Extended Résumé

To date, I am fortunate my career has provided me with a wealth of creative production experience across many diverse sectors. The combination of my experiences has taught me how to adapt to change and develop practical skills, all woven together in the creative language of visual storytelling.

EXPERIENCE      SKILLS      EDUCATION

 

Experience

PHOTOGRAPHER &

VIDEOGRAPHER

Jun 2010 - Present

Jacob Cote Creative Services

Freelance

Commercial Photography Video & Live Streaming Production | Graphic Design​

  • Managed end-to-end video and photo productions, including working with external partners, clients, vendors and freelancers

  • Collaborated with clients on commercial, product, and editorial photography, as well as TV commercials and film productions.

  • Launched and created two custom real estate home websites that sold for over $2.02 million and $3.5 million, respectively

  • Increased client’s Instagram following by +3000 with pro photography and Videography, including the implementation of a YouTube channel

PHOTOGRAPHY OPERATIONS SPECIALIST

Oct 2021 - Jun 2022

SONDER

Remote (Toronto Office)

  • Oversaw photography shoots to maintain image standards and budgets while working with individual city teams

  • Brainstormed and provided creative input for new production pilots

  • Effectively managed numerous creative projects as well as processed a high volume of operational requests while maintaining high-quality outputs by employing coordination, collaboration and time-management skills

  • Developed simplified processes to hire new contract photographers while maintaining relations & contracts for the Central and West regions

  • Developed a tool to ensure open feedback loop with photographers in order to improve operational processes and best practices.

PHOTOGRAPHER

Aug 2017 - Sep 2019

Purdys Chocolatier 

Vancouver, BC

  • Supported internal departments, e-commerce, and retail stores for their needs for customized videos, GIFs, and photography

  • Maintained a digital media database of all content created

  • Increased Social Media-generated transactions by +421%

  • Facebook engagement per post increased by +102%

  • Instagram followers increased by +70%

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Sep 2016 - Oct 2016

Warner Bros.

Vancouver, BC

  • Production Assistant for a scripted Warner Bros. TV series

  • Responsibilities included:

    • Traffic management

    • Public safety

    • Fire watch/security of sets

    • Relaying messages between crew

    • Assisting crew as needed

    • Setting up equipment/tare down

PROFESSOR

Sep 2014 - Jun 2016

Loyalist College

Belleville, ON

  • Instructed hundreds of students per semester over multiple programs: TV & Film Production, Graphic Design, and Film History.

  • Specialized in motion graphics, typography, colour theory & illustrations.

  • Reviewed student film projects for editing, camera, sound & lighting.

  • Engaged and inspired students with creative in-class presentations.

  • Kept up to date on emerging industry techniques, trends and tools.

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Feb 2015 - Nov 2019

Hollywood North Film Festival

Belleville, ON

  • Volunteered position managing all divisions of the annual non-profit international film festival operating with a $15,000 budget

  • 300+ in attendance, including filmmakers from across Canada and USA

  • Coordinated, monitored, and analyzed all media coverage

  • Fostered community engagement with the tourism and hospitality sectors

  • Designed and created all print and digital materials

CONTENT COORDINATOR

May 2014 - Sep 2014

Bay of Quinte Tourism

Belleville, ON

  • Development of Annual General Meeting documents and presentations for internal and external stakeholders

  • Creation and production execution of a web series highlighting local farmers and businesses

  • Social media execution promoting the Bay of Quinte region throughout Southern Ontario and upstate New York

  • Photography and videography of local attractions and events, creating an image bank of visual media to be used later on

AUDIENCE DEPT.

May 2014 & Mar 2015

Insight Productions Ltd.

Toronto, ON

  • Assisted with the Season Two Finale and Season Three Premiere of Big Brother Canada

  • Arranged audience members based on criteria for Live TV

  • Monitored audience members for piracy and crowd control

  • Assisted with preparing the studio for live-to-tape shows by working with crew members based on the needs of the show script

 

Skills

CREATIVE

  • Photography

    • Studio/strobe

    • Natural light

    • Storyboarding

    • Editing & retouching

  • Videography & film production

    • Pre-production & storyboarding

    • Scriptwriting

    • Camera/lighting/audio

    • Editing & post-production

    • Motion graphics

    • Encoding & converting

  • Graphic Design

    • Print & Digital

    • Typography

    • Colour theory

  • Art Direction

  • Food & Prop styling

  • Adobe Creative Cloud

    • Photoshop

    • Lightroom

    • Premiere Pro

    • Audition

    • After Effects

    • InDesign

    • Illustrator

PROFESSIONAL

  • Project-based

    • Project Coordinating & Management

    • Copywriting

    • Branding

    • Content Coordinating

    • Social Media Campaigns & Planning

      • Instagram

      • Facebook

      • Twitter​

      • YouTube

  • Event-based

    • Event Planning

    • Fundraising

    • Community Marketing

    • Team Management

    • Volunteer Coordinating

  • Teaching & Recruiting

    • College-level Instructing

    • Training (safety & event)

    • External freelance hires

TECHNICAL

  • Operating Systems

    • Mac OS/iOS

    • Windows/Android

 

  • Web & Cloud-based

    • Intermediate HTML & CSS

    • Advanced WordPress 

    • Google Ads

    • Google Suite: Docs, Sheets, & Drive

    • Microsoft Office 365

  • Cameras

    • Canon: 5D Mark 2,3 & 4, R6 & R5, Cinema 

    • Sony: Alpha Series, EX3

    • Nikon (various models)

    • RED Digital

  • Lighting

    • Studio strobe & flash

    • Various modifiers & attachments

    • Backdrop systems (paper & cloth) 

    • Continuous: LED, Kino Flo & Tungsten

  • Audio

    • Boom operation & mic placement

    • On-set sound monitoring

    • Sound editing & 7.1 surround mixing

 

Education

2013-2014

Loyalist College

1yr Certificate:

Public Relations

Completed courses in:

  • Writing 

  • Fundraising

  • Communications

  • Social media 

  • Graphic design

  • Client-based project learning 

  • Research experience using SWOP and PEST analyses 

2009-2012

Loyalist College

3yr Advanced Diploma

Television & New Media

Production

Gained a wide range of content creation techniques with full production skills in:

  • Television news & studio-based shows

  • Editing (Final Cut, AVID & Premiere)

  • Film production

  • Live remote event productions

  • Screenplay & commercial writing

  • Marketing & promotions

  • Graphic design & motion graphics

  • Web design

June 2013

The Art of Visual Storytelling:

By Alex Buono (Saturday Night Live)

A hands-on day course taught by the Academy Award nominated Director of Photography for the Saturday Night Live film unit. Specializing in the theory behind making the visual story, advanced techniques for lighting, lens selection, blocking, camera movement, audio, workflow, camera settings, and visual structure were taught and demonstrated. 

Actively used industry-leading equipment, Canon Cinema EOS, LED lighting, focus pulling and MOVI rigs.