Auckland, New Zealand – (027) 619-3025
Accomplished photojournalist with experience in producing award winning photography and video for major media outlets. Strong photography, video, audio gathering, social media and writing skills. Proven ability to work well under pressure, problem solve and learn new skills. Proficient utilization of metrics and analytics to improve product promotion and community connections.
Owner – Elise Marie Photography NZ – 2018 - present – Auckland, NZ
· Through my business in Auckland I strive to give the best documentary style family, wedding and editorial photography to my clients and community. I work with studio and natural light and look for new and unique ways to tell a story with my images.
Co-founder – Odyssey Images – 2017-2018 – Greensboro, NC
· With fellow photographer Andrew Krech, we founded our company, Odyssey Images, and provided wedding and editorial photography services to the Greensboro community. We acquired a year long contract with Made In Greensboro in 2018. During that time we planned, organized and delivered environmental portraits of notable individuals in our community that were used in print and online and for various promotional campaigns throughout the city.
Staff Photographer - 1808 Magazine + News & Record Special Sections - 2016 - 2018 - Greensboro, NC
· As the staff photographer for 1808 and the Special Sections department I was in charge of maintaining camera and studio equipment, organizing photo shoots, styling, editing and preparing the images for publication in print and online. I helped write and copy edit written material in our publications and shot and edited video for several major campaigns.
Freelance Photojournalist – Elise Manahan Photography – 2010 – 2018 – Greensboro, NC
· I operated my own photography business primarily focusing on editorial, portrait and wedding photography. As a freelancer I provide sports, feature and breaking news images and video to media outlets. I write freelance articles and blog posts for news and advertising purposes. I use social media to promote my work and to reach out to prospective clients.
Staff Photographer – The Chillicothe Gazette – June 2014 – September 2015 – Chillicothe, OH
· I shot and edited feature, sports, breaking and general news photographs under deadline for the oldest newspaper west of the Alleghenies. In addition to shooting still photographs for the paper, I gathered video and audio for multimedia assignments. I utilized social media to publicize my content and the work of my colleagues in addition to using metric gathering software to better gauge reader reaction and tailor product promotion.
Staff Photographer – The Valley Breeze – October 2010 – July 2013 – Lincoln, RI
· I shot and edited spot, feature, sports, and general news under deadline for five award-winning weekly publications around northern Rhode Island. In addition to shooting still photographs for the paper I gathered video and audio for multimedia assignments. I utilized social media to locate news story ideas and to promote my work and the work of my colleagues.
Intern Photographer – The Cincinnati Enquirer – Spring 2009 and Winter 2010 – Cincinnati, OH
· I shot and edited spot, feature, sports, and general news under deadline on a daily basis around the city of Cincinnati. I learned how to operate and shoot video assignments and assist with lighting setups. I covered news independently and with fellow reporters and photographers.
Staff Photographer – The New Media Bureau – Fall 2009 – Cincinnati, OH
· I was a founding member of a campus based news organization that covered breaking news across Cincinnati. This freelancing group also covered several long-term projects including local election coverage. Our work was published as both still and multimedia slideshows on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s webpage and City Beat’s webpage.
Staff Photographer – The News Record – Fall and Winter 2008 University of Cincinnati, OH
· I was a photographer for the campus newspaper and contributed to both print and online content. I shot and edited photos ranging from general news, spot news, political, sports, and feature news both on and off campus and was relied on to work independently and as a part of a team on assignments.
· Adobe Photoshop · Adobe Bridge · Adobe Lightroom · Adobe Spark · Adobe Camera Raw ·
· iMovie · Garageband · Adobe Premiere (currently learning) ·
· Microsoft Word · Microsoft Excel · Microsoft Powerpoint ·
· Twitter · Facebook · Instagram · Google+ · Tumblr · Pintrest · 500px · Youtube · Vimeo ·
· Writing · Blogging · Copy Editing ·
· Organisational Skills · Customer Service · Freelance Management · Equipment Maintenance · Sales ·
Awards and Associations
· 2018 Second Place Best Niche Publication, 1808 Magazine: December 2018
· 2018 Second Place Special Section: Discover Guilford, Special Section Staff
· 2018 Third Place Best Niche Publication, 1808 Magazine: June 2018
· 2017 First Place Best Niche Publication, 1808 Magazine: April 2017
· 2017 Third Place Best Niche Publication, 1808 Magazine: August 2017
· 2016 Third Place Best Niche Publication, 1808 Magazine
· 2015 Associated Press Ohio Best Photo Story Award Winner
· 2015 Associated Press Ohio Best Sports Photo Award Winner
· 2014 Associated Press Ohio Best Photographer Award Winner
· 2014 Associated Press Ohio Best Photo Essay Award Winner
· 2014 Associated Press Ohio Best Breaking News Coverage Award Winner
· 2012 Rhode Island Press Association Editorial Awards General News Photography Award Winner
· 2010 University of Cincinnati Outstanding Photojournalism Track Graduate
· 2010 University of Cincinnati Department Honors in Journalism
· 2009 University of Cincinnati Lee Evans Scholarship Award Winner
National Press Photographers Association
· Member 2009 – 2016
Society of Professional Journalists
· Vice President 2009 – 2010 University of Cincinnati
· Treasurer 2008 – 2009 University of Cincinnati
· Member 2007 – 2008 University of Cincinnati
Education and Professional Development
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism - 2010
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
National Press Photographers Association – Northern Short Course 2011 – Warwick, RI