Photography is the story I fail to put into words.

Photography and design by Baylee Colton

Creative Resume

Setting Yourself Apart with a Creative Resume

Everyone knows having a polished resume is a must in the professional world, but who says it has to be a sheet of white paper?

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I decided to turn mine into a cube! I wanted to include examples of my photography, past experience, and my education. However, my career goals also focus on public relations and becoming a writer so I wanted to incorporate that as well.

To put this project together, I designed the six sides in Adobe Photoshop and laid them out in an extended cross layout. This was an important step because it allowed me to fold all of the sides to form the cube. I used just normal scotch type to hold everything together, but in the future I would experiment with using glue or something else less noticeable.

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There’s a quote by Robert M. Pirsig that I really like. It’s “In the high country of the mind one has to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty…” I think it’s exceptionally fitting not only because my business name is High Country Photography, but also because there’s a certain element of uncertainty with photography. You can prepare as much as you like, but you can’t control everything. My style of choice is landscape and nature, and Mother Nature can be very unpredictable. You might plan for sunny skies and end up with a driving blizzard.

As I mentioned before, my style is very much centered on nature. Even when shooting product or indoor, I like my images to be as natural as possible. I tend to steer away from highly edited and over-polished looks. I also try to incorporate the outdoors and the environment as much as possible.

I chose this creative resume box as my final project because it was something simple but still unique. I liked being able to use the different sides to showcase different aspects of my professional portfolio. Although I am a photographer, my education and career goals focus on Public Relations and being a writer. This particular project allowed me to incorporate both.

This project defines me as a photographer because it matches my ability to “think outside the box” and to find different ways to make my subjects and models look their best. It also defines me as a person because at first I didn’t know exactly how I was going to make the end product work. However, I didn’t let that stop me and I innovated ways to put the project together.

Like having to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty in the high country, we must become accustomed to leaving our comfort zones. As photographers and as professionals we have to be able to play with the cards dealt to us. We will have projects and assignments that we have no idea how to do, but there are always ways to figure it out.

I encourage everyone to strive to develop their own personal style and showcase it with a creative resume.

The following link is a blog that can help get you started on ideas! http://www.creativebloq.com/career/creative-resumes-11121419

 

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