Do you only mentor photographers? I have ACTUALLY found that Photographers only make up a small percentage of the businesses that I work with! I've consulted with small businesses, venues, bloggers, event planners, direct sales & other creatives.
Do I need to be local to Nashville? No way! That's the beauty of the internet! We can pour our coffee, wear yoga pants & have a digital mentor session! Of course, you're always welcome to visit me in person too - if you just want an excuse to come to nashville!
Hey, I'm local though! Coolio! Let's meet up 1 on 1 (you can still wear your yoga pants)! Grab some coffee or queso & we'll work through how to elevate your business beyond what you thought was possible!
Are you rocking your business in some ways & feeling totally stuck or just straight up lost in others? together we'll get your business to the next level so you can stress less while actually working how & when you want!
Sometimes you just need to
find the Yoda to your Luke!
i'm passionate about mentoring small business owners on how to gain more clients, the art of branding and creating cohesive systems in your business that work for you.
Yes, I'm happy to chat with you about camera settings but where I really thrive is with helping other small business owners within their marketing, organization, understanding their ideal clients, social media management, branding awareness, pricing for profit, networking, website development, managing workflows & systems, emails, inquiries, blogging, & styled photoshoots.
Do those things resonate with you? Do you feel like you are floating in a sea of crazy business shenanigans that you are slowly being pulled under by? You are not alone & that is not a fun feeling! Together we can create an easily implementable plan that not only will NOT cost you $10.000 but will be easily implementable & impact your small business in a way that is a manageable & realistic.
Listen... I'm not claiming to know it all (the best professionals in every field are always learning & growing) but over the years I realized that I am the person industry friend-ors & personal friends come to when they have a question, consultation, or need a problem solved.
I've spent a ton of time, energy & money investing in my own business and have streamlined that information to share with you during our consultant meetings!
One time meeting
2 hours - $325
6 hours - $825
1 hour, 12 months
1.5 hours, 4 times a year
Everyone is at a different spot in their business so I offer different business mentorships & consultations based on the amount of time we get to spend together.
"It all began with branding photography & a casual conversation as I was working on rebranding my wedding & event planning business. After our initial mentoring meeting it became clear the investment would be immensely beneficial to the growth of my company & as an industry professional. Covering all items from online marketing and social media, (I grew my Facebook followers from 900 to 8,000!), competitive pricing & restructuring my packages. Mahlia is an incredible teacher & truly a professional industry leader. I have learned more than I ever could on my own & am grateful to have the opportunity to continue to do so."
- weddings & events by raina
"I was merging my side hustle of photography into a full time career & Mahlia allowed me to shadow under here & come in for monthly meetings at her studio to learn more about the business side of photography. One of the key points she stressed to me was the importance of branding. I have been working hard all year to rebrand my business model & name - and I just launched my new website & rebrand - I'm in love! We also discussed camera settings like back button focus & exploring off camera flash. I really owe Mahlia so much. Thanks for being patient, kind, and fun teacher to work with!"
- Dolly DeLong Photography,
"I met and worked with Mahlia when I was a wedding planner & venue manager and we became friends. During casual conversations, I always seemed to learn something new from Mahlia about social media, marketing or a program that would help make things easier in my business. When I decided to start my new company, Mahlia was one of my biggest cheerleaders and the obvious choice to help me grow my business. She helped me hone in on what I wanted my new company to look like and ways to accomplish it and attract new clients. I love her honest feedback, encouragement and impeccable patience. Thank you for being a great friend and mentor! "
- SUSAN SOLBRIG, VENUE MANAGER & ENTREPRENEUR
I offer 4 of these mentorships a year. This is a full 8 hour day of photography education & business mentoring, just you & me 1 on 1. Including a custom stylized photoshoot where I will answer your questions & teach you how to photograph for publication. You'll even get a mini personal branding session to get you started with fresh headshots & behind the scenes content.
As I mentioned, I only offer 4 of these a year and only during certain months. Email me now to see what may still available for this year.
A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.
- Oprah Winfrey
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Murfreesboro Wedding Photographer
The hunt for your ideal Nashville wedding photographers can seem really intimidating at first when you realize just how many there are in Middle Tennessee. It's important to find the right fit for you as a couple. You are going to chat with your photographer a lot during the months leading up to the wedding, you'll spend time together for your engagement photos, bridal portraits and any other sessions you include in your Collection including day after, rock & trash the dress, and more. Plus, you'll be spending the entire day of your wedding together! We value every moment we spend with our couples. Our Nashville based couples are fun and enjoy images that reflect that joy but are also elegant and creative. One amazing compliment we constantly hear from our clients is how relaxed we made them feel, that they actually have fun during their engagement session and can't wait to spend their wedding day with us. In fact, they return for yearly anniversary photos with us! We are based in Murfreesboro, TN but we love to travel and serve all of Middle Tennessee - including Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, & Belle Meade. We have even photographed weddings in Montana, Kentucky & Florida as well. We have traveled through Tennessee including Knoxville. As international photographers we service destination weddings, engagements, proposals including Disney World & Belize.
Nashville Tennessee Photographers
To us, Wedding Photography is about Connection. We chose this specific path to specialize in because we truly love the connections we make with our couples. From the first moment we meet them, through the planning process, engagement session, wedding day, delivery, & into their anniversary sessions. We truly connect and make friends and love seeing the joy that our work brings to a couple & their families. Then when we photograph their friends weddings years later, we immediately reconnect when we see a past couple. Personal connections are just as important as emotional connections. When you truly capture a moment there is no explanation that needs to accompany the image - because the photo itself tells the story. You connect to it. It could be a photo that isn't even one of your own but a complete strangers & when you connect with that image and it triggers a memory from your own past, that is what is truly amazing.
Nashville Wedding Photographer
Our business is based on community. We want to cultivate and inspire our couples to become friends with us, as well as friends with one another. We believe that there is power in finding like-minded people and connecting with them. Our business & the community we are designing stands for creativity, authenticity, & style that reflects & expresses without words. We believe in having fun and being yourself no matter who is in the room. We believe that inspiring others and paying it forward is important to ones own happiness. We believe in the joy of a sunset and the love of a best friend. We believe in great light, unforeseen adventures, & the romantic moments. We believe in supporting quality people, products, & relationships. We believe that emotion drives the most important moments, and we believe in the importance & responsibility of being there to preserve those emotional moments. We believe that every couple is unique but we all have commonalities that make us want to commune together. That is why we stand for & believe in the community to we designing.
We are Pat & Mahlia Dooley, and we are Nashville Tennessee wedding photographers. Ivory Door Studio’s mission is to impact the lives of our couples through authentic & viable personal connections, tangible products, a personalized wedding experience and quality service that exceeds expectations. Ivory Door Studio has been established and operating in Murfreesboro Tennessee since 2014. Since our doors opened we have had the pleasure of photographing ceremonies nationally in states including Montana, Kentucky, Oregon, Tennessee & Florida. We capture portraits primarily in natural light while implementing professional lighting when needed. We have experience working with flash to curate beautiful reception photos, intricate detail pictures, and outdoor night portraits.
Ivory Door Studio primarily serves Middle TN including Murfreesboro, Brentwood, Franklin, Belle Meade, Nashville, Gatlinburg, Chattanooga. We have traveled for destination weddings in other states including Orlando, FL - Portland, OR - Bowling Green, KY - Bozeman, MT - & an engagement session in Belize!
Mahlia & Pat have had the pleasure of working with numerous couples from outside of the area. We have had clients choose Nashville as their destination wedding venue. They & their loved ones have flown in from states such as Illinois, California, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, & Connecticut.