Jessica Taves

Freelance Photographer & Event Photographer

Location:Denver, Colorado, United States
2 Skills
Jessica C. Taves
Lakewood, CO 80228

Objective: To obtain a position where I am able to interact with co-workers and the public and use the skills I learned from work experience and school and use them to the fullest of my capabilities on whatever project I am working on.

Metro State College of Denver Graduated 05/15/11, Degree: BA IDP World Photojournalism
Health/Life Producers State License 10/19/11 Expires 05/31/2013
Red Rocks Community College 1999-2006
Art Institute of Colorado 2002-2003 Deans List
2002 National Deans List Recognition Honoree
GED February 1999

Skills: Photojournalism, Reporting, Social Media coordination, Graphic Design and Layout Design, Photo Mechanic, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Bridge, Sound Slides, Audacity, Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, ten key by touch, typing 63wpm, alphanumeric entry, database entry, multiple phone lines, customer service skills, and basic office duties. Customer relations, stock ordering, entertainment event productions, talent coordinator, talent agency work, graphic design, photonics quality assurance, quality control and production.

Work Experience:
Freelance Photographer Position: Owner/Photojournalist

11/22/2011 to 11/16/12
Professional Perspectives
Position: Social Media Advertising Coordinator
Posting all social media content to Twitter, Facebook, and jobsite ads. General office: phones, data entry, supply orders, scheduling, reports. Direct support to director of operations and owner.

08/04/2008 to 05/06/2011
MSCD Journalism Dept.
Position: Work-study / Admin. Asst.
Student interaction, basic office duties including copying, filing, layout and graphic design of department material and brochures. Assist with development of social documentary lab and computer support.

08/2008 to 02/2010
ImageTek Photography
Position Photographer/Assistant Photographer / Clerical
Taking sports portraits and action photos, organize groups to get picture taken, money handling, customer service, deposits, data entry, packaging and shipping.

10/06 to 01/07
Apple One
Position Office Coordinator
Payroll, admin. support, Account Executive support, scheduling, AE reports, test setups, general office duties.
04/25/04 to 09/20/06
Tinsley Laboratories
Position Lead Profolomitry\Metrology / CCOS Technician
CMM operations, analysis of CMM measurements with the use of OMASE and PMAC Systems, procedure write-ups, fabrication of aspheric optics, testing and recording of radius and surface quality with the use of Phase Shift programs, grinding and polishing of aspheric surfaces.

01/03 to 12/03
Beyer Laser Center
Position Admin Asst. \ Front desk backup
Front desk duties, chart preparations, insurance verification, optical center support, data entry, patient profile update, cash handling for payments of operations, exams and glasses.

1998 - 2004
Job Store Staffing (Temp Agency)
Companies: BLM, DataPlay, EOC, Liberty Home Products, Air Base Services
Graphic/layout design of department material, typing, answering phone, data entry, stock ordering, assistance for staff, note-taking and transcribing, file organization, conference preparations, travel arrangements, scheduling, test results, mail handling, screening new job applicants, transmittals.

1996 to 1998
Research Electro Optics
Position Optics Tech 1/Inspector
Optics fabrication, quality control inspector, quality assurance, customer support, final cleaning/inspection and packaging of optics using micro mapping, high intensity light and microscopes.

04/03/2010 to 10/28/11 Editor: Shaun Schafer 918-607-6594
Photo intern/volunteer Colorado Rapids Soccer
Internship duties: Photograph every Colorado Rapids home soccer games, edit, caption and submit images the same night to editor. Sent to photograph Rapids first championship title game in Toronto Canada

Evergreen Newspapers Editor: Doug Bell 303-350-1039
Position: Layout and design
Duties include: Help with layout and design of Evergreen Newspapers using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign programs.

08/26/2010 to 08/05/2011
MSCD College of Communication Supervisor: Julie Strasheim 303-556-5135
Position: Photo intern
Layout and design of presidents spirit board, photography of events, portraits and MSCD products. Photos taken for stories ran on @metro. Maintain and organize College of Communication photo files and computer and assist the art director.
08/22/2008 to 08/29/2008
Associated Press 303-825-0123 Assistant Photographer
Assist AP photographers and editors during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Ran cards and did whatever the photo editors and photographers asked of me.

Freelance Work:
2011-Current College of Communications Contact Julie Strasheim 303-556-5135 Freelance photographer

Evergreen Newspapers Doug Bell 303-674-5534 Freelance photographer

Bradford Publishing Contact: Kip Wotkyns 303-519-7624 Graphic Design of mailer for new online form site.

Coleman Camping Gear Contact Mark Woolcott 303-895-8107 Photographer Assistant

National League of Denver Graphic Designer
Redesign and layout of award ceremony program.

Side Projects
Elitch Gardens (seasonal work) Lead Actress
Seven seasons working at Screams from the Past Haunted House
Supervision of 6 to 7 actors in haunted house, assisted in building of haunted house one month before opening at the beginning of October.

Volunteer Marketer & Promoter for the Central Wrestling Organization
Designing of all graphic design for promotional material, contacting all needed vendors and suppliers, finding of venue, obtaining all needed insurance for shows, marketing, and advertising of event, ordering tickets for the event, hiring of all necessary staff, and managing the behind the scene production.


Kenn Biso
photojournalism mentor/advisor

Julie Strasheim
MSCD College of Communication

Elizabeth Parmelee
Director, Center for Individualized Learning

Mark Woolcott

Joe Crafasi
Tinsley Labs and Research Electro Optics
Former co-worker, process engineer

Shaun Schafer

Mike Kahn
Professional Perspectives
Owner/Director of Operations
Skills (2) Rating
Event Photography