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SUMMARY

I am a versatile creative professional with a proven track record in both photography and graphic design. With my experience as a Professional Photographer, I’ve honed my expertise in capturing moments across diverse genres, from Emergency Response Drills to Aviation, Ceremonies, Portraits, and Sports. Simultaneously, my career as a Senior Designer has allowed me to apply my artistic eye to designing captivating visuals and marketing materials that engage and resonate with audiences.

 

My ability to seamlessly blend these two skill sets enables me to offer a unique perspective and deliver comprehensive solutions to visual communication challenges. I excel in collaborating with teams to create compelling concepts, layouts, and themes, ensuring brand consistency across various media platforms. 

 

In addition to my technical skills, I bring a deep understanding of ethical standards and industry regulations, enabling me to operate effectively in sensitive settings with respect and empathy. I am dedicated to driving successful content strategies enhancing visual communication, and delivering impactful results.

 

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EXPERIENCE

2011-Present

Professional Photographer
Maia Kennedy Photography (Portfolio)

Professional Photographer with experience in the public and private sectors. Adept at utilizing advanced photography techniques using full-frame DSLR camera equipment with multiple lenses to produce high-quality images.

 

Demonstrates expertise in a wide variety of genres:  Aviation (including Air to Air), Ceremonies, Community News, Emergency Response Drills, Events, First Responder Training Exercises, Pets, Photojournalism, Portraits, Public Affairs, and Sports.

 

Photo Editing and Post-Processing

  • Proficient in post-processing software for photo editing and manipulation.

  • Skilled in photo editing, retouching, color correction, and image enhancement to strengthen visual impact.

 

Social Media Design

  • Strategically plans and creates designs tailored to engage specific audiences on social media platforms.

  • Adept at managing multiple social media accounts, ensuring consistent branding and engaging content.

 

Project Management

  • Exhibits excellent organizational and time management skills, adept at overseeing multiple projects simultaneously.

 

Digital Asset and Metadata Management

  • Efficiently organizes and maintains a well-structured history of digital files for quick access and streamlined workflows.

  • Efficiently research and gather information for photo metadata.

 

Website Design

  • Designs & manages websites using specific styles to capture the targeted audience.

  • Ensures a user-friendly experience & appealing online presence.

 

Situational Awareness

  • Recognizes and adheres to industry regulations, company policies, and ethical standards.

  • Operates in sensitive settings with respect and empathy.

2011-2023

Senior Designer
Pimsleur Language Programs, Simon & Schuster Audio, CBS/Paramount

Accomplished Senior Designer with a proven history of delivering visually compelling and impactful compositions. Recognized for collaborative approach in leveraging team dynamics to enhance ideas and effectively solve problems. 

 

Notable achievements include:

  • Collaborated with multiple teams to offer numerous solutions for concept, layout, & theme development.

  • Designed captivating packaging and marketing materials for both print and online, while adhering to branding standards.

  • Created and scheduled monthly creatives for online promotions, ensuring engagement.

  • Successfully managed projects and coordinated with multiple departments to consistently meet deadlines.

  • Leveraged experience as professional photographer to select appealing stock imagery for marketing and packaging.

  • Generated concepts, designed, and produced compelling content for social media posts.

  • Developed wireframes to assist with development of website and mobile app.

  • Designed, then managed & maintained B2C and B2B pages on company website using CMS tool..

  • Maintained versions of design materials & photo assets on Digital Asset Management server.

  • Worked with layouts using multiple languages, including non-roman alphabets.

  • Provided backup tech support for Mac computers, printers, and other office equipment: diagnosed issues, researched solutions, and resolved problems. 

 

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VOLUNTEER WORK & AFFILIATIONS

2014-Present

Lead Photographer, Photo Crew Manager, Social Media Designer, Website Designer, & Committee Member

Military Friends Foundation (501c3)

Contribute photography expertise, design engaging social media content, and assist with event planning for Tough Ruck and other events organized by Military Friends Foundation, a veterans’ charity organization supporting families who have faced hardships related to military service. 

 

2016-Present

Lead Photographer
South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, South Boston St Patrick's Day Parade

Photographer - Boston Police Gaelic Column

Photographer - USS Constitution 1812 Marine Guards

Photographer - Hero's Cup Hockey

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SKILLS

SOFTWARE

Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop) & Microsoft Office

CREATIVE

Graphic Design, Marketing Design, Package Design, Social Media Design, Website Design

PHOTOGRAPHY

Aviation (including Air to Air), Ceremonies, Community News, Emergency Response Drills, Events, First Responder Training Exercises, Pets, Photojournalism, Portraits, Public Affairs, and Sports.

 

SOFT SKILLS

Active Listening, Adaptability, Attention to Detail, Collaboration, Creativity, Effective Communication, Empathy, Project Management, Problem-Solving, Receptiveness to Feedback, Team-Building, Technical Support, Time Management, Willingness & Interest to Learn

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EDUCATION 

Emerson College, Bachelor of Science

Parsons School of Design, Graphic Design Certificate

Emerson College, Website Design Certificate

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