WHERE I'M GOING...

Your Company

could be anywhere, USA

I am all about visual branding that tells the story - that brings a product, service or company to life in terms of growing a business. Sure I care about design - but not for its own sake. I want to engage, provoke, and call the target to action.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2003 - Present

Principal / Creative Director

Earnstone Media Group

Creative Director

Earnstone Media Group - Fairfax, VA

Strategic thinking. Creative, focused execution. Budget and deadline orientation. These are the attributes that guide the Earnstone Media Group, a collection of talented specialists and experienced strategists who come together under my direction to address branding projects. Some of our projects include:

Fairfax County Public Schools - W.T. Woodson Football: Produced a coffee table book highlighting the fierce competition of the 2009 Varsity Football Season.  Designed this book from start to finish, cover to cover.  Photographed the action at 13 games, edited 13,000 images down to 220 of the best of the best, retouched, color corrected, and incorporated into the final  product. http://ow.ly/101Kq

Wedgwood Society of Washington, DC:This society needed an Exhibition Catalog for "Wedgwood:  250 Years of Innovation and Artistry" representing 250 years of the Wedgwood collection's historic artistry.  Integrally involved in the project from concept to completion.  Planned and organized a 4-day photo shoot to carefully photograph 170 objects to capture their fine detail.  Designed the catalog, front to back, including layout, photo editing, and selection of type font, to emphasize this remarkable history of discovery, vision, experimentation, industry, and exquisite design. http://bit.ly/aNqa0d

Nissan of Chantilly:Led major re-design and re-branding of the dealership’s website. Led team in development vision and new strategy by taking them from a “run of the mill” car dealership to a forward thinking distinct brand. Relying on Nissan Corporation for association, while creating individualism amongst a sea of sameness.

George Mason University:University won “Field of the Year”, huge accolades in sports turf community. Sports Turf Mgr. was a change agent who went after sponsorship in a non-traditional way. Assembled still images into a direct mail video. Result: $100k in sponsorship.

Simon & Schuster: Lessons From The Edge”book photo-production of over 25 extreme athletes. Negotiated contracts with agents. Coordinated athletes schedules and locations.  Art Directed and designed images to have a consistent “look and feel” across the project. Result: Book went into a second printing.

Trust Title:Direct mail campaign to drive prospective customers to website and increase brand awareness. Result: Firm grew from one to five offices.

Sep 2007 - Jun 2008

Business Partner / Specialist

Apple Store Clarendon

As a Business Partner I'm leading an Apple retail team which is meeting the needs of Apple’s retail small to medium market business (SMB) customers. I'm growing Apple’s relationships with the local business client base through follow-up contact. I'm responsible for developing strategies by reaching out to new local businesses. Building brand loyalty of existing SMB customers. Meanwhile organizing and maintaining all client contact and purchase information. Recording and tracking successful business sales. All the while providing superior customer service for our SMB customers.

Aug 2006 - Dec 2007

Brand Representative

Martin + Osa

Accountable for helping launch this new brand (an American Eagle concept) and increasing the customer brand understanding and awareness in first retail store in the country. Developed concepts, ideas, and conveyed successful approaches to lead designers and Chief Marketing Officer for systematic implementation. Established protocols for inventory system design and system monitoring. 

Jan 1991 - Aug 2006

Owner

David Brooks Photo

Seasoned professional photographer with over 15 years of distinguished service in creative design, business management, post-production, and technical aspects of photography. During these years I have photographed sports figures from the frigid tops of glaciers to the hot depths of Death Valley. I’ve had the great opportunity to photograph top level athletes in their sport such as: Tony Hawk,Travis Pastrana, Casey Mears, Alan Webb, Andy McDonald, Casey FitzRandolph, and Steph Davis.

Advertising photography for major corporations. Sports & extreme sports photography for major national magazines, including:  Abercrombie & Fitch, Outside Magazine, Runner’s World Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, Simon & Schuster, Washingtonian Magazine.

Stock photography for two agencies, Corbis and Zuma picture agencies. Established record of success supporting major national clients and international picture agencies.

Consistently generated innovative, effective concepts for commercial clients.

Responsible for all aspects of production: Selected talent, location, wardrobe and props. Managed all support personnel from 2 to 15 people. Identified resource parameters including: time, budget and level of effort required.

Prepared project estimates and negotiated budgets. Determined appropriate usage rights, electronic rights, and copyright. Prepared detailed project plans for successful completion on time and on budget.

Edited images through digital workflow post-production. Color management,

Retouching, Print and web.

Education

Education