photographer resume example with 11+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -
Professional Summary

A former award-winning newspaper photojournalist, and aspiring producer and actor, enrolled in a graduate screenwriting program seeks an internship opportunity with Lynda Obst Productions to advance producing skills and gain invaluable real-world experience from respected veteran studio producer Lynda Obst. Dedicated team player with years of professional experience in faced-paced, high-stress work environment, and accustomed to working as a unit towards a common goal of a project.

  • Well-organized, professional
  • Service-oriented
  • DSLR camera use & image editing skills
  • Final Draft software knowledge
  • Highly-motivated fast learner
  • Thrives on team collaboration
  • Professionally-trained actor
  • Creative Thinking
  • Open-minded, flexible and adaptable
  • Works well in high-pressure, deadline-driven environment
Work History
02/2018 to Current
Photographer Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA,
  • Contracted still photographer for Getty Images Entertainment covering red carpet events, movie premieres and award shows.
  • Freelancer for Hollywood Reporter, Associated Press, news publications, universities and independent clients.
  • Photographs featured in national and international news outlets and magazines.
  • Handpicked by Getty Images editors to team with staff photographers in covering 2019 Golden Globe and SAG Awards during rookie year of covering awards season.
  • Fast-tracked & promoted by Getty Images editors to assist in all major 2020 awards season shows, including 2020 Oscars coverage, alongside veteran staffers.
  • Consulted with clients to discuss commission ideas and style preferences to create mutually agreeable project parameters.
01/2011 to 01/2018
Photojournalist Gannett Co. Inc. Miami, FL,
  • Staff photographer for SCNG's 11-newspaper organization that included the San Bernardino Sun, Riverside Press-Enterprise, L.A. Daily News and Orange County Register.
  • The newsroom's pioneer multi-hyphenate photojournalist who additionally wrote stories, shot and edited video footage.
  • Produced, captioned and edited daily photo, video content for newspaper's print, online publications and social media in timely manner within tight deadlines.
  • Worked in high-pressure newsroom covering breaking news, sports and feature stories throughout Southern California.
  • Considered a reliable "go-to" photojournalist & collaborator with reporters, editors on special projects to create compelling visuals.
  • Covered major breaking news stories including Christopher Dorner manhunt, San Bernardino Terror Attack, North Park Elementary School shooting, Las Vegas mass shooting.
  • Produced and edited visual journalism work in a 2014 award-winning special report “Ghost Town,” which detailed the leaching Chromium-6 water supply aftermath in the small desert community of Hinkley, Calif., documented in the 2000 film, “Erin Brockovich.”.
  • Worked with NASA in SCNG special project, "SOFIA: NASA's high-flying infrared telescope".
  • Among the first SCNG multimedia journalists to adapt to and utilize social media platforms as a tool to report live on-scene and engage with digital audiences.
01/2010 to 01/2011
Photo Assistant & Community Reporter San Gabriel Valley Tribune City, STATE,
  • Pitched, wrote and photographed stories for daily and weekly publications.
  • Produced and edited photo content for print and online photo galleries.
  • Wrote column about first-person L.A. Marathon training experience.
  • Developed rapport with local government, businesses and leaders on community events.
  • Reported community news for San Gabriel Valley region.
  • Assisted photographers and reporters with photo shoot styling, prep and post production.
  • Connected with individuals and sources on a personal and professional level to make stories come to life.
Expected in 2022
Master of Arts: Screenwriting
Azusa Pacific University - Azusa, CA

Current GPA: 3.8 | Completed Coursework Includes:

  • Screenwriting: Story/Character
  • Script Analysis
  • Adaptation for Film & TV
  • Writing the Feature Screenplay
  • Entertainment Production
  • Directing for Screenwriters (directed scene for student project)
  • Web Series Development & Production (produced, directed, acted, & wrote original web project)
Expected in
Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Studies, English
Azusa Pacific University - Azusa, CA
Expected in
Associate of Science: Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citrus College - Glendora, CA
Expected in
Associate of Science: Biological & Physical Sciences
Citrus College - Glendora, CA
Expected in
Meisner Acting Technique 2-Yr Conservatory:
The Taylor Acting Studio - Burbank, CA,
Expected in
Comedy Improvisation Conservatory Program:
The Second City - Hollywood, CA,
Additional Information

Hinkley: Ghost Town special project

  • SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award 2013 - Non-Deadline Reporting (1-50,000 Daily Circulation)
  • National Headliner Award 2014 - Environmental Writing by an Individual or Team, 2nd Place
  • Best of the West Award 2014 - Growth and Environment Reporting, 3rd Place
  • California Newspaper Publishers Association Award 2014 - Best Investigative Reporting, 2nd Place
  • California Newspaper Publishers Association Award 2014 - Special Section, 1st place

San Bernardino Terror Attack breaking news coverage

  • SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award 2015 - Deadline Reporting (1-50,000 Daily Circulation)

Press Photographers of Greater Los Angeles

  • Sports Action Photo Dec. 2016 - 1st place

Women’s Stills & Motion Photojournalism Power Panel 2018

  • Featured panelist in ASMP-LA’s event honoring women in photojournalism

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School Attended

  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Citrus College
  • Citrus College
  • The Taylor Acting Studio
  • The Second City

Job Titles Held:

  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Photo Assistant & Community Reporter


  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Associate of Science
  • Meisner Acting Technique 2-Yr Conservatory
  • Comedy Improvisation Conservatory Program

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