Private Mentorship Program


We offer a-la-carte mentoring programs tailored to your individual needs.  In studio or on location, one time, weekly, or monthly.  No matter what your experience level, we can provide instruction and insight, help you learn new techniques and break bad habits.  We can help you with software and computers, cameras and lighting, and job estimating/special project consultation.  


Portfolio reviews are conducted one to one.  We have done hundreds of individual portfolio reviews and feel we can always offer a serious photographer a constructive and objective perspective.


We offer Corporate consulting for in-house studios.  We’re able to provide workflow and equipment consulting, technical support, image critique, and hiring solutions.  In some cases we can offer special discounts of equipment from our sponsors.


Rob Van Petten is a well known commercial fashion photographer, and has shot advertising images for a long list of recognizable corporate clients.  His work has won numerous Art Director’s Club and Communication Arts Magazine awards over the past 40 years.  Rob currently writes a regular column for Nikon World Magazine, and is the Nikon Digital Learning Center on-line Moderator, having written 40+ articles on the creative process, creative lifestyle, workflow, software and hardware, amateur and professional topics on digital photography.  He has been featured in Photo District News, American Photo, Studio Photography and Design, and RangeFinder Magazines, and he has been named one of the top ten Innovators and Visionaries by Digital Photo Pro Magazine.  Rob is the former Photography Director at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and he speaks regularly on digital imaging topics at the Photo Plus Expo in NYC, Professional Photographers of America, WPPI and Photo Marketing Association.  He has endorsements with equipment manufactures Nikon and Dynalite.  His website has won the FWA award, the TINY Award, and Yahoo’s favorite site.

Rob has proven skills in team leadership, mentoring, educational event creation, brand development, PR, social media optimization and marketing.  He has a large network of professional contacts in photography, media, fashion and advertising.  He is a perceptive communicator and writer, and above all, photographer.

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6 Responses to Private Mentorship Program

  1. Glenn J. Spiro says:


    I am interested in a private mentorship . I need to “focus” concentrate or figure out what kind of photography really. and honesty want to produce. I am not a pro photographer but have higher pro desires for some kind of photo visual media business and need help with a plan for my photography. I have a BA in Graphic communications and had some photography with it years ago in the 80′s. i currently am employed full time as an IT analyst/support in healthcare IT at a large academic hospital in Boston, MA. By the way i have looked into CDIA many times since they opened in Waltham.. But I have never been able to “pull the trigger ” to pay the cost of one of their course programs.. I can explain more when can speak – Thank You Glenn J. Spiro

    • admin says:

      Hi Glenn,

      Sorry about the late reply to your inquiry, we’ve had an issue with our e-mail. We’d love to talk to you about Private Mentorship – please let us know if you’re still interested and I can set up a meeting with Rob to talk in more detail.


      Carolyn Van Petten
      Producer, Big Shot Workshops

  2. connie pooler says:

    How much???

    • admin says:

      Hi Connie!

      I apologize about the late reply to your inquiry regarding our Private Mentorship Program – we’ve had an issue with our email and have just straightened it out. We’d be glad to set something up for you, we would just need to know a bit more about what you’re looking for, what kind of a schedule you’re interested in (weekly, monthly, etc…) and what your experience level is. Please let me know if you’d like to speak further and I can set something up for you by telephone with Rob.


      Carolyn Van Petten
      Producer, Big Shot Workshops

  3. Melissa says:

    I would be very interested in learning about the possibility of a mentorship for Photoshop and Lightroom. Please let me know the cost and timing.
    Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Hi Melissa!

      We would be glad to set up a customized Photoshop/Lightroom Mentorship Program for you – we just need to know a bit more about what you’re looking for, what kind of a schedule you’re interested in (weekly, monthly, etc…) and what your experience level is. Are you available to speak by phone with Rob?


      Carolyn Van Petten
      Producer, Big Shot Workshops

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