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Photo & Studio Director

Company: Wantable, Inc
Location: Milwaukee
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Wantable is looking for a team member ready to hustle & passionate about raising the bar to join our creative department as Photo and Studio Director.

Photo & Studio Director at Wantable is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual, looking to use their expertise to create dynamic photography, and lead a team of photo production team members. The ideal candidate will offer innovative ideas on creative growth, create a scalable and efficient vision to elevate Wantable’s aesthetic while also staying ahead of industry trends. Working side by side with the Creative team, this position will help provide the direction and lead the creation of on-brand photography for all marketing channels + internal needs, and guide their team in doing the same.

The ideal candidate will be highly skilled in commercial photography, lighting, production management and fashion + product styling.

Responsibilities

Photo Direction: Deepen customer engagement and conversion by continuously driving the creation of innovative and engaging visual experiences. Collaborate with the Creative, Marketing, and Merchandising departments to determine project goals + specs, and plan and carry out photoshoots & photo production. Collaborate with Associate Creative Director and internal partners to develop and produce new visual photo/video assets for multiple mediums including digital, video, print, social, etc.

Vision and Photo Team Elevation: Maintain current knowledge of competitive landscape as well as photographic and design trends. Create engaging visual solutions that enhance and elevate the brand. Provide innovative conception of photography styling, set backgrounds and surfaces. Successfully guide and move forward multiple projects at one time.

Photo Studio & Process: Create a process and flow with the merchandising team to take in product (samples) for stream and marketing assets. Create a sample tracking process. Track equipment, send out for repair, and purchase new studio supplies + equipment as needed. Develop and maintain asset management processes. Drive best practices and continuously refine and optimize existing processes. Share results with leadership.

Team Leadership: manage a team of Staff/Freelance Photographers, Photo Assistants, Photo Stylists, production teams and retouchers. Hire and on-board new team members. Assign daily tasks, track hours, and provide performance reviews based on KPI’s. Provide cross-functional educational opportunities as requested. Work to develop and document lighting, design sets, and guide Photographers to replicate when needed. Lead Photo team to create consistent, high quality imagery while meeting daily output goals.

Off-Figure photography: use props, backgrounds, and lighting to create desired visual effects. Photograph outfit flat lays, product grids, and room scenes in-studio and on-location. Light, style, and photograph individual product pin-ups + flat lays.

On-Figure photography: photograph models and employees in-studio and on-location for Marketing Campaigns, Ecomm, and internal needs. Collaborate on-set with Talent, Hair and Makeup Artists, Photo Stylists, Photo Assistants, and Art Directors. Balance high-volume shoot days with an uplifting attitude, and the ability to think creatively while under pressure.

Photo Styling: gather dynamic, on-brand collections of merchandise and props to photograph. Work both independently and with a team of Photo Stylists to physically style looks and product for photoshoots. Keep up-to-date with the latest fashion and styling trends, and offer creative ways of representing those trends within each photoshoot.

Photoshoot Production: bring creative vision to fruition by maintaining an organized photoshoot schedule, booking contractors, sourcing equipment + locations, scouting talent, and creating shot lists for each project.

Department Documentation + Budgeting: ensure all Photo department expenses are tracked, and manage projects to ensure they stay within budget. Document KPI’s, product information, and other key findings.

Requirements 7+ years working in a commercial photography studio environment.

3+ years of management or photo art direction experience.

Bachelor or Associates degree in Photography, Fine Art, or a related discipline.

Lighting status: whiz. Understand the nuances of creating from scratch with studio lighting, or using a combination of strobe and ambient light on-location. Enjoy the challenge of creating beauty no matter what the scenario is. Use flash, daylight, modifiers, gels, etc. to attain various lighting qualities. Eliminate distracting reflections, bring out the detail in merchandise, and create flattering light for the face and figure.

Capture One: use for tethered shooting, file organization, layout and editing, and to process files for post-production.

Photoshop, Mac OS + Retouching: color balance, make local adjustments, and perform basic retouching.

Process Oriented + Highly organized, with a knack for finding new efficiencies. We’re looking for a person with an analytical eye, who is able to problem-solve and offer innovative ideas in a fast-paced creative environment.

Resourceful and solution-oriented. Whether it’s helping to make a less-than-glamorous photoshoot location look like a dream, sourcing an unusual prop, or offering a creative solution to a problem, our team prides itself on figuring out how to get the job done with heart + hustle.

Flexible and Adaptive. As projects change to reflect the goals and growth of the business, our Senior Photographer + Studio Manager must remain nimble and be able to quickly shift priorities while maintaining productivity.

Innovative. Find new ways to bring efficiency, while inspiring the team to level-up creatively.

Bonus points if you have experience in...

Art Direction

eCommerce Photography

Marketing

Videography

Google Ads/Analytics

AI integration

DAM: Digital Asset Management

Implementing new processes to increase efficiency

Wantable does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

Keywords: Wantable, Inc, Milwaukee , Photo & Studio Director, Other , Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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