It is through the collaborative work of motivated individuals that we grow and sharpen our craft. 

We offer mentorship opportunities with our members. Mentorships with defined goals will increase your success as a professional and a storyteller.  We can assist you in editing and organizing your work, finding publishers for ongoing projects, brainstorming new ideas, crafting pitches for clients, preparing you and your work for portfolio reviews, improving your business practices and defining the appropriate audience of your work. We will tailor the mentorship experience to meet your goals.

We are not accepting new applications at this time. We will re-open mentorship applications in 2024.

The application process begins when you contact one of our team members, listed below, by email, send them a link to your work and state your goals for the mentorship. First there will be a one-hour portfolio review and consultation. During that meeting, you and your mentor will determine the best strategy for moving forward to accomplish your goals. This may include a longer-term relationship with additional meetings of various lengths.  

Please choose your mentor below and contact them directly. Fees for an initial consultation begin at $100 per hour. We offer discounted mentoring for students. 

VTC MENTORS/please contact the mentor of your choice directly

ELIZABETH CHENG KRIST: I will work with you to focus on finding your strengths, brainstorming ideas, honing pitches, critiquing your images, and sequencing narratives.

SARAH LEENI am interested in collaborating with photographers working on long term projects or books. I am able to assist in project brainstorming ideas, crafting project proposals, photo editing and sequencing images for magazines, books, contests and grants. 

SHANNON SIMON: I am available to work with photographers, artists and companies in the following areas: development and ideation, business and project management, production management, project curation and photo editing.

LAUREN STEEL:  I am available to collaborate with individual photographers in editing and conceptualizing projects, assignments, grant proposals and marketing materials for editorial, corporate and commercial audiences.

Visual Thinking Collective

The Visual Thinking Collective is a community of creative independent women. We are committed to visual storytelling.
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