River Business & The Internship

– Posted by Mark

Apparently it’s that time of year where we spend a good chunk of time in the Chattahoochee river with some models.

First!Β Second!Β Third!

(this clip is from last year) –

We’re currently in Season Eight of our Photography Internship – and it’s shaping up to be the best one so far. That’s not just hype – it’s truth. Partly because all of the Interns are awesome – but also because we’re just getting betterΒ at selecting interns and providing a better intern experience.

For example – we’re currently testing/tweaking/working on a photo commenting system – like they have on flickr and on Youtube! In the past we’ve done casual critiques in conversation with the Interns, or we had a full on critique session (or none at all). Now we’ll be able to give a little bit more commentary on each photo that they post (and like all opinions – they’re free to ignore any of mine πŸ˜‰

Check it out on Intern Kristi’s blog post here! (Scroll over each photo to see the comment boxes appear)

Of you can just scroll over some of the photos down below!

Now you may have noticed that we here at LeahAndMark.com have just kind of been chugging along this past year so far. At least that’s how I’d describe it. It’s beginning to feel like we’ve lost some of the newness – and fresh feeling of this whole enterprise. Mostly because we’re now past that initial stage and we’re no longer the upstart that we once were. Sure we’ve got a long way to go but the fact is – we’re in a pretty comfortable position.

And knowing that we’re in a comfortable position – it’s easy for us to just… chug along. Steady pace ahead. Keeping everything on schedule. Making sure we’re surviving… comfortably…

And as much fun as that is – we have much loftier goals – for everything. Obviously since last November we’ve been a little distracted since BabyRoX was born (happily!) – but that just gives us more incentive to be all out awesome – and more. Β Because we never went into this thinking that if we could just make enough to survive and continue doing photography, we would be happy. NO. There is no point in doing this if we can’t live the life we want – which includes travel, and hanging out and spending time with the BabyRoX – while also paying all of our bills and living a somewhat entertaining life. (Notice I didn’t exciting, just entertaining πŸ˜‰

The climb upΒ is relatively easy compared to all of the effort it takes to stay upΒ and avoiding the fall back down. In fact – we haven’t been able to do this all of our by ourselves. I’m sure you’ve noticed.

One of the main reasons that we are at this point in our business – is because of everyone that’s worked with us – our associate (+) photographers, our Interns, and of course our clients. I probably say this every few months (or weeks!) but we’re making a substantial number of changes this summer and the growth in our business won’t just be a linear progression, it’ll be exponential.

Whether or not you’ve seen it, our marketing has always been at the forefront of our business efforts (and you probably have which is the reason you’re reading this now.) When we break it down for our Interns during our business/marketing workshop – it’s all deceptively simple.

1. Be different.
2. Do things that matter.
3. Show everyone.

You may have noticed that we now offer something we call ‘Wedding Home Movies‘. Basically a more casual and personal form of the now common ‘wedding film’ that videographers produce. It’s an interesting project that’s continually evolving and improving. It’s definitely… not for everyone… but absolutely unique to us. How valuable is that to any business?

Not only that but we also have our Photobooths! I think we have almost as many photobooths booked for weddings that aren’t one where we’re the wedding photographer – and that’s just totally awesome. Amazingly awesome. Because sure there are other photobooth companies in town – but people seem to be happy having our team at their wedding instead – and that just makes all of us happy.

Our photography Internship continues to evolve. I can honestly say that the Intern Experience nowΒ is amazingly better than it was when we started. Not that it was horrible until this point – but we’ve learned a lot over 8 Seasons and 60 past Interns.

Have you seen our Season [Eight] Intern Facebook group? It’s open for everyone to read – but only S8 Interns and our associates can post. It creates a nice little outside-looking-in effect on our whole team.

I’ll admit – there are some areas of the business where we just decide to move slowly. Changes with the Internship – and workshops – or rather, the decision to not offer workshops to the general paying public. We actually provide quite a large number of workshops for our Interns:

– Wedding (Overview, Photography, Management)
– Family Portraits
– Business/Marketing
– Lighting 101 (off camera flash)/ Gear
– Editing

And if you ever find yourself on a roadtrip with me or even a decent length car ride – it’s a free for all with the questions. I’ll answer any questions about photography or business or marketing or Chinese food.

But the idea of offering workshops to the general public for pay… for some reason we’re just not as interested. Besides – there are many photographers out there that do that and do it very well (some are even our Alumni Interns.)

We actually have a break in our weddings coming up – and we’ll be heading to the beach.

As for the 2nd half of 2012? Ha. We’re very excited about – mostly because it’s going to be ridiculously kickass, and we’re still going all out. We have about 16 brand new promotions and project we’re rolling out and they’re just… well, awesome.

Check back here on Friday.


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  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:41 am

    This is actually Intern Christine’s sister.

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:41 am

    This is Jessica – she was in +Mishaun’s sorority – and she’s getting married next month!

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:42 am

    This is my “Get the F out of my way Uncle Bob!” camera.

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:42 am

    Andrew’s camera went UNDER during this shoot. We’ve yet to find out if it’ll still work.

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:43 am

    Vee’s camera only took a half bath.

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:43 am


  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:44 am

    Follow Focus Lever ($3 gear tie from Target)

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:44 am

    Zoom H1 Audio recorder

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:44 am

    Pedco Ultra Clamp 1

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:45 am

    Pedco Ultra Clamp 2

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:45 am

    Flash bracket 2 + small Gorilla pod for a thicker handle

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:46 am

    Flash Bracket 1 for front hand hold

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:46 am

    Shutter Remote 1

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:46 am

    Shutter Remote 2 (for a different holding position)

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:47 am

    Video & Photo at essentially the same composition.

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:47 am

    Doubles as a viewscreen for my Photo Camera

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:47 am

    Silver hair streak!

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:48 am

    Natural wrist warmers!

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:50 am

    Sisters! This was during our big River shoot with the Interns yesterday

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:53 am

    This rig weighs about 10 lbs. Literally.

  • Reply mark 28 May ’12 at 10:54 am

    I wish I had noticed the shoe and had her take it off.

  • Reply Tony Guerrero 28 May ’12 at 4:27 pm

    great job!

  • Reply Violeta Perez Subiaut 28 May ’12 at 4:33 pm

    Waaaooo I love!

  • Reply Chris Liphart 28 May ’12 at 4:44 pm

    Love the rollovers! And dude, that rig has got to be heavy! Granted, there's nothing that bad boy can't do; you could even shoot 3D, theoretically, with the lens positions.

  • Reply Madeline Irene 28 May ’12 at 4:47 pm


  • Reply Raven Shutley 29 May ’12 at 5:33 pm

    Nice shot of "the guns."

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