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Summary

I have been taking pictures for nearly 25 years now... some of those years as a professional, many as an enthusiastic amateur. I studied Photography, Graphic Design, and Drama at the University of Washington under some amazing professors and mentors. Along the way I've shot thousands of rolls of film, and since the 'digital age' of photography I have also shot about a gazillion more frames on all manner of digital camera, from the almost-disposable, to the heart-stoppingly expensive. These days I specialize in studio-based product and advertising photography, and supply photography to many of the biggest licensed brands and retail companies in the world.

In addition to photography, I have worked extensively in the film and video industry producing industrial, marketing, and training videos and films for a number of technology companies, and producing voiceover work for television, radio, and video games. I have produced and directed several commercials and music videos. In 2008 I co-wrote, produced, and directed my first full-length feature film, 'Harry Christmas,' which was independently released on DVD in 2009. In 2010 I had two short-films place in the top 10 for the national Canon-sponsored 'The Story Behind the Still' short film competition.

While I am a lifelong resident of Washington State, I have never personally met Bigfoot, ridden a Orca whale, or had lunch with Bill Gates. However, I did meet Chris Cornell in a Starbucks once.

Work experience

2012Present

Staff Photographer

Zak Designs

Product and marketing photographer and videographer for Zak Designs, the world’s leading distributor of licensed children’s dinnerware and top producer of trend-focused everyday tableware products worldwide.

Directly responsible for all photography produced at Zak Designs. Entrusted with photographing with many of the largest licensed brands in the world, including A-list properties from Disney, Pixar, Sanrio, Nickeloden, Marvel and many others. Produce high-quality sales, marketing, product and packaging photography which is used at high-end specialty retailers such as Macy's, JCPenny's, Kohl's and Bon Ton, as well as at mass-market retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart.

Additionally responsible for production of all video and motion graphics work used at Zak Designs. Video and motion graphics are used for a variety of purposes, including in-store marketing and advertising, trade show marketing and advertising, sales support, as well as social media content.

2008Present

Photographer

Jay Lance Photography

Commercial and retail photographer. Have taken on many freelance product and marketing photography assignments for various clients. Have photographed numerous weddings and portrait sittings in a variety of location and studio settings. Regularly teach photography for many experience levels in both one-on-one and classroom-style seminars.

20072009

Producer/Director

Tate-R-Tot Films

Co-wrote, produced, and directed the feature-length film ‘Harry Christmas.’ Film premiered at the Bing Crosby Theater in December 2008, and was independently released on DVD in 2009.

19982008

Creative Director

Paper Plane Group, Inc.

Paper Plane Group specialized in Internet/Intranet and CD ROM-based custom software development and redesign for corporate clients using programming, new technologies and innovation to solve customer problems. Lead teams of independent contractors as large as 10 in the completion of projects.

20062008

Project Manager

DigiDeal Corporation

Managed the complete development cycle for 8 electronic table games during my tenure. Coordinated with sales, marketing, hardware engineering, and software engineering in order to ensure on-time and on-budget development. Additional duties included all product photography and video clips for trade-show booth use, marketing materials, and web site usage.

20022005

Director of Development

FutureSight Consulting

Managed contract employees in the creation of software tools to help calculate ROI of tech purchases. Created ‘support materials’ including marketing videos and photography which was embedded in the tools to assist the purchasing process. Started with company as a part-time contractor and advanced into listed role.

19982002

Program Manager

Microsoft

Acted as the program manager for the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC building architecture solutions. Responsible for the performance of two contract staffers, and for successfully working directly with the Visio Division Development Manager and the Visio Project Manager to create the best possible product. Team member for the release of Visio 5.0, Visio 2000, and Visio 2002. Started with company as a Software Test Engineer and advanced into listed role.

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