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ONLINE Wedding Photography Internship | Interns Wanted

This is the application page for the ONLINE Photography Internship – for the real-life-in-person internship application/experience – APPLY HERE.

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If you don’t live ITP in the Atlanta area – you can still intern with me – through our online internship! I know – it’s amazing right? 2016 and the future is now. Online Photography Internship. WUT. Yup. Yeah. I KNOW.

OH – you’ll still be doing intern work for me – just different work than you would if you lived in Atlanta. Most of the same requirements as listed below – except you won’t get the chance to carry bags of heavy rocks. It’ll be a lot of webinars, live streaming the workshops, and you guys watching my screen while I do boring editing and watching anime in the corner of my screen.

Seriously though – if you’d like to work with me for the next two months – and learn a literal sh*t ton of photography information – let’s do this.

Application for the ONLINE Photography Internship down at the bottom – and again the In-Person Application is here.

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A while back we operated one of the largest photography internships in the country for three-ish years. 10+ interns every three months for several years. Because we were crazy.

It kind of went like this:

And this:

Then we stopped. We sold almost everything we owned, left town for a year and traveled.

And now we’re back.

I’m back. I’ve been through a lot. I’ve learned a lot. I’m different now and yet the best I’ve ever been.

I’m full of sugar, and nice, and STFU.

And I’m looking for some great interns to work with this summer for two months – June and July. Eight weeks of Awesome. These people will do a lot of work for me – no lie or misunderstanding about that. But I’m going to provide a ridiculous amount of knowledge for them to take from my head – and I’ll show them things that no one else really does because other people are just normal.

I am not normal.

The last few years I averaged 43 weddings per year – and one of those years I shot more than 50. Not just my company. Me. Weddings I booked – not weddings for other shooters. I generally block off three-four months of the year to go travel and not photograph any weddings at all – and I still pack in 40+ weddings a year. I don’t have a photography degree, or art degree, or design degree – but photography is my thing.

I am not normal.

And people still hire me. This is my portfolio. Real weddings with real people – not a styled shoot in the bunch.

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I’m not looking for normal photography interns. I’m looking for ones that start at ridiculous and go up from there.

This is what I’ll cover during the eight weeks:

  • Composition
  • Exposure
  • How to shoot with manual settings – faster
  • Physicality of Shooting (it’s not your camera that can’t focus – it’s probably YOU)
  • Workflow (from cards to computer to export)
  • Lightroom editing
  • Photoshop editing
  • Off-camera flash
  • Posing
  • Talking like a person who knows WTF they’re doing
  • Website (how to not have a sucky website)
  • Portfolio selection (picking photos that help book clients)
  • Wedding Day Flow (how to manage the wedding day so you’re not awful)
  • How to respond/handle client inquiries
  • Client-Meeting role play/what to say so clients don’t run away from you
  • How to get clients to sign the contract and not wait 3 months (we average 1 week)
  • How and what photography to ‘practice’ – perfect practice makes perfect. Not just practice.
  • Reception lighting
  • How to be a great 2nd shooter (too many people are awful at this)
  • Blogging (we have 1,098 posts published here – so we at least know how to… keep blogging)
  • SEO
  • Getting ranked in Google (our site has bounced around from page 1-5 depending on the search term – and many of the past interns’ sites are the same – we show up – how about your site?)
  • How to do things on social media so you’re not annoying AF, and so that a few people actually see what you post.
  • How to work harder at this photography thing than you ever have before.
  • How to be yourself and still get clients to hire you (unless you’re a creepy MF then uh, maybe go do something else and stay away from kids.)

What you will do as an intern:

  • Blog every week in your intern blog (Required. Miss one week and you’re dropped.)
  • Pinterest things for me (Required. Don’t meet the weekly quota and you’re dropped.)
  • Post everything to your own social media accounts
  • Instagram things
  • Teach me snapchat
  • Host a workshop (cause you’re all not coming to my house)
  • Watch me do boring editing things
  • Carry my bags full of rocks because I just wanted you to carry something heavy
  • Laugh at all my jokes (it means you’re paying attention)
  • Take selfies with me
  • Wear animal/monster masks
  • Probably do bad karaoke with me
  • Setup your own shoots as required
  • Maybe work a wedding with me
  • Maybe drive me to a job because that makes me feel like a BOSS
  • Be here to learn a few things – or everything

 

This photography internship last two months – June and July. – mostly weekends, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Mondays.

 

APPLICATION FORM – ONLINE Internship:

Deadline for the application is Friday May 27th at 12pm NOON.

(Tip: Write as much as you can.)

(Pro Tip: Write As Much As You Possibly Can.)

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Interns Wanted |Atlanta Wedding Photography Internship

A while back we operated one of the largest photography internships in the country for three-ish years. 10+ interns every three months for several years. Because we were crazy.

It kind of went like this:

And this:

Then we stopped. We sold almost everything we owned, left town for a year and traveled.

And now we’re back.

I’m back. I’ve been through a lot. I’ve learned a lot. I’m different now and yet the best I’ve ever been.

I’m full of sugar, and nice, and STFU.

And I’m looking for some great interns to work with this summer for two months – June and July. Eight weeks of Awesome. These people will do a lot of work for me – no lie or misunderstanding about that. But I’m going to provide a ridiculous amount of knowledge for them to take from my head – and I’ll show them things that no one else really does because other people are just normal.

I am not normal.

The last few years I averaged 43 weddings per year – and one of those years I shot more than 50. Not just my company. Me. Weddings I booked – not weddings for other shooters. I generally block off three-four months of the year to go travel and not photograph any weddings at all – and I still pack in 40+ weddings a year. I don’t have a photography degree, or art degree, or design degree – but photography is my thing.

I am not normal.

And people still hire me. This is my portfolio. Real weddings with real people – not a styled shoot in the bunch.

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I’m not looking for normal photography interns. I’m looking for ones that start at ridiculous and go up from there.

This is what I’ll cover during the eight weeks:

  • Composition
  • Exposure
  • How to shoot with manual settings – faster
  • Physicality of Shooting (it’s not your camera that can’t focus – it’s probably YOU)
  • Workflow (from cards to computer to export)
  • Lightroom editing
  • Photoshop editing
  • Off-camera flash
  • Posing
  • Talking like a person who knows WTF they’re doing
  • Website (how to not have a sucky website)
  • Portfolio selection (picking photos that help book clients)
  • Wedding Day Flow (how to manage the wedding day so you’re not awful)
  • How to respond/handle client inquiries
  • Client-Meeting role play/what to say so clients don’t run away from you
  • How to get clients to sign the contract and not wait 3 months (we average 1 week)
  • How and what photography to ‘practice’ – perfect practice makes perfect. Not just practice.
  • Reception lighting
  • How to be a great 2nd shooter (too many people are awful at this)
  • Blogging (we have 1,098 posts published here – so we at least know how to… keep blogging)
  • SEO
  • Getting ranked in Google (our site has bounced around from page 1-5 depending on the search term – and many of the past interns’ sites are the same – we show up – how about your site?)
  • How to do things on social media so you’re not annoying AF, and so that a few people actually see what you post.
  • How to work harder at this photography thing than you ever have before.
  • How to be yourself and still get clients to hire you (unless you’re a creepy MF then uh, maybe go do something else and stay away from kids.)

What you will do as an intern:

  • Blog every week in your intern blog (Required. Miss one week and you’re dropped.)
  • Pinterest things for me (Required. Don’t meet the weekly quota and you’re dropped.)
  • Post everything to your own social media accounts
  • Instagram things
  • Host a workshop (cause you’re all not coming to my house)
  • Watch me do boring editing things
  • Carry my bags full of rocks because I just wanted you to carry something heavy
  • Laugh at all my jokes (it means you’re paying attention)
  • Take selfies with me
  • Wear animal/monster masks
  • Probably do bad karaoke with me
  • Setup your own shoots as required
  • Maybe work a wedding with me
  • Maybe drive me to a job because that makes me feel like a BOSS
  • Be here to learn a few things – or everything

 

This photography internship last two months – June and July. – mostly weekends, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Mondays.

 

APPLICATION FORM:

Deadline for the application is Friday May 27th 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. LeahAndMark & Co. Training. Education. School. Summer. 2016.

Wedding Workshop Series

You might be like me. You’ve been a wedding photographer for a few months, or years even – but you still don’t feel like you know what the f*ck you’re doing. Why doesn’t anyone respond to your emails? Why don’t they book you? Why are they booking someone else?! You’re a little frustrated and things would be a lot easier if someone would sit down with you, and make it… a little easier. If you just had the answers to a few questions – maybe, just maybe – being a ‘wedding photographer’ would stop being a hobby.

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I’m Mark – a full time wedding photographer and I book roughly 93.5% of my inquiries. I photographed 53 weddings last year but usually only shoot about 35 weddings annually.

I can help you learn more about wedding photography than you probably ever wanted to know (at least from my warped perspective.)

Portfolio. Instagram. Facebook.

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With a lot of help I also operated one of the largest photography internships in the country (but got too busy and stopped a few years ago.)

Now I’m offering a Wedding Photography Business Workshop Series.

I know – it’s not exactly a catchy name. WPBWS doesn’t really roll off the tongue either. Aw F*ck it.

Here’s the pitch.

I believe I’m the best photographer for my clients on their wedding day – and they believe it as well.

I am not the best wedding photographer of all time, ever – but I am the best wedding photographer for my clients, on that day. Period.

I couldn’t continue to do this if I didn’t believe that.

Also – these workshops are completely free to you.

Here are the workshops:

  • What Your F*cken Wedding Photography Website Should Say, Be, and Do
    • This is about your MARKETING. (How and why I get away with using f*ck all over my wedding website)
    • Your Website’s ONLY job is to get people to contact you. That’s all.
    • It doesn’t do any selling – that’s YOUR JOB.
    • I’ll go over every part – your bio, your pricing page, your blog posts, your portfolio
  • How to Book Wedding Clients.
    • How to respond to initial inquiries so people actually respond
    • How to lower your closing window down to 2 weeks or less.
    • How to talk to people like people and not like they’re $$$
    • Why no one emails you back
    • How to get them to email you back
    • How and Why I went from closing 25% of the time to 93.5% of the time.
  • How to Run The Wedding Day Like. A. Boss.
    • How to look like you know WTF you’re doing.
    • Simple but dangerous mistakes to avoid
    • What you should expect
    • How to handle EVERYTHING
    • All the things you don’t know.
    • How to get F*cken amazing shots NO MATTER WHAT.
    • How to get F*cken amazing shots NO MATTER WHAT. (repeated on purpose)

If you’re interested in any (or all!) of these workshops – please fill out the form below. I’d absolutely love to work with you.

And hey. Thank you very much. It’s a big compliment that you would even consider learning with me.

The dates are subject to my schedule (hey I’m still working) and will take place between now and the end of December.

Oh. And remember – any and all of these workshops are completely free – but limited to 5 people only for each workshop.

 

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Atlanta. Wedding. Photography. Internship. Workshop. Business. Marketing. School.

 

 

 

What Your Business Can Learn from NBC’s Coverage of the Winter Olympics

What Your Business Can Learn from The Olympics

I was watching the Opening Ceremonies to the Winter Olympics last Friday night and even before the ceremonies actually started – I knew quite a bit about the competitors in many of the events. I realized that until about 2 weeks ago, or even a few days ago – I didn’t know anything about ANY of the competitors. How did I learn so much information so quickly? I certainly didn’t sit down and do any studying. I definitely didn’t seek out the information.

NBC got me interested enough to watch the stories they told about each competitor. That’s how.

1. It’s about the stories. 

Sure NBC can report what happened. They can tell you who won, they can tell you who lost – but they also tell you how it all went down. They give you background information. They’ll tell you about the competitors and show you what that person has gone through to be here. And what it means for that person not only to possibly win – but what it means that they’re even there competing. The road isn’t easy for anyone getting to the Olympics. You don’t get to be one of the top 10 athletes in your sport just by carrying a big bag of easy. It takes work. A lot of work – too much work for most people AND THEN it also takes some luck. And a bigger bag of stubbornness. All of that.

But that’s what we want. Sure on some level we want to know who won. But even more so we want to know about the people who won. 

Who are they? What have they gone through? Are they special? Are they good people or are they f*cken assholes?

NBC (and really any network covering the Olympics) aren’t just telling you who won. They’re telling you as many stories as possible about the people competing because they know that’s how they’ll hook you.That’s how they’ll get you to follow and watch a competitor from the preliminary rounds all the way to the finals – and hopefully see all of the advertising they show along the way.

What Your Business Can Learn from The Olympics

How much story telling do you do in your business? Do you ‘just take photos’? Or do you tell your clients a story about how their experience with you will be? Not just giving them a chart with the Pros & Cons of hiring you. Telling them a story that makes them feel good about hiring you. Telling stories is the quickest way to get past intellectually selling to someone and finally emotionally selling to someone. Below is directly from our own ‘Wedding‘ page. We don’t talk about why you should hire us. We don’t tell people that we’re the best, or cheapest, or anything. We tell them a story – about them. And we ALL like stories about ourselves.

In a few years after your wedding has long passed, you and your spouse will sit down on a Sunday afternoon and pull out the box of photos from that day and remember everything. You’ll remember how you were calm and didn’t feel nervous until you finished getting dressed and saw yourself in the mirror. Or how your mother started to tear up, trying her best not to cry and ruin her makeup – because it finally hit her that you’re really getting married. You’ll see the photos of your closest friends all dressed up – because they clean up well – and that feeling of being surrounded by the people most important in your life – all there for your wedding day.

What does your investment/prices/weddings page say? Do you just present options and packages? Did you only talk about yourself? Are you selling yourself? Maybe try telling your clients a story they actually want to hear.

What about during your client meetings? When you sit down at the table with a wedding couple – after gathering all of the information you need – do you only tell them about how awesome you are? Do you only tell them how good your gear is, or how cheap you are, or what you will do for them? OR do you help them imagine and visualize how great their wedding will be…

Questions? Need more information? Ask in the comments section below. Thanks.

 

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Photography Studio Interns Wanted

We are LeahAndMark & Co. and we’re looking for a handful of Interns to work with us over the next three months.

Part training program, part studio internship (with our Commercial Photography company, Project5A Studio.This is our Portfolio

Our company is expanding and with the increase in business and projects we’re now moving into a new studio in a few weeks.

We’re not like many other photography studios. We get crazy ideas and we run with them. We ‘start’ at ridiculous and take it up from there. We love photography. This isn’t our hobby and we make a living doing this. We’d love to have you working with us.

First off let me just say this is HARD WORK,  I was told that before I came into it, and I have been doing photography for about 4 years now, I’ve been part of an extremely rigorous BFA program at Georgia State University, and it does not compare to what you experience while working with LeahandMark. – Intern Joshua (Season X)

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Then I was an intern. And I knew I could create again. The confines of the lens became a sanctuary and gateway. Something familiar but completely new territory. Something I wanted to explore but never fully conquer. I gave myself the three months to see if art was supposed to be apart of my life. If it was, three months would be more than enough time to figure it out. So I dove in, head first. – Intern Jo (Season Six)

Before I did this internship I worked, but I didn’t work hard. I didn’t realize how much I could knock out in a weeks time when I just got up and did it. I think the main reason so many  photographers aren’t able to really get their business to thrive is not because they suck at photography, but because they are lazy. Or if they are working hard, they are pouring their time and energy into becoming better at their “art” instead of figuring out how to get clients. Mark is the hardest working photographer I know. He will show you how to hustle and teach you the meaning of hard work. - Intern Meagan (Season Six)

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Responsibilities:

  •  setting up lighting equipment and backdrops
  • carrying equipment and supplies
  • general computer work
  • social media marketing
  • attending events and photoshoots
  • manage event photo galleries
  • attending team meetings
  • photo editing
  • contacting potential clients
  • other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a reliable, dependable, self starter
  • Photography experience / student preferred
  • Must have dependable transportation
  • A working DSLR camera
  • Laptop Computer
  • Cell Phone

It’s okay if you have a day job – we do ask that you’re available to work on weekend mornings or evenings or all day depending on our business needs. It’s only three months!

What will you get out of this Internship? 

  • Real Photography business experience (shooting, marketing, working with clients, etc.)
  • An opportunity to make contacts and network with established companies
  • Work side-by-side with full time photographers
  • Attend Intern-Only workshops (all of our workshops are for interns only – not the public)
  • You get to work with a badass crew of photographers that make things happen.

Deadline for Applications is Friday, October 11th, 2013.

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Introducing | Season [Gold Lion]

It is absolutely-hands-down-amazing that we’re starting our 11th session of our Photography Internship. We ditched the numbering system (Season 1,2,3…) and so this group is identified as Season [Gold Lion]!

We hired creative director Joy to take over the coordination and operations of the Internship last season so that I would be able to focus on teaching the workshops and helping instruction – and honestly last season was the best one we’ve had so far. Of course – Season [Gold Lion] will blow last season away. Along with +Krisandra and +Luiza – we’re better and the internship just keeps getting more and more amazing.

So here they are – the kickass Interns that make up Season [Gold Lion]

Click on each photo to read their posts and more about each of them.

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Intern Selection | Season [Gold Lion]

We’ve just finished selecting our 11th group of Interns – Season [Gold Lion]

Back when we began the Internship (3 years ago!) we were basically the only one available. There were literally no other ‘photography internship programs’ – definitely none like ours. Of course there were one-on-one apprenticeships, and internships with companies (newspaper, tv, etc.) but nothing like what we set out to create. Right from the start – on our very first Intern Introduction night – we aimed high. This internship has never been only about photographers carrying our gear, shadowing us, and getting me coffee. (well – it IS about them getting me coffee but that takes A LOT of training to get right.)

Our first Intern night three years ago wasn’t a meeting, it wasn’t a sit down let’s get to know each other and ‘mingle’ or some sh*t like that. We’re photographers. Photographers photograph. As much as I like to wax poetic and talk shop – F*ck that – we’re here to make pictures. If you’re not here to take as many photos as humanly possible during the three months then you don’t need this internship. You don’t need this internship to sit at home and talk about taking photos. That very first Intern Night? – this is what I wrote the next day:

Last night was our big trampoline + fireworks + 10 interns extravaganza!… It. Was. Awesome.

With such a large group and only about 3 hours to shoot – there wasn’t much time for instruction. Here are the starter settings, adjust this for ambient light, adjust this for the strobes, and GO.

Different from other ‘classes’ or workshops – I wanted the interns to just SHOOT. One of the things that many photographers struggle with at first – is just shooting enough to really start understanding themselves, and their cameras.

At the core – we’re wedding photographers. We’re hired to drop in on people’s lives for that one special day – and make Amazing. Yes. AMAZING. Not just ‘document’ the day, not even just to ‘capture emotion’ – we’re hired to MAKE AMAZING. No matter what, no matter the conditions, and no matter how we feel – F*ck inspiration – because we’re there to work and make Amazing. So 30+ times a year we HAVE TO make Amazing. That’s not including all of the portrait sessions and other commercial gigs we take on. Want pressure? Try holding yourself to that standard. Thirty times a year you MUST MAKE AMAZING, at the drop of a hat, no matter what’s thrown at you.

I’ve written it before and it still holds true – I’m always practicing and training to be prepared for some unknown photoshoot in the future. Some photographers specialize in making one type of photo with specific conditions (same subjects, same time of day, same light, same blah blah blah) – I aim to make amazing all the time with no excuses. NO EXCUSES. Sucka.

So here we go – about to begin our 11th session. Season [Gold Lion].

Every Intern will have a bag full of Awesome by the end of these three months.

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Photography Interns Wanted | Season [Gold Lion]

We are LeahAndMark – and along with our Creative Director (Joy!) and our team of +Photographers – we operate the largest photography internship in the country. Leah and I picked up our cameras a little over three (3) years ago and started this business with no formal training, a little bit of luck and way too much hard work! We’ve gone from just two people who liked making pictures into wedding photographers that travel all over the United States photographing weddings. A lot of weddings.

We are looking for Photography Interns to be a part of our 11th session, Season [Gold Lion]

We operate our business following three principles:

1. Be Different

2. Do things that matter

3. Show Everyone

This is our Portfolio and this is our Wedding Portfolio.

We’re looking for interns to work with us for three months – and possibly longer.

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

Current Intern Joshua 
Alumni Intern Meagan 
Alumni Intern Jo 
Alumni Intern Whitney 
Alumni Intern Raven 
Alumni Intern Gabriel 

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

Our Interns work hard and most of them photographed more in the last three months than they did in the past year.

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?

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.

Here is a list of the workshops we have scheduled on our calendar:

  1. Photo 101/Physicality of shooting and Composition
  2. Off-Camera Flash & Lighting
  3. Photoshop/Lightroom editing and digital workflow
  4. Photography Business & Marketing
A few of the scheduled group photoshoots include:
  1. Models in the river at our top secret location
  2. Southeastern Railway Museum
  3. Old-Car City Junkyard

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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)
  • YOU ARE HERE TO FOLLOW, LEARN, & WORK HARD

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 we don’t hold your hand, 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. 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 like you might be accustomed to. This is an Internship. You work along side us, you follow our instructions, and we answer your questions – sometimes (alright most of the time).

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 too easily. 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, & July | Three months.

 

APPLICATION FORM:

Deadline for the application is Friday April 12th at 12pm NOON.

(Tip: Write as much as you can.)

(Pro Tip: Write As Much As You Possibly Can.)

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Wedding Workshop | by +Luiza

So you already know that being an intern with LeahAndMark is awesome. I tell you this every other time I write. The other +photographers tell you this. Mark tells you this. And the interns tell you this. And show you. All. The. Time.

You see the awesome, creative work that comes out of the internship. The amazing shoots and events interns get to attend. From week to week and blog post to blog post you see consistent improvement. But there’s even more than that. Along with the events and constant opportunities to practice, there are also workshops just for interns where you can ask all of the questions and get all of the answers. Seriously. Mark will just give all his secrets away. Because when you have such awesome ideas, and when you’ve developed such amazing techniques, it would just be selfish not to share them and help someone else improve.

But it’s only a few short months. And you have to shoot and shoot and shoot. And at the end of it you’ll either be burned out from all that work and no sleep, or you’ll be mad at yourself for not shooting EVERYTHING. But no matter what, you’ll know you’ve learned and improved. It’s impossible not to. And at the end of it, the weeks where I went on 3 hours of sleep each night because I was trying to balance a job, school, and the internship, were totally, completely worth it.

And after the internship? It only gets better. Everyone take away something different from the internship. No one has the same exact experience. But many of the interns I was shooting with during my season have since launched a website, started their own company, and are really successful. They’re consistently putting out amazing work.

And me? I’ve decided that I loved it so much I’m doing it again. But as a plus! And it’s just as amazing and then some. Because I’m still consistently learning and improving, but I’m also teaching and helping the current interns improve. They’re coming to me with questions, which is crazy. But what’s even more crazy is that I actually have answers!

Even as a plus, I don’t think I actually stepped out of the “I’m an intern” mentality until Season [X] started to come to me with questions. I still feel like I should be carrying Mark’s gear or getting him coffee or something every where I go. And sometimes I still do.

So with the nights of no sleep and the hard job of balancing work, being a plus, being with friends/family/boyfriend and actually taking some time to myself, I get a little overwhelmed. But that’s okay because I have an amazing time with everything, I’m never bored, I get to hang out with awesome people, I get to photograph people getting married (or fake-married in this case), and it’s always AMAZING.

 

Makeup: Raney O’Keefe www.raneyokeefe.com
Reception/Table Design: Roundabout http://roundaboutblog.com/
Ceremony & Portrait Session Design: Project5A Events
Location: LeahAndMark.com Private Residence
Brides: Theresa Weisenberger & Roddas Workneh
Groom: Christopher Bupp

 

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Business Investment Decisions

We are often asked the question – why is your Internship so successful? Of course – the real question that’s usually being asked is ‘how do you continue to attract so many interns that work for free, and that seemingly work so hard for you?

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Although we can easily come up with a complicated answer involving how we manage personalities, projects that we assign, and our extensive interview process – the real answer is simply the amount of energy and resources that we spend on the Internship. Between workshops that we provide (photo 101, lighting, marketing, photobooths, styled shoots,  a two day wedding workshop) and critique nights, and group shoots, and of course the introduction/graduation nights – this current season requires a substantial amount of effort to keep things running smoothly. There’s the time it takes to schedule everything, and get ready for workshops – and then of course the actual duration of the workshops… and online communications, and other last minute projects that come up with each season.

It’s so much work now that we hired our Creative Director (Joy) specifically to make sure everything operates awesomely.

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So how much time does it take to operate our Internship? As much as possible. We spend as much time as we possibly can on the Internship because we decided that it was worth it to our business. Not only that – but the effectiveness and success of each Season directly relates to my level of involvement and focus – and past seasons have proved that to be very true.

Deciding to share our knowledge and teach it to others for free was one of the best business decisions we ever made. At least in the top 3.

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We don’t spend too much time thinking about our branding, or what gear to buy – more than anything else we spend our time figuring out how we can share what we know. We don’t earn any profit for our workshops and our Internship is free and unpaid. We work very hard at trying to give away what we’ve learned.

It’s odd but yes – giving away as much of our ‘knowledge’ or secrets as we can is part of our business strategy – and it’s worked very well for us.

 

Weddings | Portraits | Photobooths

 

Moving Right Along | Goodbye from +Krista

Today, I’m posting on LeahAndMark.com for the last time.

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I have a story for you. I moved out on my own two days after my 18th birthday. Two! DAYS! Now that I’m actually a grown-up (because let’s face it: when you’re 18, you’re not a grown-up), I can say with complete and utter certainty, that that was nuts. So much could have happened to me. Bad stuff. Mistakes. Poor decisions and no money to pay bills. Failure. BUT.

Moving away from home when I did was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in all my twenty-seven years of existence. And not because I hated home, or hated my parents, or hated the safety and comfort of my cozy little bedroom. I had one of the happiest childhoods I’ve ever heard of, actually, and my parents have somehow, in that weird full-circleness of life, become some of my very best friends. I left home not in spite of the lovely things I had surrounding me but because of them. I needed to be on my own. To make decisions myself. To risk mistakes and crappy judgment and empty bank accounts. To chance failure. And I wasn’t entirely alone anyway- I brought along my tall, dark, and handsome high school sweetheart to chance those things alongside me. I had a partner, yes, but the experience was all my own. And it shook me and shaped me into the evolved version of myself that I am today: strong(er), smart(er), and even more fiercely independent than I was even as a kid. That experience of jumping into the unknown is what did it for me.

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So now, I’m leaping from the nest again so to speak- still shooting, still blogging, still growing as a photographer every single moment, just over at KristaTurnerPhotography.com instead. It’s weirdly parallel to how I’m feeling now and how I felt when I was 18. Excited, anxious, impatient, and scared shitless too. Applying for the LeahAndMark.com internship was the single greatest thing I’ve ever (EVER) done for my photography, and right up there in my top ten for best decisions of my life. Coming onboard as an Associate Photographer- with that fancy little + sign in front of my name- has been equally life-changing, and soul-shaping and mind-bending and FUN. The things I’m coming away from this experience with, well… they’re things you’re not going to find anywhere else. (Trust me. I looked.) And the best part of it all is the camaraderie you’re building with these other incredible photographers- it’s awesome because you’re surrounding yourself with so much creative energy, you can only go up from where you started. And it’s because of Leah and Mark that I’ve been able to experience this.

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And so, thank you, Mark and Leah, for bringing me into your family and showing me who I am and how to appreciate it. Knowing you both has changed me forever, and there aren’t a whole lot of people I can truly say that about. Thank you for helping me. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for everything.

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Thank you to my fellow Pluses– they’re beautiful, talented photographers and you should definitely continue to follow their journeys too. Also, they know what it’s like to wrangle Mark. These ladies are simply amazing.

I’m not delving into this new chapter alone. My tall, dark, and handsome high school sweetheart is now my husband, and he happens to be my very favorite person in the world to have next to me when it’s time for a new adventure. Plus he makes me laugh and fixes me coffee late at night whenever I ask. (I’m so very lucky.)

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I remember on my first night as a new Intern, a million years ago it seems, Leah was talking about the importance of our blogging. She said we’d have readers, even if we didn’t realize it, and so it was important to keep writing (and shooting) for them too. And she was right: so many times, I’ve felt like I’ve been talking to myself in my blogs, which is totally cool because writing is a ridiculously therapeutic habit to get into. But then I’ve been out, and people I’d had no idea were even paying attention would start conversations to punctuate whatever I’d talked about in that week’s latest blog. And that has never ceased to feel really really neat to me. So thank you for reading along. I guess I like talking to myself a little, but I like talking to you so much more.

xo,

Krista