#WorkerWednesday Marketing Assistant: Freelance Photographer

This week we will find out what it’s like to work as a marketing assistant who is focused on photography for University Student Commons and Activities (USC&A).
Meet Dyllan Shaw, a first-year from Wilmington, North Carolina, majoring in marketing and the face behind many of USC&A’s most popular pictures on social media.IMG_4076

Shaw is responsible for the photography, videography and editing of those materials to promote the programs, facilities and services offered by USC&A.
How long have you worked for VCU?
About two months now. I’m pretty new.
What are your main responsibilities as a photographer?
My main responsibilities include shooting and editing photos and videos on deadline as directed by my boss. I am also in charge of building and maintaining a library of stock images for use in future print and digital projects.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Right now I am working on a project for my boss that involves editing backlogged pictures and preparing them for albums to be uploaded to Flickr. When I am not editing pictures, I’m capturing student life around campus to post on our social media.
What type of projects are you assigned?
Sometimes there are events that need to be documented in the Commons, so I am in charge of that.
Do you have an example of the type of work you do?
The best examples of my work for USC&A can be found on our social media pages.
Facebook (University Student Commons & Activities at VCU)
Flickr (VCU Student Commons)
Instagram (vcustudentcommons)
Twitter (vcucommons)
Snapchat (vcucommons)

My personal portfolio can be found on my Flickr page.
Do you find it easy to balance being a student and a student worker?
I do. My boss is really great and quick to work with someone’s class schedules.
What are some suggestions for people finding it difficult to manage?
Buy a calendar! Writing down things helps you retain it better. Have an open communication with your boss about your schedule. Also, never put your camera down, so you can always get great pictures.
What is one thing you really enjoy about your job?
I love photography a great deal. Being able to incorporate a hobby and a passion into a career is great. Also, the people I work with are pretty cool.
Was there anything that you have now learned that you originally struggled with at the start of your job?
I have learned more about how to work with a team of photographers to make sure an entire event is covered. It’s challenging, but the group is great.
What has been one unexpected perk of working for USC&A?
Getting into all of the events and being able to see campus life, not just as a student.
What would be one suggestion to a student that is interested in working as a photographer for USC&A?
Don’t be flaky! There is a difference in just being creative and being professional. As fun as this job is, there is an air of professionalism required.

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