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 experiences that will refresh or transform their signature style or approach to photography. To do this work in too much isolation, without some level of interaction with others, can make an artist's endeavour a daunting life experience.
The coaching and workshop setting can be one-on-one settings 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. Image and portfolio reviews are offered through clear and forthright conversation.
Don Mendenhall makes use of fine art photography with his work in life coaching, art shows, gallery representation, and contemplative writings. Shadow and light, falling and failing, 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 in the coaching process and the making of fine art.