This intern is about so much, and as stated upon sign up “it’s what you put into it, that will determine what you will get out of it“. So while I thirst for the photographic lessons I hope to come away with, during this short precious 3 month internship. There are other lessons I’ll be embracing during the journey. Such as the lesson’s I was able to pick up during my latest shoot for LeahAndMark.com for the fashion show put on by the AMA (American Marketing Association) partnering with Bloomingdale’s at Lenox Square Mall . This lesson was one that I’ve perhaps touched on in a past experience. Although during the resurfacing of the lesson, it shed new light, and triggered a moment of rediscovery on how to handle situations as they come. Well enough gibberish, people often regard their business as their “baby”, this is typically the case for small business owners.
You put so much time and attention into the business, setting the foundation, understanding the marketing, the picking of staff, and the handling of sometimes very colorful clients. Needless to say it’s a lot, and once you get the ball rolling. You will likely have to re-mold the business to keep up with growth, and the future success. With all that in mind, do you want to send a “quote intern unquote” to handle your affairs? You do if they had been screened via a stringent application process, they’ve been carefully chosen, and even then honestly you got take a bit of a gamble that you didn’t allow an idiot to slide in under the radar.
The lesson I speak of, is the ability to trust, and rely on your own ability to make sound confident decisions, and then move on next task. Instead of allowing your mind to worry that you have “Beavis and Butthead” at the shoot, representing your companies name.
During the shoot, an intern noted that “Mark’s latest post is saying he’s on a plane to VA, for a wedding shoot. I guess we are on our own”. Now this initially was a bit of a surprise, the fact that we would have no official LeahAndMark.com lead on this shoot. However immediately after that thought floated out of my head. I could hear Elaine’s spiel in my head “Be confident, they don’t know this is your second shoot with leahandmark.com and you’re going virtually solo, aside for your fellow interns”. Suddenly I could hear an encouraging diddy playing in my head, “Like a Boss”. I immediately got in professional camera man mode, I crank my cheesy smile up to 110%, made sure I made I contact with every guest prior to going in for my shot, assuring them I’m here to work. I’m not the creepy guy stalking you for a shot. After about an hour of bouncing around the room, I’m confident that I have worked the room with my big orange badge. The whole time keeping in mind a few request of the client. One to get images of the brands they sell, two get the “VIP” guest such as board members of the AMA, and Three get faces.
As the night continued on, the networking began to dwindle down, and the intern team called it a night. This intern packed up my gear, feeling great about the evening, and about the opportunity that LeahAndMark.com presented, and trusted us with.
Oh Look, There’s a Big VEE, LMAO