To graduate from RCC’s Photographic Technology department, we as portrait students must complete one internship. The last 8 weeks of the spring semester is when the internship took place.
I interned for Leslie Leda of Leslie Leda Photography. She is a pet photographer based out of Jersey City, NJ and New York City. (Pictured below)
During this internship, I mainly focused on working on making a welcome/session guide for her. The guide is a useful marketing tool. This helped me to learn more about marketing and allowed me the chance to look at other pet photographers and there marketing techniques/tools.
On the internship I did not get to take that many photos because the weather was not ideal for taking photographs of pets. I mainly assisted at the few photoshoots that did occur. I did however get to take photos at the foster dog training that was hosted by Foster Dogs, INC. This was not in my comfort zone which I am glad I was able to step out of that comfort zone.
Since I was not taking as many photos as I would have like to, there were times where I was itching to go out and photograph something. This lead to me photographing a pillow fight on International Pillow Fight Day in Washington Square Park. This was an event I saw on social media and decided rather last minute to go photograph. I am glad I decided to go. Another time was when I needed to kill time in the city and wondered over to Roosevelt Island. I just walked around the island and would stop every so often when something caught my eye to take a photograph.
I am thankful for the opportunity I had with this internship. It was a great experience and I enjoyed my time in Jersey City and New York City.