I know I haven’t talked much about my co-ops lately, as they have just officially ended and classes started, I wanted to write a blog post and give everyone an update (I know some of you have been patiently waiting for this :D). I’m definitely proud of what I’ve learned and achieved during these short six months. I remember when I was co-op hunting I only wanted to work in video production, granted I knew photography was my biggest passion, I wanted to do something different, something I had never done before. There were a lot of local TV stations that were hiring, some of them focused more on live broadcasting and others post production. Little did I know what each of those entailed, I went on interviews with no expectations and nothing to offer. I still managed to get a few call backs and was tempted to accept any job. Then I realized something important; I saw the bigger picture. I realized that I’d much rather be great at one thing than be mediocre at everything, I didn’t want to be the jack of all trades.
I decided to dedicate my time to the one and only thing that I’m most passionate about. I started looking for photography co-ops in the Boston area and I found Panorama Magazine and The Boston Phoenix. They were very different publications. One was a visitors’ guide and the other was news-oriented. Since both were part-time, I decided to do them all. Over the course of these six months, I got to photograph two covers for Panorama and almost all of the weekly columns – Bostonian of the Day, Bar Tab, Posh Nosh, and Talk Shop. My most memorable experiences at Panorama would have to be seeing The Blue Men Group and taking the Duck Tour. I mean, can any other co-op possibly be as awesome as mine? (joking!)
These are the covers I photographed for Panorama Magazine.
These are some photographs I made for the Bostonian of the Day and Bar Tab weekly columns.
My Boston Phoenix co-op was a different experience. My assignments mostly consisted of photographing concerts and restaurants. The Glen Campbell concert was my very first assignment. It was convenient because I lived in the Back Bay and the Wilbur Theater was located within walking distance. Somehow this photo (below) was found by a magazine in Arizona, unfortunately they didn’t have the budget for licensing the right to use it.
I still can’t believe these six months went by so fast. I feel like the most important thing for me was not what I’ve achieved but the things and mistakes I’ve learned from. It made my career goal so much more clear and I’m more certain than ever that I want to be a wedding photographer and not product, concert, food, or any other type of photography. I love telling stories with images that have the potential to impact people’s lives. I want to be a part of other’s people’s most special moments and document what’s most important to them. I’ve found that wedding photography is the only way for me to create such impact. I’m really grateful to have done such wonderful co-ops and worked with amazing people that have helped me see the path ahead of me more clearly.