sarah keenan knoxville photography mentor program

The Thrive Program is a 6 month One-to-One Mentoring Program for Photographers.
This is a heart built program for photographers by me, a photographer.
When you can be present in the season, understand your priorities, you can more than achieve your goals.
You Will Thrive.

:: The Thrive Program is a Complete Photography Business System ::
Business & Social Media
Creative Training & Workflow
Portfolio Building
Editorial Session & Critique
Editing Style & Technique
Professional Headshots & Personal Branding Content
Wedding or Session Shadowing

Week 1::

Let’s Meet!  Our first meeting is super fun, laid back, but not lacking in detail.  We will meet over coffee, you pick the place and breakfast is on me.  We will spend this meeting face to face reviewing your artistic and business goals.  Together we will spend about an hour diving into the different photography genres, your experiences, and outlining the goals of your profession and business.  This meeting will create the outline of how we move forward over the following 6 months.  Get excited!

Week 2-3::

Let’s Chat Business.  Join me at Westland Farms for a tour of my studio and property and a quick lunch.  During these two 3 hour meetings we will dissect business strategy, divide what is and isn’t working for you currently, and build a solid Thrive Business Plan that includes Workflow, Pricing Structure, Getting Published, and Money Management.

Week 4-5::

Building a Brand.  You guys!  This was a huge piece of my business that was holding me back for years!  Building a recognizable YOU brand is the most important business move you will make.  Think of your brand as the face to every human that you make contact with.  You need to love it.  Setting aside about 2 hours for these two meetings, we will meet in my studio office to cover an in-depth review of your current website and online presence.  We can build on what you have or start from scratch.  But the End Game for The Thrive Program’s Meeting Three is a Thoughtful and Cohesive Brand that you are proud to go shout from the Mountain Tops…”Hi World!  This is ME!”

Week 6::

Speaking of “Hi World!,” Social Media deserves its own full focused meeting.  Bring your game face, friends!  Part 1::  Tackle the major social media platforms and discuss which platforms with which you will best engage and why.  Part 2:: Translating your brand to social media, making connections via social media, and how to write content that speaks.  Part 3::  Building Content- Together we will put create a 3 month social media content plan- hoorah!

Week 7-11::

Pencils down, Please!  That business stuff is SO important.  In fact, nobody can be successful without a grip on the business of business.  Right?!  But, let’s get active for a bit.  Now comes the hands-on camera work. 5 fun weeks of posing, on and off camera lighting, curating, and editing.  You will be hands-on in learning technique and building your own personal style and skill in and around the Westland Farm Studio and Property.  There will be weekly assignments (don’t sigh…I promise, they are fun!) with follow-up critique and help with me.  These are the weeks that we will begin to take your photography to the next levels.

Week 12::

Remember that 3 month Social Media Content Plan?  (Week 6)  I will style an editorial photography session that is all yours.  2 Hour Editorial Session, One on One Editing, and Critique.  Get ready for some Brand Specific Content Building.

Week 13::

Now it is my turn behind the camera!  For week 13 we will set aside a full hour to capture your professional head shots and personal branding material.  Please bring 3 choices in wardrobe, your camera equipment, a hat, your laptop, and two of your favorite objects.  Need help deciding what to wear or bring?  I’m standing by to make choices a little narrower.  I will edit and return some fun, brand aware, personal content for you to use however you choose.

Final Project ::

You have one more exciting project before we take a little breather from our weekly meetings.  Are you ready?  If you’re not today, you will be by week 14 of the Thrive Program.  You will shadow and photograph as my assistant a session of your choice.  Choose from a live Wedding, Newborn Session, Family Portraits, Boudoir, or a Senior Session to put your new workflow and hard work into full- swing action.  We will follow-up this project with a one-to-one look into your images, curating, and editing before you head off to invest your hard work into your clients’ lives.

Completion & Wrap-up ::

Friends!  You’ve had 14 weeks of in-depth evaluation, work, and experience.  You’re feeling so much more confidant.  You’re rocking the brand you’ve put into place and you’ve got a perspective on finances and what your workflow needs to look like.  Your pricing and marketing campaigns have life and your social media accounts are pulling in new followers.  Yes!!  So, now let’s take it to your clients.  For the next 10 weeks you will take your new knowledge to your paying customers and we will stay in touch with a weekly call and open communication.  At the six month point, we will schedule one final one-to-one meeting.  At this 2 hour meeting we will re-evaluate your work, address challenges you are encountering, and answer any lingering questions. 

From here, my cell number is always yours for a text or call.  And, your membersip to my private FB account for Thrive participants only is at your finger tips.  Our 6 months is over, but your growth and my support is still along your side.


I pour my life into the Thrive Program, friends.  It is a Life Changer for so many of us that have Big Dreams.  For this reason, I can only accept 4 photographers at a time.  This allows me to give an undivided and personal attention to each of you.  Please apply here for more detailed information on current openings, starting dates, and pricing.

sarah keenan knoxville photography mentor program

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The Thrive Program- Break It Down
Not Ready to Jump-in Full Speed Ahead with the Full Six-Month the Thrive Program?
Got It!  Find a Single Focus Here.

Business, Branding & Social Media

So, you’re feeling like your photography skills are on-point.  But, you just can’t wrap your head around a brand that makes sense.  Oh, and this Social Media thing!
I Get It!  And, I’ve got you covered-Business, Branding, & Social Media, 6 weeks course. Outlined Above in Weeks 1-6.

Creative Training & Workflow

Fairly New to your Photography Business but feel like you’ve got your marketing plan and social media mastered?  Awesome!  Join me for the Thrive Program’s 5 Week Creative Training & Workflow classes.
Outlined Above in Weeks 7-11.

Head Shots & Personal Branding

Spend an hour or so either at Westland Farms or your choice of location to update those professional head shots and capture some fun brand specific images.  

Wedding or Session Shadowing

Shadow and photograph as my assistant a session of your choice.  Choose from a live Wedding, Newborn Session, Family Portraits, Boudoir, or a Senior Session to put your new workflow and hard work into full- swing action.  We will follow-up this project with a one-to-one look into your images, curating, and editing.

One of the Southeast’s leading wedding photographers of 2020, Sarah Keenan is the know-how of starting, branding, and establishing a successful and well-tuned photography business.  Sarah, along with Marketing Specialist Allison Dorbad, has carefully curated this 6 month mentoring program to walk any photographer through the maze of a grass roots start-up and the details of making money in the photography world.  With over 13 years of personal practice, 200+ weddings, 900+ portrait sessions, national travel, and multiple publications, Sarah understands the detail of work and dedication it takes to power any small business and the importance of separating one’s self by personal brand and style.

This full court press of one-to-one mentoring with Sarah Keenan covers all business topics, grows technical knowledge, challenges creativity, and leaves each participant ready to take on their dreams of building a sustainable photography company.  And while the program is scheduled to last 6 months, Sarah is available for questions and answers via her Private Group Facebook page even after the 6 months has ended.

If you’re on the fence about your company, struggling to make an impact, looking for critical advice, or simply starting from ground zero, you are in the right place.  Welcome to a less complicated path to your goals.

Get excited, friends!  I am thrilled to have current openings in my one-to-one photography mentoring, the Thrive Program.  Fill out the application here.  I am looking forward to meeting you.  Together, we’ve got this!

With Grit & Grace~

sarah keenan, photographer


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Hi there!  I am Real Estate Photographer, Sarah Keenan.  Raised in East Tennessee and a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and all that offers runs deep for this gal.  Having worked in photography for over 14 years, I am excited to be back home and working along side folks like you.

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