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        photography mentoring
        you're not alone

        Creative businesses can be exciting - but often challenging and isolating at the same time. Your craft, your vision, and your livelihood can all be on your shoulders alone. I have been there, and I know the feeling of not knowing what to do next.

        As creatives, we often stand alone, without a team to help decide on the best moves going forward.

        With photography mentoring, and as your personal brainstorming buddy, we can push through this isolating block and get right to the core issues. Giving you the team you need to help you grow, and achieve your creative dreams.

        At Photo Club, we always discuss how this craft is for everybody, but that does not mean you have to go it alone!

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        oh hello I'm

        Michael Stewart Patrick Kent

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        I am a portrait photographer, and photo educator. Half of the creative team at Allen-Kent Photography, but also founder/lead educator at Photo Club, a creative community based around authentic and compassionate photography education.

        At the most basic level, I believe that photography is a powerful art form with the ability to capture moments, empower people to do amazing things, and remind us what it is to be human. Our photography seeks to speak to the authenticity in the moments and people that we capture, while revealing and creating something a touch deeper.

        Our education philosophy also stems from the same understanding. In photography mentoring, I continuously strive to enrich, uplift, and help creatives reach the potential they have hidden inside.

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        Shooting with Michael has been incredibly impactful. Michael goes above and beyond to teach the ins and outs of the trade. Michael has given me direct advice on how to ensure the comfort and trust in your clients, the importance of angles/leading lines to make your photos stand out and how to cultivate your own professional style. What started as a client relationship has blossomed into a mentor and friend who has elevated my professional career exceptionally.

        - Jonelle

        Shooting Portraits
        With Confidence

        I am thankful that I met Brooke and Michael.  They are amazing teachers with years of experience and get excited at sharing that knowledge and watching their students grow and improve.  If you have the opportunity or are on the fence about taking a workshop or mentoring session with them, erase that doubt and do it!

        - Cristian Daily


        Michael taught me SO many things to fix and improve my workflow and my tech - you guys: I’m about to be so much better! And it was so fun to learn! Basically I feel like I’m flying
        All I can say is I’m so thankful for the creative community I live and work in ❤️. And if you’re a photographer who loves the art but struggles with the tech - it’s so worth investing in someone to help you create GOOD systems FIRST. If I could go back and had this opportunity - I would have invested in this before any new glass, software, gear, etc. It’s truly your foundation!
        P.S. - I’m staring at a foot of snow on the trees overlooking the lake and all I want is to cozy up and edit for the day - dreammmmsssss.

        - Grace Hudson


        I started out with a big interest in the art of photography, but had little to no technical background. Michael was more than willing to help me out with whatever questions I had … It was a huge reassurance to know that someone was there to help in a positive, supporting way… Michael has it figured out in all areas of photography and thankfully, he seems to believe that sharing his knowledge with other photographers is good thing.

        - Jessica

        Shooting Experience

        I just want to say Thank you so much for the confidence boost and the low light practice. I had a headshot shoot today and I knew it would be tough. She had a black piece of fabric we tacked to the wall and I sought out the light... we used windows and overheads to get the shot. I still [have stuff to learn], but they are beyond happy with these.

        Just wanted to say Thanks for hosting these. They truly are very helpful in so many ways!

        - Kim

        mentor session

        A two hour video or phone call, where we can get straight to the point and dig into anything you wish. This starts with a bit of discovery on my end, and some questions from me, then we will plan exactly what we want to go over.

        we can discuss:

        Shooting, editing, branding, making your subjects feel comfortable, finding your ideal clients, keeping your clients happy, intentional growth, social media, marketing, keeping track of sessions, knowing where your photos are, delivery, etc.


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        A hands on experience, surrounded by Northern Michigan vibes. Come sit down with me, and together we can make plans for your future. This half day session is focused on client inquiry to delivery:

        - It begins with an in-depth Q and A session.

        - Next we will head out and shoot together, where I can show you exactly how I photograph.

        either portraits, couples, or families.

        - During this time, you will also be shooting, and showing me what you have learned.

        - Finally we will go over the process by which we manage our images, edit, and deliver to our

        excited client!


        payment plans available

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        long-term strategizing

        6 month, focused growth, with accountability

        For the long haul. Designed to empower and create sustainable growth, while building goals and creating reasonable paths to those goals.

        This session allows us to not only tackle some of the most popular ideas, but also allows an unprecedented level of personal examination and self exploration, all while focused on building your photography career.

        This is truly focused and driven mentoring.


        for the 6 month program

        payment plans available

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        long-term strategizing

        6 month, focused growth, with accountability

        Month 1
        Month 6
        Month 2-5

        Starts with a two hour video mentoring session, with one hour check-ins each month.

        A one hour video call, focused on accountability, active growth, and customizing the rest of the mentoring experience

        A final one to two hour session, focused on how to continue past mentoring, plus celebration!!!

        continuing education after the 6 month program available for a discounted $200/month


        for the 6 month program

        payment plans available

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        Let's Get Started!

        This is a very personal experience for me, I get great joy out of building community, and helping that community thrive.

        I am endlessly excited to see what we can build together!

        Not ready to dive in yet?