Valerie Pedersen Photography

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About Valerie
Award-winning, passionate Photographer with extensive experience in photographing the President and Vice-President, capturing presidential campaigns, conventions, and charity galas, and documenting life in remote places around the world. Outstanding success at building instant rapport with subjects, students, and photography teams. Highly skilled at adapting to any location, anticipating and resolving issues seamlessly, and providing the highest level of customer service.  Extremely well-organized, intuitive, and creative with a verifiable record of achievement that demonstrates self-motivation, dedication, and a strong desire to enhance visual arts and exceed organizational goals and objectives.

Areas of Expertise:

Training & Education
Global Travel
Team Leadership	
Workshop Facilitation	
Client Service & Satisfaction
Documentary Development
Creative Design & Production
iPhoto & Aperture 

Awards & Accomplishments
Selected as 1 of 5 Photographers to travel and document the Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign – 2004
Selected to photograph the Presidential Inauguration, RNC Convention, and Charity Galas – 2004-2008
Selected to travel and photograph special events for the McCain-Palin Presidential Campaign - 2008
Selected to travel and photograph special events for the Romney-Ryan Presidential Campaign - 2012
Received the Departmental Award in Visual Journalism – 2003
Travel to Costa Rica for 5 weeks to shoot a documentary - 2003

Professional Experience

Valerie Pedersen Photography, Cheyenne,WY			2006 – Present
Freelance Photographer / Workshop Facilitator
•	Contracted to photograph private clients, special events, and promotional materials.
•	Developed a Photography Workshop series to teach students the skills, different levels of photography, and latest visual technology including iPhoto and Aperture.
•	Developed an interactive online photography course that spanned 6 weeks.
•	Commissioned to teach a personal, one-on-one, 4-day photography course in San Francisco.
Reflections Photography, Washington DC & Denver			2003 – Present
Contract Photographer
•	Selected to travel and photograph special events across the country including presidential campaigns, conventions, inaugurations, and charity galas.
•	Organized the logistical details for each event including travel arrangements, hotel reservations, and had high level clearance by the secret service.
•	Coordinated the photo opportunity with the on-sight event planner to decide the most efficient traffic flow to accommodate the 200+ people walking through the line.
•	Shot promotional photos with 200+ individuals posing with presidential candidates and candid shots throughout the event.
Up With People, Denver, CO						1998 - 1999
Cast Member
•	Traveled to more than 90 locations throughout the world including the Unites States, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, and Holland and was in a new city every 3-4 days.
•	Participated in coordinating logistical and travel arrangements in Denmark for the cast.
•	Lived with host families and performed in a 2-hour Broadway style musical in every location.
•	Participated in community service activities in each location to help positively impact the global community.


Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA - Visual Journalism

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