Profile

Mid-career college educated professional with degrees in photography & graphic design. Currently, I am seeking a team based role where I can utilize my photographic skills acquired in college as well as my years of working freelance. In-depth knowledge of image capture using DSLR & medium format digital well as medium and large format film. Strength in post-production using Adobe Photoshop.

Experience

OWNER, TACK PHOTOGRAPHY – GRAND RAPIDS MI, NEW YORK NY, SEATTLE WA

  • 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 03/10 - 07/12

  • 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, SEATTLEWA 06/05 - 03/10

  • 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 08/03 - 08/07

  • Assist with studio management by ensuring computer, camera & lighting equipment was in working order for shoots
  • 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 FCP & 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 – Present
  • 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