professional photographer resume example with 18+ years of experience

(555) 432-1000,
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Experienced Creative bringing 17 years in the field and a solid background in the design industry. Proficient organizer, project leader and team builder with deep understanding of successful marketing strategies.

  • Studio management
  • Advertising
  • Graphic design
  • Team management
  • Brand awareness
  • Event planning
  • Employee training
  • Problem solving
  • Sales / presentation
  • Leadership of creative teams
  • Adobe creative suite expertise
  • Photography
Education and Training
Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT Expected in 12/2019 Bachelor of Science : Marketing Management - GPA :
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO Expected in 05/2016 Certification Education : Career Educator - GPA :
Drury University Springfield, MO Expected in : Art Education - GPA :
Waynesville Technical Academy Waynesville, MO, Expected in 05/2002 2 Year Vocational Diploma : Graphic Design - GPA :
Kratos Defense And Security - Professional Photographer
Bristow, OK, 07/2002 - 04/2006
  • Collaborated successfully with variety of personalities and work styles
  • Set up precise photographic measurements and control equipment
  • Automated office operations to manage client correspondence and record tracking and data communications
  • Carefully maintained over $500k worth of studio equipment
  • Collaborated with clients to guarantee satisfaction with advertisements
  • Explained price and package details to customers
  • Assisted imaging team members with product styling, prep and post production
  • Defined image requirements and planned photographic events
  • Monitored studio for adequate quantities of supplies
  • Managed a team of staff photographers, freelancers and a photo assistant
  • Cropped, manipulated and performed color-balance for final images
  • Photographed special events, including weddings, parties and school portraits
Vivid Impressions - Business Manager
City, STATE, 06/2006 - 04/2010
  • Evaluated sales and expense records to adjust policies and procedures
  • Designed detailed business plans to outline finances, goals, and operations of company
  • Improved inventory management processes to avoid markdowns
  • Assisted customers with product usage and troubleshooting issues
  • Oversaw employee hiring, recruitment and training
  • Interacted with customers and vendors with utmost professionalism to solve various problems
  • Coordinated multiple projects simultaneously to meet project deadlines
  • Led team of six in sales and service operations
  • Sourced and managed customer retention database and online appointment booking system
  • Managed day-to-day business operations, including appointment booking and production activities
  • Increased sales by 50% over 3-years by hiring additional skilled employees, purchasing and training in-house production lab
  • Elevated new business opportunities by implementing aggressive industry networking strategies
  • Performed bi-weekly payroll and coordinated record keeping
  • Planned, organized, and executed promotional photo service events
  • Strategized long-term business needs, driving customer feedback for process improvements
  • Managed business operations for 10-employee company generating $500k in yearly revenue
  • Networked within business community, attending events to position company and drive new business
  • Cultivated relations with customers and dealership personnel to drive client retention and long-term growth initiatives
  • Orchestrated meetings with staff to review current projects and build interpersonal relationships
  • Cultivated and developed portfolio of clientele, securing strong base of loyal business relationships to promote company growth objectives and consistently attain personal sales goals
  • Remained consistent by setting team goals, recognizing performance and rewarding hard work
Vivid Impressions - Small Business Owner
City, STATE, 04/2010 - 10/2014
  • Monitored market conditions to set accurate pricing structures and take advantage of emerging trends
  • Designed detailed business plans to outline finances, goals, and operations of company
  • Set and administered annual operating budget, consistently maintaining controls and preventing overages
  • Increased annual profit by $25K through effective product management
  • Hired 10 employees for day-to-day work and oversaw training procedures
  • Owned and managed daily operations of creative production business, including supervising employees and providing onsite training and continuing education to staff
  • Leveraged social media, including Facebook, to expand market reach and facilitate sales agent recruitment
  • Established, enforced and updated policies keeping business agile and responsive to changing market conditions
  • Collaborated with staff to maximize customer satisfaction, streamline procedures and improve bottom-line profitability
  • Developed sales plans to introduce new products to market
  • Attended company seminars to increase understanding and knowledge of products
  • Planned various product configurations to meet diverse customer needs
  • Negotiated tender and contract terms to meet both client and company needs
  • Documented account activities and generated sales reports
Waynesville Career Center - Advertising Instructor
City, STATE, 07/2014 - Current
  • Estimated costs of campaigns and advertising
  • Reviewed revenue and expense forecasts to determine accurate budgets
  • Collaborated with marketing staff to develop strategic advertising plans focused on specific customer or market areas
  • Introduced training program for graphic designers to increase new account signing flow and customer satisfaction
  • Designed timelines for design services to customers and alerted them of changes or updates frequently to uphold satisfaction
  • Supervised team of 40 designers by delegating daily assignments and prioritizing tasks
  • Developed presentations and other materials to illustrate campaign performance for use in management meetings
  • Managed campaign development, creative designs and ad tracking
  • Sent promotions through traditional mail and email
  • Managed curriculum development and daily facility operations in alignment with corporate objectives
  • Trained and mentored photography students in photography and journalism
  • Established weekly anecdotal records and portfolios in order to assess student progress

As an Advertising Instructor my team accomplished many success to include our work being at the White House this past year.

2019 Awards 1st Place Pin Design State, 2nd Place Photography State, 2nd Place Pin Design State
2018 Awards 1st Place Pin Design State
2017 Awards 1st Place Pin Design State, 1st Place T-Shirt Design State, 1st Place Ad Design Districts, 2nd Place bulletin board design Districts, 2nd Place Job Interview Districts, 3rd Place Pin Design Districts, 3rd Place T-Shirt Design District
2016 - 1st Place Advertising Design District Level, 1st Place Pin Design, District Level, 1st Place T-Shirt Design District Level. State competitions 2016 1st T-Shirt Design, 2nd Advertising Design, 2nd Pin Design.

• 2015 - 1st place T-Shirt Design State Level, 1st Place Job Interview State Level.

As a professional I have dedicated myself to volunteering for a few special organizations to highlight a few:

• Received the 7 seals award from ESGR
• Provided services for the ESGR Gala September, 2018
Photographed First Lady and Governor Michael Parson, State of Missouri
• Photographed Texas Representative Pat Fallon
• Photography work published, The, November 6th 2018
• Branding development for clothing store, The Black Barn, October 2018
• Photographer for author Travis Prewett, Eddie’s Goat, release May 2019
• Coordinated the development of the Missouri State Branding design for the White House Easter Egg Roll event, Juliette Rizzo – Department of Education Washington D.C.

Featured in the 2015 July issue of DPS magazine. Article The Future of Print, for my work with students

• Donate photography Gala, St. Louis MO, Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer FoundationMemory of Jonny Wade


PPA - member

SGIA - member

GARFE - member

Waynesville District Foundation Board - volunteer

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School Attended

  • Western Governors University
  • University of Central Missouri
  • Drury University
  • Waynesville Technical Academy

Job Titles Held:

  • Professional Photographer
  • Business Manager
  • Small Business Owner
  • Advertising Instructor


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Certification Education
  • Some College (No Degree)
  • 2 Year Vocational Diploma

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