Summer Adventure: 2013 internship || dfw wedding photographer

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


"When you are imagining you might as well imagine something worthwhile..."
// anne of green gables

I've always been a little bit in love with May Day.  Long before I even knew what it really was, I loved it because it conjured up visions of barefoot little girls dancing around a may pole in soft green grass, with flower crowns in their hair.  It seemed like a day meant for picnics and summer frocks, strawberry lemonade, pink cake, sunshine, and of course flowers.  After finally doing a little research on it one day to see how closely my visions of flowery happiness lined up with reality, I realized that May Day was every bit as lovely as it sounded--flowers and all.

So what better day to announce something equally happy: dates for this years Summer Adventure!

I definitely deliberated for a little while about wether scheduling one for this summer was wise or even a possibility, between a busy shooting schedule and the fact that I'm married and will be 7 months preggo by this time.  But I'm not generally one to back down from a challenge so lil' raspberry and I are happy to announce that we will be hosting the 2013 Summer Adventure: internship this June!

Date: June 26-29   Location: Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas   Cost: $625
Who should apply: girls age 16 & up who are looking for a little help learning some of the ins-&-outs of starting their own small photography business or honing their talent as a visual storyteller or one who documents life-lovely.

This is the 3rd year that I'll be hosting this, in the past 2 and 1/2 years I've hosted 7 internships + 22 girls and I love it a little more each time.  (See here and here for a peek into past years)  Every year I've been able to hone my vision of what I'm hoping to accomplish and cover during the week and each time it changes slightly but gets a little bit better.  After last year (which was amaaaaazing fun!) I realized that beyond just coming and sitting in sessions, going on shoots, talking about how to use photoshop or lightroom or how to write a contract, what really seemed to be a huge part of the learning process for everyone was just being surrounded by other young photographers who are in the same boat as you generally speaking and learning from each other as well as learning from me.  So my goal this year is to incorporate a little less "session" time, and a little more relationship time.  And as a part of that goal I'll be accepting up to 7 applicants, but I'm also opening it up to past attendees (alumni! whaaaat. ;) who would like to come back for three days of fun and a little "refresher" course!  (Alumni you can expect an email from me this week with details on how you can be a part of the week if you're interested!)

Topics we will cover: shooting in manual + running a photoshoot/shooting a wedding + editing in Lightroom/Photoshop + branding + posing + marketing + pricing + I'll do my best to answer any other random questions you might have!

The cost of tuition covers the internship and materials, food (3 yummy meals a day!) and lodging.  You're responsible for flight/travel to get you here, and spending money for starbucks runs, fro-yo, tacky souvenirs, or anything else we might be able to squeeze in.

If you're interested in being a part of the adventure, fill out THIS APPLICATION and email it to me (jessica @ jessicashae . com) as sooooon as possible!  I would ask that you please please only apply if you're serious about coming and know that you have the time and resources available for it.  There is a good chance I will not be able to accept everyone who applies (because of size limits) and I would hate to turn girls away to make room for you only to have you drop out last minute.

Looking forward to seeing all of your applications, this is always a highlight of my summer :)

Much Love,
Jessica Shae



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30 comments:

  1. AGH! i wish i could, but i'll be out of town. oh well.

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  2. this sounds so cool! I'm not even a photographer and I wish I could come! haha :) have so much fun this summer!!!

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  3. Waaaaaa, I wish I could come! Unfortunately, I'm in a wedding that week. (not unfortunate that I'm in a wedding, just unfortunate that it coincides with this!). Looks like so much fun... I will look forward to seeing pictures!

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  4. I'm very excited that you're doing this again and can't wait to see how it all unfolds! AND I must say I am ALSO very excited about the refresher course; that is a fanTAStic idea :D :D

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  5. I'd love to! SO much.. but I'm 14. :/

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  6. AH NO. I'm working at camp all of June! but I'm planning on coming out to Texas in the next year to visit someone and we can maybe chat about doing a mentorship when I do? that'd be awesome! :) this is such an exciting announcement though, I can't wait to hear all about it and see it go down.

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  7. ah, i really wish i could come! ;) i'm just beginning my photography business, and i know your internships are so helpful (not to mention fun. ;)). i don't think i'll have enough money saved up this year, but if you are doing it next year, i would plan on coming... sounds like so much fun! :)

    xx.

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  8. Bummer. I'm helping shoot a wedding that weekend:( Would love to be able to come sometime!

    Looking forward to hearing all about it!
    Emily

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  9. Ever since I saw the post for last year's internship, I've wanted to do it! :) But, I'm still too young, and I don't think my parents would let me fly that far away for 4+ days. Do you think you would still being doing this in a couple years? (I know it's hard to know for sure, but is this something you want to keep doing?) Because I'd love to do it in two years! :)
    Oh, and is it open to Canadian's?
    Thanks so much and I'm looking forward to hearing about this one! :)

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  10. Wow... I just might do this! I have always wanted to! Thanks for doing it again!

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  11. Oh, and I am guessing that we have to have a dSLR and Lightroom to come?

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  12. OhMan OhMan Oh Man! I've been dreaming about this for years. I just upgraded cameras though and have no extra money! :( Huge bummer. Maybe next year.

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  13. I would lovelovelovelove to do this!!!! But... I can't scratch up $1000 for a class AND my flight there. :P Plus, I'm only eleven. :/

    be genuine :)

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  14. just got VERY excited! :) really hoping i'll be able to come back as an alumni! (that word makes me feel old and i can't believe it's almost been one year!) :)

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  15. SO wish I could come! I was hoping to be able to join an internship this year, but I still don't have a laptop (with both PS/LR on it) that I could use. I'm saving up for one though & I TOTALLY hope to join an internship next year & I'd really like it be yours (PLEASE do one next year!!!). :) <3

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  16. Oh! I would definitely do this if my sisters wedding wasn't right in the middle of it! oh that would've been so exciting..

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  17. I wish I come!! But I'm only 14 and can't really afford it right now...maybe if you do it again someday ;)

    I'm excited to see pictures when it actually happens, though!! :)
    -allison

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  18. !!! So excited to see you are doing this again! Though I won't be able to come THIS year, if you're still having the classes the next year or two, I would love to attend.

    Can't wait to see the pictures!

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  19. Oh goody. I hope I can come.

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  20. If I fly do u pick up from the airport?

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    1. Yes, if you fly into DFW I do airport runs :)

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  21. Hmmm, I can't seem to edit the application. It says View Only. :P

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    1. Sorry you're having problems with it! You can always just copy and past the questions into an email and send it to me that way, it's totally fine! :)

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    2. Thanks! Yeah, that's what I'm doing. :)

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  22. aaarghhh, sounds amazing!! I wish I could do it, buuuuut I'm not in the financial or practical (as in no DSLR, no laptop, no LR) position to do so right now. in the future though, if you host any more of these fabulous things! it stinks sooo much, because I literally live fifteen minutes from grapevine too, so transportation there would be no problem. :/

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  23. I would LOVE to do this but I'll be out of town...maybe the next year. ;)

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  24. actually, i'm planning on coming! :D i saw above that you do airport runs, so that answers on question. if people fly, do they fly in on the 26th, and fly out on the 29th? :) SO EXCITED. ahhh.

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  25. This is so exciting! Does this year's tuition include and cover a logo and site design like last year?

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Thanks for taking the time to say hello, it makes my day everytime! :)

Jessica Shae