Ray Ketcham is available to mentor photographers one-on-one. The details of each mentoring arrangement are established after an initial meeting but are based on a monthly contract and will involve open dialog via email, Skype, and in–person wherever possible. The areas covered will include both the art and craft of photography with an emphasis on the unique voice of each individual photographer.

“Most artists struggle at some point in their artistic journey. I had reached a point in my photography where I was looking for something more in my work; the next step. A mentorship seemed a logical route and Ray was recommended to me. It was a decision I don’t regret. Ray was readily available for talking and entirely honest with me about my work during a period when I needed it.

Ray has a broad background and knowledge base in the arts and he incorporates those in his photography mentoring. Having someone available to bounce ideas off of, to collaborate with, to look at my work with a critical eye, and to provide advice and insight was invaluable to my growth as a photographer.” ~ Matt Connors

“I believe anyone can benefit from having a mentor but the key is finding the right person. Ray is actually quite the opposite kind of person I would have considered in the past. But I think that’s where the value is for me; I need a perspective I don’t have. How can more of the same bring me to a different place in my photography? It can’t. Ray and I do have a shared set of fundamental values about how we view life, people, and relationships. There are things that we do not agree on but instead of letting those become a problem in the mentoring relationship, they are adding diversity to our conversations and discussions.” ~ Sabrina Henry

Ray’s approach was different. The conversation wasn’t limited to just the 9 pictures (submitted). I had posted some new pictures during the intervening weeks, and Ray included them in the discussion. I don’t think I heard personal opinions on the artistic or commercial value of the the pieces nor were there suggestions for technical adjustments. Rather Ray pointed out those pictures that seemed to “speak” to him or convey a story in one way or another. He encouraged me for example to explore the corners of the frames as some of my stronger shots used that approach. In class I had felt like I wanted to defend my work, this time the conversation was more inclusive and therefore of more value.” ~ Ken Udle (excerpt from a blog post)

Here’s an example of a small project Ken worked with Ray on during his recent vacation to Florida.


To learn more about this project, visit Ken’s blog here.


If you are interested in learning more about one-on-one mentoring with Ray, please email him at