J8 Media: Hamden, CT
2005 – Present: Freelance Multimedia Researcher and Project Manager
Providing photo research, photo editing, audio/video/art research, original photography photo shoots and image licensing for educational and editorial publishers. Clients include: Curriculum Associates, LLC*, Quarto Publishing Group, National Geographic Society, National Geographic Explorer, Charlesbridge, Weekly Reader, Cavendish Square Publishing*, Rosen Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Scholastic Inc., Learning A-Z, Read Works, Literary Safari, Boyd’s Mills Press and Reason Magazine.
*Curriculum Associates, LLC (Remote, Contract)
2021 - Present: Photo Researcher
Photo research and rights acquisition for educational products: Magnetic Reading - Kindergarten; OGL Vocab Grades 6-8.
*Cavendish Square Publishing, Buffalo, NY (Contract)
2013 - 2019: Photo Research and Project Manager
Worked, and directed my team of freelancers, in fulfilling photo research, rights and permissions, hi res delivery and photo credit files for approximately 180 nonfiction books per year. Educational classroom/library books (grades PreK-12) contained 10-60 photos each. Negotiated rates with new vendors, secured photos in the public domain and from unique sources, took photos when needed, met production schedule deadlines and came in under-budget regularly.
Weekly Reader, a Reader's Digest company, White Plains, NY
1997 – 2012: Manager Multimedia Department
Supervised the procurement of still and motion imagery for all Weekly Reader periodicals, digital publications, posters, and special projects. Managed a staff of full-time, part-time, and freelance media researchers. Personally conducted multimedia research for five Weekly Reader periodicals. Coordinated and produced in-house photo shoots. Reviewed portfolios and assigned US location photographers. Negotiated contracts and maintained excellent relationships with supply houses. Negotiated favorable usage rates for the highest quality imagery within, or below budget. Obtained the proper rights for all multimedia. Catalogued and organized library of owned, assignment and royalty-free multimedia assets.
Note: Scholastic acquired Weekly Reader and the office was closed in May 2012.
Weekly Reader, Middletown, CT
1996 – 1997: Photo Researcher
Performed photo research and rights acquisition for six Weekly Reader periodicals. Negotiated favorable usage rates with vendors. Ensured safekeeping and return of original photographs and slides to photo sources. Issued purchase orders and process invoices.
Photri, Inc., Falls Church, VA
1992 – 1996: Photo Research and Account Management
Managed over 400 contributing photographer’s accounts, among a stock photo library of over 1 million images. Edited photographer’s submissions. Researched the library for advertising, editorial and corporate clients. Responsible for accounts payable and receivable for Falls Church and Chicago offices.
Lee Anderson Photography, Washington, DC
1991 – 1992: Studio Assistant
Photographer’s assistant, in the studio and on-location. Responsible for equipment operation: testing, set-up, and maintenance. Handled film processing and B&W printing.
McConnell McNamara, Wethersfield, CT
1990 – 1991: Manager, Studio Assistant and Photo Researcher
Managed a library of 250,000 images. Researched the stock library for corporate, editorial and advertising clients. Photographer’s assistant.
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