contributor photographer resume example with 17+ years of experience

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STAFF ENTERTAINMENT PHOTOGRAPHER Innovative, detail-oriented, and results-focused Entertainment Photographer with 10+ years of diverse experience capturing stunning images for high-profile publications and platforms. Technically astute in event, portrait, and corporate photoshoots, with a keen eye for visual aesthetics. Proficient in studio and external location lighting setup. Strategic team player, consistently establishing high-profile client relationships, upholding production standards, and curating refined photographic content. Exemplary academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in Photojournalism from SUNY Purchase College. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Successfully developed 10+ high-profile client relationships including Netflix, Comedy Central, Sephora, and Swarovski. Demonstrated expert knowledge in utilizing complex photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Aperture Software. Achieved honorable recognition of “most requested and successful photographer” from Getty Images. The Entertainment Photographer position calls for an experienced, creative, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and disciplined professional to shoot U.S. based entertainment and fashions events. The primary responsibility for our photographers is to exercise expert judgment to capture editorial images for our global market and clients. Photograph entertainment, news and fashion events. Use insightful judgment to shoot, edit and select the most impactful photographs ensuring that relevant aspects of a story are covered. Collaborate with picture editors to provide editing guidance and actionable feedback. Review images for technical quality aspects and overall integrity, and approve or edit captions for accuracy. Be available and prepared to travel for single and multi-day event assignments. Shoot, select and upload photographs with consideration for the market, customers and deadlines. Maintain operating knowledge and interest in U.S. and global entertainment events, news, trends, fashions, and celebrities. Build and sustain partnerships with public relations teams, event organizers, and assignment editors. Maintain full understanding of the global client base, expected deadlines and image preferences. Hands-On: You should love rolling up your sleeves and working alongside the team. 5+ years of professional entertainment, news, or fashion photography experience Expertise working with industry standard image editing tools and processes. Proficient at creating and editing captions, keywords and media classifications. Existing productive relationships with public relations teams and event organizers. Excellent communicator, decisive, deadline-driven, people-oriented person. Experience collaborating with editors and technicians in high-activity fast-paced environments. Exceptional at achieving time-sensitive production goals while managing multiple (and competing) priorities and imminent deadlines. Available to work non-traditional schedules including evenings and weekend shift work. Accomplished Photographer with [Number] years of industry experience and exceptional talents in film development and image manipulation. Artistic and creative professional with strong portfolio and outstanding computer skills. Technical knowledge of equipment operations and photography principles.

  • Campaign Management | Photojournalism | Magazines | Fashion | Digital Imaging | Digital Media | Photoshoot Production | Still Life Photography | Team Management | Client Relationship Building | Celebrity Photography | Adobe Creative Suite | Photoshop | Canon 1DX Mark II | Photo Editing | Video Editing | Canon & Nikon Cameras | Research | Merlin Analytics | Aperture Software | Microsoft Office | FileMaker Pro | InDesign | Flatbed & Negative Scanner
  • Microsoft Office / Adobe Creative Cloud / Photoshop / Lightroom / Canon & Nikon Mirrorless / DSLR Cameras / InDesign / Aperture Software / Merlin / MediaGrid / Getty Images Focus & Gift / Cannon 1DC Mark II / Photo Mechanic / MileMaker Pro / Flatbed & Negative Scanner
  • Image Archiving
  • Adobe PhotoShop
  • Proficient in Final Cut Pro
  • Google Drive
  • Adobe Creative Suite
Education and Training
SUNY Purchase College Harrison, NY Expected in Bachelor of Arts : Journalism/Photojournalism - GPA :
Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie, NY Expected in Associate of Liberal Arts : - GPA :
, Expected in B.S., B.A., or A.S. degree : - GPA : Camera network connectivity, photo editing software and file sharing systems
Qurate Retail Group - Contributor, Photographer
Louisville, KY, 09/2004 - Current
  • 10+ years of experience organizing dynamic photoshoots to maximize exposure and promote unwavering brand quality
  • Applied expert attention to quality and detail, managing high-volume projects and meeting deadlines in a timely manner to produce hundreds of brand images annually
  • Captured and edited exceptional quality photographs, demonstrating a high level of proficiency in editing, retouching, and captioning, utilizing Focus and Gift Internal Editing Software
  • Developed and maintained high-profile client relationships including Sephora, NBC, NY Fashion Week, Comedy Central, Netflix, Refinery 29, TRESemme Hair Products, and Swarovski
  • Collaborated with photo/video editors in developing editorial social media content, bridging communication between clients, and utilizing research techniques to build Getty Image brand visibility.
  • Collaborated with clients to plan shoots and boost satisfaction with photos.
  • Planned and obtained original shots using innovative thinking and new techniques.
  • Cropped, manipulated and performed color balance for final images.
  • Created many pieces on various topics, including [Type] and [Type].
  • Created over [Number] original and concise pieces in [Year].
Manifest - Product Photographer
Washington, DC, 01/2021 - 08/2021
  • Monitored and successfully upheld post-production product photography standards for compliance, managing prop staging and photo studio camera equipment
  • Prioritized silo/lifestyle photography for media and internal communicants, cultivating a recognizable aesthetic
  • Accurately processed digital internal server assets for brand partners and publications
  • Oversaw communication amongst events team and communications director on brand vision, multitasking on administrative duties.
  • Took over [Number] quality and visually interesting product photos monthly.
  • Submitted approximately [Number] views of [Number] to [Number] of products per sessions.
  • Maintained and organized assigned equipment responsibilities.
  • Provided detailed asset management, file naming and image drops.
  • Worked closely with project managers, photographers, art directors, stylists and post-production team.
  • Collaborated with clients to plan shoots and boost satisfaction with photos.
  • Planned and obtained original shots using innovative thinking and new techniques.
  • Cropped, manipulated and performed color balance for final images.
New York Post - Freelance Photo Editor/Features Photographer
City, STATE, 12/2009 - 12/2013
  • Generated production schedule, research, and stories while maintaining communication between art department, public relations agencies, writers, editors, and photographers
  • Leveraged a heavy array of photography skills, producing, editing, and captioning photographic content for both The Daily Pulse and The Sunday Pulse
  • Cataloged digital photo archives and curated photography studio materials
  • Collaborated with creative team to delegate assignments, planning and administering photography calendars.
Wall Street Journal - Freelance Photographer
City, STATE, 12/2009 - 12/2011
  • Evaluated client needs, aligning campaign and project-specific strategies with long-term strategies
  • Produced print/web-formatted photographs, maintaining professional communication and collaboration with a team of photo editors
  • Curated photographed content for the Greater New York and Heard and Seen journal sections.
  • Collaborated with clients to plan shoots and boost satisfaction with photos.
  • Photographed special events, parties and portraits.
  • Supervised team of up to [Number] staff photographers and [Job title]s and delegated assignments based upon expertise.
  • Hired, trained and supported team of staff photographers, freelancers and photo assistant to take on [Number] projects per [Timeframe].
Activities and Honors
Member – Professional Photographers of America Member – Women Photograph

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School Attended

  • SUNY Purchase College
  • Dutchess Community College

Job Titles Held:

  • Contributor, Photographer
  • Product Photographer
  • Freelance Photo Editor/Features Photographer
  • Freelance Photographer


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Associate of Liberal Arts
  • B.S., B.A., or A.S. degree

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