About the Coach...

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Madison Area, Wisconsin, United States
Don Mendenhall makes use of fine art photography with his work in human resource development, life coaching, art shows, and contemplative writings. Shadow and light, falling and failing, questions and answers, barriers and pathways, fear and courage are excellent themes for photography and the living of life. It is in the practice of waiting, until the essence of the subject makes itself known, that provides a contemplative quality for a 2007 published book of photographic insights entitled Visual Centering. http://www.donmendenhallphotographs.com/

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Possible Offerings

Photographic Coaching Settings:
1)       Coaching: Specifically oriented to questions raised by the photographer and determined from completing a brief questionnaire with a follow-up telephone conversation.                                              
a)       One-on-one photographic coaching via telephone or video conferencing.  (One-on-one coaching can also be on site.)
b)       A small group photographic coaching via telephone or video conferencing.  (Small group coaching can also be on site.)
2)       Workshops: Oriented to specific content and activities that enhance the photographer’s vision and passion for the photographic work.
a)       Developing Your Signature Style: (Offered as a one-on-one experience or within a small group setting.)
b)       Discovering Outlets for Your Photographic Work: (Offered as a one-on-one experience or a small group setting.)

Fee: $250/four sessions


Many photographers whether they are novices, amateurs, or professionals do a great deal of self-study as they grow in their desire to make better and better photographs.  The good work of making art requires a person to be a constant self-starter and maintain a certain discipline or workflow.  These processes touch every aspect of being human, physical stamina, positive emotional outlook, and mental preparedness. In addition, an artist is constantly looking for ways, observations, and experiences that will refresh or transform his/her signature style. To do this work in too much isolation, without some level of interaction with others, can make the artist endeavour a daunting life experience.

The coaching and workshop settings can be one-on-one setting or with a small group. Participants may know of others ready for this type of learning experience and decide to consider the coaching or workshops as a group.

Photographic Coaching Questionnaire

Photographic Coaching Questionnaire

Rate questions on a scale of 1 to 5. Simply replace the response box below with an X to indicate your answer, then copy and send to Don Mendenhall EssencePhotography@charter.net or Call 608.516.8184
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree

I want to make better photographs
I am clear about how to use my camera technically
I am clear about what subject matter to photograph
I am clear about why I am making photographs
I have an outlet for my photographic work.
I have a strong sense of direction with photography
I belong to a camera club or want to belong
I want photography to be a viable vocation
I have good connections with other photographers
I have participated in photographic workshops
I have some experience in the use of PhotoShop
I purchase photography books and other info

I have been highly intentional about photography for…
 1 - 3 years
 4 - 5 years
 6 – 10 years
 10 - 15 years
 Over 15 years
I am a…
My outlet for photography is…
 Friends and Family
 Minimal Sales 
 Significant Sales 
 Published Works
 Published Works
My main style includes…
 Mixed and Varied
 Black and White only
 Color only
My main subject matter is…
 Family and Personal Travel
 Still Life
 Nature flora/fauna
 Abstract (Pattern/Texture)
 Other _____________________
My main camera equipment is…
 Point and Shoot (digital)
 35 mm Digital
 35 mm Film
 Medium Format or Larger
 Other _____________________
I have photographs printed as…
 Developed and/or printed myself
 Use a developer/printer service
I have interest in establishing my own website…
 Website is being planned
 Website is currently active
 Do not have or want a website
I view the overall quality of my photographs as…
 Good potential to become high quality
 High to excellent quality
I would like to consider photographic coaching for...
 Clarifying a direction in photography
 For critique of my current work
 For developing a workflow
 For discovery more outlets for my work