every Serious photographer needs a mentor

BREED is your only resource for an exclusive mentorship with renowned fashion photographer, Melissa Rodwell.

The Dreamers for Beautiful Savage Magazine by Melissa Rodwell

The Dreamers for Beautiful Savage Magazine by Melissa Rodwell


My sole intent is to remove the veil of secrecy within the industry and to expose the layers of opportunity that exist but seem so far out of reach for people seeking careers within fashion photography.
— Melissa Rodwell


Jones Magazine, Photos by Melissa Rodwell


launch into your career with a private mentorship




If you had told me when I first embarked on this crazy journey of fashion photography that I would be teaching it one day, I would have laughed. I’ve never seen myself as much of a teacher, even though my past students would tend to argue with that self-opinion. I held my first workshop in the summer of 2009. We had 26 students show up to it and it was a cluster fuck. Learning from my mistakes, I narrowed the capacity to 15 students so they could have a more “hands-on” experience with me.

But to be honest, I’ve never felt totally comfortable teaching on a group level. Every student that attends a workshop is at a different place in their career: some need a lot of work on their lighting, some are already working and testing with top agencies and need help marketing their work, others have all the tools but don’t have the insight to put it all together, some need to go back to basic photography training and gain some solid knowledge in what an F Stop is or what a shutter speed controls. So I have always felt conflicted and have come to recognize that this is the common error in most workshops. It’s impossible to give anyone undivided attention and every one comes with a different skill set and specific needs. While it’s been fantastic to watch my student’s work really improve after taking one of my workshops, I want to offer more serious students the opportunity for a private mentorship. 

Instead of you having to fly to me, pay for an expensive air flight, hotel room and then the costs of my workshops, I will now come to you. Look - I don’t want to just educate; I want to liberate. Through encouragement, organization and sometimes some tough advice, I can help in a way that will really give you a boost to take this dream and turn it into a reality. The one thing I am known for is my honesty and I plan to keep that integrity through-out my mentorship program. Sometimes saying the hardest thing, though, is the best mentorship one can give because otherwise you will just stay in a rut. And this program will be for those who want to take this head on and take it seriously.


Private mentorships will give me the chance to help each student, one on one. The curriculum will be based on what your specific needs are and not on a pre-determined schedule. You’ll get one on one attention from me, with sound advice and guidance from a fashion photographer that has been shooting professionally for over 27 years and has been published in magazines from Playboy to Harper’s Bazaar. Initially I will go through your portfolio and assess where you’re at in your career and then we’ll discuss what you want to learn from me and what your ultimate goal is with fashion photography.

I’m limiting the mentorships to a small number of students so if you don’t get on the first one then we’ll put you on a waiting list. I want to work with students who are willing to devote the entire month to this program. You must be available to keep our Skype appointments and to be able to execute any homework I give you for that week. I mean, hey, it’s your career, not mine. Don’t waste your money signing up for something you can’t be devoted to.

I’m very much looking forward to meeting some of you and working with you. I have made some very good friends from previous workshops and some students from my past workshops are now assisting me on shoots. It’s a wonderful experience and I’m here to help you any way I can. But the rest is up to you. See you soon. xoxo



Mentorship Details


With Melissa as your private mentor, you can expect:


– A Portfolio Review & Assessment ( included in 1/2 hour consultation)

– Editing and working the flow of your website, portfolio or PDF presentation

– Help in developing your work by personally collaborating on your concepts for shoots

– Private, one-on-one, lighting tutorials either in studio or on location with natural lighting

– Access to Melissa’s network of top level hair stylists, make up artists and wardrobe stylists that will help you to produce your dream shoot

– Help in facilitating your casting from Melissa’s vast network of modeling agencies

– Direction and counsel on editing your work from your shoots to help find the right images that best work for your story 

– Help with submitting your images successfully to magazines

– Help from varying graphic designers and web developers to solidify and refine your unique, individual brand


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About Melissa Rodwell

Melissa has lived and worked all over the world, shooting for companies like Nike and NBC Television, to Ralph Lauren and Harper’s Bazaar. She has worked with hundreds of clients, brands, and celebrities since she began her career professionally in 1980. Her extensive knowledge and expertise in working with so many clients has given her incredible insight on working with both national and international audiences, as well as working professionally and efficiently with clients practicing varying cultural business norms. Working at the highest level in the industry and maintaining success for over three decades showcases Melissa’s ability to adapt and prosper in an ever-changing field.


Begin today by setting up a private consultation and portfolio review:


Hudson Yards Loft

Hudson River Hotel

There are two hotels nearby. Directly next to the studio is 36 Hudson Hotel, and across the street is the Hudson River Hotel.