HEBRON Magazine (Photos)

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The last few months have been, as always, busy ones in the Hebron communications office. There’s always something to be posted or updated and new projects to work on but once in a while there’s something that is a finished piece that’s worth recognizing. My boss and HEBRON Editor Liza Tarr put countless hours of work into managing the production of the school’s new magazine.

I was going to write a separate post about the varied photographic work I’ve done at Hebron over the last six months but I think with the exception of Winter Sports (which I’ll post about later), it’s a good sampling of my work during over that time-period.

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From the cover image to Reunion-Homecoming Weekend (particularly this picture), the Middle School Olympiad, portraits, a vendor-made ad for the news website I manage, an interview I had with a Nova Scotia MLA, and other assorted pieces, I’m glad my work was included in the publication. I’m grateful for the hard work of many across campus that made the magazine possible and now have a greater appreciation for the time and energy that goes into these publications.

Video at Hebron

In many communications offices, priorities can shift quickly depending on the needs of other departments and subject to photo opportunities and important events. Thankfully at Hebron, we’ve been able to dedicate time to providing our audiences with photos and videos of what makes Hebron great.

To date, I’ve made slideshows compiling photos and footage taken by myself and others. Most recently I edited a significant amount of archive footage into a video commemorating the 1994 and 1995 New England Championship hockey victories by Hebron.

In the near future I’ll be completing a yield video that follows through on my argument about the increasing need for independent schools to make videos to appeal to prospective students and their parents.

As I mentioned previously, I’ve invested time and money in improving my video editing skills and getting certified in Final Cut Pro X by Apple. My certification recently arrived in the mail and soon my schedule cleared up a little to allow for time to complete two videos for the admissions office.

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Final Cut Pro X enables effective pre-production with the aid of placeholders.

Spending the time to go over the proper workflow and tools in FCP X has improved my efficiency and workflow. For example for an upcoming yield piece I’ll create full-length an outline of the video using placeholders. By the end of March I should have two completed videos with which to share with you.

Guys & Dolls at Hebron

I forsook acting after a traumatizing performance growing up in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Snug (a joiner who plays the lion, has four lines, and is best known for being afraid he’s be unable to memorize his lines). Thankfully my lack of acting ability was forgiven and instead I was able to contribute by updating a program and photographing the dress rehearsal last week.

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Here are more of the photos that turned out. Hope you enjoy.

 

CASE District 1 Conference Scholarship

In November I applied for and was awarded a New to the Profession Scholarship to the CASE District 1 Conference in Boston. It was a terrific conference and I was able to learn a lot from experts from large universities and meet other professionals from across the eastern United States and Atlantic Canada. What I took away from speakers from large institutions alike was that it’s okay to take risks (like Suffolk’s #FlatRammy experiment at connecting with students before they arrived on campus) and that even institutions with more communications resources make decisions that end in failure but try every day to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

I spoke people from institutions that Hebron aspires to be like their openness in discussing their experiences has changed how I approach my work (including two video projects I’ll be completing in the near future).

I’m very thankful to the scholarship committee for generosity and for seeing my potential for growth in this field.

Newhouse Mobile Magazine Contest

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Working in such an immersive environment with so many ongoing projects it can be easy to lose track of what’s happening outside of the bubble. The exact same thing happened at Mount Allison but I think that’s part of what made it such a special place.

However, the other day I was reminded of my time at the Newhouse School in upstate New York (which I left nearly nine months ago for the University of Virginia where I completed my degree with an internship in the office of Community Relations) when I got an email asking my permission to use photos I took at last year‘s Tablet Magazine Competition. It was my first real out-of-the-classroom photography experience and (after reassurance from professors impressed by the outcome that it was good work) it really helped build my confidence when it came to photography. I’m thankful for that learning experience and humbled that the Newhouse School webmaster thinks my photos are good enough to include on their impressively redesigned website.

Design Work at Hebron

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Hebron’s 210-year anniversary Facebook banner.

Hi again. It’s been far too long since I’ve updated this site with what I’ve been doing at Hebron but I’ve been keeping busy. Over the last six months at Hebron I’ve learned quite a bit. My on-the-job learning has taken the form of both a two-day intensive InDesign CS6 course taught by Adobe Certified Instructor Kirsten Rourke and working on a variety of projects. As my title (Digital Communications Coordinator) implies, my work is concerned primarily with promoting the school online.

I’ve made most of the Facebook banners (like the one pictured above) since I began in late August. I’ve also helped with updating mailing for regular events like the Friends of Hebron Hockey tournaments postcard (below), yearly calendars, course offerings, etc. I’ve also worked on projects that take longer like draft alumni mailer below. I learn more every day but think I’ve improved since beginning to work in design at Newhouse. My next projects include a Save the Date postcard for Reunion-Homecoming 2014 and printed materials for commencement. I’ll share more when I have more to mention.

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Winter Photos from Hebron

Just wanted to share an assortment of hockey and other photos form this winter at Hebron. I also had about two dozen of my photos published in HEBRON, a publication by the Communications and Alumni Relations offices and took the majority of the photos posted on Facebook and Instagram over the past six months.

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Final Cut Pro X Certification

Final Cut Pro X Certification

While my work keeps me very occupied I know that I need to further develop my skills beyond my daily tasks. In early January I worked through hours of training videos (thank you, FinalCutProX.net) and the official Apple Pro Training Series book and DVD-rom with lesson/media files. It took a lot of time and energy (and was the most rote memorization I’ve done since college but I passed the exam and now am an Apple Certified Pro. The increased knowledge and improved efficiency with the program helped me right away in editing together footage for an Alumni Hockey reunion on campus.

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My Final Cut Pro X Certification