips and tricks for working with dogs

You want to find your style and stand out from your competition

Shooting prerequisites

In order for you to get the most out of your time with me, it’s essential for you to have some reasonably solid camera skills. This means we can spend our time concentrating on all tips, tricks and knowledge you’ll need as a professional dog photographer, rather than covering basic camera skills that can be learned elsewhere. Here’s what you’ll need to know before our session:

How to obtain correct exposure in Manual mode (confidently and quickly adjust Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed)

How to shoot using the back button focus technique (search the blog for info)

How to move the focus point around and switch between focus point configurations (single point vs group etc)

Editing prerequisites

The editing programs I teach in are Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Designed for professional image editing, these programs have extensive feature sets and more tools and features than you will ever need to use as a pet photographer. In order to be able to concentrate on the topics that relate directly to pet photography, it’s essential know the following before our session:

How to import your photos using Lightroom

How to view your images in Lightroom and switch between Library and Develop modules

How to open your image in Photoshop, zoom in and out and pan around the image

Before you book an in-person mentoring experience, please consider enrolling in my RealShoots Complete Course. This course covers 10 different “real” dog photography sessions in video format and also includes editing tutorials.

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!"

    Full 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."

    Two 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!"

    Two day mentoring

Learning 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
  • Focusing 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
  • Working with the dog to capture personality and expression

You’ll need:

  • Digital SLR camera and lenses covering 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 passion for 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 place in a local café or in my home – 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

  • Full Day Mentoring
  • AUD $1250Full Day
  • You get me for the full day – so it’s up to you to decide what you want to concentrate on! The day is completely customised to suit you. We can delve deep into your current challenges, discover and cover what you want to learn most, discuss photography techniques and photo session best practices. We’ll shoot a real life dog photo session together and edit the images. I show you how to get the most out of your images, and we discuss what you can do to improve.

    • Pet photography theory + photo session + editing
    • Monday-Friday only
    • 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)
    • Licence to use any images you take during the session for self-promotion and portfolio
    • BONUS: Complimentary café meal
    • BONUS: Homework review – send through your 5 best shots from the day and I’ll provide constructive feedback.

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  • Two Day Mentoring
  • AUD $2400Two Days
  • We spend two full days together which gives us plenty of time to delve deep into on topics, tricks and techniques to help you improve your pet photography. We’ll identify your current challenges, discover and cover what you want to learn most, discuss photography techniques and photo session best practices. We’ll shoot two real life dog photo sessions together and edit the images. I show you how to get the most out of your images, and we discuss what you can do to improve.

    • Pet photography theory + 2 photo sessions + editing
    • Monday-Friday only
    • Pre-session questionnaire to help us determine focus points
    • Dog models 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: Complimentary café meal on both days
    • 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

Open days fill up quickly, reserve your spot now! Please check the availability calendar below before requesting your booking, keeping in mind I will need at least 4 weeks notice to organise your session.

If you are coming from overseas or interstate, please make sure you are available in Brisbane at least one day either side of your booking date (preferably two) in case we need to reschedule shooting sessions due to weather.

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Available

Booked

  • 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 can recommend local accommodation options
  • I’ll send you a link to sign the agreement, fill out a questionnaire and pay the 50% deposit – the remaining 50% is due one week before the first day of mentoring
  • I’ll organise the shoot and choose a dog model suitable for your level, based on your questionnaire answers
  • Turn up to your custom mentoring experience and get ready to have a ball shooting, editing and learning!
  • After the mentoring experience, 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

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