This experience has changed, I very much see it as a huge upgrade. No longer is it a normal internship experience. No longer is it office training only, or even a majority focus on office training.
It’s an EXCHANGE… I am spending a couple hundred hours of my summer training and putting on workshops and photography events. I put a price tag on it and then people work it off, meaning in essence they work off the training and workshops (Like a paid internship). The great thing for them is that this work is actually probably the most beneficial aspect of the summer for them. This way people put value on and appreciate my time and they feel their time is being valued as well. Also it’s happier on their pocket book to trade.
My hope is that because there are over a dozen students that it will be very worth it because I train multiple people at a time. I also try to let go and allow the students to quickly become the teacher… specially on small and simple projects.
- Well last friday we had an all day workshop with 10 of us there
- Monday’s usually end up being training days and yesterday there were 6 of us
- I have a couple of big photoshoots this week and trying out having 2 assistants there.
- Thursday evening I hope to do a very important and exciting presentation (two)
- Saturday a Portfolio Building photoshoot
- Pretty much every day there’s something except for today… but I’ve been able to edit and upload 3 batches of pictures.
This is what I wrote to the Student-Associates:
Before you start shooting a lot I really think it would be handy to teach some great principles BEHIND the photography.
The “Attractions and Distractions Presentation” is powerful and will leave you looking at your pictures and how you take them in a different way. Together with the “What You Can Do to your Pictures” otherwise called “What Lightroom Can Do” a presentation I spent 12+hrs creating for PCU-2010 but never gave because of technical problems.
I’m looking at a 6pm start time on Thursday here at the office, this is the presentation that I would start a 2-3 day full-on workshop with, and the editing presentation really opens the eye to all the possibilities of enhancing pictures. The presentation since we’re combining two very good presentations will be long and we’ll have food… it should be about 3hrs or more. (I can’t set aside lots of nights so I have to cram a lot into fewer nights)
Taking advantage of the flowering trees and a nice sunny day I’ll put together a Portfolio Building Photo Shoot.
The great part is I put a petition out for possible models for these events all summer long and had a lot of response. Wouldn’t mind more of course since most shoots it would be nice to have around 5 or so.
And we’re looking for all type of models because we’ll do portfolio building photo shoots for lots of wedding stuff, family stuff and model stuff.
There will be training before the models arrive on how to interact, pose them and how to light them… so it’s somewhat of a workshop. We’ll try our best to pair up so one person is always assisting another.
Theme: I’m leaning towards either wedding theme, (Bridals or engagements… or just staying simple and doing easy individuals/models/seniors)
We’re also aiming for a nice park with flowering trees, we’ll let those actually going know the location and time. but it’ll be a few hours before sunset until twilight.
- Full On Workshops
- Location Search (And Use) Workshops
- Other Workshops (Assisting, Lighting)
- Flash Camp Workshops
- Personal Portfolio Reviews
- Performance reviews
- Portfolio building photoshoots
- In office training
- Business training
- Special guest presenters
I suppose it’ll depend on which event you go to with a discount for both.
If you can’t make it that’s fine, there’ll be many more of these all summer long… because well I already have lots of people coming to each one with the students.
And of course the other way to be involved is to get yourself onto the model mailing list for these events.
Here’s the color version below… I can’t decide which one I like better so I put them both.