So guess what! MY FINAL PORTFOLIO WAS ACCEPTED! At exactly 11:47am on Friday, June 17th, 2016, my Hallmark Student Portfolio was judged by an amazing group of panelist and they passed it! Which, for those of you who do not know, means I can graduate! VERY EXCITING STUFF. Graduation is in less than a week and I have a million and one things to do before I graduate.
What happens after I graduate you may ask? Well, I will be moving to the lovely city of Philadelphia Pennsylvania and I cannot wait. And for the most exciting part: I already have the foot in the door at one of the only Food Photography Studios in Philadelphia!
So, to give you the background details, I have been contacting this Food Photography Studio for months. I have been sending them my work, calling them on the phone and shooting them emails just to remind them of who I am and that my arrival is rapidly approaching. About a month ago, I was waiting for Tavern on the Hill in East Hampton to open the doors so I can inquire about shooting at their location when I decided to give good old Colin from the studio another call. I called, Corey, the assistant, picked up as usual and I asked to speak to Colin. As soon as he heard my voice his tone perked up and he genuinely sounded happy to hear from me. He informed me that the studio was going to be very busy over the next few months and they are needing more people to help out. He asked me to check my schedule and see if I can come assist and see how I work with the team. OBVIOUSLY I SAID YES.
So, to put it all into perspective of how crazy Yael Pachino really is, let me briefly explain to you what really went down over the last few weeks.
We turned in our portfolios to our instructors on June 1st.
I produced two new portraits by June 3rd (that were considered portfolio worthy).
June 5th I drove down to Philadelphia.
Assisted Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Drove back to Massachusetts on Thursday night.
Went straight to school at 12:30am to edit.
Pulled the first all-nighter since Freshman Year of Undergrad (GO TERPS!).
Submitted 24 photos in my Student Portfolio at 1:45pm on June 10, 2016.
Drove to Maine to assist the amazingMelissa Mullin at a wedding on an Island of off the port of Portland.
Drove back to Massachusetts that night.
Drove to Philadelphia the next day.
Assisted the Food Photography Studio, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Drove back to Massachusetts Thursday night to make it on time for my Portfolio Review on Friday the 17th of June.
I will be driving back to Philadelphia on Monday to assist Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
And for the last time, I will be driving up to Massachusetts on Thursday night so I can graduate with my classmates and friends on Friday, June 24, 2016.
So moral of the story... Life of a photographer is never boring.