March 24, 2009

Meet Hannah [my intern]

I was checking my message one day and had a call from a young lady named Hannah from Randolph Community College, inquiring about an internship. A light bulb went off. It never occurred to me, but I was excited! Even though I can't possibly have enough hours in the day, nor stay organized long enough to get any thing done in a timely manner on my own, I was wondering if I had enough for someone else to do 40 hours a week. I have been so use to doing it all by myself for so long, I freaked at the thought that I would have enough work+knowledge to make it worth her time. I was totally willing to take on the challenge! After all, I can talk photography all day!

Once Hannah + I had an opportunity to sit and talk about her goals, weakness and strengths, I knew we both could learn from one another. She wanted to learn more about how to work + communicating with clients, as well as the business side of photography. One part of my day to day tasks that I feel really confident I could give her some insight on. One of her weaknesses, as well as mine, is posing, so we are on a mission to figure that one out together! I have learned already that she is really good with studio lighting, which is always a challenge for me. She's even taught me a few photoshop tricks!

We are 3 weeks in and it has been great having her around. She has had an opportunity to assist me on a few shoots. We have an upcoming wedding where I am really going to get to see what she's got! Thus far, I have been extremely impressed with her attitude, work ethic, and most importantly her camera work. She is a pleasure to have around, kind of like a little sister.

Our first week together we went out and did a mini photo shoot of one another.

To be honest, it is the first time I've ever had someone professionally take my photo and I actually liked it! That is huge, because I never like my own image!

Sally Gupton [image by Hannah McClure]

I had Hannah write a few lines about herself and her point of view.
She can be reached at if you have any questions for her or want to say hello.

Without further ado, meet Hannah:

Hannah's Blog

I am a student at Randolph Community College in the commercial photography program, and we’re required to complete two internships to graduate. So I was searching for someone to intern with, when I came across Sally’s website. I enjoyed her work and found it to be a whole lot better than a lot of wedding photographers I looked up in the Triad.
I was interested in getting experience with wedding photography and portraiture, etc., but not the stiff, posed photographs one might think of when they hear the word portrait. So I am excited to get this experience with someone whose pictures are fun, candid, and full of life.
I will be graduating in August, which is crazy! These two years of photo school have been frustrating, difficult, demanding … and still somehow amazing. I never thought I would learn so much. And internships are one of the biggest parts of learning! I have to say I’m not exactly sure what’s to come after graduation, but I am excited about the future and choosing which road of photography I want to go down! I’m hoping the best is yet to come!

Watch out world! I know Hannah is going to do some amazing work in the future and I am honored to have been apart of her journey!

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