Thankfully, the adjustment period was made a lot easier by the people I worked with on a day to day basis and especially my boss Reagan. From day one they all made me feel extremely welcomed and I was even invited to my boss’ house to watch the Super Bowl. This may have been a small act but it meant so much to me since I was watching the Patriots win their 6th super bowl and for the first time in my life I was not there to celebrate with my friends and family.
This internship is truly everything I could have ever hoped for in an internship. I honestly could not overstate how amazing this internship has been for me. Here are just some of the highlights from what turned out to be a dream come true.
Working with the best in the business:
The opportunity to work at one of if not the top athletic department in the country working under one of the best photographers in the business Reagan Lunn was nothing short of incredible. It seemed like every day I was learning something new working under Reagan. From editing workflows to lighting setups to navigating a D1 athletics department environment and even a few life lessons in between. It's ironic because he always said that he wasn’t good at teaching things but at the same time I learned more than I could have ever imagined from him. The lessons I’ve learned here are things that I’m going to hold with me for the rest of my career and even life and I could not be more grateful for that.
In addition to working with Reagan I also got to work with Nat LeDonne Duke's other extremely talented photographer and all of the amazing people in Duke's External Affairs department and Blue Devil Network. Every interaction I had with my co-workers was always positive and there was never a day that went by that I didn’t want to go into work. Not to mention working at a place with history of excellence like Duke has. Which I was reminded of everyday walking into work past a wall of all the national championships Duke has won in its history.
Shooting my first Duke Men's Basketball game:
This was an experience I’ll never forget. I was given the opportunity to shoot the Duke vs. Boston college game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. This was something that I honestly never thought I would ever achieve in my life. But sitting there on the floor photographing the top team in country was a memory that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I thought it was fitting that they were playing Boston College, me growing up and living only 20 minutes north of Boston.
The Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the Durham Bulls, a minor league baseball team and Duke Baseball. A place that I spent at least 35% of my internship hours. From long nights to rain delays to enjoying the sunset at the DBAP, I truly enjoyed every minute there. To be honest, I've never really been a huge baseball guy but after shooting Duke Baseball and working with the people in the photo below made every hour enjoyable at the ball park. So thank you to this amazing baseball crew, it was an honor to work with all of you.
Since I shot the most of baseball some of my best photos from Duke came at the DBAP so here are some of my favorties from the 15+ games I shot over this semester:
These were just some of my favorites, there were so many shots that could have made it into this blog but looking back I'm really proud of myself for the work I did here. With the help of Reagan and Nat I think I've really improved as a photographer and for that I'm grateful.
92 Days Later
92 days later, after thousands of photos had been taken and so many memories and connections created, I walked out of the Scott building for the last time. I couldn't help but get emotional as I got in my car and drove off Duke's campus for the last time. During these 92 days I recorded one second of (almost) every day that I was at Duke. This video is a compilation of those 92 unforgettable days.
Thank You Duke.
To all of my co-workers at Duke: Thank you. I don’t think words could ever truly describe how grateful I was for everyday at Duke and to work with you all. I really could not have asked for a better internship experience. From day one I always felt welcomed and appreciated and it really meant the world to me. This really was a dream of mine and you all helped me make it a reality. From Cameron to the DBAP to Koskinen and more, every moment at Duke was special for me. I honestly never thought I would ever get the chance to be at Duke so from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU and I will miss you all!