When it comes to telling our camp stories to the public, to new families who are considering camp, and to current families who want to get a peek at what their campers do in the summer, it’s certainly true that a picture is worth a thousand words!
Which means that 2,000 pictures are worth two million words! And that’s why we love to have photographers on staff who are wholly dedicated to capturing our story in photos and videos. These persons also organize our photo assets in a clear way on the computer so we can get to them easily all year-round.
It’s an important job and we’re hiring for this summer’s photographers right now.
You can read all about what’s required for the job and go right ahead and apply if you like. But I’ll also take a quick moment to talk a little more about our camp and the photography job on this blog post.
Who Are We?
First of all, if you’re new to us, we’re a vibrant and fun old-school style girls camp (as in we sleep in tents, play outdoors, eat family style in a big Dining Hall, stay busy throughout the day in physical and artistic pursuits, hang out around campfires, splash in the river, and chill out during down time just doing the simple things in life…).
We started in 1922, making us almost 1oo years old! We’ve got a mission to nurture the best in girls, a philosophy to maintain our traditions while embracing sensible changes as needed, a network of campers and alumna across the decades, the best darn staff every summer, and an awe-inspiring natural setting for a summer of good living where you get away from the craziness of social media and social pressures and instead work to bring out the best in yourself and our wonderful campers.
And if you’re not new to us, and you know all the above, then for you I’d say that taking on a leadership position like this one, especially one so crucial to the success of our camp, offers an opportunity to gain serious new job experience on the ‘Ghany ladder of leadership!
What We Need
Our photography job is, as I’ve underlined, soooo important to the success of camp. But that doesn’t mean you need to have worked with your local wedding photographer toting camera bags and switching lenses left and right nor to have had a solo gallery exhibition of your shots!
Honestly, what’s most important to us is that you truly have a love for capturing pictures (which is a form of storytelling), and you have the kind of personality that makes people want to open up or puts them at ease, and that above all you do what you say you’re going to do because this job has a large measure of independence.
In other words, being organized, diligent, and detail-oriented counts for a TON in this job because we have to count on you to be there, get the shot, and then also file it where we can use it. Otherwise, what’s the point in having great pics if we can’t find them to use them? 🙂
So if you fall anywhere from “I really love taking pictures but I’ve never had a job in it or even a class in it,” all the way up to, “I’ve done photography at my school newspaper,” and even further, up to, “I’ve gotten paid for several professional photography jobs,” then by all means, wherever you are on that sliding scale, go ahead and apply.
What we want is the right person for the job based on a good eye, a good attitude, and good organization!
What You Get
The Staff Photographers are on par with our staff counselors in terms of work days, off time, role model expectations, salary, etc., but they themselves will not have a set of campers that they manage in addition to being a photographer.
Instead, while you will interact with campers, and will effectively work with campers who you’re taking pictures of, you will not be a “tent counselor” with tent duties relative to campers, nor will you teach Activities.
Instead, you’ll be on duty each day capturing our story, organizing it well, and reporting to Office personnel on both the photo assignments and daily progress on photo/video organization.
Running concurrent with your paid employment with us, and with no additional work than this job requires, you may choose to declare this as an internship credit with our marketing firm Curren Media Group as you will be interfacing with their personnel in part of your photo assignments and social media posts.
And then of course you get fun, nature, the river, stars, camaraderie, a chance to build a portfolio, make new friends, expand your network, and get away from it all for a great summer!
I hope that if you’ll interested you’ll read the job description and apply. Best of luck. We look forward to hearing from you.
— Elizabeth Shreckhise, Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls