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Since the Internship | Alumni Intern Whitney

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

– Posted by Alumni InternWhitney

Hey everyone! Remember me?

I’m sure you’ve all been dying to know what I’ve been up to since my internship (Season 4!), so I’m going to tell you! I’ve done a lot of traveling, 4 countries and what seems like half the United States! My husband and I bought out first home, which means I’ve learned to use power tools and all that home improvement stuff. OH! And I’ve taken A LOT of pictures. A LOT! Because Mark always said..shoot more. My three month internship with Leah and Mark started in January of 2011. Hard to believe it was a whole year ago, but let me tell you…things have changed since then.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Whitney Huynh | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage | Modern | After the Internship

Out here in the real world, the internship continues. I have taken every bit of knowledge, conversation, and experience and molded it into my own business. It’s different doing it on your own with no one there to motivate you to shoot. I don’t have a Mark in my ear telling me what I should be doing better anymore. It’s just me and my camera and the fire that was lit inside me last January. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Business is trial and error. Not every idea is going to work out like it does in your head, but it’s still worth trying. Imagine if that one perfect idea that changed your business was right in front of you written on a yellow sticky note just waiting for you to try it. Just go out there and try.

Marketing is key. Before the internship no one even knew who I was. Why? Because I didn’t tell them. I wasn’t putting myself or my photography out there. How was I going to book fabulous weddings when no one even knew about me? Yeah, that’s right…I wasn’t. Blogging on my intern blog really showed me the effect of showing people my work. They were responding to me and I was finally getting feedback. Now I tell everyone. I carry 100 postcard size gift vouchers in my purse at all times. (Something I learned from photographer Sue Bryce) Every time I meet someone new, I give them one.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Whitney Huynh | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage | Modern | After the Internship
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Whitney Huynh | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage | Modern | After the Internship

I want them to try me out…experience me for themselves, then tell their friends about it. I also purchased a sponsorship post with A Practical Wedding because I knew Mark wouldn’t keep doing so if it wasn’t a brilliant idea. I blog weekly and I post my latest work everywhere. Facebook, twitter, pinterest, tumblr, flickr, you name it…it’s there. I have conversations with people about my business at church, at the gym, at Walmart, at the bar, everywhere. Tell everyone, show everyone and you will start getting more business.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Whitney Huynh | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage | Modern | After the InternshipKeep learning, but don’t listen to everything you hear. Not even Mark knows everything, so you should do what’s right for you. If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s to run your business the way you believe you should. Post internship I’ve tried my best to keep learning. There is just so much knowledge out there. Attend workshops, seminars, CreativeLive sessions (because they are FREE and great!), anything you can get your hands on. Soak up that knowledge, and then learn to sort it out in a way that makes since to you. If you can do that, you’ll love your business more. And it will be your business…not someone else’s idea of one.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Whitney Huynh | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage | Modern | After the Internship

Collaborate. I can’t tell you how much I’ve gained from letting other people be a part of my business. Find yourself a group of people that enjoy what you’re doing and work together! Amazing ideas will come. Second shoot for each other. Share what you’ve learned. They can help you fill your calendar with clients and you can help them fill theirs. Never become too successful to share.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Whitney Huynh | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage | Modern | After the InternshipMost importantly, love what you’re doing. Your photography business is going to be like a marriage. Sometimes you’re going to hate each other. Sometimes it’s going to be the best thing in your world. Just always remember why you fell in love with it in the first place. If you can do that…you win.

– Visit Whitney Huynh Photography

 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! | + Debra

Posted by + Debra

Having a kid makes Christmas a totally different celebration that it used to be when I was a “non-mom”. Last year when I was pregnant I wanted a real tree, bought decorations, and we decorated for the first time ever. My fiance chalked it up to hormones. Before that, christmas lights were cheap lighting for the patio so we could see the beer cooler. Christmas this year has been exciting in a new way, watching our son, Shannon, open gifts, and giggle at lights and reach for christmas ornaments has been exhilirating. His new found mobility makes the tree even more alluring for little hands, and making me quite the marathon dasher. I spend as much time watching him eye ball trinkets as prying them away from his mouth.

For a special treat we had Santa come to our house to hear christmas wishes and make sure everybody was on good behaviour. It was pretty awesome, I haven’t seen Santa in a LONG LONG time, and it was amazing, I feel giddy like a small child again! Santa was in his work clothes, as you know, he only wears his suit when delivering gifts 😉

One of the things I am most looking forward to is seeing Shannon rip open gifts and squeal in delight at the glitter or ribbons, the ripping of paper, and the endless amusement of empty boxes. For Shannon it’s not the gifts that are important, I wrapped up stuff he’s had for months just for the fun of him opening it. For us adults, it’s watching the kids and seeing their enjoyment.

It’s the giving and receiving, having everybody around to smile and laugh. It’s the warmth of family that makes it special, and so far this has been the best christmas ever. I feel so loved and blessed, and am so thankful for the large and loving family we have. I send the same joy to everybody reading this.
To add to the excitement we set up the photobooth in the living room and let everybody take pictures. We even used wrapping paper as a backdrop and really got to enjoy the simple things, and I got to finally have a picture of my own little family together, instead of always being behind the lense 😉

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Denise + Thomas | Wedding Preview by LeahAndMark

New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com

– Posted by Mark

This is Denise and Thomas. Earlier this year I flew up to Newark, NJ to photograph their engagement session! That was pretty awesome. PLUS – I still kind of get a kick out of flying into a new city, shooting for a few hours, and then flying back down to Atlanta. This year I was able to do that for a family portrait in Philadelphia, and engagement sessions in Wilmington, NC and Pomona, California. OH – and of course there was that crazy 24 hour trip to New York with the dead bodies.*

LeahAndMark.com | Wedding Photographers | New Jersey Engagement Session
LeahAndMark.com | Wedding Photographers | New Jersey Engagement Session

I actually flew into Philadelphia and then drove an hour north into New Jersey for this wedding. Now – a few things surprised me, but mostly the fact that New Jersey’s got some pretty damn beautiful countryside. Who knew right? Seriously.

Also? Denise and Thomas are absolutely awesome. Like in your face awesome. Like OMG they’re so awesome you probably won’t realize it because you were distracted by how awesome they are. See? Yes. They’re paradoxically awesome. Like going back-in-time-and-killing-your-grandfather paradox awesome. Whoa. I know. I was just as surprised as you are right now.

Denise and Thomas. You. Are. Awesome.

Thank you so very much.

New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com
New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Farm | Rustic | Vintage | Atlanta | Destination | LeahAndMark.com

 

*There were no dead bodies. Well. Not too many.