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Ryan Pfeiffer grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and decided to pursue a career in photojournalism while studying industrial design at Carleton University. His interest in photography was fueled by the work he did at after-hours parties and during his travels. He left design to study photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville and graduated with distinction in 2005


After graduating Ryan did a summer internship at the Windsor Star and then spent eight months at sea taking pictures for Princess Cruises.


He was offered his first full time newspaper position in 2006 at the Standard-Freeholder in Cornwall where he took pictures and wrote stories. After 16-months in Cornwall he was offered a job at the Guelph Mercury where he worked until March 2009 when he was laid-off. At the Mercury Ryan took pictures for the paper and produced multimedia for the web.

In November 2009 Ryan took a job with the Durham Region Media Group producing images and multimedia for papers based in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa and Clarington.


PAST WORK EXPERIENCES

Durham Region Media Group - Staff Photographer/Videographer

November 2009 – present

Full time job as a staff photographer/videographer for the Durham Region Media Group (Pickering News Advertiser, Ajax News Advertiser, Whitby This Week, Oshawa This Week, Clarington This Week). Responsibilities include obtaining assignments, independently completing assignments in the field, and processing and filing images at the office. I also capture video and produce multimedia for our website.

Guelph Mercury - Staff Photographer/Videographer

November 2007 – March 2009

Full time job as a staff photographer/videographer for the Guelph Mercury. Responsibilities include obtaining assignments, independently completing assignments in the field, and processing and filing images at the office. I also capture video and produce multimedia for our website.

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder - Staff Photographer

July 2006 – November 2007

Full time job as a staff photographer for the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder. Responsibilities include obtaining assignments, independently completing assignments in the field, processing and filing images at the office, and some writing. I am also responsible for producing a weekly picture page on a subject of my choice.

Princess Cruises - Staff Photographer (contract work)

November 2005 – July 2006

Six month contract working onboard the Golden Princess travelling through the Caribbean. Started a 2nd six month contract onboard the Crown Princess before leaving for my current position. Responsibilities included shooting formal portraits and candid pictures, developing and printing pictures, selling pictures in the photo gallery.

Windsor Star - Staff Photographer (summer job)

June 2005 – August 2005

Three month summer job as a staff photographer for the Windsor Star. Responsibilities included obtaining assignments, independently completing assignments in the field, processing and filing images at the office.

Winnipeg Free Press - Staff Photographer (internship)

April 2005

Three-week internship as a staff photographer for the Winnipeg Free Press. Responsibilities included obtaining assignments, independently completing assignments in the field, processing and filing images at the office.

Ottawa Citizen - Staff Photographer (internship)

December 2004

Two-week internship as a staff photographer for the Ottawa Citizen. Responsibilities included obtaining assignments, independently completing assignments in the field, processing and filing images at the office.

Andrew Balfour Photography - Studio Assistant

January 2003 - December 2003

Responsibilities: organizing negatives, numbering prints, framing photos, assembling albums, filing bills, entering client data into the computer

Skills: communication, organization, attention to detail, following instructions

ImmageTech - Noritsu Photofinishing Machine Technician

March 2003 - August 2003

Responsibilities: ordering parts, scheduling appointments, completing onsite modifications

Skills: communication, organization, attention to detail


EDUCATION

Graduated from Loyalist College with distinction (June 2005)

- Major in Photojournalism (courses: photojournalism issues, photojournalism techniques, writing for photojournalists, reporting, digital imaging, news photography, studio lighting, freelancing, documentary)

Attended Carleton University (1998-2004)

- Major in Industrial Design (courses: studio, mass production, form and colour, ergonomics, photography, computer applications, ID and the user, graphics, seminar)
- Minor in Business (courses: accounting, marketing, information technology, finance, small business management)
- other courses: psychology, economics, algebra, calculus, physics

Graduated St. Pius X High School (1998)

- recognized on Honour Roll
- recipient of Design and Technology Award 1996


REFERENCES

Phil Andrews
Managing Editor, Guelph Mercury
519.823.6050

Andrew Carroll
Managing Editor, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
613.330.7533

Photo Department, Windsor Star
519.255.5533

Frank O’Connor
Director, Loyalist College Photojournalism Program
613.969.1913 ext. 2270


My Equipment

Nikon D200 Digital SLR Camera with Vertical Grip
Nikon D70 Digital SLR Camera
AF DX Zoom-Nikkor 10.5mm 1:2.8G ED
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
2x Nikon SB-800 Speedlights
Umbrella/stand lighting kit