Jane Beiles' passion towards photography has enabled her business to flourish and create a wonderful learning experience for all of her New Canaan High School interns. Her lively personality, love for her job, and sense of humor make a comfortable, yet dynamic work environment. Jane creates an unforgettable internship experience that encourages hard work combined with amazing experiences. From working on photo shoots with talented interior designers and clients like the New York Times to creating social media content, interns get the full experience of running a successful photography business. Each of the 13 interns looks back on their time spent with Jane with gratitude and take pieces of their experiences with them as they move onto the next stages of their life.
Since participating in the internship in 2012, Sam has attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design. Shortly after, she became an assistant designer to a luxury handbag company. After six months, Sam decided to pursue a different career path working in San Francisco as a user experience designer for a tech firm but ultimately ended back on the East Coast taking a graphic design class at Pratt Institute. Sam now works for Michael Kors as a visual designer, creating window displays for retail stores.
Lydia Melland recently graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With an interest in history, Lydia has worked in the archives of the school, as well as the Tolkien Manuscript. In addition, Lydia has continued with her interest in photography by taking graduation and professional portraits of her peers. Lydia is now moving on to her next chapter in the professional world and will use her creative roots working with Jane as well as her love of history on the job search.
Kayleigh first attended Brooks Institute for photography after graduating from high school. From there, Kayleigh went on a mission to Brazil through the Latter Day Saints Church for eighteen months. Kayleigh learned to speak Portuguese and had an amazing experience giving back to the community. Kayleigh looks forward to attending Speos, a photography school in Paris where she will pursue fashion photography.
Gwen just finished her sophomore year at Bowdoin College. She is majoring in math and considering either a computer science or visual arts minor. Gwen spent the past year working as a social media editor and page designer on Bowdoin’s school newspaper, The Bowdoin Orient. She is currently spending her summer working as a web intern for Bowdoin as they work to launch a new website.
Hailey is currently in Norway serving on the Latter Day Saints Church mission for 18 months. She spent the first six months in Bergen and is now spending the rest of her mission in Oslo until December. Hailey is becoming fluent in Norwegian and is really enjoying her experience.
Sammy is a senior at New Canaan High School and will be attending Roanoke College in the fall. Currently, she is interning at Nurenu, a brand marketing company. Sammy looks forward to beginning college and plans to work at Swirl, a frozen yogurt store in New Canaan this summer. Additionally, Sammy plans to visit Rhode Island and Nantucket.
Abigail just finished her freshman year at Colgate University in upstate New York. While she is still undecided as to what her she wants to major in, she thinks that economics could be a possibility. Abigail plans on spending her summer interning on Nantucket with an interior designer as well as traveling on the side.
Annalee finished her freshman year at Dickinson College and intends to pursue an English major. With her love of writing, Annalee is debating between minoring in creative writing or her newfound talent for computer science. Additionally, Annalee participated in Dog House, a club that trains service dogs. Besides getting to train puppies, Annalee enjoyed participating because of how rewarding it is to see dogs that she trained getting paired with someone in need. Annalee looks forward to her next year at Dickinson, as well as her summer job working as a camp counselor at Camp Newfound in Harrison, Maine.
Avery has just completed her freshman year at Miami University as a marketing major and has had several accomplishments this year. First, Avery and her business school classmates were some of the few finalists in a competition and were chosen to present in front of thousands of corporate executives. Additionally, Avery joined the Women in Business and Alpha Phi sorority and has become a photographer for the campus fashion magazine, UP. Avery is using the work ethic and inspiration she gained from her experience with Jane to excel at Miami University while applying her knowledge of photography towards something that she loves.
Cali Brannan, Emma Barker, Caroline Addeo
Cali Brannan, Emma Barker, and Caroline Addeo are Jane's current interns. Highlights of their internship have been accompanying Jane on photo shoots for the New York Times, getting to see a magnificent Richard Meier home, and interacting with all kinds of animals from dogs, to baby chicks, to goats. Cali will be attending UC Santa Barbara in the fall, Emma will be going to Penn State, and Caroline will be attending George Washington University. All three have enjoyed their internship experience with Jane and see her not only as a testament to the success of a female-run business but a role model to inspire them as they move onto college and the workforce.
By: Caroline Addeo, Emma Barker, and Cali Brannan