Profile

Mid-career college educated professional with degrees in photography & graphic design. I thrive in team based roles where my photographic & interpersonal skills are utilized to their extent. In-depth knowledge of image capture using DSLR. Video and post production using DSLR cameras & Final Cut X. Strength in post-production using Adobe Photoshop. Adept at Learning on the Fly.

 

Experience

Senior Product Photographer, zulily Inc.

Seattle WA, April 2013 – Present

  • Produce high volumes of product images while following brand standards
  • Collaboration with photo stylists, studio leads, fellow photographers, buyers & others to produce consistent high-quality images
  • Assist with photo & computer equipment maintenance to minimize down time
  • Provide photographers feedback to elevate standards and consistency
  • Test new equipment and software versions to allow the product studio to continue growing efficiency / quality

 

Owner, Tack Photography 

Grand Rapids MI, New York NY, Seattle WA, July 2007 – Present

  • Conduct client meetings to secure photography contracts
  • Produce & present professional, high-quality images to clients in a timely manner
  • Provide photo & video services for events with up to 1500 attendees including but not limited to weddings, portraits, editorial, corporate meetings/parties, & live music
  • Experience shooting both on location and photo studios (utilizing natural, portable speed-light, hot light, & strobe lights)

 

Lead Creative,  Apple Inc. 

Seattle WA, March 2010 – July 2012

  • Facilitation of new employee training and existing employee developmental training for the WA market (6 stores)
  • Mentor store team of 75+ individuals with leadership development and effective team building
  • Deliver coaching and fearless feedback to peers & managers to create team strength and unity  
  • Lead innovation and change through partnership with Apple Corporate partners & Apple Retail stores
  • User Accessibility Testing of the Apple Store App (Software Quality Assurance)
  • Oversaw team of 30+ to deliver over 10,000 training sessions annually

 

Creative, Apple Inc. 

Grand Rapids MI, New York NY,  Seattle WA, June 2005 – March 2010

  • Orchestrated presentations & workshops on consumer and professional applications including iLife, iWork, Final Cut Pro, & Aperture
  • Worked with over 10,000 individuals including small and large business owners, students, celebrities & consumers
  • Facilitate educational opportunities to thousands of individuals annually through the One to One program
  • Simplified complex technology concepts to allow customer & employee understanding

 

Photography Assistant, Meleski Productions

Saginaw MI, August 2003 – August 2007

  • Assist with studio management by ensuring computer, camera & lighting equipment was in working order
  • Organized and managed physical & digital assets for clients including but not limited to Dow Chemical, Delphi, & the Cici Carter Collections (jewelry)
  • Lighting & equipment setup for commercial and stock photography shoots
  • Photo retouching
  • Expertise with both traditional (film) as well as digital imaging

 

Education

Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts,  Graphic Design,  August 2007
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography,  August 2007

Delta College, University Center MI

  • Associates in Applied Arts, Electronic Media/Graphic Design,  April 2004

 

Software Knowledge

  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) 
  • Aperture (Apple Certified)
  • Final Cut Studio (Apple Certified Final Cut Pro & DVD Studio Pro) 
  • iWork / Microsoft Office 
  • Mac OS X (practical & troubleshooting) - Apple Certified
  • iOS (extensive experience from both a practical & technical standpoint) - Apple Certified

 

Awards & Activities

  • Volunteer, SkiHawks Racing Team / Outdoors For All, 2012 – Present
  • Volunteer, Kollaboration Seattle, 2010 – 2014
  • Order of the Arrow Lodge Chief, BSA August 2002 – August 2004
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) 2002
  • Special Olympics: Coach 2000-2006, Volunteer 1994 – 1999