Corcoran College of Art & Design
Sitting in a classroom will never teach you how to handle the nuances of running a business like witnessing it firsthand. John’s internship is the best way to immerse yourself in the business of photography and learn how to conduct a respectable business from a true professional.
Washington DC photographer John Harrington: Lindsay King in Washington, DC.If you are seeing this message, you may need to upgrade your flash player
The most beneficial and enjoyable part for me was the access I had to John’s entire process of doing business. From what to say during the initial phone call, to how to build the contracts, to how to act during the actual assignments, I was able to witness how a successful photography business is run before I took a stab at it myself. I am also grateful for the many networking opportunities I had to meet and pick the brains of some pretty amazing photographers, despite the embarrassment of not knowing how to eat Pho.Least Enjoyed:
Five words: The Boy Scout Centennial Celebration. While this event gave me a much appreciated opportunity to photograph a large parade with all access for the first time, doing so on one of the hottest days of the summer was less than ideal. Some words of advice; always eat before shoots and make sure you have your subjects sign the model release so you don’t have to chase them down Constitution Avenue.What I Learned:
I learned that I can lift more than I thought, how to jump start a car, and that I would benefit from learning how to speed read. But most importantly I learned that there is much more to creating a successful photography business than just having the ability to make pretty pictures; no one is going to discover you, you have to market yourself and conduct business in a smart and industry supportive manner.