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Interns Wanted | Season [NINE]

Leah and I need help. We’re fortunate that our clients not only took an initial chance on us – but that they keep coming back and referring their friends to us. It’s a great problem to have – but we’re busy. Really. Busy. So busy in fact that we’ve decided that we need help. We need a few interns.

Don’t worry – we’ll get to the requirements and qualifications in a little bit.

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If you don’t know anything about us – we’re Leah and Mark.

This is our Portfolio. This is our Wedding Portfolio.

We started this photography business a little over two years ago, and we’ve been going all out ever since. We didn’t start out with expensive gear (and we still don’t have any) – but that’s okay. We’ve had to rely on creativity and hard work – everything else just makes things slightly easier.

We’re looking for Interns to work with us for three months – and possibly beyond that.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Interns Wanted Application

This is what one of our Intern nights looks like at our studio – but we’ve also had small group shoots out in a river:

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Interns Wanted Application

Here is what our Alumni Interns have to say about how this Internship changed their lives:

Alumni Intern Meagan (Season 6)
Alumni Intern Jo (Season 6)
Alumni Intern Whitney (Season 4)
Alumni Intern Raven (Season 3)
Alumni Intern Gabriel (Season 4)

You can read reviews of this internship from past Interns here: [Season Three] [Season Two] [Season One]

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Photographer Internship

Our Interns work hard, and you can check out their progress over at their Intern Blogs. Most of our Interns photographed more in the last three months than they did in the past year. Since becoming an Intern – some of them have increased their number of paying gigs, shot on assignment for Creative Loafing and other publications, and have received much more exposure for their photography in general – nevermind the experience and knowledge they’ve gained.

Check out Season SiX Alumni Intern Meagan’s Review Here.

You should know what’s in it for you. Because if you’re considering working with us, then you should know exactly what you’re gaining – since it’s definitely not money!

Although it’s not really popular these days – we’re ‘generalists’. We don’t specialize in anything and that goes against the current trend of finding your ‘niche’ and specializing in one or two specific types of photography. We run the gamut and we photograph everything from weddings, to parties, to corporate headshots, to family and children portraits, to senior portraits, and even product photography. Without arguing if our photography is actually any good – we can only go on the fact that our clients REALLY like us, they keep coming back, and new ones seem to keep contacting us and asking us to work with them.

Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Photography Internship

We’re very busy and as our intern you will have lots of opportunities to photograph in a wide range of different styles and subject matter.

What we need is for you to have some idea of what you’d like to focus on and learn from us. Some of what we can offer is:

  • How to pose subjects, especially strangers – and become confident at it
  • How to better handle light – off camera flash and natural
  • How to stop taking photos like everyone else (it’s easier than you think)
  • Get away from ‘technically’ perfect photos
  • Photographers learn by photographing – you’ll photograph a lot with us.
  • Stop feeling restricted by the gear you DON’T have

AND MARKETING subjects – because you want to be an actual paid and working photographer right?

  • How to be truly different from EVERYONE ELSE who is a ‘Photographer’ these days
  • How to hustle and get business
  • How to keep clients and get repeat business
  • How to charge appropriately and be paid for your services
  • Turn ‘good exposure’ jobs into ACTUAL Good Exposure for YOU
  • Attend our photography business-marketing class (for Interns only)

AND Even More

  • Build the client base that you want
  • Find out if you do make photographs like everyone else – so you can stop
  • Make friends
  • Have fun
  • Try crazy ideas because no one’s going to stop you
  • Push the boundaries of what your clients think they want – and keep delivering something just a little different
  • Be hired as an artist – and not just a button pusher

We also setup group photoshoots where the ratio is roughly 2-3 photographers per model – and sometimes it’s 1 photographer per model. We believe in getting the best position for the best shot – and you can’t do that if there are 20 photographers shooting 3 models in a group session.

That’s what we think we offer and what we think an Intern can learn from us.

Here’s what we’re asking from our Interns:

  • You own a DSLR camera
  • You have at least a rudimentary understanding of shutter speed and aperture
  • You have your own artistic ideas – even if you’re still working on them
  • You aren’t afraid to try everything
  • You don’t say ‘we can’t do that’
  • You are willing to photograph everything during your time with us – even if it’s not your style
  • You will read any materials we actually give you to read
  • You will be available for at least two (2) five hour photo shoots a month (and possibly more permitting your schedule)
  • You have a portfolio to show us – and you’re proud of your current work – no matter what
  • You are nice
  • You are stubborn
  • You want to learn
  • You can commit to working with us for three (3) months (roughly)
  • Possibly accompany us on photo shoots/weddings out of town (on our tab)

Everything we do is based on three principles:

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

We’d like to make it clear that your progress during this internship is primarily moved forward by you. We work hard to facilitate learning – but this isn’t photography 101, and even though we might cover the basics, it’s on your shoulders as an intern to do your homework and practice on your own – so that we can get to the really good stuff – the stuff that you won’t learn from a 101 course. Also – this internship requires a lot of trial & error learning – so stop aiming for perfection right away.

Please understand, this is an Internship with workshops. It’s not a full blown training program, it’s not a photography bootcamp, it’s not anything resembling a teacher/student/classroom arrangement. This is an Internship. You work along side us, you follow our instructions, and we answer your questions – sometimes.

We do not have a curriculum. We are not an accredited educational institution.

If you’ve read the reviews - nothing here is spoon fed. You’re applying to learn things you can’t learn in a book, or for some reason – things that you didn’t learn in class. If you don’t ask good questions, then we’re not giving up answers. It’s your job to ask better questions – and it’s our job to answer the good questions. Remember that.

The internship last during August, September, October | Three months.

APPLICATION FORM:

Deadline for the application is July 20th at 12pm NOON.

(Tip: Write as much as you can.)
(Pro Tip: Write As Much As You Possibly Can.)

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Atlanta. Photography. Internship. Intern. Program. LeahAndMark.com

Interns in the Park | The Internship

– Posted by Mark

We’re currently in Season [Eight] of our Photography Internship – and I know I say this every season, but it’s this is the best group so far. Not only that – it’s the best intern experience so far… probably. But that’s largely due to the overall growth of our business. In the beginning we had to go out and seek events to photograph. We were hustling and just emailing organizers/media contacts for the events we wanted to photograph, and then just trying to get our foot in there. Now we’re at the point that more and more events just sort of fall in our laps – or organizers specifically seek us out.

On a different note – there are many unspoken/unwritten rules and tricks to the Internship. Partly because that’s the way we want a certain amount on uncertainty – and partly because we really leave the program open for each intern to shape their experience. Since each Intern comes from a different place, has different availability and experience – it’s very difficult to really provide a strict, standard program for everyone. We try to provide guidelines and a little of structure – but in the end – the success of their intern experience is largely based on the interns themselves.

For example – the few that we accept that have full time jobs have to work 2 or 3 times HARDER than the interns with open schedules. We understand the difficulties associated with having a 8-10 hour a day job and trying to get the most out of this internship. However – understand and sympathize are completely different things. Because in the end – if you have a full time job, then we think that for the three months of the internship, the rest of your free time should be photography. Anything else that takes away from that is your decision to not make the most of this internship. It’s kind of that simple.

And we take that position because past interns took that position. We didn’t start out thinking that it was okay to ask for such a commitment and level of sacrifice – we only came around to accepting that after past interns made the decision on their own. Of course it’s different for everyone – not everyone is willing to barely see their family, use their sick days/vacation days and cancel long planned trips just to make the most of the internship. So when we hear complaints about lack of time, lack of shoots at convenient/available windows/schedules – well – you either show up or you don’t. It’s kind of that simple. Work begets work. This is also just three months.

Another unspoken/unwritten tip is that if you want to get the most out of this internship – you’d better ask and/or compete to get on the best shoots that you’re interested in. All of the interns are able to view our company calendar with booked/planned events – and some of them early on realize that they can just ask to be included on specific shoots. And if you ask once – you might need to ask again to get an answer.

We joke around here that if you can’t find anyone to model for you for free – how are you ever going to find paying clients?

Getting invited/signed up for gigs with us is kind of like bidding/finding your own photo-gigs.

While this isn’t clearly written anywhere (until now) – it’s pretty obvious if you’ve ever read any of the reviews by our past Interns

Of course we also just ask specific interns to attend specific shoots – but the fact is that the more that we get to work with any specific intern, the more likely we’ll just ask them to work on another shoot. Because we don’t have to worry about them – we don’t have to test them out. Basically – they’re integrated into the team, or they’ve established a rhythm with working with me (Mark) and I don’t have to spend the time to catch them up. This is obviously very important on difficult shoots – or shoots that are just too important to take on untested interns.

Of course – we do as much as we can to pick the right interns from the start. We have a two step, essay application that we use to find our team every season – and we’re constantly changing our needs and how we select interns.

Because in the end we just need to be able to send people that we trust. For example – all of the photos in this post are by three current Interns – Luiza, Vee, and Kristi. A PR company hired us to photograph the Flaming Lips concert in Centennial Park for them and I was in Indiana shooting a wedding. So I sent three brand new Interns.

I even put the youngest one (Luiza) in charge (she just graduated from high school!)

Of course – this wasn’t the first time or the last time that I’ve sent our photographers on very important gigs – where I really need them to not fail, but also just all out succeed for the client. Risky? Always. That’s why selecting the best interns up front is so important.

We didn’t plan it to be like this – but our internship mirrors our business – really the photography business in general. Hustling for work, learning as you go, competing, marketing yourself, and really just a constant nonstop effort.

At least that’s what it is if you want to succeed, in business or our Photography Internship.

And no complaining.

Atlanta. Wedding. Photography. Internship. Intern Program. Photos. Workshops. Apprenticeship. LeahAndMark.com

Interns Wanted | Season Eight (8)

Leah and I need help. We’re fortunate that our clients not only took an initial chance on us – but that they keep coming back and referring their friends to us. It’s a great problem to have – but we’re busy. Really. Busy. So busy in fact that we’ve decided that we need help. We need a few interns.

Don’t worry – we’ll get to the requirements and qualifications in a little bit.

>

If you don’t know anything about us – we’re Leah and Mark.

This is our Portfolio. This is our Wedding Portfolio.

We started this photography business a little over two years ago, and we’ve been going all out ever since. We didn’t start out with expensive gear (and we still don’t have any) – but that’s okay. We’ve had to rely on creativity and hard work – everything else just makes things slightly easier.

We’re looking for Interns to work with us for three months – and possibly beyond that.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Interns Wanted Application

This is what one of our Intern nights looks like at our studio – but we’ve also had small group shoots out in a river:

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Interns Wanted Application

Here is what our Alumni Interns have to say about how this Internship changed their lives:

Alumni Intern Meagan (Season 6)
Alumni Intern Jo (Season 6)
Alumni Intern Whitney (Season 4)
Alumni Intern Raven (Season 3)
Alumni Intern Gabriel (Season 4)

You can read reviews of this internship from past Interns here: [Season Three] [Season Two] [Season One]

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Photographer Internship

Our Interns work hard, and you can check out their progress over at their Intern Blogs. Most of our Interns photographed more in the last three months than they did in the past year. Since becoming an Intern – some of them have increased their number of paying gigs, shot on assignment for Creative Loafing and other publications, and have received much more exposure for their photography in general – nevermind the experience and knowledge they’ve gained.

Check out Season SiX Alumni Intern Meagan’s Review Here.

You should know what’s in it for you. Because if you’re considering working with us, then you should know exactly what you’re gaining – since it’s definitely not money!

Although it’s not really popular these days – we’re ‘generalists’. We don’t specialize in anything and that goes against the current trend of finding your ‘niche’ and specializing in one or two specific types of photography. We run the gamut and we photograph everything from weddings, to parties, to corporate headshots, to family and children portraits, to senior portraits, and even product photography. Without arguing if our photography is actually any good – we can only go on the fact that our clients REALLY like us, they keep coming back, and new ones seem to keep contacting us and asking us to work with them.

Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Photography Internship

We’re very busy and as our intern you will have lots of opportunities to photograph in a wide range of different styles and subject matter.

What we need is for you to have some idea of what you’d like to focus on and learn from us. Some of what we can offer is:

  • How to pose subjects, especially strangers – and become confident at it
  • How to better handle light – off camera flash and natural
  • How to stop taking photos like everyone else (it’s easier than you think)
  • Get away from ‘technically’ perfect photos
  • Photographers learn by photographing – you’ll photograph a lot with us.
  • Stop feeling restricted by the gear you DON’T have

AND MARKETING subjects – because you want to be an actual paid and working photographer right?

  • How to be truly different from EVERYONE ELSE who is a ‘Photographer’ these days
  • How to hustle and get business
  • How to keep clients and get repeat business
  • How to charge appropriately and be paid for your services
  • Turn ‘good exposure’ jobs into ACTUAL Good Exposure for YOU
  • Attend our photography business-marketing class (for Interns only)

AND Even More

  • Build the client base that you want
  • Find out if you do make photographs like everyone else – so you can stop
  • Make friends
  • Have fun
  • Try crazy ideas because no one’s going to stop you
  • Push the boundaries of what your clients think they want – and keep delivering something just a little different
  • Be hired as an artist – and not just a button pusher

We also setup group photoshoots where the ratio is roughly 2-3 photographers per model – and sometimes it’s 1 photographer per model. We believe in getting the best position for the best shot – and you can’t do that if there are 20 photographers shooting 3 models in a group session.

Atlanta Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Photography Internship

That’s what we think we offer and what we think an Intern can learn from us.

Here’s what we’re asking from our Interns:

  • You own a DSLR camera
  • You have at least a rudimentary understanding of shutter speed and aperture
  • You have your own artistic ideas – even if you’re still working on them
  • You aren’t afraid to try everything
  • You don’t say ‘we can’t do that’
  • You are willing to photograph everything during your time with us – even if it’s not your style
  • You will read any materials we actually give you to read
  • You will be available for at least two (2) five hour photo shoots a month (and possibly more permitting your schedule)
  • You have a portfolio to show us – and you’re proud of your current work – no matter what
  • You are nice
  • You are stubborn
  • You want to learn
  • You can commit to working with us for three (3) months (roughly)
  • Possibly accompany us on photo shoots/weddings out of town (on our tab)

Everything we do is based on three principles:

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

We’d like to make it clear that your progress during this internship is primarily moved forward by you. We work hard to facilitate learning – but this isn’t photography 101, and even though we might cover the basics, it’s on your shoulders as an intern to do your homework and practice on your own – so that we can get to the really good stuff – the stuff that you won’t learn from a 101 course. Also – this internship requires a lot of trial & error learning – so stop aiming for perfection right away.

Please understand, this is an Internship with workshops. It’s not a full blown training program, it’s not a photography bootcamp, it’s not anything resembling a teacher/student/classroom arrangement. This is an Internship. You work along side us, you follow our instructions, and we answer your questions – sometimes.

We do not have a curriculum. We are not an accredited educational institution.

If you’ve read the reviews - nothing here is spoon fed. You’re applying to learn things you can’t learn in a book, or for some reason – things that you didn’t learn in class. If you don’t ask good questions, then we’re not giving up answers. It’s your job to ask better questions – and it’s our job to answer the good questions. Remember that.

The internship last during May, June, and July | Three months.

APPLICATION FORM:

Deadline is Tuesday, April 24th at 12pm noon.

(Tip: Write as much as you can.)
(Pro Tip: Write As Much As You Possibly Can.)

Atlanta. Photography. Internship. Intern. Program. LeahAndMark.com