I just received this letter, and was blown away with this guy's professionalism. He's a top notch photographer, but wants to learn the ropes of something he doesn't normally do. I've seen a lot of people ask how to get started in this or that, and I thought this was a great example of how to do it. Some private stuff has been deleted: "Hello Cindy, My name is xxxx and I'm a recent photo intern at The Dallas Morning News. I am writing to inquire about your need for a second shooter or general assistant. I have approximately six years of professional photojournalism experience, a BA in studio art and am close to finishing up my masters project for my MA in photography from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. I'm trying to break into the wedding photography business and I am trying to learn the ropes. I'd love to learn from you, or if you ever have a wedding you are too busy to cover, I'd be happy to take it off your hands. My website is xxxxxx I have also attached a resume. If you have any questions or thoughts, I'd love to hear them. I am equipped with a Canon 5D, 20D, 580EX and a wireless transmitter, 28mm/f1.8 prime and a 80-200mm/f2.8. I also have a digital sound recorder if you ever want to put together a Soundslides presentation for your clients. I can also edit audio and put together the Soundslides presentation. Happy holidays, and thank you for your time. Sincerely, XXXXX" I'm sure that I was one of many in the area to receive this letter. His letter was so well done, I'm sure he's gonna get LOTS of jobs sent his way, and lots and lots of opportunities to apprentise. This guy will go far, I'm sure!!!!!! Hope this letter helps out some of those who want to get hooked up with a working photog, but don't know exactly how to go about it. Hugs!