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Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
  • Cell:
Websites, Portfolios, Profiles
  • Baroness "Shock Me" Video February 2016 to Present. Members: Karen Jerzyk, John Dyer Baizley, Don Tyler, Ashley Rose Couture. Art direction for "Shock Me" video
  • Colors March 2016 to July 2016 Members: Karen Jerzyk 
  • Last Days Of Earth Project  May 2011 to Present. Members: Karen Jerzyk. Ongoing project of my vision of the last days of earth
  • Self Portraits September 2014 to Present. Members: Karen Jerzyk. Self portraits of myself that I started to do when I got arrested for trespassing and it was televised everywhere. Did these to produce content, but to "be good" in the months leading up to my court date.
  • Portraits (Head shots) September 2014 to Present. Members: Karen Jerzyk. Head shots of other people 
Professional Summary

I am a self-taught, internationally published photographer from the Boston area. After graduating with a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, my parents gifted me with my first digital camera to photograph bands. I photographed thousands of bands, concentrating on both live and promotional photos and occasionally for album covers). In 2009 I started shooting portraits of people, and ultimately decided to concentrate my focus on photographing models. My trademark of shooting elaborate scenes in abandoned buildings (when I find a location, I quite literally spends hours cleaning up and restoring it to what it may have looked like, paying attention to the smallest details such as placement of items in the room) eventually got me arrested in August 2014. I describe this particular event as "the best thing to ever happen to me", after national news outlets picked up the story. I currently travel the US, photographing people for various projects. Despite having a BA in English, I've always had quite a hard time expressing myself externally. If I had to explain myself in one sentence, it would read something like "An incredibly introverted, awkward wallflower". In 2011, my father passed away unexpectedly. My world during/after this event contributed to what is seen in my portfolio today. I had feelings and experiences that I would and could never build into words. I realized I had two choices: drown in my own darkness and succumb to depression or push on and fully submerge myself in telling an ongoing story of my internal struggles. I strive to produce photos that tell a story- that connect with the viewer on a personal level. I like to find locations that were abandoned before any sort of technological age, typically locations with relics left in them from 1980 and earlier (the older, the better). A feeling of "future- past". I ultimately strive to present my photos as readable images.

I am a:

  • Dedicated Photographer who exhibits a true love for the craft, art and science of the photography process. Inspires others with creative insight and enthusiasm.
  • Photographer who is continually inspired by people from all walks of life, especially in urban scenes. Brings international experience, as well as advanced knowledge from continued coursework.
  • Photographer who is equipped with a calm presence and unassuming air. Blends in easily while photographing large events to produce candid and natural shots.
  • Photographer who specializes in celebrity and model photo shoots. Gives quality artistic direction to produce top quality results.
  • Focused Photographer skilled at remaining calm in fast-paced situations. Brings extensive experience with wedding and special events photography.
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Set Design
  • Location Scouting
  • Digital Photography
  • Portrait Photography
  • Wedding Photography
  • Travel Photography
  • Architectural Photography Fashion Photography
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Concert Photography
  • Band (promotional) Photography
  • Graphic Arts
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Photoshop Elements
  • Photoshop
  • Creative Writing
  • Speech Writing
  • Poetry
  • Performance Poetry
  • Stand-up Comedy
  • Sketch Comedy
  • Comedy
  • Improvisational Comedy
  • Dark Comedy
  • Videography
  • Event Videography
  • Videographer Film
  • Film Production
  • Short Films
  • Music Industry
  • Claymation
  • Web Design
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Tumblr (experienced/familiar)
  • Twitter (experienced/familiar) 
  • Instagram (experienced/familiar)
  • Flickr (experienced/familiar)
  • Visual Arts
  • Costume Design
  • Video Editing
  • Photo Editing
  • Non-fiction Writer
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Business Card Design
  • Logo Design
  • Music Industry Experience
  • Motivated team player
  • Natural leader
  • Personable
  • Skilled problem solver
  • Computer literate
  • Active listening skills
Work History
Photographer, 2001 to Current
Meredith Corporation, ,
  • Facilitated weekly studio appointments.
  • Fabricated elaborate scenes/sets from scratch
  • Edited, toned, captioned and uploaded photographs for news publications.
  • Maintained productive professional relationships with models and modeling agencies.
  • Photographed high-quality images for both print and Internet distribution.
  • Directed guests to the photo port location to view and purchase their pictures.
  • Performed advanced computer processing of images for assignments.
  • Defined and recommended detailed solutions to capture images.
  • Shot photographs in controlled lab, field and remote environments.
  • Selected and altered secondary photographic features such as backdrops and lighting.
  • Handled cameras operating at several thousand frames per second.
  • Consulted with supervisors to handle any unusual problems and alter existing equipment.
  • Planned and prepared for all on-location and studio shoots.
  • Archived photographs on computers and servers.

Sales/Projects Team, 09/2003 to 04/-1
Best BuyCity, STATE,

  • Interviewed and worked closely with vendors to acquire and develop desired products.
  • Supplied daily support to the buyer and assistant buyer.
  • Completed stock orders and managed inventory levels.
  • Established strong vendor relationships to maintain and support the business.
  • Operated a cash register for cash, check and credit card transactions with 98% accuracy.
  • Stocked and replenished merchandise according to store merchandising layouts.
  • Priced merchandise, stocked shelves and took inventory of supplies.
  • Cleaned and organized the store, including the checkout desk and displays.
  • Alerted customers to upcoming sales events and promotions.
  • Identified potential shoplifters and alerted management.
  • Trained 5 new sales associates each quarter.
  • Completed all point of sale opening and closing procedures, including counting the contents of the cash register.
  • Handled all customer relations issues in a gracious manner and in accordance with company policies.
  • Welcomed customers into the store and helped them locate items.
  • Educated customers about the brand to incite excitement about the company’s mission and values.
  • Shared best practices for sales and customer service with other team members to help improve the store’s efficiency.
  • Used time efficiently when not serving customers, including folding clothes and cleaning out fitting rooms.
  • Resolved all customer complaints in a professional manner while prioritizing customer satisfaction.

Bachelor of Arts: English, Expected in 2003
University of New Hampshire - Durham, NH
  • 3.2 GPA
  • Minor in Theater
  • Karen is a constant inspiration and adoration to me. Not only is she somehow DAILY improving on her craft, art, and business but she is just stunning the world, even if you don't enjoy her main genre, which is what she loves, she also is such a talented photographer, seamstress, stylist, etc etc etc! She will photograph your wedding in a way you will never forget, your beautiful children, any event. This girl is incredible, aside from me purchasing her artwork for my whole family she is respecting and seeing what every client wants and needs. Karen is an inspiration. And aside from being serious about her work, she will be able to make you laugh. " Krystal Layton, Self employed, Cannibalized Photography, managed Karen at Karen Jerzyk Photography
  • Karen has done an amazing job of separating herself from the myriad of photographers on this planet. One look at her work and you will realize that she is a unique talent. Her creativity and work ethic are all in her pictures, which always seem to fascinate me." Mike Hsu, was with another company when working with Karen at Karen Jerzyk Photography
  • Karen consistently provided excellent, professional photography for an indie record label that often needed fast turnaround and the biggest bang-for-the-buck. Plus, plenty to choose from... She provided all of that, along with a very open-minded approach many, many times. There was a reason we brought her into the picture time and time again, and she never disappointed." Robert Deutsch, was Karen's client
  • Karen creates photos with the true purpose of engaging the viewer in a way that photographic artistry is meant to be. Her creativity quickly grasps the eye and emotions of the art enthusiast . She is a pleasant and low key individual with a flair for the absurd, this being said as a compliment and would be an asset to any group focusing on producing meaningful photos." Cheryl LeBlanc, worked with Karen at Karen Jerzyk Photography
  • Interview with The Pulse Mag The Pulse Mag October 1, 2014 
  • Drunk In A Graveyard Interview Drunk In A Graveyard January 28, 2016 
  • Art Block Gallery Review Boston Art Underground June 2, 2015 
  • Dig Boston Interview Dig Boston May 28, 2014 
  • Know Your Scene Review 2015
  • The Photography Junkie Interview With Jay Clapp The Photography Junkie (UK) March 2016 
  • Carbon Culture October 2015
  • Boston Common Magazine  September 14, 2015 
  • Fjords Review Art Block Gallery Fjords Review May 21, 2015 
  • Dark Beauty Self Portrait Interview Dark Beauty Magazine June 10, 2015 
  • Dark Beauty Embody Project Dark Beauty Magazine October 21, 2015 
  • Dark Beauty Issue #53 Cover Dark Beauty Magazine February 2016 
  • Juxtapoz Magazine June 2016 
  • Wide Walls Review Of Azart/Life Gallery NYC Wide Walls May 2016 
  • Cosmopolitan Photo Usage Cosmopolitan Magazine August 2014 
  • Greece Television Photo Usage (1:31) September 9, 2014 
  • Good Morning Emerson April 2016 Authors: Karen Jerzyk Emerson College Spring 2016 Interview

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