Hi. We’re Leah and Mark. We have the best Photography Internship in the Country.
We’re forever amazed, appreciative and just absolutely grateful to everyone who has ever applied for our Internship – and of course to everyone that has been our Intern and worked with us. The fact that we’re just about to start our Seventh Season is… well… back when we started, we never thought it would last past that first group of Interns. I mean come on – who does this sort of stuff? Who else has an Internship like we do?
Of course – our Internship blurs the lines and mixes apprenticeship, internship, mentorship, and training…ship. The experience is also different for every single Intern. Some are simply less involved and they have a completely different experience than some of our Interns who are there, present, and shooting All. The. Time. Intern Marj from Season 4 MOVED HERE from COLORADO for the three months. She literally went on about 56 photoshoots/events during her Season. LITERALLY. (I’m using the word correctly here.)
Our needs change from Season to Season as well. We don’t look for the same type of Interns every time. It might not look like it – but we do mix it up. Skill levels. Personalities. Experience. Other qualities that an Intern might bring to the group, to our business – and just people we want to hangout with. Because we’re all not getting paid for any of this – so we better like hanging out with each other.
(This video is from Season One)
So the selection process goes like this.
– 1st application.
– Each person makes their list. (Leah, Mark, Raven, Debra, Jo)
– 1st Round Cuts.
– 2nd Application.
– Each person makes their list. (Leah, Mark, Raven, Debra, Jo)
– Discussion. Back alley deals are made. More discussion. More back alley deals made.
– Final notifications sent out.
Now. I know it looks like we’re being nice and giving back and all that – but make no mistake – the decisions we make for our Internship are business decisions. So while it seems like we’re choosing ‘students’ – what we’re really selecting are people who will represent us and our business. And like I said earlier – our needs change with every Season. This is why our applications are made the way they are (short answer essay) and why we do some of the things we do (36 hour deadline for the 2nd application – at 3AM. THREE. A.M.)
We also leave a few things open ended – or vague – or just as an unknown test – not because we’re jerks, but because if you’re All. In. then you’ll do these things we ask without hesitation, and unconditionally (well, I’m a jerk – Leah’s not a jerk). We’ve had people cut their vacations short and fly in from Texas just so that they could attend our Intern Graduation/Introduction night. We’ve had people MOVE here from Colorado, and Florida. Why would we select people that have reservations about this whole thing? Or it’s value. Or whether or not it’ll be worth their effort? We’re All. In. and that’s what we expect from anyone that joins us.
So. We have a new batch of Interns. For some of them, this was their 4th time applying – YES. They applied four times. While it doesn’t always guarantee a spot – it’s definitely noted. So here we go. We’ll be introducing our Season Seven Interns next Monday.
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.
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.
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:
Here is what our Alumni Interns have to say about how this Internship changed their lives:
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 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
Find out if you do make photographs like everyone else – so you can stop
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:
Do things that matter
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 February, March, & April | Three months.