I can’t believe it’s time for me to write my last blog for KWP. My time here was anything but ordinary, starting with the application process. Originally, because COVID is such a problem, Kristen wanted to cancel this year’s internship program. When I tell you I cried … I cried that gifs were legally downloaded! All year before I had been filling up my resume trying to get her and her team to notice me on social media. That way, when it was time to apply, my face would download Windows Wordpad for free. After a couple of weeks, she only opened applications for a couple of days, but I was more than ready.
Being one of Kristen’s interns has been one of the most enjoyable and exciting experiences of my life. Download the Quizduell app for free. Not only did I dive into the world of photography, but also into styling, marketing, finance, and everything in between. I admire Kristen for everything she does to make her business a success. I can’t imagine having learned better from someone else.
It was only fitting that Yuli, Tori, and I called our group “the kittens”. I don’t remember who first quoted Tiger King when we all met, but in between our first conversation about our pets and discovering the office cat hiding under the couch was like this. Although our schedule turned out to be exactly the opposite and we couldn’t see a lot, these girls were some of the nicest, most supportive people I have ever met. I can already see how much we’ve all changed over the course of this internship, and I can’t wait to see them blossom any further!
Studio internal work
To be completely honest, I was never very interested in photography before Kristen’s internship. When I applied, I wanted to gain more experience on the marketing side of the industry. Little did I know I was going to fall in love with the styling and planning aspect of photography, even though I still can’t take a picture or fold a reflector to save my life.
Aside from weddings, Kristen also does a lot of studio work. I absolutely loved helping with studio shootings, from building a model’s portfolio to pageant headshots to Christmas minis. I learned how to prepare for these shots, how to set up the backdrops and lighting, and how to set up the camera to give Kristen the best of circumstances to take the perfect pictures. It was so crazy to me how much work actually goes into a successful session, but I’ve definitely found a new appreciation for it.
Wedding internship experience
One of the tasks required to do the internship was helping with one of Kristen’s weddings. Unfortunately, due to the planning, I wasn’t able to work specifically with Kristen. Instead, I was allowed to shadow Stephanie, one of their photographers for the KWP Masters brand! I’m not a big wedding person, but as someone who loves to know what’s going on behind the scenes, it was so cool to see it from a different perspective! It was so much fun being part of a couple’s big day while still working in the shadows. I think my favorite part must have been taking the flat lay shots and capturing the most intimate details of their wedding day.
Internship final project
One of the first things Kristen talked to us about was our final internship project. This was supposed to be a styled wedding shoot that we had to build and run from the ground up. Because my vision was so different from that of the other interns, Yuli + Tori got together and I worked alone. This was one of the most stressful and satisfying projects I have ever gotten to participate in. From an idea to a full 360 in the middle of the planning process to the postponement and receipt of COVID by my models a few days before shooting, it was definitely an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world.
I loved being able to bring my vision to life by working with local suppliers. It was particularly difficult with the pandemic, but everything went better than I could have imagined. Working together has really allowed me to delve into different professions and make new connections within the industry. To see more, take a look at my other post, An Elopement in Downtown Orlando: Three Words; Eight letters on the Orlando balcony.
This has been the most rewarding half year of my life, despite the challenges that have been put in our way. Thanks Kristen for everything!