Studio & On-Location - digital & Print
With a strong skill set in creative ops, I’ve enjoyed piecing the intricate digital production puzzle together. Whether on-location or in a studio setting, I possess a deep skill set helping photography-driven teams succeed in their roles while improving quality, efficiency, workflow, KPIs and metrics, moral and work environment, all while managing budgets, lead times and overhead. If your company is in need of a studio production leader, consultant, or producer, we may be a perfect fit to build a great team together, or turn your current team into a smooth running engine of happiness and productivity.
Photo Studio Leader | Creative Ops Specialist:
Having worked major brands such as Pottery Barn and Men's Wearhouse, I lead and consult in digital and print production for high volume eCommerce photo studios. I've directed crews, managed teams, produced studio and on-location shoots, defined roles and responsibilities, delegated tasks, and improved industry standard processes for digital workflows. With great results our teams helped to save millions in annual budgets.
Williams-Sonoma: Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen
As a post-production leader, I oversaw all imagery and retouching for digital and print eCommerce, catalogs, and editorial for both brands, with the goal to produce high-quality final assets while delivering accurate and consistent product color-matching. I managed both internal and external retouching teams while marking up, reviewing, and retouching over 16,000 assets annually. Over my tenure, our small team fine-tuned processes throughout digital production to maximize budgets, reduce lead times, increase quality, update KPIs, and improve overall efficiency leading to better product color accuracy and reduced customer returns, all with a 20% budget reduction.
Tailored Brands: Mens Wearhouse, Jos A Bank, K&G, Moores
For multiple years I directed all operations for a multi-bay shared-services photo studio for various eCommerce and editorial based shoots for multiple brands. During my tenure production increased by 94% with only a 19% budget increase with improvements in moral, efficiency, process, lead times, image quality, and work environment. Working with our team, we discovered various layers of inefficiencies throughout the product procurement pipeline and eCommerce processes, from merchants to site teams, creative to studio partners, making improvements small and large. I produced all eCommerce-based photo shoots, handled all bookings and contracts, and led our team in updating style and lighting guides for over 20,000 assets annually. The result was a 25%-30% annual increase in productivity saving over $1.5 million in each fiscal budget.
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Creative Force interview "Maximizing Production for a Photo Studio Team": click here
Creative Operations interview "Take a Big-Picture View of Change Management in Your Studio": click here
Canvas Rebel interview "Meet Sean Arbabi": click here