Photography Mentoring

and One On One

Online Tuition Programs

Our online photography mentoring program is ideal for photographers who are above beginner level. If you want more tailored and detailed feedback on your photographs, this is ideal for you.

I will encourage, tutor and challenge you. Your understanding and camera skill will improve, as will your creative expression. Following the teaching and assignments we provide will shape you to be a more confident and successful photographer.

Our Photography Tuition and Mentoring Program is made up of:

  • Guidance in all areas of your photography
  • Teaching photography and camera skills
  • Structured Photography Assignments
  • Uncovering and/or refining your artistic direction
  • Goal setting and implementation
  • Reviews of your current and past photographs
  • Development of your vision-plan based on your intended direction
  • Weekly, bi-weekly or monthly Skype meetings

Our photography mentoring is personalized and customized. When you sign up for our program we commit together for your growth as a photographer. What you gain will be directly proportional to the amount of time and effort you commit.

We offer three different programs. You can choose which one best fits with the amount of time you want to commit and your budget. You will need to make time to complete assignments and extra study. I will commit time beyond just the Skype calls. I will set assignments, critique photos you submit and continue to tailor the program as you progress through it.

Two men takling about photography holding DSLR cameras

Photography is a Lifestyle

Photography is more than just learning to use your camera or taking pictures. It’s a lifestyle where the more you put into it the more you will receive in return. Being willing to be honest with me as your mentor and follow my teaching will bring you the most benefit.

Like every artistic skill, you must practice to become accomplished. I frequently teach and encourage people to use their camera every day. You will learn most quickly if you are familiar with your camera. The only way to effectively achieve this is to use it each and every day.

Knowing your camera intimately will allow you to use it more intuitively. As you study and practice the basics of camera control and adjustment will enter your subconscious. Soon you will operate your camera without consciously thinking of each change you make. You will be in more creative control.

I will guide you to new levels of competency. Reaching them takes work, but as you do you will find new freedom in your creative expression. I will show you how to look beyond just using your camera to becoming a creative photographer.

The Secret of a Successful Mentoring Relationship

Mentoring done well is a life-changing experience. Committing to our photography mentoring and tutoring program requires commitment, honesty, and humility. Most importantly it requires mutual respect.

Please don’t seek to sign up for our mentoring program if you don’t like the way I teach or the style of my photography. If it’s clearly different from your preferences and style, find another photographer to mentor you.

We must be compatible and able to communicate easily and honestly. I am an encouraging person by nature. It is not difficult for me to find the good in your photos. I will also pull you up and point out where you can improve. With a positive receptive attitude this will help you grow.

I am open to discussion. If you think my critiques or teaching is off, let’s talk about it. Photography and any artform is very subjective and open to interpretation. Having strongly fixed ideas is not conducive to creative growth.

About Me

Man using a DSLR cameraI am a highly experienced editorial and commercial professional photographer. I have a passion for capturing ‘real life’ in my photographs. I’m a New Zealander and have chosen to make northern Thailand my home since 2002. I live with my wife at our home in Chom Thong district at the foot of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain. We also run a bed and breakfast where we teach photography workshops.

I started my professional photography career in the late 1980′s working on one of New Zealand’s leading daily papers. Later I moved on as sole photographer for two bi-weekly newspapers. During these years I gained vast experience photographing everything from Prime Ministers, international celebrities, sporting events, spot news, everyday people and much more.

Kevin Lander-Johan while working at the Acukalnd Star

This was my training ground and the experience I base much of my teaching on. Having the pressure to consistently produce photos for publication was a fabulous learning experience. I knew if I messed up I would not stay in the job long, as there was always young enthusiast photographers looking for employment.

Moving on from the newspapers I worked for a time at a small commercial photography studio. This is where I learned to work with medium format cameras (Hasselblads) and studio photography. This was a good grounding for stepping out to run my own freelance photography business just one year later.

In my freelance photography business I covered a wide range and served a mixture of clients. I worked on industrial, commercial, corporate and editorial clients. Naturally I also photographed weddings and portraits. My second year in business I was awarded the honor of being judged the best new business in the city.

Since moving to Thailand I have continued to pursue my career in photography and also documentary film making. I have produced many videos for non-profit organizations. Most of these videos are for sharing how donors investments and financial gifts are put to use amongst the rural poor.

My images have been run in many national and international publications including Time Magazine. My award winning work is also represented by Getty Images, iStock, Alamy and other major stock photo and video agencies. I am on the advisory board of TIPS (Thailand International Photography Society.) I also contribute regularly to the Digital Photography School website, Expert Photography and writes his own blog.

Teaching is something I am passionate about. My wife and I started Chiang Mai Photo Workshops because of our passion for photography and our love for Chiang Mai and northern Thailand. We want to share these things we enjoy so much.

Man mimicing using a camera

Your mentorship will include:

  • Guidance in all areas of your photography
  • Creative renewal and discovery
  • Uncovering and/or refining your artistic direction
  • Review and critique of past work
  • Ongoing review of your artistic development
  • Review and critique of work-in-progress
  • Weekly, bi-weekly or monthly meetings
  • Goal setting and developing an action plan for implementing goals*
  • Development of a vision-plan based on your intended direction*

(*these items are not included in all levels of our photography mentoring program. Check below for details.)

Your mentorship can also include:

  • Specialized mentoring on subjects such as natural light portraiture, photo montages etc.
  • Portfolio building or review, critique and analysis
  • Custom photo assignments and exercises, on location
  • Review and analysis of tools used; camera, computer, software, printer
  • Image review and critique of assignments, based upon your personal goals
  • Analysis of your technical process: exposure, development, etc.
  • Image editing and corrections using Lightroom, Photoshop
  • More effective use of natural light
  • On-camera, off-camera strobe, and studio lighting set up and use
  • Technical advice and training
  • Fine-tuning and refining your B&W skills

two women looking at a camera

What You’ll Need

  • Digital Camera
  • Computer
  • Internet connection and Dropbox/Google Drive or similar
  • Skype

The aim of online mentoring is to help you refine your own sense of visual storytelling. Online mentoring and tutoring via Skype is a very convenient way to improve your photography. I will give regular assignments by email. They will be designed to fit your goals and photography style. They will also be designed to push you outside your comfort zone, because this is where real growth can occur and magic happens.

The Skype calls are aimed at addressing any questions you might have and turning any weaknesses into strengths.

Three Levels Of Mentoring

We have designed our photography mentoring and tutoring program with three different levels.

Red – Level One. US$199 per month

You put the most in, you receive the most in return. Choosing this level will give you:

  • Four Skype calls per month
  • Monthly assignments
  • Critiques of 8 of your assignment photos
  • Goal setting and implementation
  • Uncovering and/or refining your artistic direction
  • Development of your vision-plan based on your intended direction

Green – Level Two. US$99 per month

Less time commitment is required for Skype calls. You will still receive assignments to work on each month.

  • Two Skype sessions per month
  • Monthly assignments
  • Critiques of 4 of your assignment photos
  • Goal setting and implementation
  • Uncovering and/or refining your artistic direction

Blue – Level Three. US$69 per month

We will talk just once a month on Skype. You will still receive assignments to work on each month.

  • One Skype session per month
  • Monthly assignments
  • Critiques of 2 of your assignment photos
  • Goal setting and implementation

A commitment of three months is required along with payment. A commitment of six months will be more beneficial, (but not required) as to gauging the effectiveness of mentoring needs time. After the first three months payment will be monthly.

Gift Vouchers

Please contact us if you would like to make a gift of our mentoring program to a family member or a friend.

Photo montage of the Iron Bridge in Chiang Mai at night

When can I start?

Once you have decided on which level best suits you, or even before then, we need to schedule a complimentary first Skype call. We will use this call to become a little acquainted and help us decide on how best to move forward.

After the call, once you have chosen a level that best suits you in our photography mentoring program you need to make a payment. We use Paypal or our Thai bank account for payments. If for any reason you decide within a week of making the payment you do not wish to commit to the mentoring program, we will refund your money in full.

Please fill in the form, checking carefully you have entered your email address and Skype name correctly. You will receive an email shortly after to arrange a time for a call.

Limited Availability

I am only able to commit to so many people at one time, so the mentoring program will be closed to new participants at times.



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The Red Level Mentoring Program (four Skype sessions per month) $199The Green Level Mentoring Program (two Skype sessions per month) $99The Blue Level Mentoring Program (one Skype session per month) $69