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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.

References

Nick Malara - Senior Graphic Designer @ Zak Designs

Jeff is a highly professional, hard-work and solution oriented artist with a variety of talents. Jeff's photographic and video work at our company has increased the over-all quality of our catalogues and sales materials exponentially.

Being a small business owner in the past has equipped him with effective marketing sensibilities which combined with his creative expertise make him a great asset in our art department. It is a great privilege working with him.

I would highly recommend him for any project pertinent to his skill set.

(Contact information available upon request)

Manny Trembley - Graphic Designer @ Zak Designs

Having worked along side Jeff on both professional and personal projects over the past 8 years I cannot recommend him highly enough. Not only does he bring a high level of professionalism and knowledge to every project but he also has a keen sense of design, an understanding of narrative storytelling through the camera, an innate ability to manage projects as well as a great work ethic.


Jeff would be an asset to every photography shoot or project. I can't recommend him enough. His versatility and desire to produce the best images he can make makes him a valuable asset to any company... 

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Nate Chatellier - Senior Developer @ Seven2 Interactive

...We needed to hire a photographer who not only had a good eye for a shot, but who would also have the technical knowledge and Photoshop skills to create a special equirectangular photo for the panorama to function properly. Jeff was the first person

I thought of. He delivered all work on-time and to specifications. We had a fantastic experience working with him on this project. And most importantly, AT&T was very, very pleased with the results. In-fact, they noticed a measurable increase in sales as a result of the site...

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