This year the NRP Team was blessed with 3 amazing interns (read about Anna and Izzy). Without these ladies, we would not have accomplished everything that we did this year. Anna was with us during our first course launch, Izzy was loyal and hardworking during Nancy’s maternity leave and Becca graciously worked on big projects like constructing and sending all of our client Christmas gifts and helped us wrap things up for the year. This was a good year.
I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we all want to be like Becca. She is humble, gentle, and hardworking. She is an incredible mom, wife and follower of Jesus. For the three months that she was with us in the studio, she challenged, loved and encouraged us. She prayed for us, asked meaningful questions and even brought us pumpkins from her family’s farm. We are are going to miss her grace filled presence in our studio greatly and I’m so excited for y’all to hear more about her internship today!
Whew! I can’t believe it’s time for me to write my “what I learned blogpost.” Where do I even begin? I came into this internship wanting to learn as much as I could about photography. I just started my own photography business this year, so my goal was to learn all things wedding photography! After 3 months I can confidently say I learned all things wedding photography + 100 other amazing things that I would never have thought I would have learned as an intern! Although I’d love to share all 100 things, I have narrowed it down to 10 takeaways from my NRP Intern experience:
1. The NRP ladies live out their core purpose: “ Glorify God and inspire legacies through photography and education.” They have it written on a wall in the #nrpstudio, and it is truly lived out in everything that they do. They are intentional, honest, and passionate about their purpose, and after 3 months as their intern, I can say these ladies live out this mission in the studio and on wedding days. I now know why it’s so important for a business to develop their core purpose and why it should be more than just some words, but a true motto for the everyday workings of the business.
2. There is power in starting each day with a morning huddle. Before becoming a NRP Intern I worked in corporate America and all I can say is, corporate America has something to learn from NRP (seriously!). Morning huddle is a quick way to keep each other accountable. They share a recap of the day before, the three priorities for the day, and end with prayer and scripture. It sets the tone for the whole day and each of us are able to move forward with clarity!
3. Don’t try and do Whole 30 as a NRP intern or wedding photographer. There is too much good dairy and cake to be had at weddings!
4. Working with a team is powerful. After my internship, I can say I wholeheartedly believe in the power, strength, and pure JOY a team brings. Running a photography business by yourself can be lonely, but coming into that studio everyday to Callie and Olivia’s smiling faces made me realize that no matter how far down the road, I want a team. There are more brains to bounce ideas off of, more hands to get the job done, but really just more hearts to love and serve with, and I sure do love serving with the NRP team!
5. NRP is about more than just photography. I always knew this from following Nancy on social media, but after my intern experience I can wholeheartedly say that the NRP team pours their hearts and souls into their work and their clients. They seek to serve through their photography, but also through their words and actions!
6. Organization is key. I love that the NRP ladies are organized and have clear and structured systems. I learned a whole lot about organizing, packing, and running a well-managed studio.
7. I love film. I had never shot in film (besides those disposals camera’s I always loved as a kid!) and learning / shooting film as the NRP Intern made me appreciate the medium of film in a whole new way! I can easily spot a film image compared to a digital image now!
8. Wedding photography is hard work. I knew this going into my internship, but after assisting 7 weddings this fall I was reminded that while being a wedding photographer is emotionally and physically draining, it’s literally THE BEST! You get to be with and capture people on one of the most important days of their lives. It’s a true honor every time, and I cried at every single wedding I assisted. (She really did!)
9. Winston is huge!
10. I want an intern. I don’t want an intern just to help me with my tasks, pack my bags, and assist me at shoots. I want an intern so that I can love and pour into someone else the way that these 3 ladies have loved on and poured into me. I am leaving my internship filled up. Filled up with kind words, encouragement, and much teaching and knowledge poured over me. The way I was cared for as the NRP Intern not only made me a better photographer but made me a stronger Christian woman, and for that I am immensely grateful!
I could go on and on about my NRP intern experience, but mainly I just want to say thank you to my dear friends Callie, Olivia, and Nancy who have invested in me and loved me so very well! NRP is the real deal and I’m truly honored that I got to be an NRP intern and become apart of the NRP family! It’s not a “good-bye” it’s a “until next time”, and for that I am thankful!
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