Private Photography Classes


MENTORSHIP & PORTFOLIO REVIEWS


Private sessions are ideal for those who need guidance with their photography. If you are working towards an exhibition of your work, or if you're in the beginning stages of developing a portfolio or exploring your creative voice, a mentoring session can help you take that next step with more confidence. 

Often in photography education, technique and gear are emphasized over vision; Laura's primary focus is to reverse that tendency and prioritize inspiration and creative seeing. By exploring the photographic process through this lens, it is possible to create stronger and more personally meaningful work. 

Mentoring sessions are flexible and are designed to best support each student's individual needs. Whether you are just starting out on your photographic path or looking for help reinvigorating your creative voice, focused one-on-one sessions can be helpful. Sessions are $200/hr. Students may also purchase a five-hour package for $925. 

Please contact Laura for an initial conversation to discuss your artistic hopes and goals. 

 

LAURA CAN WORK WITH YOU TO:

- clarify your photographic voice
- prepare for exhibiting or publishing your work
- edit your work into a stronger portfolio
- address weaknesses and highlight strengths in your work
- identify narrative threads in disparate bodies of work
- identify passions and artistic inspiration
- create an artistic plan for future growth
- find new direction for your creative process
- develop a personal project
- set photographic goals
- identify stumbling blocks and sources of inspiration
- create personally meaningful work
- develop intuition with photography

Thank you for believing in me and my work! I would not have been so fortunate with my art successes without your early assistance. I imagine there are MANY photographers who feel the same way about you that I do! You are a tireless supporter and advocate and I am very grateful, thank you.
— Maureen Drennan www.maureendrennan.net
Thank you so much for your generosity today...for the time you gave me, your insights and assistance putting together a show that makes sense. You really helped me focus on this body of work in a concrete way. I feel I can move on to alter the final images so they have the same style, layering, and visual ambiguity that I really strive to achieve. I also feel more on track with a landscape project.
— Susan Gans www.susangans.com
My latest work - Presence, is a journey not down the road less traveled, but for me it’s an unmarked path into the photographic wilderness. I had simultaneously embraced a deeply personal narrative and changed my stylistic approach to my work. While it felt right, I desperately needed to start defining where I was going. I had no road maps and there are very few guideposts out where I was. So, I sought out help early on in the project. These early conversations were very informative, but as is often the case, diverged in opinion. After a number of reviews and consultations, I had a chance to sit down with Laura Valenti. During my presentation, Laura listened and posed thought-provoking questions. I shared the feedback I had received from a number of sources and Laura was instrumental in helping me put those thoughts in perspective. Our conversation covered everything from practical considerations of when and what to exhibit to deeper questions of how to express my very personal narrative. I felt affirmed for many of my choices and challenged on others. In reflection, Laura helped me find the courage to say no to quick opportunities, to find context for my previous reviews, and to refine my artistic statement. Most importantly though, she opened up new lines of inquiry which have been very fruitful. Though our photographic styles and life experiences may be quite different, I found my experience with Laura to be open, thought-provoking, and ultimately invaluable.
— Reathel Geary www.reathel.com
Laura is wonderful, patient, kind, attentive, and an expert at seeing.
— Sara Patterson
Very good experience. Laura has an approach to photography that is different from other classes I’ve attended...very intelligent and thoughtful.
— Melissa Hogan