the one-on-one scruffy sessions
each year scruffy dog offers a very limited number of highly intensive, completely individualized One-on-One workshops to professional photographers who are interested in advancing their pet photography careers and businesses. Unlike traditional photography workshops where you are one of six or twelve or even two dozen other attendees, scruffy One-on-One workshops are your workshop, your way.
The scruffy One-on-One is the penultimate in hands-on, personalized learning. Unlike group workshops, this is a session focused on your individual needs and goals as a professional pet photographer, designed to catapult your shooting, dog handling abilities, and pet photography business to where you want to be.
These comprehensive two- to three-day sessions involve hands-on training, including real-life shooting scenarios with real dogs … not highly-trained models … forcing you to think outside the box and look at your photography in a whole new light. For a total of 24+ intensive, hands-on working hours, the scruffy dog studio is yours, and we cover any and all topics important to your business … from technical aspects of shooting to dog behavior, setting dogs and clients up for success at sessions, location scouting, working available light, workflow and post-production, business discussion ranging from sales and business materials, dealing with clients, ordering sessions, products, packages, branding and marketing, social media, commercial sales, and anything else you can think of! No subject is off limits. Because this is your session, it is focused solely on your needs as a photographer, where your business is at, where your shooting level is at, and what your goals are.
For 2+ days you have exclusive access to the scruffy dog studio and me, to my years of shooting experience, years of teaching knowledge, and the experience of working with hundreds of clients over the 5+ years that scruffy dog has been a full-time, extremely busy and trend-setting business.
Do you have a colleague who might be interested in joining you on your intensive learning journey? Why not share the adventure with a Two-on-One scruffy session? The Two-on-One still maintains all the intensity and intimacy of a One-on-One, however your colleague brings a new dimension to the session, as well as raises possible questions that you may not have even thought of.
One-on-One and Two-on-One scruffy sessions range from $1850-2850 and run from two to three days. Out of respect for our fellow Ontario pet photographers, scruffy dog One-on-One sessions are open to non-Ontario residents only, with no exceptions.
Check out this wonderful, detailed blog entry, complete with gorgeous photos written by Rachel Potter of Rachel Potter Photography in Mississippi about her scruffy dog mentoring experience.
“If you have ever thought about signing up for a scruffy dog mentorship don’t wait….DO IT! I left feeling like I received much more than she had promised. Illona didn’t hold back on any information and openly shared everything she has learned creating her very successful business. She has a huge heart and really, truly loves what she does. She changed my views on my own business and gave me so much to think about with her knowledge and honest feedback.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. Thank you Illona for a life changing experience. I’m so happy that I met you and am implementing all that you taught me.” ~ Mary Siani, Mary Siani Photography, Southern California Read her full blog entry about her scruffy dog mentorship experience.
“ I chose a mentoring session with Illona because I am so moved by her photography. She captures the essence of a pet in so many varied environments, all with natural light. I utilize a studio and often off-camera flash, and I wanted to see a pure natural light photographer at work. It was completely worth it. I came away with new approaches to my shooting to augment my studio work. And I returned loaded with new ideas and approaches about how manage my business. Illona’s generosity with her time, home, experience and knowledge far exceeded my expectations. I must admit though, just having Merrick on my lap and Matea leaning on my leg would have made the trip worth it. Love those scruffy dogs!” ~ Barbara Brady-Smith, Share the Joy Photography, Lafayette, CA
“In the summer of 2012 I had the privilege to take a one-on-one-mentorship with Illona. I found this opportunity invaluable as it was completely catered to what I wanted to learn. Specifically, I was interested in honing my action photography and editing skills and well as learning more about her workflow. She shared all this freely and openly with me.
Illona put me to work right off the plane, and we were off shooting the very first day. She arranged for all the models and locations and I pretty much just showed up with my equipment.
I would 100% recommend this mentorship for anyone wishing to learn more about how to run a successful pet photography business from someone who actually runs a successful pet photography business!” ~ Holly Montgomery, BrindleBerry – Custom Pet Photography, Calgary, Alberta … read Holly’s blog entry about her adventures in Scruffyland!
To inquire about the scruffy dog One-on-One mentorship, please use the SDP MENTORING INQUIRY FORM.
NOTE: the One-on-One is intended only for those who already have a pet photography business established or well in the works.
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