Photography Internships in Los Angeles
We work with photography interns from schools with official internship programs and show a keen desire to learn something about the business of photography. We ask them to commit 100-150 hours and expect them to exhibit professional behavior and a desire to learn. Some of the tasks they may perform range from marketing research to assisting on assignments. Interns must receive credit for their internship and provide a contact with their school.
Students need internships to expand their network of industry relationships for two reasons. Firstly, who are you going to call when you get your first real jobs or are asked to do something you are not familiar with? Someone from your network; preferably someone who knows what they are doing is going to give you the information you need. Photography students need a photographer they can call and ask for support and information throughout their careers.
Secondly, your ability to create and nurture your relationships is directly related to your career success.
I often call other photographer colleagues when I need to find resources I am not familiar with, when I don’t know how to shoot something and when I need pricing perspectives. I call them just to say hello. Having a developed network is critical to your success. Internships are critical to your success.
We recommend that students start interning in their freshman year because, with some notable exceptions, most schools are NOT going to teach you what you need to know to prosper as a photographer and you will be alone in a field that is more competitive than law, medicine or finance. It is almost certain you will not have a job when you graduate unless you already have a network in place.
The photography field can be very rewarding but talent is no guarantee of prosperity. Business acumen and social skills, and A GOOD NETWORK are equally important.
We have worked with photography interns from Brooks School of Photography, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Santa Monica City College, USC, Pasadena City College, Los Angeles City College, UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge. However we do prefer students with ties to local universities and colleges that don't present a great travel challenge.
So, to that end, we feel a responsibility to teach the ins-and-outs of commercial photography, and we do so with great care. We speak to students about lighting techniques and the business of photography. WE DO PAY ATTENTION and any intern that works with us is ENTITLED to my unsolicited opinions, time and attention when they have questions or even if they don't. They are also welcomed to schedule sit down talks with me and can call me any time with business or career questions. Please call if you are interested in a photography internship in Los Angeles.
Photography assignments can be physically demanding, so interns should be prepared for a variety of tasks from digital capture to loading equipment before photography assignments. Since we use established photography assistants, interns aren't expected to know any lighting systems, techniques or setups.
I think that THE MOST SUCCESSFUL INTERNS ASK THE BEST QUESTIONS, arrive on time, have very open minds and a good sense of humor.
Please email us to learn more about our photography internship. We are flexible and can work with most schedules although most of our work takes place on the week days.
We look forward to talking with you about your career.