I didn’t think I needed an intern. I actually didn’t even think I was big enough to even be asked by anyone if they could intern for me, but to my surprise, Tabitha was one of several who requested an internship. Tabitha was the first however, and, she even called. I was impressed by her gutsiness to just pick up the phone and call me that I couldn’t help but already like her.
From assisting on several shoots and a wedding, my video shoot and assembling my rebranding announcements, Tabitha has been a tremendous asset to me this summer as my first intern. I’ve asked her a few questions so you can glimpse into what she has been doing for me as my intern should you be seeking to find one, or if you are a student, be one. I should also add, these were taken in the backyard of my new home. See? I’m so generous I’m giving you another glimpse of my new place, in tidbits.
Tabitha, you are as sweet as candy and I feel so blessed to have you by my side helping me. Your spirit, eagerness to learn, attention to detail, and trustworthiness makes you an incredibly well rounded young lady and I know God has amazing plans for you!
And now, the Q&A with Miss Tabitha Peterson, my first intern!
Where are you in life right now?
I am a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. I am studying print journalism and know for sure I want to do something related to photography. What? I’m not quite sure yet. I don’t know if God is calling me to start my own business, do photography and write for a magazine, or do something else; but I have a really good feeling photography has something to do with it.
Tell everyone how you landed an internship!
I am a quiet hard worker and I definitely do not have the gift of gab. So, when I was looking for an internship for the summer (this is my second, my first was with the Department of Economic Security) I thought of the photographers I follow, and thought of Diana. Normally I would have sent an email or letter and asked, but for some reason I felt the need to take the plunge and make a call. It was scary for me, but Diana answered and her bubbly, cheerful personality put me at ease. Even though I wouldn’t be getting paid and it wasn’t for school credit, I knew that I wanted experience and that’s what I got.
What was your first experience as a Diana Elizabeth intern?
I was invited me to a concept shoot with Diana and la Ricki that she referred to as Anthro inspired. It was held at Baker’s Nursery and I was asked to come and help event designed la Ricki decorate. When Diana and the models showed up I followed Diana and saw how she covered a shoot. At the end I was hooked! I knew photography was where I wanted to be as soon as we were done.
What was your favorite part of the internship?
I shadowed a wedding with Diana, also decorated by the lovely Ricki Uster of la Ricki, which was fabulous! It showed me that backyard weddings don’t have to be tacky. I took pictures with my camera and borrowed some of Diana’s lenses which was AWESOME! I think they are some of the best pictures I have taken.
What have you taken away from your internship experience?
I have seen the ins and outs of Diana’s business. If you think a photographer has an easy job – no way. Diana works hard and we see the benefit of that in her gorgeous work and her effortless demeanor only makes it seem easy. I want to be a successful, happy, God-loving woman doing what I love, just like her. So as I enter the last two years of college, I will use the information and advice Diana has given me to improve my photography and my potential career.
Diana isn’t just my former boss, she’s my friend. That is what made this internship so different and why I have loved being able to experience photography from Diana Elizabeth Photography. And of course I want her to shoot my future wedding!
Diana Elizabeth was told by friends that interns do not grocery shop, run errands, or do laundry. She is wondering what her friends think of her. And so, she scratched those duties off Tabitha’s list.