LAUREN MACADAEG

Photographer, Designer, Roller Derby Girl, and Social Media Extraordinaire  

I have over 10 years of experience as a photographer with specific skills in capturing portraits, sports, events, weddings, and products. I love photography and capturing a moment in time that will never repeat itself is one of the reasons I’ve always enjoyed photography. Sometimes an unconscious moment is caught, a look, a smile, a view, that is so fleeting and wonderful. It allows me to capture memories of family; travel; friends; and the passage through life itself. I love to express myself artistically through the medium of photography, either with film or digital. 

While I lack expertise in the art of drawing and painting by hand, I believe that my experiences in photography have helped me become a very competent graphic designer. Photo composition and graphic layout are greatly related. I am adept at visualizing a potential photograph or design and doing whatever technical details are necessary to create it. I love creating clean compositions and strive to create the most eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing designs.

I am obsessed with social media and thrive in the belief that online presence is the best way to connect customers to companies and brands. I specialize in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest as well as scheduling programs such as Hootsuite. I am also experienced with designing and managing MailChimp to create e-mail newsletters and campaigns. Content managing is my jam and I enjoy customizing and organizing templates through Squarespace and Wordpress.

I currently work part time as a photographer, graphic designer, and social media manager for a company in Santa Cruz and volunteer for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls as a graphic designer for their Public Relations committee. 


EQUIPMENT USED

  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon D90
  • Desktop PC

PROGRAMS USED

  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Adobe InDesign CS4
  • Adobe Illustrator CS4
  • Adobe AfterEffects CC
  • Squarespace
  • MailChimp
  • HootSuite

Proficient with Mac - Expert with PC

Derby Name: Fluxx Capac-Hit-Her #1.21gw Santa Cruz Derby Girls' Derby Girl of the Month (February 2016)  Voted Best Derby Girl by readers of Good Times Best of Santa Cruz 2017 Community (March 2017)

Derby Name: Fluxx Capac-Hit-Her #1.21gw

Santa Cruz Derby Girls' Derby Girl of the Month (February 2016) 

Voted Best Derby Girl by readers of Good Times Best of Santa Cruz 2017 Community (March 2017)


EDUCATION

  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    • Bachelor of Theater Arts 2010
      • Stage Management & Organization

    • Graduate Certificate 2011
      • Stage Management & Organization
  • Cabrillo Community College, Aptos CA (Current student)
    • Pursuing AA in Digital Photography
    • Pursuing AA in Graphic Design

I'M ALSO GOOD AT

  • Archery
  • Avian Companions
  • Ukulele
  • Karaoke
  • Nerf Gun Modification
  • Part Borg
  • Bright hair colors