My daily tasks include framing portraits, assisting in photo sessions, answering phones, scheduling and confirming appointments, greeting clients as they enter the studio, brainstorming ideas for marketing promotions and updating client accounts. There are also times that I am needed to run errands for props and other needed supplies.
Going into this internship my goals included learning the business side of owning a photography studio, learning studio lighting, and to also learn about graphic design and how to cater to individual clients’ needs. After beginning the internship I realized other goals I would like to achieve for myself, such as, learning effective ways to keep a studio organized, learning how to communicate and speak with clients in a professional manner. From my experience, I have learned to appreciate the value of good customer service.
Some goals for after graduation are to own and operate a small photography studio specializing in pet portraiture. My plans for a photography studio would also include graphic design services, such as designing logos and websites. I would start my business from home until I have a customer base to support a full time income. Eventually I would like to purchase studio.
There are many things I have learned already while working in this internship. I am able to ask any of the employees questions about their jobs, which I find very helpful in understanding more about the industry. Not only have I already learned a great deal about studio photography, but I have also learned some of the aspects of running a small photography business including; how to communicate effectively with clients to understand their visions, how to maintain client information, and most importantly I have learned how important it is to stay organized.