More often than not, my favorite aspects of an internship are unexpected. Voted “Most Organized” in high school, I am a fastidious planner and like to have an idea of what my next steps are . . . whether for that day, that week, or that year. I think that’s why I like to be surprised. Well, if the surprise is pleasant anyways . . . and this one certainly was.
At the beginning of last week, my supervisor Jess informed me that we would be arranging a photoshoot . . . in a castle . . . with real models. I was on cloud nine. My brain immediately started racing with ideas for poses, attire, props, and the like.
Around mid-week, we visited the estate to better prepare for the shoot. I was absolutely awestruck. We roamed the grounds, checking out the poolside, tennis courts, and gardens for potential backdrops.
I often have to stop to remind myself how incredibly unique this opportunity is. When will I ever be planning photoshoots in royal Swedish headquarters again in my life?? Probably never.
My internship with Midsummer Tea has extended far beyond the job description, and for that I am so grateful. The planned and expected have been perfectly balanced with the unexpected. I have found where I am most in my element: when I am ideating, creating, and executing my plans. I am someone who likes to make things happen and through my experiences this summer, I’ve become more comfortable asserting my opinions and vision with my superiors. I’m learning to better trust my instincts and utilize my natural eye for design.
Tomorrow, all of our planning and preparation will accompany our spontaneous creativity to, in hopes, produce photos that capture the brand and tell a story.