Goodbye: A Shift by +Raven

Raven was an Intern during Season Three – and happily – she just kind of hung around for the next few years. She has been instrumental in the growth of our business and the overall Intern Experience for the seasons following hers. She has also been our go-to photographer whenever we were already booked and need someone to help out with clients. Over the past few years she’s criss-crossed the country photographing weddings and helped out tremendously with the education of our Interns.

Even with me being much more critical than needed, and often times generally difficult – she’s put up with a lot from me – and at the same time there has been no one else that I would recommend more often to clients over the past few years when Leah and I were unavailable. Raven is everything that she says she is and more than she realizes. – Mark


– Posted by +Raven

This, officially, is my last post with

It’s extremely bittersweet to be writing all this, because though I’m very sad to be leaping out of the nest, I’m SO excited to be breaking out on my own. I’ve been a part of since October of 2010, about 2.5 years. WOW. Two and a half years.

And really, I was involved even before that, because I’d applied for Seasons One & Two of the internship, too. {Though my timing was off both times.} And even before THAT, I was signed up for the newsletter.

So it’s weird, saying I won’t be such a big part of it anymore. But it’s time for me to leave, to go out on my own, stand on my own two feet.

I’ve always said I was “part of the family of photographers,” because that’s what it’s been to me. A family. And family never truly leaves you.

Having said all that, I’ll still be around the place. I’m still going to be involved in the seasons of the internship, teaching the editing class, shooting with interns {and occasionally with Mark}, and helping out wherever I can, simply because I love it.

But I’ll also be out on my own, still at YouAreRaven.comDoin’ my thang.

Thank you, Leah and Mark {man, it’s hard not to type those as a run-on} for everything. For taking me on, and helping me grow, both as a person and as a photographer. I love you guys, and I don’t plan on disappearing, so get over it. You’ll be seeing me again.

Thank you, interns, for being so awesome and eager and willing and READY. You’re great. Let’s go shoot something.

And thank you, dear readers. You’re so beautiful, inside and out, and I can’t WAIT to meet you all.

Thank you all, for a wonderful and unforgettable last 2.5 years.

You. Are. Awesome.

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  • mark 31 May 12 at 9:11 am

    Times Square at 2:44am during our crazy 24 hour turn around trip to NY.

  • Raven Shutley 31 May 12 at 1:22 pm

    <3 Crying, you ass, thanks.

  • Madeline Irene 31 May 12 at 3:26 pm

    Awe 🙂

  • Chris Liphart 31 May 12 at 3:51 pm

    Raven, I'm sure you have no need to hear it from me, but damn, you are a phenominal photographer, and you're going to kick ass no matter where you are. And Mark, you know this is true, wouldn't be what they are today without a little intern alum named Raven. I've truly enjoyed your photos and posts!

  • Krista Iacono Turner 1 Jun 12 at 3:07 pm

    Raven, thank you for everything. Seriously, you've helped me more than you'll ever know and I'll be forever grateful. You're awesome and I'm honored to have gotten to know you. Much love. <3

  • Jo Arellanes 1 Jun 12 at 10:24 pm