As a mature international career change student, Hallmark Institute of Photography (HIP) has provided me with an excellent education allowing me to step straight into the photography industry. Whether that be as a business owner/lead photographer, photo assistant, retoucher, digital tech or even videographer, Hallmark has set me on the road to success with my career business plan and amazing lighting and portraiture techniques.
Throughout my time at HIP, I have been lucky enough to have assisted multiple alumni of the school who are top working professionals in their fields. Other opportunities and doors have been opened for me by meeting guest lecturers and volunteering my time to worthy causes like The Relay for Life and The Millers Falls River Trust. For some, the goodwill projects Hallmark students take part in have turned into paid work on other fronts.
On a more personal note, I had several major life events take place during the 10 months I was enrolled in HIP. The school worked tirelessly with me to ensure I could take care of my family and continue with my education at the same time. This made me feel not only like a student but also like member of the ‘Hallmark Family’.
One of the deciding factors among many for me initially joining Hallmark was the 10-month time scale for completion. In reality, what I have gained will never come to completion, as it is so much more than the classes and certificate! I have gained extensive knowledge across the board and now have a skill set I never though I would.
I graduate from Hallmark not only with a certificate in photography and friends that are now my family, but also with resources to draw on as a working professional Alumnus.