Rule #473 of the LeahAndMark internship: hustle.
Some shoots are set up for us to participate in as a group. Others are second-shooting opportunities with Mark or the pluses. And still others are shoots that we, as the Intern Army, are encouraged to set up on our own. You might be required to go on a minimum of four shoots per month, but the reality? You shoot more… by about a million. I’m only a month in and I’ve worked more in the past few weeks than I ever thought possible. (My messier house and the growing stacks of folded towels in my living room are proof of that these days.) And to get those extra shoots that boost your experience and your portfolio? You hustle. Like Jay-Z. I’m a hustler, baby. (BAM. Who quotes Jay-Z in a blog post? THIS GIRL.)
At Wedding Day Hooray a few weeks back, I met a lot of really great vendors who made me wish I was planning another wedding, just for the excuse to serve macaroons instead of wedding cake and wear a fabulous fascinator with my veil. One of the vendors I met was Tiffany, owner of Vanille Hue. She designs custom veils and headpieces and belts and- oh yes- those fascinators that I’ve been lusting after since I passed the torch to Kate Middleton when she married my first love, Prince William. Tiffany’s stuff is mostly vintage-inspired, which is why I fell in love with her table at WDH… and it’s also why I got in touch with her about setting up a photo shoot with some of her bridal pieces. See? Hustle, baby.
We met at a park in Snellville on another cold morning and got to work. (Seriously, it’s 70 degrees every single day except when I schedule shoots. Then it’s suddenly winter again.) Now, like my very wise fellow Intern Elaine said in a (rockin’) product shoot she recently did, the images I’m choosing to blog about differ from the images I’ll be handing off to Tiffany. It was certainly a new challenge to emphasize the product over the models. I’m used to focusing all my energy on my models or my environment. (Or both. Ahem. Models on washing machines, anyone?)
Also. The dress Tiffany (another Tiffany!) is wearing was my wedding dress. I actually wore two dresses for my wedding- a long, more traditional one for the ceremony that I didn’t love and a shorter, AWESOME one for the reception that I loved with every bridal bone in my body. Man, I would wear that dress to the grocery store if I could pull it off. And letting someone else wear my wedding dress didn’t bother me in the slightest. Actually, it was kind of neat. My pretty dress got some sun and fresh air. I love you, pretty dress.
Doing a shoot unlike any other that I’ve done before was certainly daunting. But that’s the nature of the internship. Shoot. Shoot more. Shoot and blog. Repeat. Get out there. Find models. Make phone calls. Email. Facebook. Twitter. Orange badge. Camera. Hustle.