Mentor Network

If you need extra guidance, encouragement, coaching and inspiration, tap into our member network to get one-on-one attention. Our mentors have each built successful, sustainable businesses using The Portrait System business model. They are longtime members and leaders in our community. And many have achieved Master or Fellow distinctions from our Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation program.

Asheville, NC

Cat Ford-Coates

Atelier Unforgettable and The Studio Takeover

Specializes in:
Marketing Infrastructure
Style Definition: Find and develop your signature style

Cat is an award-winning Photographer and filmmaker (2021 Telly awards, 2021 The Communicator awards), accredited Fellow Master Photographer with The Portrait Masters, and holds this designation as one of twenty Portrait Photographers worldwide. She specializes in boutique campaign design and development for entrepreneurs as well as Fine Art and Creative Portraiture for individuals and families. She is a speaker and educator, an official Mentor for Photographers with Sue Bryce Education, and photographs clients worldwide. In addition to her local clients, she has photographed clients in: Venice, Italy, Barcelona, Munich, Paris, London, New York, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Charleston, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Cat and her work have been featured by affiliates for FOX, NBC, & CBS, as well as in Photographic circles with: The Portrait Masters,The Obsidian Studios, Savage Universal, Infinite Color Panel, The Color Lab, Vlada Backdrops (NYC), and is now a judge for the largest photography print competition in the world with WPPI/EmeraldX. Her favorite moment with her Portrait clients is witnessing the transformation that occurs as their confidence shifts during their session and they step into embodying the person they are meant to be; the person they hope people see in the everyday. That confidence initiates a ripple effect throughout their lives to model for their families, their businesses, and in their communities. That transformation wouldn’t be possible without her diligent pursuit of Mastery through continued education and the love of her craft as a Portrait Photographer.

In addition to mentoring, Cat’s products include THE Rolling Gear bag of your DREAMS; posing Cards; digital business development courses; email templates; and workshops throughout the year. Visit her site for more information.

Knoxville, TN

Saray Taylor-Roman

Take Action With Saray & Taylor-Roman Portraits

Specializes in:
Headshots & Branding
Business Systems & Processes

Saray Taylor-Roman is an accredited Portrait Master with The Portrait System. She earned Fellow with over 50 silver awards. Saray has been a mentor with The Portrait System since 2018 and has worked alongside Sue Bryce doing workshops in the U.S. and Europe. Saray’s native language is Spanish and she is a first-generation Mexican immigrant who just eight years ago was teaching high school Spanish. Saray opened her portrait studio in 2015 in Knoxville, TN. And by 2018, three years after starting her business, she already had 10 times her teacher salary. You can listen to her start-up story on the first Portrait System podcast episode. Saray now leads a $500k portrait studio with two associate photographers and a team of hair and makeup artists. Her team works two days per month at her Knoxville studio to generate a $45k monthly revenue. And she would love for you to experience the financial and time freedom that comes when you run a successful portrait business. Whether you are looking to start on your own or begin developing a team, Saray will guide you step by step. Her 30K Headshots Day course has become a best-seller! Some of her mentees are generating $30k to $50k months after just 18 months of implementing what she teaches. In the 30K Headshot Day course, she shares step-by-step how to build a successful portrait studio by micro-niching and disrupting the headshots industry as we know it. Whether you are a seasoned photographer who wants to triple your revenue or a start-up photographer who wants to avoid a decade of mistakes and start making a profit in their first year in business, Saray draws from her teaching background to guide you to success. Learn more at Saray also co-hosts The Portrait System’s 12 Month Startup along with Cat Ford-Coates. Saray debuted as a speaker and photography judge at WPPI in Las Vegas in 2022 and had the only standing ovation that year. She was a mainstage speaker at The Portrait Masters last September. In December, she was a TEDx speaker at Maryville College. PPA took notice and invited her to speak at their 2023 Imaging Convention, and her talk sold out almost immediately. Saray speaks with enthusiasm, candor, and confidence. After all, what she does is share her own story, from humble beginnings to living a life by design, that has given her both financial and time freedom. Listen to Saray’s 2023 podcast episode here. Saray is an active leader in her local community as well. She is part of the Mayor’s Makers Council as well as a speaker for the Maker City Summit. She serves as a board member for the Pellissippi Community College photography degree. She has also spoken and become a mentor with Junior Achievement of East Tennessee. Her work has been awarded locally as well and Saray will have a solo gallery show in Nashville during the 2023 Hispanic Heritage Month. This January, Saray received the highly coveted 40-Under-40 award given to local business leaders in Knoxville. When not doing photo work or traveling to warmer weather for some R&R, Saray likes to volunteer her time and language skills with medical brigades. She lives in Knoxville with her husband Daniel, daughter Sophia, and orange tabby Tito.

Saray offers online video courses, a consultation template, a 5-pose system with posing cards, coaching membership, and in-person workshops. Please visit her site for more information.

San Diego, CA

Ann Landstrom

Studio Owner/Ann Photography LLC & Branding CEO

Specializes in:
Sales Funnels, Marketing and Branding

Ann is an award-winning, master photographer in San Diego, CA with over 20 years in the photography industry. She has photographed public figures, worlds top entrepreneurs and influencers. She has been featured in magazines, numerous podcasts, The Portrait System educational videos and studio tours. After walking away from an abusive marriage and ending up homeless with nothing at age 50, with a lot of hard work and determination and using the The Portrait System business model, Ann built a successful six-figure studio and also became part of the TPS support team. Ann specializes in Branding, Boudoir and Fine Art Portraits. Her passion and drive is to bring out the best version of each of her clients to elevate their business and also their self-esteem. She is passionate about helping others build and pursue their dreams.

Ann has numerous courses in the works. For more information visit her site.

Westlake Village, CA

Kitti McMeel

Photographer, Mentor/Coach, Author

Specializes in:
Studio Startup

Kitti is a Portrait Photographer, Mentor/Coach, Author, and Motivational Speaker, and one of Sue Bryce’s international support team. She has been featured in numerous print publications and her studio has been featured twice on Sue Bryce’s Studio Tours web series, which highlights highly successful portrait studios worldwide. Kitti was personally mentored and trained by Sue Bryce, has achieved the top level in the Portrait Masters Accreditation program of Fellow Photographer, and serves as a mentor for The Portrait System. Her live Mother-Daughter portrait shoot is featured on the The Portrait System education platform and her podcast interview on the Portrait System Podcast was one of the most-downloaded episodes. She is the author of Resilient an accounting of her life’s journey to inspire photographers young and old to follow their dreams and it is never too late to make those dreams a reality!

Kitti also offers Photoshop and Lightroom actions, color profiles and presets, email templates, Folio Reviews and her latest book, Resilient. Visit her site for more information.

Cleveland, MS and Memphis, TN

Hadonica Murphy

Hadonica's Photography

Specializes in:

Hadonica Murphy has created a successful portrait business after quitting her job as a fulltime Nurse Practitioner. She uses her skills to Empower others to quit their soul sucking jobs and create the life they want and deserve.

Hadonica’s specialties include coaching in shifting your mindset from scarcity to abundance; mastering the sales room; and clear client communication from the first lead to the end of delivery.

Hadonica also offers client self-care magazine guide to get your client in the best mindset for their photoshoot.

Austin, TX

Felicia Reed


Specializes in:
Self Value: Money and Mindset

Felicia Reed is a certified life coach who specializes in abundance mindset and releasing limiting beliefs that are holding you back from reaching your goals in life and in business. Reed has been in business for seven years. She grew a six-figure business in the front bedroom and dinning room in her home. Felicia’s greatest skill is mindset over everything. When you believe it you can achieve it.

Felicia’s products include: Makin’ Money Moves 4-week course; 52 Weeks of Social Media (Done for you captions); 52 Weeks of Newsletters (Done for you emails); Client Questionnaires and Workflow email templates. Visit her site for more information.

Santa Barbara, CA

Ashleigh Taylor

Educator & Business Coach

Specializes in:
Glamour + Boudoir Portrait

Ashleigh Taylor is a portrait photographer based in Santa Barbara, California. She is an accredited Master photographer with The Portrait Masters. Ashleigh has been a professional, fulltime photographer since 2010. She started in Weddings and her work was published in The Knot Southern California, Ceremony Magazine, Style Me Pretty & Green Wedding Shoes—just to name a few. In 2013, Ashleigh opened her brick-and-mortar boudoir & portrait studio in Santa Barbara, and in 2016 she transitioned to shooting portraits fulltime (leaving weddings behind). She has been recognized four years in a row as one of the top two photographers in Santa Barbara by the Santa Barbara Independent. In 2016, due to the success of her studio she was featured on Sue Bryce’s Studio Tours series. Ashleigh is an official mentor with The Portrait System. She also is an educator with The Portrait Masters, where she has two courses—one that teaches photographers how to book more clients using Instagram and one that teaches photographers the ins and outs of getting fully booked using Facebook Ads.

Ashleigh offers online courses and guides; 1:1 coaching; group mastermind coaching; as well as free resources for photographers on her site. She is also an Instructor with courses featured on

Memphis, TN or worldwide

Tammy Zurak

Business Sales, Growth, and Branding Mentor and Photographer

Specializes in:
Business Development
Sales Growth
Personal Branding

Tammy spent her first business lifetime (26 years) in a corporate career with several big brand retail Fortune 500 companies in both business to business and business to consumer developing their growth and increasing sales.

She managed teams of salespeople based in retail locations and in the field to develop their own book of business, create their own brand, and build their business skillsets.

Her second career as a portrait photographer was developed by learning photography working under Sue Bryce and led to becoming one of the original mentor team supporting students in her groups and helping with her workshops around the world over the years.

Tammy’s portrait and coaching business has now spanned more than a decade. Her superpower is working with people who have developed their craft and now want to learn the crucial next steps to go beyond startup to full-fledged and sustainable businesses. She’s worked in groups and one to one with countless photographers from Sue’s community over the years, as well as a variety of local small business owners in her community to launch or simply grow existing businesses to more success.

This fast tracking most often happens through defining goals, providing accountability, putting processes into place, developing client sourcing and most importantly growing self-confidence and so much more.

The main take aways her mentees have agreed on are that they learned to become comfortable selling themselves and their businesses, they now understood how to charge appropriately and represent the value in what they do, overcame the fear of putting themselves out there, and developed a polished brand identity to market with.

Not only does Tammy teach, but she continues to photograph clients in her Personal Branding specialty.

She has received a Master Level Accreditation through the Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation program, as well as won many local awards and recognition after having built her own brand as a top photographer in her area.

Tammy offers one to one mentoring, group classes online and in person workshops.

You don’t take her word for it though, she encourages you to visit her website to read her students testimonials and find out more about her classes here: