On the 30th of January 2019, I started my internship at BWD Advertising as a photographer. I was looking to learn more about the craft. Little did I know how much I would end up learning at this company.
From the moment I first walked through that door, I felt welcome. They made me feel as if I was part of the family. They made me feel like I was part of the team. Bongani (CEO and founder on BWD) wasted no time on getting me right to work to see what I was capable of. He had me taking photos of the staff on a daily basis as well as having small photo shoots with him on a bi-weekly basis. BWD wanted me to grow and improve on what I already know.
Within one month of being here, I had begun working in Photoshop and learning basic design concepts. I came to BWD expecting to be solely utilized as a photographer and before I knew it, I was doing design. They didn’t let the photographer in me die, however. Less than a month after that we organized a photo shoot of all the staff and it was my job to take as well as edit all the photos of each member of staff.
BWD has been an amazing journey for me thus far as I am learning new things every day. I am constantly improving in Photoshop as well as learning how to use other Adobe software such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Lightroom. At some point, I would also like to dive into AfterEffects.
The time I have spent at BWD has been completely invaluable. I have gained so much experience in working on a grind and being more efficient, as well as more professional with everything I do. I have made a family with all the people here and I will never forget my time at BWD.
Now, five months in, I have become a valued part of the team. I have been given tasks such as social media post designs, company profile designs, and tender deliveries.
Delivering tenders is such an honor for me because although many people may see that as a belittling task, I understand how important the task is. Tenders in a company such as BWD are a very important part of the company and to be given that trust to get these important documents to the drop off location on time is such a big responsibility. I have no problem with tender deliveries. I love doing them.
In terms of design, I had also been given important tasks. Maybe not as significant as my other colleagues but important nevertheless. I, at one point, was in charge of the social media posts for one of our clients. It was an honor to do because it’s simply one of the services we offer and I was entrusted to deliver that service. One of the more significant design projects I was given was the designing of a company profile. Getting this project was definitely scary and nerve-racking but that is how BWD runs. To learn to swim, you must be in the water. That project is now going well and I can confidently say I have slight knowledge on how to use Illustrator as well as InDesign.
As I said before, BWD has not let the photographer in me die. One job I was put on was driving to different locations and taking photos of storefronts that we needed for another project. This made me feel very valued because to send me alone on this mission shows a lot of trusts as it did cost resources. It was completely my responsibility to take usable and high-quality photos. It was also completely up to me to mess it up, which I did not.
BWD has found ways to utilize me in every way possible. I feel valued, needed and necessary as part of the team, here. BWD has made me a more responsible, more creative and more experienced person and has taught me so much in photography, as well as design. I can not wait to see what is next for me. The future is bright at BWD and I plan on ceasing it.