" Prior to working with Mr Kevin Wilson, I already had a pretty successful wedding business here in Aberdeen. My clients were happy and I had plenty of them. I got a lot of referrals and was able to make a decent living from my photography. However, I felt that my work had plateaued and that I was beginning to ‘go through the motions’ a little on wedding days. I saw friends and peers win competitions and produce stunning work and decided that it was time to invest a bit of time and money in my own photography skills. I started to look around the various societies for inspiration, and it was through a discussion with a friend who was working with another mentor at the time that Kevin’s name came up. I did a bit of research, and immediately fell in love with Kevin's work. Tentatively, I dropped him an email and feared he would take one look at MY work and think I was a lost cause. Luckily for me, that didn’t happen.
Now, my background is in education (head teacher and school inspector for 23 years) so I know that just because one is good at something, doesn’t mean one is a good teacher. I’ve attended workshops and events where I’ve been disappointed - the tutor has only talked about him/herself, and failed to remember that they were there to teach. However, I can testify that Kevin is both an excellent photographer and an excellent teacher. He was patient and kind, whilst still providing just the right amount of challenge to keep me on my toes. After around a year working with Kevin, I was able to achieve my associateship with the BIPP. It wasn’t easy, and at times I thought I wouldn’t make it. Yes, there were tears. Each visit to Kevin took two flights and a train journey. I’m a single mother of two boys so there were other logistical challenges too, but Kevin was always very supportive. I maybe couldn’t just ‘pop in’ for advice but he was always there at the end of the phone when I needed help and guidance.
Each and every journey to the other end of the country was worth it. And do you know, in the end it wasn’t really about achieving my associateship. I haven’t even blogged about that (yet) and my clients don’t really care. What it IS about is the growth in my skill set, my confidence and quite basically getting my ‘mojo’ back - and the real beneficiaries are my beautiful couples and their families who put their trust in me to capture one of the most special days in their lives. They might thank ME, but I thank Kevin for helping me to do my best for them.
If you’re considering a mentor, then please get in touch with Kevin. You most certainly won’t regret it. "