Ian Mostrom was right where he wanted to be this summer—taking photographs of celebrities at the famed Wolf Trap venue.
George Mason University had two interns at Wolf Trap, who competed with 1,000 people for the 33 coveted slots that Princeton Review named as one of America's top 100 internships. Mostrom and fellow Patriot Alex Interlandi did different jobs at the venue but both came away with hands-on experience that they can take into the workforce.
Mostrom, who graduated this spring from George Mason, interned as the house photographer for Wolf Trap's Communications and Marketing Department in Vienna, Va. He spent the summer photographing the performances of Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Cee-Lo Green and others.
"I've never had the clearance to shoot big-name performances," says Mostrom, who has a bachelor's degree in fine arts with a concentration in photography. "It was a great experience for me."
He was able to rent a high-quality telephoto lens from Wolf Trap to shoot the performances, giving him that professional edge. "They gave me the full opportunity to get the photos they needed and what I can use for my portfolio," Mostrom says.
But it wasn't all about the stars. As an intern, Mostrom says he was charged with capturing the Patron Experience. "It's a laid-back, fun experience," Mostrom says of patron visits to Wolf Trap. "You bring your own chair, you bring your own drink; it's what you make it."
Mostrom, a Springfield native, plans to return to Mason for the new Master of Science in Management program. He says he hopes the degree will help him manage the business aspect of being a photographer.
This article originally appeared in a longer format in the George Mason Univeristy News. Photos courtesy of Ian Mostrom.