Being a mentor reinforces the industry by maintaining the integrity of professional photography. Being a mentor provides opportunities for future collaboration, expands the professional network, and can lead to collaboration opportunities in the future. Also, mentorships solidify legacies and enable photographers to continue the art of photography and preserve the advancements in the field. As mentors teach, mentees learn valuable knowledge that can then be passed on to the next generation of photographers. The relationships that built through mentoring are beneficial for all parties, and can last a lifetime.