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January 2011

Introducing Season 4

Last Friday night was our Graduation/Introduction night for Seasons 3 & 4. More and more we’re realizing how fortunate we are to have RenewSV for our studio space – especially since the graduation night keeps becoming a bigger and bigger event. We’re not at the point of having fireworks on stage yet – but the whole night definitely ran a lot smoother – we even finished a little early and half of Season 4 had drinks with us across the street… (even though we had been drinking wine the whole night…hmmm…)

A little insight into the night – we always have the new interns bring models to be photographed – or else they’ll be the ones modeling. After the introductions and the experiences are shared on stage – we set the new interns loose to start shooting at different ‘stations’. The graduating interns help the newbies by giving them starter settings and then we basically just say Go.

On a different note – everything since May (Season 1 & Season 2) was leading up to Season 3. As the internship developed and took shape – so did I – and I feel like we’ve taken the internship ‘as it is’ to it’s fullest extent. With Season 4 we’re changing things, getting some help, and aiming for new skies. Ever since the beginning – at the top of the Intern Blog it’s always said ‘Because we can’ – and that’s never been more true than right now.

I hope they’re ready.

Introducing, Season 4:

Posted by Mark

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Season 3 Into 4

I’m going to miss Season 3.

Season 4 starts tonight, so check back here on Monday and meet the newest members of the Intern Army.

In anticipation of the end of Season 3 – we decided to have one more major studio session. Six of Eight showed; we set up some gear and started shooting. I recently purchased a few new lights – so we thought that’d be a lot of fun to work with. The photos in this post where the light is coming from the left side of the photo were made with the continuous lights – and the shots with light on the right (or in front) were made with an Alien Bee strobe setup.

We even ordered pizza and made it a party.

Now – whenever the three months end, there’s a significant drop in the volume of shooting that most of the Interns do. The majority of them slow down considerably, or even take  a break. What I tell them now is that for the first month out – they need to go back and shoot what they really want to be shooting. Whether it’s models, or bands, or landscapes or abstract fine art – after all of the events and photoshoots out in the freezing cold, they really need to go back to shooting what they love, or thought they loved before they started the internship.

We’re protective of our Interns not because it makes some sort of good business sense – but because they’re family. It’s one of the main reasons it’s a free and unpaid experience. We’re unreasonably committed to them and we expect the same in return. Is that asking too much? We don’t think so – and this is why so many others on the outside don’t fully understand exactly what we’re doing here (truthfully on some days I don’t either).

We’ve asked a few to work seriously with us beyond the internship. Having a ‘friend that’s a photographer’ is the new ‘friend that’s in a band’ – and we know how difficult it can be to go at this all alone – however, all of our past interns can and do definitely call on us when they have a question, an idea, or need a little help. Once you’re in with our gang, there’s no escaping.

We have so many projects and crazy marketing ideas to try out that we can’t do it all ourselves – and we wouldn’t want to. It takes a team to do what we’re going to do this year and ridiculous doesn’t begin to describe it.  Because we’ve gotten used to thinking bigger than big – and while a lot of this is just hyperbole, we’re excited to get things started.

So for now, goodbye to Season 3.

Season 4 has a lot to live up to.

Ready. Set. Go.

Current Events

One of the benefits of digital photography is the instant gratification you receive from making the photos that you’re trying to make. You know immediately whether or not your shot worked – and then you can try again. One of the difficulties is that when you are so used to getting such instantaneous results – it becomes relatively difficult to make real, actual long term plans. You’re always susceptible to random acts of gear buying and/or simply doing all of the much more enjoyable things – such as shooting more even when you’ve got a backlog of editing to do.

Of course – we run fast.

For us – the ideas that become reality are those with shorter incubation periods. If it sits too long in the front of my head without being acted upon – it’ll go to the back of the list, and probably die. Like a fast and furious relationship that burns out after two weeks – you’re just over it. And when you’re not afraid of running out of ideas – you keep moving forward. Like we tell our Interns – whether it’s a shot idea during an engagement session or marketing – get to a ‘no’ answer as soon as you can, so you can get to the ‘yes’ answers quicker. Basically – we don’t spend too much time trying to make bad ideas work. Although we try to balance caution with action – I will admit that my natural reflex is to have no hesitation at all. Decisions are made and we go all out.

For us, 2011 won’t be like 2010. It can’t. Because we want more. And not in a global domination type of more – but in a we don’t want this to turn into a regular job type of more. And then of course the normal wants like our own Studio Space, some land, a jetpack – you know, the usual.

The Season 4 Interns have been selected – and the process was actually much more exciting than any of the earlier three seasons – it was also much more difficult (I say that every time though).

And while this is ‘LeahAndMark.com’ – when it says up top that ‘Life is more than you or me, it’s Us’ – we really mean Us – as in LeahAndMarkAndEveryone(.com)

These shots were from a photoshoot with the Interns up at Camp Crystal Lake.

Check out the blog entries by the other Interns: Brett | Niki | Raven | Sonya

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