Illustration Mentor


Photography consultant, photo editor. Curator and educator.

The Netherlands, Amsterdam
English, Dutch

Jenny studied History of Modern and contemporary Art at the University of Amsterdam. She specialized in documentary photography and worked for different daily newspapers before she started as the Director of Photography at the weekly magazine Vrij Nederland. She works as advisor for World Press Photo Foundation on education and new trends in contemporary documentary photography. Jenny also works as curator and writes on photography.



“The Skype session with Jenny Smets was really nice! Not just because I did a different sequencing, but also because she showed me what to look for and how to sequence a project thinking as a viewer. She is a really nice person, and also really talkative, same as me! The first hour and a half we were talking about the project, the pictures and what I want to achieve with it, so we ended up doing a 3 hours and a half Skype session. I think we both were comfortable and we didn’t actually thought about the time. 

It is the first time that I do a sequencing with a professional editor, I really liked how it works, and I hope I can work like that in future projects.” 

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- Deadlines:
There is a delay of 3 days between the date we receive the photographer’s application and the date we are able to confirm or not the session with the Mentor.

- Payment:
Right after submitting his application throughout the Eyes in Progress’s website, the photographer is invited to pay the full stated price (via an email sent from PayZen credit card payment platform).
Applications can only be processed after receiving the full payment.

- Feedback/Testimonies:
Eyes in Progress will contact the photographer once the session is done in order to ask for his feedback.

- If the Mentor is not available and the photographer chooses to cancel the process, the photographer will receive a full refund in the delay of 3 days after the photographer sends his bank details to Eyes in Progress (IBAN and BIC/ SWIFT code).

- If the photographer decides to cancel for whatever reasons after the Mentor has agreed to the session, Eyes in Progress will reimburse 50% of the paid price.