John Birk,

  Temple University
Summer 2008

During my seven weeks interning at John Harrington Photography I was able to grow both as a photographer and a businessman. I learned many vital skills that are necessary for being a freelance photographer in the world today. In addition, I was able to go on shoots that broadened my range of experience in the field of photography and will make me a more competitive photographer in the future. I would recommend this internship to anyone who wants to grow as a photographer and have a great time in the process.

Washington DC photographer John Harrington: John Birk in Washington, DC.

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Most Enjoyed:

The thing that I most enjoyed about my internship was spending time working with John and observing him in action. He is very good at what he does and there is a reason why he is so successful. To have a chance to learn from his expertise is a once in a lifetime opportunity. In addition, I really enjoyed being forced to learn new skills on the fly and getting a chance to step out of my comfort zone.

Least Enjoyed:

The thing I least enjoyed about my internship was organizing slides. I did not enjoy dealing with slides or negatives in any way and I am very glad that I never shot film or had to archive it. Also, Washington, D.C. summers are very hot and carrying gear in the heat is not fun.

What I Learned:

I learned that the world of photography is huge and that no one can know everything or everybody. I know that there is a lot that I need to learn and I am starting to figure out precisely what that is. I also learned that photography is a business that revolves around customer service and client relations. Most importantly, I learned that you can never stop learning because there is always something new in the world of photography that you must keep up with and you can’t let yourself become complacent.

Washington DC photographer: Portrait and Editorial Photography in Washington DC

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