Hey y’all! (Had to…)
This post is all about my incredible experience in June when I was blessed to attend a photography internship with Sarah Barlow and Stephen Schofield, the super talented team who photographed the album art for Taylor Swift’s RED album, amongst many other amazing projects. I learned SO much in those 4 days that I left Nashville with many new dreams and goals for my future. It’s been almost impossible to write about this experience because so much of it I can’t even put into words, hence why it’s taken 6 months to write this post! I’ll start with why I went. This internship was my first time interning with any photographer or participating in any photography workshop. I went there having NO clue who I was going to spend 4 days with or what I’d be learning. I just felt a tug to go…one that I couldn’t ignore. I tried to convince myself I couldn’t afford to go and that it would be too hard in the middle of wedding season to swing a trip away, and yet I just felt like I needed to be there…I knew I was being called to go. When I found out my application was accepted, I was over the moon excited! I felt like I was living a dream. In some ways, I’ve felt like that ever since.
The first day of the internship I met the 10 other interns who would be staying in the giant mansion with me. Yes, we all stayed in one house and yes the internship felt like a reality TV show, except that there was literally no drama! Everyone was amazing…and we all connected REALLY well! As well as the interns, there was also Sarah (the photographer), Stephen (Sarah’s art director), Laura (Sarah’s studio manager), and Andrew (Sarah’s brother) staying in the house too. The mansion (East Ivy Estate) was so gorgeous and a photographer’s dream. I loved taking photos there. We were a part of 3 shoots during the internship – one that Sarah and Stephen worked on with 2 models that we watched, one where we were paired up at random to photograph each other, and one where we were paired up at random and assigned to photograph a musician or band. For both shoots where we were paired up, I was drawn to be paired up with an awesome photographer, Lyndsey from Missouri. We had so much fun working together…I could not stop laughing when I was around her! Of the 12 interns, only ONE of them was male…so props to Steven who did a great job surviving amongst a bunch of lovely ladies….haha.
One of the biggest moments of the internship was being assigned to our musicians and planning out our shoots for them. The whole purpose of the musical artist shoot was to give us hands on experience with working with people in the industry to carry out the vision that us and the artists worked together to dream up. We got to work with wardrobe, hair, and make-up to pull off the look we needed for our shoot. Lyndsey and I were assigned to photograph David Marshall and Brandi Cyrus, two musicians from Nashville. Working with these artists was an amazing opportunity – I am so happy with how the photos turned out! You can see that post real soon. We were also stoked to shadow a fashion shoot that Sarah and Stephen pulled off from start to finish in front of us. We shadowed that shoot without our cameras but I still snapped a few quick shots with my phone.
I took an assortment of behind the scenes iPhone snaps and pics with my DSLR as well as some portraits of Lyndsey and I thought I would just combine them all in this post to give you a visual of what our 4 days in Nashville looked like! I hope you enjoy…I can’t believe this was 6 months ago now…I am STILL so excited about everything that went down at this internship and everything I got from it. I will definitely remember this adventure for the rest of my life! A huge thanks to Sarah and Stephen…you guys are so giving and so loving and it meant the world to hear your input and to learn from you guys. xoxo.