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Mitchel Wu Toy Photography Mentoring

Updated: Dec 14, 2019


Learn from one of the few creative toy photographers who has taken this unique art form and made it a full-time career. Mitchel Wu Toy Photography Mentoring is committed to helping you take your toy photography to the next level!  


Thanks for your interest in Mitchel Wu Toy Photography Mentoring, the very first mentoring program of its kind for toy photographers. Created for the aspiring toy photographer looking to improve their skills, on up to the experienced toy photographer interested in learning how to turn their passion into a profession.


Why Mitchel Wu Toy Photography Mentoring?

Creative Background

I have a degree in illustration from the California College of the Arts and have found that, even though the mediums are different, the fundamentals of creating engaging, impactful imagery are exactly the same.  Fundamentals such as storytelling, framing, composition and lighting.


Prior to starting Mitchel Wu Toy Photography I was a fulltime corporate photographer and lifestyle photographer. I came to toy photography with over 8 years of professional photography experience.


Professional Background

I have been in creative-focused careers my entire adult life.  Prior to embarking on a career in photography I enjoyed a decades long career designing and developing character sculptures and character collectibles for The Walt Disney Company and other major entertainment companies. This involved my hiring and managing freelance designers, artists and sculptors. Being on the other side of the table gave me invaluable insight into what makes an independent artist attractive to companies, and how the things that an independent artist does or doesn’t do can lead to success or failure. This experience has allowed me to acquire and hone skills that directly relate to my running and building a successful toy photography business.  


I also spent years approaching and pitching companies on new business ideas and product lines.  This led to successful collaborations with Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm and Cirque Du Soleil.  Applying this experience to my toy photography business has played a crucial role in my recent collaborations with The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros, Kinder Chocolates, Moose Toys, Mattel, Virgin Media UK and others. It was also what helped me land sponsorships with some of the best-known companies in the world. It’s been an amazing journey filled with creativity.  

Mitchel Wu Toy Photography Mentoring was created to focus on what you need to take your toy photography to the next level. From photography techniques to business advice, social media strategies and more...I’m an open book - nothing is off the table.  

Mentoring Programs 2020

One On One Video Chat Session - Two 1 Hour Intensives (2 hours total) - $675.00

I will come to all mentoring sessions having already reviewed and assessed your work in relation to your goals. The first 1 hour session will include my observations of your work, instruction, information and advice. The second 1 hour session will review your implementation of that instruction, information and advice. Customized sessions including but not limited to:

  • Image and portfolio review

  • Toy photography equipment, technique and effects

  • Developing a style and voice that is unique to you

  • Creating stories, narratives and emotion in your work

  • The business of toy photography

  • Building an effective portfolio

  • Website evaluation

  • Marketing

  • Pricing strategies

  • Best practices

  • Getting published

  • Getting sponsored

  • Instagram strategies to help grow your followers and business

A limited number of mentoring sessions will be available on a first come first served basis. After these sessions are booked, names will be placed on a waiting list in the order received. Email me HERE to book your one on one mentoring session.


One On One In-Person Mentoring - 6 Hour Intensive - $3500.00

Take part in an actual shoot on location in Santa Clarita CA - the ultimate BTS! We'll shoot together and we'll cover all your questions along the way in this fun, intensive session.


A limited number of mentoring sessions will be available on a first come first served basis. After these sessions are booked, names will be placed on a waiting list in the order received. Email me HERE to book your one on one mentoring session.