ABOUT THE JOB
Our in-house Creative team is a tight-knit group that includes photographers, designers, and copywriters who all work together to help bring our brand to life, both on the page and online. The Product Photographer will be responsible for the creation of imagery from start to finish, including ideation, shooting, product styling, and post production of images for website, catalog and social media platforms. The Product Photographer will also work closely with the Photo Director and Merchandising team to create images that best represent our brand and showcase our products in a way that’s both understandable and inspiring.
If you're an enthusiastic Product Photographer that likes to get hands-on with product, enjoys working in an e-commerce focused studio, and is extremely organized, this is an ideal job for you. You know when to be flexible, but always maintain high standards for original concepts and detailed executions. You have a passion for still life and product photography. You can manage several projects, and people, at the same time, while not sacrificing quality or impacting deadlines. You are always striving for excellence and creative solutions to challenges.
- Uncommon Goods offers an ever-changing assortment of original, creative gifts. We partner with independent makers and small businesses to offer our customers an assortment of items that they love to surprise loved ones with (and treat themselves, too)!
- We are built on better business practices and committed to having a positive impact on people and the planet. Learn more here.
- The best part of Uncommon Goods is us—our team. We've been around for over 20 years because of all the wonderful people who make UG the one-of-a-kind company it is.
- Light, compose, style, photograph, and process a wide range of products according to
Uncommon Goods style guide
- Capture the functionality, features, benefits, and uniqueness of individual products
- Work closely with Senior Photographer and Merchandising team to manage and execute daily workflow for the studio in order to deliver the best photographic representation of products across multiple digital platforms
- Update and maintain the digital archive of images
- Participate in both on-site and on-location photo shoots. This is not a remote position.
- This position is expected to last approximately 6 months, and requires 40 hours per week.
Skills & Qualifications:
- 2-4 years’ experience as a product photographer in a e-commerce studio
- Degree in Photography—preferred, but not necessary if experience and portfolio warrant
- Strong photographic studio lighting and compositional skills
- Post production for web and print product photography white silos
- Well-versed in Adobe programs, Capture One and working with Mac computers
- Must be highly creative, flexible, efficient, and detail-oriented
- The ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
- Good communication skills
- A kind and engaged collaborator
- Casual work atmosphere, fun company events. (Thanks to our team's creativity, we've devised ways to feel connected remotely, too, and it's still fun.)
- 40% discount on our products.
- Safe working environment. Many of our COVID-19 protocols exceed NYC and NYS safety standards. Those who can are working remotely. In our office and warehouse, COVID-19 testing is required of all new hires and monthly for all team members; PPE, including masks and gloves, is required for all team members; and workspaces provide recommended social distancing.
- "Thank You" pay bonus of $2 p/hr.
Sound like a good fit? To apply, please submit:
- Cover letter
- Please include, as part of your cover letter, what interests you most about joining the UncommonGoods photo team
- Link to a portfolio website or PDF
**ONLY ACCEPTING APPLICANTS FROM NEW YORK STATE**
Our Story We know that there's a story behind every product. It's that of an emerging designer just introducing her work to the world; artisans working collaboratively in a low-income country; or a seasoned artist crafting each of his pieces by hand. With your help, we're building a community of passionate people who love our products and connect with the stories behind them. We're growing not only our artist family, but also a strong following of customers who celebrate artists and delight in surrounding themselves with creative design. Inspiration In 1999, our founder Dave Bolotsky visited a Smithsonian Museum craft show in Washington D.C. and was captivated by the variety of unique handmade goods and the talented people behind them. He saw there was a significant public demand for beautiful design. At the same time, he realized that the artists working to make those pieces were often traveling great distances in order to sell their wares at the show. Inspired by his experience, Dave had a vision to create something that had never existed before—an online marketplace to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods, regardless of the physical distance between the maker and the shopper. Dave turned this idea into UncommonGoods. He continued traveling to craft fairs and trade shows, meeting artists and finding stand-out merchandise, while running the business out of his home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Before long, the company had outgrown Dave's apartment, and moved through three successively larger offices in downtown Manhattan, eventually settling in our current location in Brooklyn, NY. Survival Of course, in the struggle to build a viable business, there are always bumps in the road along the way. When the internet bubble burst, we faced unforeseen hardships—funds were dwindling, and we were forced to cut back from a staff of 35 to just five full-time employees. Around this time co-founder Thomas Epting joined us as a photographer. Thomas worked tirelessly to help ensure the company's survival, steadily expanding his role to encompass all creative, technology, and warehouse operations. Times were tough, but thanks to the guidance of Dave and Thomas, we managed to turn the business around, becoming profitable for the first time in 2004. Sustainability Our focus is on building a business for the long haul. We've worked to create a sustainable business in all its aspects. We attempt to minimize our environmental impact, working with our artists to use sustainable or recycled materials whenever possible, choosing environmentally friendlier packing materials, and printing our catalog on Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] certified and recycled paper. We're building relationships with non-profit organizations through Better to Give, a program we created that allows our customers to choose a partner for us to donate $1 to with every order. And a concentration on strong financial health allows us to maintain independent ownership and stay true to our values. Our team has grown steadily over the last decade, from just 5 to over 200 year-round employees. Our business grows dramatically during the winter holidays each year. Thousands of packages ship out every day during these months, so we expand our workforce to hundreds of employees. We try to never lose sight of an inverted pyramid business model, meaning that the needs of the people closest to our customers, our customer service and warehouse teams, come first. As part of this model, our lowest paid hourly seasonal worker makes 100% more than minimum wage. B Corporation We're still growing, but what's important to us hasn't changed. Sustainability is, and has always been, central to what we do. In 2007, we became a founding B Corporation, which established an independent third-party certification of a company's sustainability. The Certified B Corporation seal means that a company has undergone and passed a comprehensive screening questionnaire, which evaluates areas including company governance, environmental practices, and impacts on the local community. As we maintain our certification as a B Corp we're also driven to continuously evaluate and improve ourselves, while raising awareness of the program. To date, more than 2,000 companies have become certified B corps. Evolution Along with sustainability, supporting creativity and the artist community is extremely important to us. Today our assortment has grown from a collection of Dave's trade show finds to a plethora of products handpicked by a full-fledged buying team, who scour the web for the latest in creative design and, just like in our early days, hit the road to bring back treasures from around the country. Thanks to our community of artists and designers, we also discover many unique pieces through online product submissions. Additionally, we've grown an in-house product development team, who work hard to create new goods sure to make even seasoned design junkies swoon. An Uncommon Future As we enter a new age of business, we'll remain focused on our commitment to sustainability and creative design. We'll never stop working to provide a remarkable shopping experience to our customers, make our company our team members' favorite place to work, celebrate craftsmanship and innovation, and support our community of artisans, designers, and creative thinkers. We have a feeling the future will be uncommonly good.
Want to learn more about UncommonGoods? Visit UncommonGoods's website.
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