My approach is friendly and inclusive. I work equally well with individuals and small groups. My style of teaching is 30% lecture and 60% practical. The other 10%? Coffee of course! Because of my experience, I am able to teach students of all levels, the practicalities of photography, with my own creative input too.
I'm a professional wedding photographer with a real passion for my subject. I love to teach people how to get the best out of their cameras and software, including Photoshop. I regularly teach complete novices right through to keen amateurs wanting to extend their skills and knowledge. I am able to teach camera operation, terminology, photographic genres and more. I can also advise on equipment choice and purchasing.
A qualified tutor with considerable experience of writing and delivering creative digital arts and IT courses for adults. Highly creative and flexible, with excellent communication and inter-personal skills.
Also highly skilled in graphic design, web design and photography.
Skills and Knowledge
• Teaching – have devised Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans for the Open College Network on Photoshop Basics, Digital Photography, Creating Images for Websites in Photoshop and Using Dreamweaver to Build Websites. Delivered multiple courses and sessions for PhotoAcademy. Assessing students' work. Holder of Certificate in Education.
• Communication – highly confident speaker: able to build rapport with students whilst maintaining authority in the classroom. Excellent written and spoken English.
• Teamwork – working with other teaching staff to deliver courses.
• Information Technology – fully conversant with using modern computer systems and applications, especially in graphic design software.
2001 – present
Self-Employed Photographer, Adult Education Teacher & Graphic Designer
Teaching: Creating (Schemes of Work, Lesson Plan and Resources) and teaching several different Creative ICT courses at Kensington Community Learning Centre, between 2003 and 2010. Courses delivered include Using Dreamweaver to Create Webpages, Photoshop Basics, Using Photoshop to Create Graphics for Websites, Digital Photography and NewCLAIT. Class sizes ranging from 6 to 20 students, age 16 plus years, backgrounds and abilities highly varied.
Delivered session on Best Practice with Powerpoint to Access to HE students at Hugh Baird College.
Taught Photoshop Techniques at Trafford College and Digital Graphics for Interactive Media on Bolton College's BTEC Level 3 Interactive Media course. Currently working with PhotoAcademy to deliver various Photography courses.
Graphic Design and Photography: Successfully conceptualising, designing and producing artefacts for numerous clients, both commercial and not-for-profit. Completed works include Annual Reports, Brochures, Posters, Flyers, Corporate Branding, Stationery, Folders, Newsletters, Websites and Retail Store Interiors.
Regularly involved with both client and supplier liaison. Highly competent in new business pursuit and client presentations.
Professional commercial photography provided for many clients, including The Riverside Group, Plus Dane Housing and Abbeyfield Housing.
Currently also providing professional wedding and portrait photography.
1998 – 2001
Ergo Brand Identity Consultants, London
Vital part of creative team responsible for interpreting and delivering on client's needs from initial ideas generation through to production of print ready artwork. Role enabled me to work alongside heavyweight designers working on international client's portfolios, including Carlsberg-Tetley, Swedish Match and Books Etc. Also allowed me to develop excellent client liaison skills, regularly communicating with senior personnel in international companies. Personally responsible for designing Rugby World Cup Celebration Beer bottle label for Carlsberg-Tetley and producing artworks for interior decoration for all Books Etc stores in Greater London.
Relevant positions held prior to 1998
Work Placement: 3 months
Marketplace Design, Abingdon
I was the first in my college year to gain a paid placement based on the strength of the work shown in my portfolio. Whilst at Marketplace, I designed the store front for a café at the Oasis holiday park in Cumbria and art-directed a photo shoot for Mecca Bingo.
Tee Shirt Printer: 18 months
3-D Tees, Kent
Gained experience in preparing artwork for screen printing, mixing inks, liaising with clients, meeting print deadlines and delivering finished products to customers.
Certificate in Education, University of Central Lancashire.
HND Graphic Design, Salisbury College.
ND Graphic Design, West Kent College. Distinctions achieved in all video and photography work.
8 GCSEs (C and above), Selsdon High School.
Interests: Foreign cultures, politics and travel, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Hill walking and outdoor pursuits. Current affairs. Cooking - a new passion! Reading both modern fiction and non-fiction. Member of Amazon Vine. Voluntary youth worker from 1990 – 2006, including 3 years volunteering with projects serving children at risk of social exclusion in South Liverpool.
Family: Married with three children.
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