The purpose of the project I have been working on over the past three weeks. Is to have a branding video, or somewhat of commercial for Marcy, to show any future clients or visitors of the website to see what they would get out of a the job. The video talks about everything that would be typical included in a package deal and how you will be treated throughout the job. It also tell you about Marcy and her experience that makes her right for the job. So it's there to help attract more clients potentially.
This was an importance piece for Marcy B. Business because it helps her to show future clients what they will gain from a package after working with Marcy Browe. It shows what she has the offer, what makes her qualified, and her experience.
The process has taken about three weeks and has been relying on how much footage we could get for this video essentially.
First we had to figure out the outline, the storyboard, just what we wanted out of the video in general
After we discussed that we began getting footage, first being Marcy’s voice over/video of her talking to put over and around the video
I then shot some b-roll around her studio and then went home to put together what I could of what I had.
The next week and a half was partially dedicated to getting footage for Marcys video of her interacting with clients and taking pictures doing her job.
After I got what I thought was enough footage I started to put a lot more work into the video, because now I am able to actually start making quality.
I then made a draft of the video to send to
Marcy and make sure we were on the same page with the video, She sent her edits and I worked on the edits and then began color correction, video tweaks, anything I missed and finishing up the video in general.
Then I finished the video.
Visuals are in the presentation and of the the video product.
Video Product Link: Here
Presentation Link: Here
My internship has been a huge help in determining my career, what I wanna do, and what path I am going to decide to take. The internship has made me think about college and my college path in a very different way then I've ever thought before. I've learned that the career path (even though I am really considering and probably will attend college) that I don't need college for my designated career. Videography & Photography which is somewhat similar in priorities is all about connections. You don't exactly have to have a determining degree like most other careers if you have actual talent than you have a more than better chance of success in this career, it is driven by connections. I would really love to go to college for the reason being the amazing opportunities college offers you although if something comes up or possibly prevents me from going to college I would be satisfied without going down that path. I do really want a degree in my career although because it is an easier path to secure a career other than freelancing. I do think I am prepared for making these steps in my life (College & a career). Although I do know I still have a lot to learn, prioritizing pricing, customer socializing, and marketing. Overall this has been the biggest helping hand into my potential future career and I would definitely do it again and recommend it to anyone. Thank you for this amazing opportunity that High Tech High offers, this should be something everyone should experience.
I will be commenting on Matthew Evans, Blog Post & Elizabeth Trans, Blog Post.
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Since I am having problems with my weebly's widget to function properly, I decided to instead of doing a slide show to upload the image I chose into a drive foulder and numbered them off and give a breif description of each of them.
1. This picture was taken on one of my first days working on my internship. We were setting up a set for Marcy Browe's Branding video I was in charge of creating. I managed all of the furniture and directed what she did. She took care of the script and helped with directing/lighting.
2. This is the full picture of the set without the camera cropping. This was right before we made final adjustments like adding props, moving lights, and monitoring audio.
3. This was a picture from the second week. Our job this day was to get pictures of Poway for the San Diego Government marketing team. I snapped this picture after I thought this was pretty creative. How this not as well known coffee shops had so much more quality they had to offer although people chose the faster option over it.
4. This image was taken the day we went to San Diego central city to snap some pictures of Petco Park and the in the area there. We went into this store to show one of the unique restaurants you can find in San Diego. This restaurant was especially nice because the owner perfectly described anything we asked him and the food was out of this world. It not only made a great meal but a great picture, For the marketing project.
5. The fifth picture was taken in Little Italy. We were planning on doing a photoshoot in this building but it ended up getting canceled due to building management and them not wanting photographs being taken on the roof. We later found a different amazing spot in Little Italy.
6. This sixth picture was taken in Coronado Island of the Coronado's well-known hotel on the island that has an ice rink near the water during the winter time apparently. I had never been to Coronado in my life so seeing such a stereotypical California area, was great for my photogenic eye.
7. This seventh picture was the last day of the internship. We were doing a photo shoot at Viasat for their internship program. We decided to set up outside on a balcony for a calm background landscape shot behind them when interns were getting their picture taken. This is a picture of me fixing a lights wireless connector.
8. This is also me fixing the same light again... that wasn't a fun light to manage.
9. Here is the landscape shot of our photoshoot set up, simplistic yet effective. We had a total of around 30 to 40 headshots that day which last from 6 to 7 hours.
10. This tenth photo was a picture of the Viasat campus, what was in the background for some of the intern's pictures after we then later switched positions. A very unique and modern campus.
11. This is another picture of Little Italy. This is when we just arrived for the photo shoot and we were waiting for the models to be ready to shoot. Marcy decided to walk around Little Italy beforehand to get some pictures for her client, this was one of the pictures I took that I thought was pretty good looking. Not because of the quality but because of how much is going on. You could look at one part of the photo and see something happening when on the other side a whole different event is happening. Pretty interesting.
12. This picture was taken when we visited El Cajon. Quite obviously its the El Cajon welcoming sign although the thing I liked about this photo is the clouds nicely lined up in the background. This and also the fact that I ran into the middle of the street to get this picture, it was an adventure.
13. This picture was taken in La Mesa in the well known La Mesa main street. This was a great little area because it was very photogenic and perfect for what we were looking for. A cozy, small cute kind of looking town, something that someone wouldn't be afraid to visit or live in.
14. This picture was taken late morning in Poway park. I explicitly remember taken this photo because I was avoiding a pack of elementary students on a field trip and I was afraid I was gonna possible distract them or accidentally grab their attention. Lucky I timed everything nicely to where that never happened.
15. This picture was also taken in Old Poway Railroad park. This was just a nasty picture taken of the pathway I thought that would've been creative. This picture fits perfectly with the green warm blurry background with the sharp green plants to the very left of the photograph.
16. This picture was taken in San Diego right next to the midway. On my way home I spotted a boat event going on near the pier and asked to stop and snap some pictures of this. I later told my intern mentor about this and they asked me to send them the picture to them because they could possibly be useful for the San Diego marketing project.
17. Then, of course, the midway. This picture was solely taken for the lighting I appreciated radiating off the skyscrapers in San Diego City. I also plan to send this to my internship mentor that could possibly be useful for her project.
As I didn't get many pictures of the work we actually did (Because some of those images may have been under some legal paperwork therefor I couldn't release it) I did get pictures of the adventures, places, and events we explored throughout this month of internship. This has truly been an eye-opening experience and has helped me with every aspect of my career, and my future careers.
I will be commenting on Matthew Evans Blog post and Maxin Marinez Blog Post
Part 1 (About the internship project)
How did your project go from an idea or inspiration to a final product?
The project that I and my mentor decided originally came from going over my skills and talents that I could contribute to Marcy's business. Once we went through the details we decided that I could make Marcy, a branding commercial video for her website and future clients. The reason we decided on this was that apart of my future aspirations is to be a videographer so why not use my skills to good use and have my work on a project that uses my skills. This was a perfect opportunity for me to practice my skills of videography and editing and for her to finally get herself a branding commercial.
What did you learn about your own work from your internship project?
Throughout working on my internship project I learned a lot about myself and my capability to maintain a steady work mentality. One thing I learned throughout working on my project is that I don't have that much of stamina when it comes to walking and driving all over the county and interacting with people. I also find myself getting tired or losing focus real fast which is definitely something I need to focus on conquering. Although over time I believe that I can conquer these weaknesses and overall be a better intern and in the future a better business owner or employee.
How was your work as an intern meaningful to your education?
I think this internship has helped me more than any other work experience I've had in my life because it's giving me a real-life example of what my business will feel like. Of course, I am interning for a photographer and not a videographer, even though the career is different the interactions are semi similar with the people you would talk to.
Part 2 (About the Internship)
What new appreciations did you develop while working as an intern? why?
The appreciations I developed throughout working as an intern is how much time and effort goes into these jobs. I realized that the stamina required to go through an entire day as a photographer is a lot to handle and I still need training or practice to be capable of doing. Of course, videographer's stamina level and time may be different although it is always good to be prepared for the unexpected.
How might internship influence the direction of your life?
The internship is definitely influencing my life in every way. The reason being that I am experiencing everyday life in a similar career to the career I am interested in it. It's getting me prepared for how I should be talking to clients, how I should be managing my time, and how I should be focusing my energy on certain objectives. It overall is a huge advantage to my future and its success and I would definitely say this is a good influence on my life.
What new questions has your internship inspired you to ask about our world? What has it made you wonder about? What are you moved to go out and do or learn about on your own time?
The question's my internship has made me ask myself and other independent photographers/videographers would be, "how do you manage your stamina and stay alive and active through the day?" and "What do you prioritize throughout your day, what is your main goal, and how do you aim for it?" These two questions I have been wondering since my experience of a day as a photographer. I've noticed my stamina is not as long as it should be to survive through an entire day and that I wonder how people in this career handle and keep a positive spirit throughout the day. I am definitely moved to keep going with my internship mentor and trying to develop more of stamina for these long eight hour days.
So far the past three weeks of internship have been a huge help and I am excited to share what I have done through the past month and hopefully this will help guide my future.
I will be commenting on Matthew Evans blog post and Krasten Roachell's blog post.
The Link to the Pictures are Here
These pictures are based on the locations we have been visiting for photography, working on Marcy's project for the San Diego Financial District. We have been going to each known area in San Diego (Little Italy, El Cajon, Hillcrest) and been trying to find family made businesses or unique businesses in general, and of course just cool spots in general.
This, of course, has been an adventure I, however, have many images of the actual studio Marcy works in because well we have only been in it for pretty much four times in the three weeks so far in the Internship. Hopefully, next time we visit the studio I will focus on getting more photographs of the area.
I will be commenting on Maxin Marinez, blog post & Matthew Evans, blog post.
The first two weeks of my internship I have been constantly collaborating with a variety of different people. Such as clients, volunteers, models, beauty professionals, and every single one of these roles holds a special type of self-advocacy. For the days I am required to edit a video instead of participating in a photo shoot, or makes a spreadsheet list, etc I am constantly asking any questions about anything I am confused about or don't fully understand. I also sometimes have to advocate myself to find something for myself to do when my internship mentor is busy or currently cannot assign me a project. I have also seen my mentor use self-advocacy, for example, asking me to hold a light or light reflector, or asks me to take pictures for her while she's talking to a client and is unable to do that part of her job at the time. Constantly asking for support is a big part of photography because your gonna be constantly talking to your clients about what you're aiming for and if they are on the same page. It's then your job to support your clients too in what they are looking for in a shoot and both sides can eventually come to an agreement. I do think I need to work more on finding myself something to do while my mentor is busy doing her job and has no job for me instead of sitting around, possibly I can talk to a mentor about things I can do with in-between free time. But I do try and put myself to work as much as possible.
I think the way I am becoming an intern that "everyone remembers" by constantly putting myself to work and putting in my best effort with any assignment I am required to do. I am also trying to my best to help improve my mentor's business as much as I can by pointing out any creative Ideas I have that could possibly be helpful or suggesting a different lets say set arragment, or a photos framing.
I will be commenting on Maxin Marinez and Matthew Evans blog posts
What I am responsible for doing during my internship as my "internship project" is an advertisement branding video for the business "Marcy Browe Portrait Photography" by the end of the month. This video will be for her business to show customers what an average experience would be like when purchasing a package from her business. The skills required would probably be a creative eye of course but also good editing, filming, and directing skills. So far what we have worked on for the project are clips such as Marcy B. (The business owner) describing what a package experience would be like. She talks about how you will have professional hair and makeup consultant and a professional set, "you'll be treated like a celebrity" she says. The support I would need would probably consist of a sense of direction from Marcy and how exactly she wants the video to be designed. Making sure shes completely satisfied with the final product. I would appreciate a good amount of b-roll of her running her business doing shoots for example as well.
So far I think internship is going great and I hoping that this project will be a success in the end!
(I will be commenting on Max Marinez, and Matthew E. blog posts.
Mentor Interview and "Internship journal" post - Due Friday, May 17
Heres the few questions I was able to ask my Mentor in the amount of time they were able to answer them.
What should you know before I start working here?
My mentor said, "if you were to come on part time or full time, there would be a lot of work-from-home and self-managed time because my schedule is so different from day to day. As you've already gotten a glimpse of, my schedule changes constantly and often without much advance warning, so flexibility is a necessity.
What is your job title?
What are my main duties and responsibilities?
"As a solo entrepreneur I'm responsible for everything, including but not limited to; marketing, accounting, client communication, sending proposals, and bidding on photo projects, finding new clients, social media, photographing, editing, delivering photos, cleaning toilets... who else is gonna do to?? lol"
Why did you choose to work here?
I was unable to get to this question although she did mention that photography used to be a hobby until she wanted to go into it fulltime.
Is there anything I wish I would have realized about the work when I was your age?
"I wish I had the confidence to think of myself as an entrepreneur. I didn't allow myself to think about making a living from my hobby of photography. I went to college and got a degree in Advertising and I always worked for companies that gave me a paycheck and benefits so I got comfortable in that structure. Nobody in my family or in my friend circle worked for themselves so I had no concept of what that's like."
How do you organize your Organization?
"Pretty small org chart ... just me! Although I do outsource work when needed. I hire people to retouch photos and I have a virtual assistant to help me with a few projects."
What does it take to be a successful organization?
"Until 5 years ago I always worked in organizations so I have a lot of insight from an employee's perspective. My 15 years in that environment taught me that change is inevitable. I think people get comfortable working for organizations, but those were always the people who freaked out the most when the change occurs. Many people assume that their position at a company is a right when actually its a privilege." and she continues to say "I feel that a successful organization is one where everyone is invested - emotionally and financially. When people care about what they're doing and they are rewarded when the Org does well, this is the best motivation for attracting and maintaining good team members."
Any other advice?
The last of what she wanted to let me know also answers some of the other sample questions. I didnt wanna ask my mentor too many questions knowing they have a restricting time schedule.
Make connections wherever you go. Talk with people, ask questions and always approach a situation with "how can I provide value?" as opposed to "what can I get out of this?" -- if you are always looking to serve and give, then people will resonate with this and want to help you.
Make solid eye contact and be curious about other people -- this is the way you show respect and people love when they get to talk about themselves, so in turn they'll be attracted to you.
Self development is so valuable and makes life much richer. I wish I had started this years ago (specifically making time for meditation and yoga, consuming self development books/podcasts, studying the law of attraction & manifesting, networking with people who are spiritually aligned with me, attending workshops, asking myself hard questions ... why do I do that?, why am I repeating the same patterns?, how could I have handled that differently?)
Oh ... and travel!! Travel as much as you possibly can. You will learn so much just by being away from home because it puts you in the position to be an observer. You'll more easily understand what you don't know, it's the best education. Even if you travel inside our own country. We live in a massive country - so much to explore and learn.
So far my internship has been running smoothly. We did have a few photoshoots planned but they have been canceled due to rescheduling. My main question right now is what is the average amount of photo shoots you would typically have per week. The only connections I can see with photography and school is to plan everything in advance so you're prepared. So be prepared for the future is a big part of photography. Nothing worth wild has happened this week although the first day we went on a hunt to buy a mini fridge. I thought that was pretty entertaining. I haven't learned much about the organizations' mission and purpose because I don't think the owner has one, but I know the purpose is to provide branding and portrait photography for clients. New skills I think I am developing is figuring out when I should be doing work and when it's not needed considering I am no longer controlled by a system but more independent with my work schedule. I also am learning skills such as planning, priorities, etc. I do think I need to work on devoting my time to certain objectives though.
The commute to and from the internship is a bit of a hassle. We have to drive from Ramona to Oceanside which is about an hour a 30 min commute which can be a lot for a drive there and back especially since I cannot drive myself. If I were to actually work here I would have to move closer to the area or stay with a friend during the weekdays.
I will be commenting on Matthew E. Blog post, and Elizabeth T. blog post.
First Impressions from Day One - Due Wednesday, May 15
Quick, get down your first impressions of your job before you know too much!
What struck me most about the worst space when I first arrived on day one is how flexible the environment is and the people are. The studio has furniture surrounded in various locations meant to be moved and rearranged to create any photo sets, make the room comfortable, or to have any video sets. The schedule is also flexible in the sense that this is a one-person business which means it is only relying on one person schedule. This means that everything is completely random and can be molded to what suits the mentor or my schedule the best.
What struck me the most about my colleagues was not much. In my internship, there are not really colleagues but more of clients, and the one "employee" there is the mentor/owner of the business. The one client we met on day one was very nice and didn't mind my presence. I focused on filming footage of the mentor and her client for a branding video I am making for her website (My internship project). I don't have any problems so far.
The most striking news about the job I'm doing would be how much more planning and time goes into planning it where the actual physical part of the job is quick and if your not prepared you're not gonna get what you need. For example when our first client came in. We were given about 10 minutes to film enough footage for a commercial, including taking pictures of the mentor talking to the client, the mentor photographing the client, and finally, the reflection of the mentor and client talking. Although the client was in a time crunch and didn't have an hour to dedicate to us for taking our time and getting the footage we need.
What I am excited for is later this week. We are planning on going to a professional physician's home and take a various amount of pictures for his website, advertisements, posters, etc. This means we get to scout around his house for places to take shots (which have already been planned). I also get to experience what it's like to have an out of the studio photoshoot. I can also meet a professional psychic which will be neat, he's probably gonna try and read my mind first thing.
I wouldn't say I am worried about nothing too much. The only thing that slightly comes to mind is finishing up the internship project, I would hate it being incomplete which I don't think it gonna happen. We got plenty of time I just want to deliver my internship mentor the best product I can produce and don't wanna fail to do so. Besides that, I think this month is gonna go by great and fast.
I am still waiting to comment on other peoples blog posts, since I cannot find any other students with finished blog posts, I plan to comment on Matthew E. plog post and Elizabeth T. plog post.
Name of Business: Marcy Browe Portrait Photography
Your 1st Period Teacher: Courtney King
(Remember to email or text them your plan and hours for the day between 8 and 9am)
Contact Person (On Site): Marcy Browe
Describe your first impressions of the place.
The first impressions I had of the photography studio was how neat and decorated the environment was. There was a corner for costumes, makeup, and sort of a beauty area while another chunk of the room was storage for studio lights and a huge white backdrop. The rest of the room was covered in types of furniture such as couches, shelves, and desks; all easily movable and accessible in case needed for a photoshoot as a prop. There was another room covered in crafting and sewing items. Marcy Browe's roommate for the studio space was moving out and for this reason, that room was somewhat messy.
Describe what you think a typical work day is like at this site. How big is the site? How many people work there? What is the athmosphere? Business? Business casual?
A typical work day would be 5 to 8 hours working with a client either at the studio or at a different location for the photoshoot. The site size really depends on where you are at there can be multiple areas your gonna shoot it all just depends on what you plan beforehand. Two people use to work in the studio commonly but now that the roommate for the studio is moving out, its soon gonna be just one until she finds another roommate to fulfill space. The atmosphere is sorta bright but small. There's not a lot of space so every part of the studio is used and planned for something its clever. The only business going on is if there is a client there which today there wasn't. Either working with a client or just doing work on the computer, usually finding a client. The usual "business" is mostly just working on previous or new clients apart from the actual photography work.
What do you think the business's general work policies are (tardiness, absence, etc.)?
Considering the business is freelancing I would assume there is no tardiness, absences, rules only consequences to yourself since the entire operation is dependant on the photographer (Marcy). So there are no consequences for tardiness or absence just a loss of profit.
Describe the dress code. What does that mean to you?
The dress code is very casual although not super comfortable. Just wear long pants and at least a t-shirt or button up. The dress code is more strict for woman, for example, no crop tops for the reason being you sometimes hold your arms up in the air a lot. Same with pants only long pants and if shorts they must be to your knees.
Please write a reflection about your Career Day experience. What do you expect the professional world there to be like?
The career day went great. When I first got there I got a quick tour of the studio and got to see each section of the studio and what it does. Once we finished the tour we sat down and started discussing the scheduling and my internship project. With the scheduling, Marcy showed me what days we would be doing shoots and where it would be, what time it would be, etc. We then discussed a little bit about the project I will be doing which is going to be working on making a commercial for her business. She showed me her storyboard and told me what she was looking for in an advertisement. I then told her my ideas and what I think we should add to her storyboard. After that, she showed me some of the equipment I may be using and house to use it in case she would need some help. Then she asked me to help her set up a set for her client the next day shes doing a testimony video shoot for. We set up a set in the last half an hour of the day and after that I got picked up. I would say the day was very productive and I learned a lot in the small amount of time she had that day.
In what ways do you expect your high school classes and the skills you have learned to apply to this profession?
Class: Biology, Humanities, Math
For Biology, I would say the main skill that has helped me so far in this profession would be critical thinking. In order to get stuff done in the photography and videography world, you got to be on top of things at all times and cannot slack off or procrastinate. You gotta know all the details, times, and plan things out ahead of time in order to receive a successful business.
For Humanities, the main skill that helped me would be analyzing your work. Meaning that usually in humanities you focus on analyzing your writing, project, or type of media your working on constantly in drafts until you decide on your final draft. For this profession, you constantly going back to your camera looking at what you got. Then constantly going back and shooting the shot at the same angle or possibly a different angle because you learned that it may look better than the last one. A lot of drafts in this line of work if you connect the two together.
For math, I would say I am using collaboration a lot like a huge tool for photography and videography. The reason being is you constantly have to be socializing with clients and people that could be possible clients and also planning a shoot. You also may have to schedule a beauty professional for the clients. In general, you have to be flexible to the people around you in order to be successful in this line of business.