We’re Lauren and Allen, a husband and wife photography team that scaled our photography business to 6-figures in just 2 years.
17+ collective years as corporate business coaches and leaders, trainers and sales operations/business managers. Coaching and helping you succeed is our passion.
Within just two years of pursuing our love for photography, we built a business that allowed us BOTH to go full-time as nomadic elopement photographers and ditch our corporate jobs.
Are you someone who...
then you need a photography mentor and business coach that's been there too.
Are you looking for a mentor who...
then we're the photography mentors for you.
not a one-size-fits-all course and not just a mentorship.
this is personalized, professional 1:1 photography business coaching.
From Allen - aka 'whiskey' // Elopement Photographer, Virgo AF, efficiency expert, SEO Biz Owner, Web Designer, Operations Manager, business coach with 10+ years corporate background specializing in business management, leadership, team-building, coaching, training, operation, profit-building and more. Obsessed with memes, cats and making sure our website load time is always under 2 seconds.
whiskeysage coaching mentorships
1:1 Mentoring with professionally trained business coaches
A SAGE SPACE
why whiskeysage is a different kind of mentoring experience
To start, it's important to that we talk about what we are not.
We are are not:
A one-size-fits-all course
A portal of pre-loaded guides
A series of pre-made workbooks that has nothing to do with what you need
Series of how-to tutorials and check-lists
Teaching you how to run your business like we run ours
Mentoring you to shoot and create like us
Encouraging you to edit like us
Selling you our pre-sets
Having you follow us on a shoot or sending our BTS to mimic what we do
Tailoring our 4-12 week business coaching and photography mentorship course to your needs
Personalizing course material to your specific needs
Empowering you to be a confident, self-assured business owner and creator
Working 1:1 on a structured basis to accelerate your growth and reach your goals
Coaches that help develop and hone your skillset to build a photography business that works for you
Empowering your own unique shooting style and creating from YOUR soul
Teaching and training you on how to develop your own editing style and how to shoot for that style
Providing you with unlimited tips, tricks and tools, resources and more
Helping you grow your business organically with SEO, setup, training and advice
Providing you with unique photography exercises that challenge your current setpoint, boost creativity and provide you with personal feedback based on your goals, not industry trends or pressure
are we the mentors for you've been waiting for?
Your mentorship Investment Includes
photography mentorship & business coaching packages
WhiskeySage Coaching Collections
With Lauren and Allen:
Sage Coaching Collections
I’m a self-starter and always have enjoyed doing things my own way. But when I began building my photography business, I couldn’t find a photographer or educator who I “clicked” with. Or the artists I really loved to follow weren’t offering mentoring/coaching that also covered business growth and profit.
So I invested in education that I knew I would give me a return of some sort, and it did help a little, but nothing specific to my personal business needs. And if anything, I felt more pressured to create and run my business in a specific way that didn’t feel authentic to me and what I wanted. Fortunately for Allen and I, we have a strong background in business operations and leadership. So while there was still a major leaning curve for us entering the photography world, we were still able to excel at a rapid rate autonomously, without caring about the pressure of what we were “suppose” to do that is constantly influencing us on social media.
And now that we’re off the road full-time and settled into a home, we’re excited to start offering the education and guidance we wish were available when we first started. Mentoring that is about supporting you as the kick-ass business owner and creator you are, setting and reaching goals fit to your needs, not what we think you should be doing, and creating a photography business you fucking love to call entirely yours.
Growing up I always wanted to be successful. I gravitated toward climbing the corporate ladder because “that’s just what you do”. As I pushed, clawed, and fought my way up the ladder, I’d often think- “damn I wish someone would just help me”. I never really had a mentor or a manager who really wanted ME to succeed. They just wanted me to help THEM succeed. They always coached by the book since it was a “proven formula”. That mentality always bothered me. It just wasn’t personal enough to help me grow.
I decided when I got into leadership that I was going to do things differently. I was going to be successful because my employees were successful, not at their expense. It was very rewarding making genuine connections with my people and watching them reach their goals, both at work and in their personal life. I quickly became known for being a leader that helped build other leaders. If someone needed promoted, they came to work at my store. I was able to help others grow and achieve their goals because I took them time to understand their unique challenges, their ambitions, and their motivators. I observed and gave candid feedback. I build coaching plans specifically to them (not the ones the company provided). I encouraged them, bragged on them, boosted them, and coached the shit of them until they got what they desired and were working toward.
I’ve lost track of how many people I’ve helped get promoted or otherwise reach their business goals, but I’ve never forgotten how it made me feel. Having left the corporate world for the love of photography and SEO, I find my greatest joy and come alive when I’m helping our couples have the authentic, special wedding day they deserve or when I’m helping someone grow their business through SEO. I’m so stoked to enter this next chapter as we launch our coaching mentorships- where I’ll be able to bring my passion into your business and help YOU SUCCEED in reaching YOUR specific goals.
How to get started
Apply for your mentorship spot
We limit the number of applicants we take each month. We’re serious about giving you the personal attention and energy you deserve, which means we can only reserve so much time. If you aren’t selected right away, you will be immediately placed (in order of date you applied) on our waitlist. We’ll notify you as soon as your spot is available!
get the personalized coaching you need
From folks who have been there and get it. Don’t let the pressure of the industry get the best of you or your business- get the support that fits your needs and level up in your way.
build a photography business that is authentic to you
Stop spinning your wheels getting nowhere. Stop investing in education not fit for your needs. Avoid the pressure of the industry or “how you’re suppose” to do things and create a successful business that is authentic to you.