The At-Home Experience

I was overjoyed to hear that I would be working in the bridal industry, until I realized I knew nothing about planning weddings other than what I’ve seen in movies. But I knew this would be a wonderful opportunity to learn something new

When I started my internship, I soon realized it would be an at-home experience. At first I was thinking it would be pretty awesome. I get to stay home, sleep in until 10 a.m., and, I didn’t have to commute to and from work (especially since gas is at 4 dollars a gallon). Awesome, right?

After a week into my internship, I started to realize that I disliked being at home all day, especially while living with my family. I was easily distracted and feeling isolated from the world.  Writing about weddings was also a lot different from what I was used to, and having to rely on emailed directions and edits is rather difficult. I had yet to meet my editor and other co-workers too. When I found out that I was able to help out at the cover photo shoot, I was anxiously excited and relieved.

The photo shoot was at the Historic Deepwood Estate in Salem, OR. At first I felt awkward, because I didn’t know anyone yet and I had no idea what I was suppose to do. The other interns; however, helped me out a lot. I probably asked a million and one questions. I couldn’t thank them enough for being so understanding.

That day was nothing like I had imagined. There is so much that goes into a photo that I  never thought about. The day was exhausting,  but I’m glad I had the opportunity to help with my first photo shoot!

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6 Responses to The At-Home Experience

  1. codynewton says:

    I think I would have mixed emotions about working from home. I’d probably be in the same boat as you, thinking it would be really cool, then disliking it when it actually happens. But that’s cool that they got you out of the house to help with the photo shoot. I bet that was a lot of fun. Editing can be a hard process so props to you for being able to work through that online. Good luck with everything! And for what it’s worth, I’m jealous that you get to sleep until 10!

  2. michelletag says:

    That is an interesting internship! I think it will show your work ethic though, having to get yourself to work from home is distracting. I would probably end up putting my work off and doing other things. Props to you for having to force yourself to sit down and get the job done! The photo shoot sounds really fun! I also like the Little Mermaid picture you chose. Good luck with your internship! I’m sure you’ll get to go to more photo shoots.

  3. I never really thought about the challenges of working from home, so reading this was kind of eye opening. The benefits (especially with not having to drive with high gas prices) are appealing but I think distractions would be my demise. I give major kudos to you for keeping yourself on track and finding a balance working at home. A bridal photo shoot must have been crazy and amazing to work on! At least when they call you out of the house it is for something fun like photo shoot.

  4. It must’ve been hard not knowing your editor or coworkers. Especially with email communication. In the past, I’ve found it hard to see the emotions behind certain editions or orders. I remember at one point one of my editors was writing in ALL CAPS in his emails and I wasn’t sure if he was upset or just forgot to turn his caps lock off. I give you mad props for working at home. It must be tough with all those distractions. On a side note, it must be completely different watching “Say Yes to the Dress” now.

  5. Working on a photo shoot sounds fun but I’m sure I don’t realize the many aspects that go into to putting one on that most likely make it less fun and glamorous that what most of us assume. I’m glad you got the experience to meet some of your coworker and can imagine how distracting it could be to work at home with others around and so many things going on (like Shannon mentioned, “Say Yes To the Dress”).
    Good luck with the rest of your internship!

  6. zolfaghari says:

    Try to stay positive about the fact that your at home for a majority of your internship. That shouldn’t prevent you from doing great work, or making great connections. At my prior internship, I was in a similar situation. Although I was physically at the agency, I found at times that I’d think to myself, “I could be doing this work at home. I wish there was more I could be doing”. Just stick it out, knock out all of your projects, and you’ll reap the fruits of your labor in due time.

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