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re: Still Photographer and video editor for various travel assignments.

Greetings!This is me. And that's my wife.

The problem with being a photographer is that I rarely get any normal pictures of myself. Most of them are overly dramatic or completely ridiculous:

But I really can't complain. I get to make a living with my camera, and, in my book, that's way better than sitting in a cubicle.

It started about eleven years ago. I was fresh out of high school and eager to create, capture, and learn as much as I could. Back then I was primarily doing wedding videos but soon found much more fulfillment and opportunities with photography.

I shot nearly everything that came my way —weddings, portraits, advertisements, lifestyle, editorial, headshots, sports, food, products, and even a catheter but I don’t like to talk about that one…

 

Weddings Places Cinema Editorial Posters Campaigns Portraits Food Fine Art CrystalCouture-1615Fashion


 

This continued for several years as I kept finding new, exciting work. In 2010 I had the opportunity to travel and take pictures in Egypt, Cape Canaveral, Yosemite, and the Cayman Islands. I enjoyed working on so many different assignments and meeting people from all over the world.

 



 

Eventually I found more work than I could handle, and I noticed that I was often shooting the same events over and over, year after year. It all started the look the same. The creativity and inspiration that fueled my work earlier had all but vanished. I got bored, and photography became just a job to me.

March of 2012 claimed the title as my "busiest month ever.” That is, until May came along, and then June broke the record again. By July I was spent. Exhausted. Burned out. The last thing I wanted to do was take another picture. I needed a vacation, and fortunately I had just the ticket. I spent the next two weeks exploring Alaska and backpacking through the beautiful landscape.

I reluctantly brought my camera on that trip because I knew I would be glad to have pictures in the end. What I didn’t expect was how much I loved shooting pictures on that adventure. It reminded me why I got into photography in the first place. It showed me that I wasn't tired of taking pictures; I just needed to shoot the things I love.

 

Chilkoot-6246Chilkoot-6246 Chilkoot-7114Chilkoot-7114I probably shot 8,000 photos of the clouds amid the tress. I just love the mood it creates.  

 

After returning from that trip I resolved to pursue opportunities that feel more like memories instead of projects, and that's why I'm reaching out to you, dear Unidentified Company from StaffMeUp. (Sorry to be so impersonal, but you didn't exactly give me a name or anything =) In any case, I'm confident I can exceed your expectations and deliver results your clients will love.

I'd be honored to talk about the position, and answer any additional questions you might have. Below are some more photos and videos to give you an idea of my style, experience, and skill set.

 

 

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My latest personal project:

 

2014 in 365 seconds

 

And here are a few videos that showcase my editing and motion graphics abilities:

 

Click to play. Click to play. Click to play.


 

That’s my story so far.  …actually, I forgot to mention the part about me giving a lot of high fives.


But enough about me. I want to hear from you! What’s your company like? What gigs are coming up next? How can I help?

Feel free to reach me below, or we could meet in the city some time. Hopefully our stories can share a few pages together.

 


-Stephen Elliot
703.303.3131 
selliot@mudproductions.com