Thursday, April 28, 2011

More Photos

While I was at the Museum for Robin Hood Day, I stopped by the sword fighting class. I'll be going again this Saturday to see some other weapons/techniques, but until then, here are a couple pictures from last time.
The first one was used for a brochure about the classes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Journal 7: The Overall Experience

At the beginning of my internship I set a number of goals for myself. These were not very specific and included gaining real-world work experience, photography experience, improving communication with visitors/staff, and gaining any skills in general. While shooting photos this past week for some Museum events I realized how I had achieved some of these goals.

One of the things I noticed was how easily I could go up to people for photos. I was not as nervous shooting people close up as when I first started, and I became better at asking for photo releases. At the beginning, the Museum Director asked me to focus specifically on people's emotions when photographing and I know I take more of these shots now than a few months ago partially because I am more comfortable. It is easier for me to speak with other staff members as well, not just visitors.

Since I have shot several events throughout the semester, I had the chance to try different methods to find something that works with the space. The challenges of the different rooms in the Museum lead me to think of different things to try when shooting and therefore helped improve my photography skills. I have seen other staff go over why certain images work and others do not, giving me a better idea of how and why certain photos are chosen for different purposes. For example, recently one of mine replaced an older photo on the Academy of the Sword brochure put out for visitors. Libbie pointed out a few reasons for why it was chosen over the old photo, which gives me an idea of more things to think about when shooting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Robin Hood Day

This past Saturday was Robin Hood Day at Higgins. All the guests I talked to said they had a great time, and the staff/volunteers did a wonderful job acting out the story of Robin Hood all day. I was there to shoot some photos, although I didn't get as many as I would have liked. Nevertheless, here are a couple to provide a glimpse into the day:

The Sheriff of Nottingham wasn't too happy with Robin's antics during Prince John's retelling of the Robin Hood story.
Quite a few of the Merry Men and citizens of Nottingham got together for the Sherwood Sing-a-long, including Robin himself (center), Maid Marian, and the captured Prince John (far left).
These young ladies joined in on the fun too:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Journal 6: Codes of Conduct

The Higgins Armory Museum follows both written and unwritten policies for conduct and ethics. The "Employee Handbook" provides a brief statement on staff “conduct and appearance,” mentioning professional dress and respectful interaction with visitors. There is also an “Employee Code of Ethics” written specifically for the Museum, and extra guidelines for individual departments, such as Development, which are not included in the handbook but available elsewhere. These are straightforward policies that focus on fulfilling the Museum's mission, respect, loyalty, honesty, and confidentiality.

Please understand that I am choosing not to post the rest of this journal entry since these are private policies not available online.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bar Mitzvah Photos

Joanne, who is in charge of museum rentals, asked me to take some photos at a Bar Mitzvah this past Saturday. The focus was on the set up - the tables, buffets, etc. to show people interested in renting the Museum how it can be transformed for events.

The evening was Lord of the Rings themed. Credit goes to Bloomer's Florist for the centerpieces and to Pepper's for catering.
It was quite fun and I wish I could have stayed longer to get some images of the guests enjoying their food instead of just empty tables. I will try adding these shots next time I'm at a rental event.

I also enjoyed talking to the party's photographer, who showed me some of his photos and shared ideas/tips.

A couple of my favorites: