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Party in the park! | by +Luiza

So my weekend was pretty freakin’ sweet.

I got to go see The Electric Sons, Yeasayer, Grouplove, Ellie Goulding, and Passion Pit. Up front. And call it “work”. I even got to go on stage with Ellie Goulding. What up! (ok I’m done bragging. I think.)


I just really love what I do, you guys.

This time last year, I also photographed Party in the Park as intern Luiza. And it was AMAZING. So I kind of knew what to expect, but even so, this year blew my mind.



A lot was the same and a lot was different and it all was just. freaking. awesome. The bands put on a great show, the crowd was bigger, the fans were louder, more excited, and carried dinosaurs with them. Pretty sure I even saw an unicorn with laser eyes somewhere.



And it’s crazy to me to look back at the photos and see just how much I’ve grown this past year. And how much more comfortable I am with a camera in a crowd. And in front of a crowd.



Awesome interns Michaella and Kristi also joined me this year. And we got to do superawesomecool things like go on top on the Omni Hotel to take superawesomecool photos of everyone having a groovy time while we were also having a groovy time. Because when you’re an intern (or a plus) it’s impossible not to have a groovy time. Especially when you’re shooting a party. In the park.



Don’t get me wrong, we work hard. Really really ridiculously hard. And it’s not always glamorous, but it’s always worth it. Because being on your feet for hours, carrying around heavy gear, and editing and writing until 3AM after working your 9-5 job isn’t always superawesomecool. But the things I like a little less about being a photographer don’t even bother me when the things I like a whole lot more about being a photographer are just so awesome. Like going to concerts. And showing you all these awesome photos that make you wish you were there too. And showing you all these awesome photos that make you wish you were a photographer too. And, you know, being on stage with Ellie Goulding.

Oh. And working with Mark. That’s my favorite thing about being a photographer. (he totally didn’t make me say that)


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
Reception/Table Design: Roundabout
Ceremony & Portrait Session Design: Project5A Events
Location: Private Residence
Brides: Theresa Weisenberger & Roddas Workneh
Groom: Christopher Bupp


Atlanta. Wedding. Photography. Workshop. Internship. | +Luiza Chelaru Atlanta Wedding Photographer