Welcome to the Intern Corner!
I can’t believe I'm about halfway through my summer internship with Jono & Laynie! I know… it’s crazy right. I’ve been learning SO MUCH while being here. From photography tips to personal financial advice from Layne and everything in between hehe.
Here are just 5 things I’ve learned so far:
1. Blogging, blogging, blogging
It takes a lot of behind the scenes work for your business to be successful. Things like networking and improving your website can really help. That’s why we always try to stay active on the blog. Meeting new people at networking events or passing out your business cards to different people can help. And your work can even spread through word of mouth. So it’s always good to try to get your name out there.
As a photographer you meet lots of people all the time and sometimes you’re put in stressful situations. You have to do a lot of on-the-spot thinking. It takes a certain type of personality to become a photographer. Even if you’re a bit shy you have to be outgoing and engaging in front of others, which is something I have to work on.
I’ve been doing a lot of editing with Jon and Layne and I’ve learned a lot about how they edit their photos. I find editing really fascinating and it’s interesting to see the many different ways a photographer can choose to edit their photos. There’s a certain process you need to follow to store your photos that makes sense to you so you can locate all of your work at any time. And don’t even get me started on external hard drives!
I currently have a Nikon camera and just as I suspected most photographers use Canon. Not to say that Canon is better than Nikon (which is an age old debate) but I’ve noticed that a lot of photographers use Canon cameras.
I’ve learned that you have to have many different lenses for all types of situations. Anywhere from a telephoto lens to the widest lens possible because you never know what kind of situation you’ll be in.
5. Lifestyle of a Photographer
Even though their studio is in Brantford, Jon and Layne sometimes have to travel hours and hours away to photograph an event. That takes dedication! And as I’ve experienced a few times already, plans get changed a lot because of things like the weather or because someone decides to cancel at the last minute. And if someone decides to postpone something to another day you have to be available.
So you pretty much have to be available at all times of the year! …No not really. That’s impossible.
But you have to have boundaries and give yourself a break in the week. Since a lot events are planned on the weekends, a lot of photographers don’t get a “traditional” weekend so they have to schedule time off during the week. Basically the lifestyle of a photographer is a balancing act between work and play.
I could go on and on but these are some of the main things I’ve learned so far.
I’ve been posting a lot of blogs lately so check out all the blogs I’ve written so far and give it a like!