I have spent the majority of my career as the university photographer at Northwest Missouri State University for nearly 15 years.
What I learned from my experience at Northwest is how vital great design and presentation are to showcasing photography. I was blessed to work with fantastic talented designers who performed above expectations. That sort of achievement also typifies the students as well. I was able to mentored a number of student employees during my tenure and I still keep in touch with a number of them.
I was able to teach them how to use a DSLR cameras, lighting, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Students were vital to cataloging images and maintaining a digital archive of nearly 1 million images. During the later part of my career video became part of my responsibilities. Video offered new learning opportunities and at times the roles were reversed.
Since leaving the university I’ve learned how satisfying problem solving and being part of a team can be. In my current role as a video production specialist, I assist high school broadcasting students with their daily broadcasts by preparing their studio. I help troubleshoot problems they have in Adobe Premiere.
It’s difficult to put into words how intimidating this job was when I took it more than two years ago. But it’s given me some fantastic learning opportunities to learn about live video production. I’ve been able to fall back on my university experiences with marketing and branding to help the students create polished broadcasts.