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Life as the Trad Home Intern Continued...

Written by Julianne Hilmes

I’m slowly turning my cubicle into my own space. I’ve created a footrest out of the extra recycling bin, (why there were two in my office to begin with I don’t know). I brought in my box of tissues and of course my hand sanitizer – a must for any space I inhabit. And I’ve found a handful of pens that I have deemed my favorites and use on a daily basis.

My lovely little cubicle

Assigned tasks are becoming more real. I’ve been given the opportunity to blog (thanks for reading!) as well make slide shows for the website. Last week I was also able to spend time on my first photo shoot. The term “photo shoot” might be a little misleading though; it wasn’t as glamorous as it sounds. There were no models or racks of clothes, but there were racks of fabric, and I certainly enjoyed myself. We photographed fabrics, pillows, dishes, and wine glasses. The most exciting? Infused bourbons for the September issue.

Infused Bourbons. Shot glasses for photo purposes only. Don't worry, I wasn't drinking on the job.

Most of the photo shooting that goes on here happens in a part of the Lower Level: a huge space with concrete floors and really high ceilings, also home to the construction area (for sets), the prop room, and a test kitchen. One day, we were even lucky enough to discover some delicious brie samples in said kitchen. They were reallllly good.

I think the most important part of any internship is the learning experience it provides. So, like any good intern, I will make note of what my experiences have taught me and chronicle it here.

Things I learned on the photo shoot:

  • The lower level is a happening place. Who knows what, or who, you will find down there.
  • Comfortable shoes are a must. You're on your feet all day.
  • Comfortable clothes are also a must. You never know what you might be lifting, moving, cutting, cleaning, opening, or ironing.
  • Speaking of ironing... did you know that all of the fabric samples that get photographed are ironed to perfection? In this case, I was the one doing all of the ironing. I guess those childhood chores paid off. Thanks, Mom. (Check out my handiwork in "swatch watch" of the New + Next section of the September issue).
  • There are at least 20 different ways to shoot wine glasses.

I still love coming to work every day. I feel especially lucky to have been able to attend both a product preview (five more this month!) and a photo shoot, and I still haven’t had to fetch any coffee! Stay tuned…


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