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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

Introducing | Season Five (5)

Can you believe it? Here we are – at Season Five of our Internship. The idea boggles our mind (just one) – and it’s a crazy road trip that never ends (I was really trying to avoid any sort of ‘life is a jouney/roller coaster/bathtub’ type metaphor there… oh well.)

This time around – we included +Laura & +Raven in the decision making and honestly – Season Five is looking like it’s going to be an Awesome Three (3) months.

HEY! Introducing Season FIVE (5)!

Goodbye Season Four (4)

Lets. Go.

 

Atlanta. Photography. Internship. Photos. Program. Interns. LeahAndMark.com You. Are. Awesome.

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Season 4 | The (Internship) Reviews

Apply for Season [Gold Lion] of our Photography Internship Here.

“Write as much as you would like to say, and whatever you’d like to say. I will not censor or edit your reviews – and if I do post your review, I will post it in it’s entirety, or not all. This internship isn’t perfect – and we know it – so write what you’d like.”  - Mark

Gabriel. Doty.

Internship : “A period of time during which a beginner acquires experience in an occupation, profession or pursuit”

Good, unpaid, free internships are hard to come by. Our society has become one of instant gratification in every aspect – including work and careers. I truly believe the adage “work smarter, not harder” needs to be reversed, or at least balanced out. We have become a society of work smarter, and completely neglected the hard work. If you think you are going to make a living at photography without working your butt off for the foreseeable future, you better be insanely better than the thousands of other people competing in the same market, even then you are going to need a few lucky breaks.

It is very hard to find a good, free internship these days. Most people don’t offer one because the amount of work required on their part doesn’t translate to enough of a benefit to make it worth their time anymore. As a potential employer, the amount of people looking for work, and the ease by which you can find someone that fits exactly with the position you are looking for almost completely negates the need for you to groom someone into a position.

Of course, all of this is the exact reason why LeahAndMark offer their internship. If you have taken anything more than a surface level look at LeahAndMark, you know that doing things “differently” is the norm, and finding ways to make crazy ideas work is their passion.

I think nearly every intern that has gone through this program will offer you the same statement – “The internship is what you make it”, and I couldn’t agree more. If you come into this expecting to get a quick, easy, path to success, you are looking in the wrong place. This is a lot of work, a lot of commitment, a lot of shooting, and oh yeah, a lot of hard work.

The internship itself will afford you the opportunity to do just about anything that you want to do with your photography. You may read in some of the other reviews that the amount of instruction is minimal (and it is) – but keep in mind this is an internship, not a class. Here your best tool of learning is observation and communication. If you have a question – ask, If you are getting frustrated – talk to somebody, if your still frustrated – keep shooting. LeahAndMark truly do care about your success and your growth, if you don’t take advantage of having open lines of communication with them and the other interns, you are missing out on perhaps the most valuable part of this experience. After spending just a few minutes with Leah and Mark, you will understand that they are people first, teachers second, and photographers last.

This may not be a bullet point review, but in case you didn’t read between the lines, this internship is an awesome experience, I guarantee that you will not shoot as much, or in as broad a range of situations anywhere else, nor will you find a better community of photographers to work with. Sure, there may be things that could be done better, but thats not the point, the point is that it is worth every minute of time invested in it. This internship is all about opportunity, and the opportunity is there, what you do with it is on you.

Whitney. Huynh.

There is no excuse for this internship to not be the best thing you have done in your life.  If it is not, then you have not put your best into it.

This internship is about photography… but it is also about life. Do your best at everything you do.  Apply for this internship right now knowing it will change your life if you let it. Apply because you want to be a better person, not just a better photographer.  Apply because LeahandMark are generous enough to let you.  You will not be disappointed if you give it your best.

Mark is a marketing genius in my book. If you want to get the most out of this, study what Mark does.  Read his blog posts and think to yourself…”now, why did he do that.”  There is always a good reason.   Study what he posts on social media and always ask why.  There is a method to his madness. Post everything you do on Facebook and Twitter and help promote Mark too.  After all, he is doing a lot for you.  Marketing is the most important thing you can do for your business, so make sure you learn as much as you can while you are an intern.

This isn’t photography 101.  It was never supposed to be.

Mark is never going to sit down and say, “this is exactly how you use your camera. This is what the buttons do.  This is exactly how you are supposed to set up your lights and exactly what settings you should be using when you shoot from this set up.”

If that is what you want, you shouldn’t be signing up for this.

Mark is however going to present you with opportunities and equipment to learn these things for yourself.  He is going to hand you some lights and say “Go.”  Honestly, I want to thank him a thousand times for doing that. I learned so much more at the Lighting 102 class because he did not show us.  We tried a million things before we got it right, and you know what happened…we got a killer picture on our own.  We learned what not to do, and what does not work…which is something you would not learn with a step by step tutorial.  It is very hands on…you are not going to find anything more hands on than this.

Is the internship perfect?  Of course not.  Not even close to be honest, but that doesn’t matter. Nothing is perfect.  Mark is an insanely busy guy, so sometimes he isn’t great at communicating, but be patient.  Talk to him on G-Chat whenever you can, and don’t get discouraged if he ignores you.  It’s probably on purpose.  If you find yourself thinking that he doesn’t care, that isn’t true…he just wants you to figure it out for yourself.  He’s not there to hold your hand…so hold your own and move on.  There are going to be weeks where things seem very disorganized and others where you feel like you have nothing to shoot…don’t fret.  Like I said…it’s not perfect.  You can make it better by setting up your own shoots.  Shoot your friends, family, other interns, strangers in the park, whatever you need to do to get the practice.

If you get nothing else out of this, you will be challenged. You will be pushed and pulled and tugged in every way that is possible…and even in some that are impossible.  You see, Mark is sneaky.  He does things in a Jedi like fashion…never letting you know his true motives until they hit you like a ton of brick and the light bulb comes on.  He will frustrate you to no end, until you are so angry that you will spend three straight days figuring out the answer to your own questions.  It is then you will realize that you have been Jedi mind tricked into discovering that you had it in you all along. When you finally realize that you can do this, growth is inevitable.

You are going to come out of this experience a new person, so be prepared. You are going to work harder and shoot more than you ever have in your photography career.  And with every shoot you are going to see change.

S. Andre. Keichian.

This internship provides you an opportunity; how you choose to shape your hard work and involvement within this time is entirely up to you.

It’s swift, I will tell you that. Be engaged, and try to stay that way. But expect frustration… Then expect pride & excitement.

Both Leah and Mark are extremely positive and have energy about them that I always love being around. But despite their encouragement, this internship forces you to become more independent than you would probably imagine.

No one is going to tell you what to do or how to do it. You’ll have to create it yourself. And if you have questions along the way, you now have a help desk of support to direct you to better answers.

Having an army of interns in itself really changes things from the start because you immediately have a supportive crew of folks with varying backgrounds, strengths and interests to collaborate with. I’ve met some really good people this way and learned a lot through these relationships. And I know we will continue to shoot together in the future.

This internship creates a hub for exploration; it gives you all that you would need to take it wherever you want it to go. And the experience, the skills learned and confidence gained are a renewed set of tools you are walking away with. For that reason, this opportunity is invaluable.

My advice is: Be as dedicated as your life will allow you to be. And if you can’t find the time, quit your job.

Just enjoy this opportunity as best as you can, because it really is rare. And it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Jessica. Arnold.

I applied for this internship because I wanted to see if I enjoyed the day-to-day workings of being a professional photographer, to be exposed to the photography world, to meet and collaborate with other photographers, and to get a taste for what life might be like as a professional photographer. Because of this internship, I had that opportunity and am so grateful for it. Now, I can honestly say that I do want more than ever to become a professional photographer, and I’m looking forward to all of the learning, photographing, marketing, and editing that lies ahead.

Below is what I enjoyed about the internship:

  • Getting to know a community of other photographers with whom I could work, ask questions, and be friends.
  • Required photo shoots. Because we have a number of required shoots per month, I was forced to shoot a lot which made me improve. As Mark says, “Shoot more, shoot better.”
  • Putting my work out for the public. Having an audience made a big difference for me when shooting because it made me more accountable for my work. I had to be proud of what I put out there, and therefore, I had to try harder.
  • Learning about photography. That sounds like a very generic comment but it’s not. I came into this internship without a lot of knowledge about how to take photos beyond a point and shoot camera, and this internship immediately introduced to me all sorts of photography concepts as well as gear, lighting, models, marketing, editing, etc.
  • Writing a blog. The blog made me reflect more on my photos. In the past, I would just send photos to friends or what not. The internship forced me to think about my work, examine my photos in detail, and analyze how I could have improved the shoot. The other interns’ blogs exposed me to different writing styles and their reflections of their work.
  • Marketing Workshop. The Marketing Workshop was one of the highlights of the entire internship for me. As I tried to convey in my blog about the workshop, Mark and Leah do not have to tell us all of their marketing secrets, but they do. They unabashedly open up for over two hours about all of the tips and tricks they have done to be successful. Having never taken a marketing class before, their workshop was incredibly helpful. I left the workshop feeling very excited about opening my own business and confident that I could do it.
  • Critique. The critique organized by Laura was very beneficial because it forced us to discuss each other’s work and find the good and bad in our photos. Do more of these. Without a critique of my work, it’s much harder to know where to improve and it’s always good to have a different set of eyes examine your work.
  • Recreating photos assignment. This was a great assignment because it required me to really examine your work and try to understand every aspect of a photo in order to reproduce it. Additionally, having a structured assignment was beneficial because I had a goal in mind that I was trying to accomplish. Give out more structured assignments.

Overall, I enjoyed this internship. It was stressful at times trying to juggle both this internship and a full time job but well worth it. I am grateful to my fellow interns and alumni interns who encouraged me and with whom I was honored to work. Leah and Mark, thank you for selecting me as one of your interns, sharing your world with me, and having this internship. I appreciate all of you!

Silvana. Alvarez.

First off, really it’s too short. And there’s so much that fills those three months. From a pool of new people- new photographers- with whom you can learn from and share this experience with, to photographing what you haven’t thought of or never thought you’d do. And then there’s Leah and Mark. Both of whom are supportive and always expect more from you- because they know you can do better.

And the aspect I like the most is being in an environment where everyone is excited for a shoot or where ideas are going around and everyone is working towards a photography related goal. It’s not like sitting alone and trying to figure out where to start. It’s a three month long push to get you the tools, confidence, or whatever else you need and then the how the tools get used is up to you.

Jen. Nash.

Participating in this internship opened up more doors for me than I could have anticipated. Between the organized internship challenges, the opportunities to shadow alumni interns, the ideas I was inspired to pursue on my own, and the connections made through fellow interns, I was kept busy the entire three months. Not a week went by without at least 1 or 2 shoots (and sometimes as many as four). The 1 shoot per week requirement pushed me to hone my skills by practicing on a regular basis, and it gave me some accountability to make that commitment. Blogging weekly (aside from that 1 month fluke where my computer broke twice…ahem…) challenged me to reflect on my photography with new eyes, presenting my work to the public. Working closely with 6 fellow interns kept me moving forward and growing immensely.

The highlights of this experience for me were the classes and lessons (yeah, a little predictable coming from a teacher, but I’m ok with that!): Lighting 101, Marketing 101, Improv Lessons, the photo critique, and Editing/ Website class. I took tons of notes at most of them and benefited enormously from the direct instruction. Fellow Intern Gabe was such an asset to our intern team with his knowledge of website design, and +Raven is a rockstar at photo editing. Marketing class was the main reason I applied for this internship, and I was thankful to be a part of it. As a teacher, business sense is at the bottom of my talents list, so I really needed guidance from someone as dedicated to marketing as Mark to get my photography business off the ground. Improv class was far less intimidating than I had feared, and was one of the most enjoyable nights I had at the studio. We learned skills we weren’t even aware we needed as photographers and focused on the importance of positive language. Another highlight was the reproduction assignment. I’d love to see that idea revisited in future seasons, but based on Flickr favorites or famous photographs instead.

This internship works best for highly self-motivated people.

To future applicants, please know as you apply that there is no hand holding or spoon feeding. Outside the one photo critique organized by the fabulous +Laura, I received little to no feedback on my work. I never shadowed Mark one-on-one (which was an unrealistic expectation on my part… there are 7 interns in my season. This is not designed to be a one-on-one program). The internship is also geared toward people who are already quite comfortable shooting manually with an SLR and basic post processing. The editing class did not take place until month 3, so up until then we were on our own to publish blog-worthy photos based on our own pre-existing knowledge. Perhaps in future seasons that editing class would fit better at the beginning.

I personally also struggled with starting a full time job in the same week as this internship. Being an effective teacher and a successful photographer is a draining balancing act. I’d advise future applicants with full time jobs to be aware of the time demands of this internship. You will spend hours upon hours shooting and editing, and those may be hours that your schedule doesn’t exactly have room for. The interns who seemed to get the most out of this experience were those able to fully devote themselves and their time to photography for the full 3 months.

All things considered, I feel proud to have completed this internship. I am a greater photographer than I was 3 months ago. I now call myself a photographer, and that’s a big deal in and of itself. I can’t speak highly enough about the 6 fellow interns I worked with and the teamwork that took place among us. This internship afforded me the rare and wonderful opportunity to join together in a community of artists, exchanging ideas and sharing inspiration. I am thankful for the unique internship program that Leah and Mark offer and for all the people I met therein. What an enlightening 3 months!

Cheers,

Jen Nash

 

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

				
				
	

Interns Wanted | Season Five (5)

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. We started this photography business a little less than 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.

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:

Or we’ll get special access to photograph a fashion show at an anime convention:

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.

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

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.

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 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 from May through July – three months.

APPLICATION FORM:

Deadline is Thursday April 21st at 12pm noon.

(Tip: Write as much as you possibly can.)

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Thank you.

 

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

Training Exercises

-Posted by Mark

Every season of our Internship is different – and we’ve been very happy with the surprises. I’ll be honest – a few months ago I thought that it would be difficult to surpass the Awesomeness that was Season 3. The group really came together and totally, totally rocked everything we did.

Fortunately – Season 4 hasn’t disappointed at all. Even better – like every season before them – they’ve taken the Internship to another level. For Season 4 we were able to implement more restrictions (restrictions force creativity), more training sessions, and project exercises.

Along with simply blogging better – and pushing them to blog better (more open, and telling us more than just the obvious ‘this is what I did, then I did this, oh and then I did this’) – the Interns have really put themselves in vulnerable positions (writing-wise!) and they have shared with us much more than we could ever really ask for.

One of the exercises? Basically to study more photographs. We felt that the Interns hadn’t really spent enough time looking at enough photographs – not with the focus and new eyes that they have since starting the internship. So – we had them all get on Flickr and ‘favorite’ 96 photos. Obviously there is value in studying other people’s photographs – and studying photographs beyond the ‘Masters’. Studying variations of modern photography.

[Andre] [Gabriel] [Jen] [JAwesome] [Marj] [Whitney] [Silvana]

In looking at their ‘favorites’ – some of the interns mentioned how they realized that they shoot nothing like the photos that they selected – even when they thought that they were shooting like that. Or they realized other preferences about the photos they chose, and then they saw those preferences coming out in their own photography – or again, none at all.

Part of being a better photographer is knowing yourself and how you shoot. Sometimes we’ll fight what we naturally do because we think it’s wrong – when really we just need to explore and develop that a little bit further.

The next assignment we gave the interns was as follows:

The next assignment is to recreate one of the shots on the LeahAndMark.com main blog. Any shot by either me or Leah, going back as far as July of 2009. Not only recreate the shot, but reinterpret it – whatever that means. The goal is so that you can knowingly make a specific photo – instead of trying to ‘discover’ a good shot. You should be able to reverse engineer lighting and other aspects of a photo, such as composition and environment. You should basically be able to deconstruct photos you see and KNOW how to make them – or know how YOU would make them. You have two weeks and then the blog entry is due posted – and you’ll post the ‘original’ photo for comparison.

Go.

Comments from the blogs on the 2nd assignment included:

“I learned a lot in doing this assignment.  I learned that I should have spent more time studying the photos I wanted to copy.  I am having trouble taking the image I see in my mind and making it happen in reality.  I think it’s an extremely effective lesson because it forced me to think about how to build in my light, direct my model, frame the shot, etc.  It’s not just getting lucky with a spray and pray method.  It’s actually designing the exact shot you want and putting each piece of it together.  So, I’ve got work to do.  I want to be able to copy, understand each element, and then use what I’ve learned to create my own works.” – JAwesome

“To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think this assignment was going to be that hard, I will also be the first to tell you that I was wrong.” – Gabriel

Now that we’re in the last month for Season 4 – the posts are reflecting some of the growth that the Interns realized they’ve made over the past few weeks.

“We still have 4 weeks left, but in just a couple weeks LeahAndMark will be accepting new interns, and there is already a mental shift going on in my head as I am beginning to think of what’s next. One thing that I know for sure is that I will be pursuing many more routes of photography than I was previously. Niche photography is a very common business methodology, but if you know anything about LeahAndMark, they encourage you to branch out and take pictures of everything. The shift in my thinking has been dramatic over the last 2 months, and while I have seen a marked difference in my photos, I am excited to watch and see my photography continue to grow past this internship.” – Gabriel

“Okay.  I’m going to try to express this in words.  This shoot was something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time.  Like years and years.  And this internship gave me the confidence and the resources to make it happen.  And now that I did it.  Well, I want to do it again.” -Marj

“This internship…even with it’s ups and downs…has been a blessing for me. And because of all this I am now, not only a stronger photographer…but a stronger person as well.  I walk a little taller these days. I have become more assertive.  I can, without being bossy, manage a team much more efficiently than I would have before.  I find myself seeing the shots I want a lot quicker, and explaining to my clients what it is I need them to do in order to make the shot a lot simpler. The internship is a starting point for the rest of our lives.  There is no longer an excuse not make it, because we have the knowledge and the tools and the support group that most photographers don’t have.  We can do anything now.” – Whitney

The fact that anyone would say such things about our Internship is amazing, and Leah and I cannot possibly tell you that we ever expected it to be anything like this at all.

Thank you.

See you tomorrow.

 

Atlanta. Wedding. Editorial. Event. Photographer. LeahAndMark.com

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