These are great sessions. I really like being able to work together to identify/verify goals for the one-on-one and then focus on solutions to meet them. Very productive indeed!
Ray was so helpful with an ongoing lighting problem that’s been bothering me for a while now. I feel like there’s never a dumb question with Ray which is a breath of fresh air given my experience with some other teachers. Highly recommend.
I can confidently say I would not be where I am with my work or my business if it weren't for Ray's guidance. His patience and easy going nature makes tackling new concepts and skills feel so manageable. From photographic questions to working with clients, Ray has guided me throughout my 20 year photography career. I am so grateful for Ray's mentorship through the years and would recommend him wholeheartedly for anyone seeking to further their photography skills.
I could have never imagined how much the trajectory of my photographic career would change after meeting and studying under Ray.
Ray's expertise in multiple photographic processes and concepts alone would qualify him as a valuable mentor... he is a technical master of many types of alternative process photography. What makes Ray truly exceptional as a teacher, however, is the generosity, empathy, and kindness he exhibits when mentoring. He is genuine in his interest in empowering photographers to make artwork, and I have never met someone who so can talk so eloquently about both technique as well as emotion in the photography realm.
After my time studying with Ray, I had the technical knowledge needed to start my own wetplate collodion studio. Ray has always been happy to help whenever I have a question, has helped me source materials, and is generous about passing along opportunities to me.
Do yourself a life-changing favor in investing in a mentorship with Ray. You won't regret it.
Working with Ray has been a significant moment of change for me. He helped me see a better way for my work be accomplished. Among so many things I learned from him, it was a single observation of his that broke down all the other barriers to my progress. In that way, studying with Ray was a very efficient process as well as a rewarding one.
However, Ray’s analysis and teaching went much further. So often, we’re told to “make work about things that have meaning to you”; but realizing this goal can be very difficult. Ray led me to realize and communicate what I cared about in a way that others could better understand. One additional result was that my work improved from a technical perspective, as Ray constructively critiqued my work and opened my eyes to possibilities.
Ray took the time I needed, diagnosed my abilities as a photographer, and from there built a process for me to work on. He is an exceptional teacher—of which, a key component is being an exceptional listener—and a master of the art of photography. I will continue to work with Ray and strongly recommend his mentoring and workshops to anyone who wants to make a major improvement in their work.
Do you offer private mentoring at this time
Yes, I am fully vaccinated and accepting students to my studio that are likewise vaccinated
Can we talk about a custom mentorship ?
Yes indeed, I often create workshops that are tailored to the needs and interests of my students, I am able to provide studies in all Alt process photography genres.
Can you mentor me in the making of photographs as well as the processes?
I will look forward to helping you find your way with making photographs of what ever your desire, I can help you do discover that same desire as well.
How about selling work?
Over the years I have explored many venues of commerce for my work and I will gladly share them with you as you decide what is best for your situation.
The Cascabel Press Studio
My darkroom and printmaking studio
for the last 32 years I have worked in the cozy basement of my 110 year old home in Portland Oregon. Your fine prints are made here and are a product of my love of photography and art.
My backyard daylight studio
Where I make pictures
for the last several years I have been making my work in a small daylight studio in my backyard.