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RESUMEMarissa Kurz Gifford

EDUCATION

Southern Utah University

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Photography and Digital Design
Graduated December 2011

WORK EXPERIENCE

Archival Photographer

Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History, May 2012 to December 2012
Photographed fossils, minerals, shells, and other specimens from the museum's exhibits for archival purposes. Also greeted museum guests and gave tours.

Marketing Graphic Designer + Photographer / Temporary Administrative Assistant

Gerald R. Sherratt Library, August 2010 to November 2012
Worked as a graphic designer and photographer, creating custom brochures, newsletters, posters, and other publications for the library. Photographed events and custom photos for publications and promotional materials. Also assisted in redsigning and maintaining the library website. Additionally worked as a temporary administrative assistant doing secretarial work.

Digital Photography Lab Monitor + Lighting Studio Assistant

Southern Utah University Art Department, September 2010 to April 2012
Monitored the digital photography Mac lab and assisted students with printing, scanning, and Adobe programs. Helped students in the lighting studio with photography projects, lighting equipment, and studio ettiquette.

Freelance Graphic Designer + Photographer

Self-Employed, 2008 to Present
Create custom website design, print design, and photography for businesses and individuals.

SKILLS

  • Commercial and fine art photography
  • Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, and Illustrator
  • Photo editing for web and print
  • Proficient with studio lighting equipment
  • Familiar with Mac and PC platforms
  • Friendly and easy going personality
  • Efficient worker individually and a team
  • Basic video editing skills using Sony Vegas and Final Cut Pro
  • Basic web development skills using HTML and CSS
  • Experienced with Epson Printers
  • Well-rounded in art history

ACHIEVEMENTS + EXHIBITS

Photography in SUU's Art + Design Curriculum Exhibition

Cedar City, UT. Fall 2012
My series Elemental Galss was selected to be displayed in Southern Utah University's Art and Design Curriculum Exhibition. This exhibition wss put together to highlight some of the best work completed by previous students to promote classes offered by the Art and Design program at SUU.

Senior BFA Show

Cedar City, UT. Winter 2011
Displayed my series Food for Thought in Southern Utah University's Senior BFA Exhibit at the Braithwaite Gallery.

Photography Published in The Review

Buena Vista, VA. Spring 2008
Photography published in The Review, Southern Virginia University's literary and art magazine.

3rd Place for Photography in the New York State Fair

Syracuse, NY. Summer 2007
Awarded third place in the adult color photography competition in the New York State Fair. Entries were from the entire state, including the New York Metro area.

REFERENCES

References available upon request.

ABOUTMarissa Kurz Gifford

WHO I AM

My name is Marissa K. Gifford. I am a freelance photographer and graphic designer based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU

I am excited to work with you, whether it is a photography project, a graphic design project, or both. Below is a list of some of the services I offer. To see a complete list of prices, be sure to check out my prices page. If you don't see something listed that you'd be interested in, be sure to contact me.

Photography

  • Portraiture photography: individual portraits, seniors, fashion shots, groups, engagements, formals, bridals, and much more
  • Wedding and event photography
  • Promotional photography
  • Photo editing / retouching

Graphic Design

  • Print design: brochures, fliers, business cards, publication design, invitation design, and much more
  • Website planning, design, development, and maintenance of your website(development and hosting done by my husband, Isaac)
  • Logo and branding design
  • Custom photography for your graphic design project

BIO

I come from a very artistic family and a hometown (Ithaca, NY) with a rich culture for the arts, and have always naturally aspired to be an artist myself. I initially discovered my passion for photography and graphic design after taking a few classes in high school that introduced me to the field. It was in college that my passion grew when I acquired my first SLR camera (the Nikon D50) and my own Adobe Creative Suite.

I began college at Southern Virginia University in their multimedia design program. Sadly the school cut the major, so I decided to transfer to Southern Utah University to pursue my interests. I graduated from SUU with a BFA in Photography + Digital Design in December 2011.

In 2010 I married Isaac, my best friend. We recently moved from Cedar City to Salt Lake City to pursue new career paths since we both recently graduated. Isaac is working at Viint as a software developer. I must mention that he is a brilliant computer programmer and he develops the websites I design for clients. We make a great team.

When I am not working on photography or graphic design projects, I enjoy cooking and baking, learning about ancient history, playing the piano, playing tennis, listening to music, shopping, and hanging out with my husband, friends, and family. Most of all I love learning new things and I am always looking for new and exciting things to do.

MORE ABOUT ME

Check out my most recent projects on my blog: marissakg.com/blog

Check out and like my facebook page: facebook.com/marissakg

Check out my husband's work: geekingreen.com

Check out my cooking blog: thatsyummyinmytummy.blogspot.com

PRICES

PHOTOGRAPHY

Individual Portraits - $90

  • Includes seniors, fashion shots, maternity shots, bridals, and other individual portraits
  • 1 to 2 hours of shooting, 1 location
  • Two outfits, as supplied by client, if desired
  • CD(s) of 20 to 40 edited images, both in color and black and white, all in high-res Jpgs
  • CD(s) of all unedited photos

Couples Portraits - $120

  • Includes engagements, formals, and other couples portraits
  • 1 to 2 hours of shooting, 1 location
  • Two outfits, as supplied by client, if desired
  • CD(s) of 20 to 40 edited images, both in color and black and white, all in high-res Jpgs
  • CD(s) of all unedited photos

Group Portraits - $180

  • Includes family portraits, band shots, and other group portraits
  • Up to 5 people. Additional people are $10 per person
  • 1 to 2 hours of shooting, 1 location
  • CD(s) of 20 to 40 edited images, both in color and black and white, all in high-res Jpgs
  • CD(s) of all unedited photos

Weddings - Price negotiable

  • Hourly to full day wedding coverage, up to 5 hours shooting time, unlimited locations
  • CD(s) of 20 to 25 photos per hour of shooting, or 70 to 100 photos for entire day of edited images, both in color and black and white, all in high-res Jpgs
  • CD(s) of all unedited photos

Event Photography - $100 / hour of shooting

  • Photography of your event (excludes weddings)
  • CD(s) of 20 to 40 edited images (per hour of shooting), both in color and black and white, all in high-res Jpgs
  • CD(s) of all unedited photos

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Print Design - Starting at $85

  • Includes brochures, invitations, business card design, posters, announcements, and other publications
  • Custom double-sided design for your print design project (additional pages are $30 per page)
  • CD(s) including print-ready PDF(s) of your final design
  • Printing available for an additional fee

Logo Design / Branding - Starting at $100

  • Custom logo design or branding
  • CD(s) including PDF, .esp files, and Jpg images of your final logo design and / or branding plan

Web Design - Prices vary per project

  • Custom planning, design, and development of your personal or professional website or blog
  • Website development is done by Isaac Gifford

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • If you don't see a project listed that you would like, be sure to contact me and we can figure out a package special for you!
  • Be sure to check out my blog for promotions to get awesome discounts!
  • Returning clients can receive discounts! Discounts vary per package
  • I am open to reasonably accommodating limited budgets
  • Additional fees (ex. traveling fees) may apply and vary per project
  • Prices subject to change

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