Height of Summer

Height of Summer = I AM BUSY.

I’m not one to complain about being busy, though, because that means progress is happening and big presentations are right around the corner.

This week was a wild goose chase of me finding out where every single employee was going to be. I became the most hated person at NPK – I wanted to take their picture and put it where everyone could see it. But, I am resilient, and I tracked every person down and got them to allow me at least a few shots of them while they posed during their work day.

What’s funny is that although a lot of employees put up a hard fight to get their picture taken by me, they seemed to enjoy it at the end. Probably just laughing at me trying to take decent looking headshots using my Galaxy. Which leads me to something I learned this week – you need to learn to work with what you have.

I obviously don’t have a great camera, top of the line photo editing software, etc because I’m a college student. I use my phone and pray for the best, I leech off of other people who did actually break down and buy Photoshop, and I just work with what’s in front of me. But when I was taking staff pictures, I wanted to be sure that they were great quality and reflected each individual. So, I worked with what I had – I played around with where we took the pictures in terms of lighting and backgrounds, different poses, and anything else I could think of.

The pictures turned out really nice! Now all that’s left to accomplish for my Meet the Team project is actually posting the biographies and pictures to our website. It’s amazing how easy you think a project will be and then realize you have a lot of little ideas to put into them along the way. The whole page will be done by the end of this week, which is a deadline stretch that had to happen. Thanks to Ryan, email marketing strategist and helper of all things WordPress, we decided that this is a project that I needed to be creative about and really like. After exploring the world of WordPress plug ins, I think I’ve finally found the one that’ll work best for NPK right now!

Now that the bio posts are wrapping up I’ve begun the NPK blog that I talked about in last week’s intern blog. Focusing on how to prune and pinch in your garden to create happy plants, Leah and I spent a day at a location in downtown Chicago shooting some footage and Broll for the upcoming blog post. Here’s a little tiny preview:

After a lot of networking this week to try and promote the NPK blog, I’m ready to take this on as the next big project with my internship. I’ve even networking with contacts that I have not personally met which is a brand new thing for me!

I’m so excited to show new things for next week – thank you for following along with me here at NPK!

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