Peer Mentor Program Vision
We envision a community that creates multiple learning environments that motivate committed photographers of all levels to improve their technical and artistic photographic skills.
Peer Mentor Program Mission
The Peer Mentor Program provides a comfortable learning environment that challenges committed photographers at all levels of skill to improve and expand their photography through encouragement, respect, support, and challenges with their peers.
Peer Mentor Program History
The Peer Mentor Program (PMP) of the Teton Photography Club (TPC) started in March 2016 with 8 amateur photographers of varied photography skills and experience. These “founders” created a comfortable learning environment where everyone’s questions were respected, where every photograph presented for a critique was reviewed and also encouraged – and by the end of the year the photography of every member significantly improved. Support, encouragement, and honest feedback helped everyone become more involved and committed to photography: We Advanced Together!
The mentors have had a photo shoot and critique every month. The group has grown in size, the sense of community has joined us together, and shooting and processing skills of regular members have improved their images. The PMP has grown from about 6 regular members to more than two dozen committed amateur photographers who attend almost every month. Two dozen other photographers attend occasionally.
Peer Mentor Program Advancing Forward
In 2019 the Teton Photography Club encourages the Peer Mentor Program to expand to accept more committed photographers to join the program while maintaining our mission of encouragement, respect, support and challenge. In 2019 the TPC will expand the Peer Mentor Program to a Mentor Program that will have multiple Mentor Groups and a number of levels of photographic experience.
Within the Mentor Program there will be opportunities for a variety of levels of photographers to advance their technical and artistic skills with their peers. The TPC will offer introductory classes in the TPCed program to expand and assess their photo skills. Peer Mentor Groups of 12-20 committed photographers will meet monthly for photo shoots and critique sessions as they build a learning community. During the summer of 2019 the “established” Peer Mentor Group will accept new members so potential new members can see how the existing Peer Mentor Group works as a community. In the fall 2019 we will create a new Peer Mentor Group for new members. If you are interested in joining the Peer Mentor Program, please contact Randy Isaacson (Events@TetonPhotographyClub.org). The TPC is also working on developing an Advanced Mentor Program that will be explored in the coming months.
Joining the Peer Mentor Program
The advancement of the Peer Mentor Program to multiple levels of mentorship will take time. We are planning gradual modifications of the program so that every committed amateur photographer will have an opportunity to join a mentor group or a 1-on-1 mentorship. We are committed to developing a comfortable learning environment in which every question is respected, where everyone is at ease sharing their photographs for our critiques, and where our goal is to help everyone improve their photography. We encourage interested photographers to contact the Director of the Mentor Program with questions (Randy Isaacson, Events@TetonPhotographyClub.org or 208-270-4298).
Resources and Motivation
If you are interested and need a few more reasons for why you should get involved with others to improve your photography, you might want to read these article in Light Stalking –
“Photographers! Why you should Buddy Up” (http://www.lightstalking.com/photographers-why-you-should-buddy-up/) or
“Photographers stick together – 3 reasons collaborating is definitely a great idea” http://www.lightstalking.com/how-to-be-a-better-photographer-with-others/
We hope to hear from you and see you at our critique. We meet for our critique on the 2nd Wednesday of every month with a photo shoot on the first Saturday of the month. Take a few minutes to read the Light Stalking articles and/or send Randy an e-mail or give him a call. We’d love to have you join us.
Each month the Peer Mentor Program has a Photo Shoot and a Critique. The Critique meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the conference room of the Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union. The Photo Shoot, typically in Grand Teton National Park, is on the first Saturday of the month. The location for the photo shoot will be listed in the events calendar.