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Photography to me is a way of expressing the inner depth of perception and communication. In my style of photography I like to play with these elements, using intricate details of my subjects. Inspired by how they are constructed and creating emotion which to me, speaks to the viewer. I translate this concept into my work ethic; focusing on details, constantly communicating and thinking of how I could be perceived to a potential employer. I have an extensive working history with customer service, being disciplined, serving with a professional, and personable approach. As a visual and practical learner, motivated by being hands on with challenging tasks. I strive to make a great first impression, adhering to positive outcomes. I am currently employed as a deputy manager within an independent retailers, where I have had an uplifting experience of strengthening confidence and relief managing 7 out of the 8 company branches. I have proven to work efficiently and be a flexible, open minded team player where communication is key for our small team. I have gained technical skills of computer softwares, and dealing with data on a daily basis. As well as being in the retail industry, I have been a freelance photographer to keep my imagination flowing, with personal projects and contracted employment. I enjoy using my portable Bowens photography studio; experimenting with light and shadow for play, and product photography for work. At university I learned about producing imagery to commercial standards, client specification, and gaining proficient knowledge of studio photography, editing software and studio equipment. I also experimented with my imagery through manipulation, both hand and digitally, as well as product placement exploring fashion and textile design. As my heart really lies within photography, I wish to utilise my experience and capability of achieving a career with this inspiring and developing medium with creative industries.
Daily opening duties for managing shifts; preparing the shop by putting up papers, turning on customer showboard and fobt machines, updating window displays and advertising board, and cleaning. Daily closing duties for managing shifts; advise customers shop is closing, counting all money from fobt and debit card machine. Making sure shop is safe by locking up and entering security alarm code. Cash handling; correct reconciliation of both manager and cashier tills, checking safe and fobt machines, and receiving/paying out to customers. Organising money weekly to be banked into company account. Figure taking; confirming figures match, finding errors and correcting accordingly. At the end of the week, totalising profits/losses from bet and fobt takings, including calculation of tax payment percentages. Daily betting; asking customers about offers and odds of selections, scanning bets onto system. Correct data entry, double checking information e.g change of odds and incorrect stakes. Communicating with Head Office and other shops; asking for referrals, authorisations, call centre deposits/withdrawals, and informing of large potential winnings. Greeting customers; looking presentable and being hospitable, offering beverages and helping with all enquiries. Informing them of monthly fobt machine tournaments, ante-post events offers and promotions. Working in Head Office; tasks for general managers such as banking, answering shop phones in a professional manner directing calls where applicable. If dealing with call centre, enter customers bets promptly into their individual accounts, and answering general enquiries. Stock for staff; requesting monthly, collecting and delivering to other shops where needed, including weekly expenses, such as milk, coffee/tea. Gambling policies; checking for new self-exclusions, shop risk assessments, rules and regulations, aware of unruly behaviour of customers/strangers, informing other shop managers of their whereabouts.
Contacting company director; arranging times and dates of photographic shoot via email and phone. Commuting to chosen destination using own transport. Discussing the product; meeting the needs of company directors requirements and outcome of overall look of the products. Organising the studio set up; using own ‘Bowens’ portable light studio, set up continuous lights with soft boxes, stands, and light tent to place products inside. Connecting Canon camera tethering using laptop, cataloging on Adobe Lightroom. Also using other available equipment to help with the shoot. Post production; conduct image library on Adobe Lightroom before editing. Choosing most successful images to then send to company director for approval, before editing on Adobe Photoshop. Editing imagery; process images to design specifications for networking and advertising purposes. On completion, send images to company director via Dropbox.
First point of contact; looking professional at all times, meeting and greeting customers and clients in a welcoming, helpful manner. Showing them to appropriate areas, such as Sales and Services. Being hospitable; offering beverages if customers are waiting, along with magazines and television facilities. Informing them when they are ready to be seen. Being presentable; keeping the showroom waiting area clean and tidy, replacing stock for coffee machine and water dispenser, as well as clearing out bins. Reception duties; answering incoming phone calls and directing them accordingly, take messages if necessary. Organising post and paperwork.
Being presentable; arrive at nightlife venues promptly, wearing company attire, and keeping a professional profile for company chain. Photography; using own Canon camera equipment, keeping to companies advised exposure settings. Asking customers politely for their photograph being taken, showing them images after then offering merchandise to buy on the night. Merchandise; Print and create keyrings promptly. Keeping organised with stock (ordering and maintaining levels), filling out a nightly spreadsheet to note down purchases. Fill out weekly spreadsheet to then post figures to company managers. Cash handling; exchanging cash with customers, filling out checks to be banked weekly. Social media; edit images when finished shift to right measurements for Facebook, including company bookmarked logo. Uploading photographs to nightclub venues Facebook page within a 24 hour period.
My university final degree work was specialised in digitally printed textiles. It was motivated by fashion designers and artists who are inspired by organic anatomy. I also looked into the similar properties of intricate details in flowers. I aimed to produce the work for visual contexts and subjects. It was to the show the variation and possibilities of where my imagery could be seen. Some of the outcomes were fashion illustrations, silk scarves and a floor cushion.