Being a co-op student at WMD


Being a co-op student is one of the best learning experiences that you can get when it comes to education.  Not only can you try different things that could possibly lead to your future, but you actually can learn more in a month of being in a placement, compared to sitting in a classroom.  I decided that when I signed up to be a potential candidate to help out in a business, I wanted to be put into a photography studio.  Being a photographer of some sort has always been my dream, I love doing it because it makes me feel free, and allows me to get my creativity going.

Shortly after searching for studios that may consider me, I found WMD Photography.  I went in to introduce myself to Bill and Elizabeth and asked if they would consider me as a co-op student, and they said yes.  Shortly after that, I booked my interview with them, did up my resume, and I ended up getting the placement!  I was so excited.  Of course, I had expectations of what I would be learning and what I wanted to learn.  I wanted to get into as much as I could to gain as much experience as possible.  To me, it’s really nice that not only was I learning photography, but I was learning a whole range of things, such as graphic arts, different tricks to editing, shipping/mailing procedures, documentation on the computer, writing promotions, scanning/processing old negatives to restore them and even laminating prints!  It became clear that technically, I was learning a lot when it comes to owning a studio.

I have been here for two semesters, and not once have I ever been disappointed.  My supervisors, have been nothing short of amazing to me, and I have been involved in so many amazing events.  I knew there would be a lot of work involved; being a photographer is not the easiest thing.  It comes with a lot of hard work and you really have to be dedicated and have a passion for it.  Just to give you an idea, here are some of the amazing things I have participated in for the time that I have been with WMD Photography.

In studio shoots: 
Fernando’s music shoot
Charlie’s music shoot
A pet shoot with Tiberius
Hockey tournament promotional shoot
Pet shoot with Santa
Bike shoot with Ron

Out of Studio shoots:
Christmas pet shoot with Santa
Hockey tournaments

Each and every one of these events have been so different from one another, yet so much fun!  I personally love how each event is different compared to the last one because then it gives me more of an opportunity to learn about what equipment does and doesn’t work best with the type of environment we are working in to help us get the amazing shots that we take.

I’m so proud to be a part of the WMD Photography team.  Both Bill and Elizabeth have taught me so much, and I can truly see such a difference in not only my knowledge about photography but, the outcome of my images.  If you are interested, curious, or maybe just on the fence about becoming a co-op student, not just in photography but, in anything in general, definitely do it, because you will not be disappointed and you will see the positive impact that it can make in deciding your future.


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