– Posted by +Raven
Entering Season 7 of the LeahAndMark.com intership is a little shocking, when I stop to think about it.
They’ve been offering the three-month internship for almost 2 years, now, and I’ve been in on it for almost a year and a half. Wow.
The applications have been streaming in, and I’ve seen people with potential, so that’s exciting to me. Because I’m not looking for someone who doesn’t know anything; an empty vessel just waiting for my knowledge to be poured into them. Me personally? I want someone I can be friends with. No, really. And not because I’m so desperate for friends, but because it’s kind of required that people like you if you want to be a photographer. I certainly wouldn’t hire anyone to shoot me if I didn’t get along with them. Especially if it were something as huge as choosing my wedding photographer.
So, it’s important that I like you enough to want to spend time with you. And I’m saying that from an instructor-type-person standpoint, as well. Basically, if I don’t like you, I’m not going to invite you on shoots. If I don’t like you, I’m not going out of my way to help you, to answer your questions WAY after the internship is over, to meet up with you to help with your editing because you need hands-on assistance.
And I’m looking for people who actually want to do this. Like, for reals. Not people who just think it’s fun. Because it is. BUT IT IS ALSO SO NOT. Photography is also a business. It’s a job, a career, A LOT OF WORK. And I need to know that you understand that and are ready and up for the challenge.
It’s also really important that your work has never been on You Are Not a Photographer, Just kidding. Sort of.
I’m not here to eff around. And you shouldn’t be, either. This internship is not for the faint of heart. It’s not for people who are okay with missing tons of shoots, not coming to the classes, and don’t blog. Don’t waste time, yours or mine.
Part of the reason that I’m a little hard on my votes for who gets in the internship and even harder on the people who ultimately get in is because I WAS THERE.
I was that girl who had NEVER picked up a DSLR, had NO IDEA what she was doing, and yet taught herself, voraciously learned everything she could about photography. And then I found this internship, and it basically changed my life. No, really.
It’s a fantastic experience, but only IF YOU MAKE IT ONE.
DO IT. BE AWESOME. COME AT ME, BRO.