Anne Gatilla,

  University of Conneticut
Winter 2007

This is internship is definitely beneficial for students that went to schools for fine arts.  Fine art schools teach students the technical aspects of photography and how to make art, but not necessarily how to turn that knowledge into a prosperous career. It is not only learning the office side of business, but also the real world application. 

Washington DC photographer John Harrington: Anne Gatilla in Washington, DC.

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Most Enjoyed:

The best part of this internship was the variety in the experiences.  I went from the first day working on the intern videos to assisting at XM to arranging the equipment in the garage to assisting at concerts to learning the basics of postproduction to assisting John at the embassy.  With each new assignment, I learned different techniques for shooting.  I also learned that trekking in the Himalayas is nothing, compared to working with John on what seemed like a 48-hour shoot.

Least Enjoyed:

I was not a fan of traveling in the DC area, either as a passenger or a driver, but that was nothing compared to the throw down at Lil Wayne’s concert.  And by throw down, I mean I was thrown down the stairs trying to follow John to the green room.  Of course, this was after the crowd rushed the stage.  Ya feel me?

What I Learned:

I learned that photo equipment can be kind of heavy, especially when a 100-pound laptop is involved.  On a more serious note, this experience allowed me to actually see how a business works and why it works.  More specifically, I learned how not to screw over other photographers by undercharging clients.

Washington DC photographer: Portrait and Editorial Photography in Washington DC

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