Michael Pierce

Photographer, Designer, Creative and Marketing Professional


B.A., Business Administration, Marketing 2005

Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado

GPA: 3.67
Major GPA: 3.8
Magna Cum Laude

• 2004: Ireland and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Innovative month abroad. Studied the Irish economic boom, the Celtic Tiger.

• 2003: La Rochelle, France. International semester abroad. Studied economics and marketing.

Equipment & Software Focus

Nikon Professional Services Member

Nikon Cameras and Lenses

Nikon Creative Lighting System

PhaseOne Medium Format Cameras

Profoto Lighting and OCF Modifiers

(D1, B1x, B10)

Paul C. Buff Lighting and Modifiers
(Einstein 640)

A Wide Range of Lighting Modifiers Tools and Techniques

Adobe Creative Suite Applications
(Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Bridge, and some Premiere and Illustrator)

CaptureOne Pro






To find a staff photographer position in a company that values communication, collaboration and creativity in a metropolitan market, preferably close to Colorado.

Career summary

  • Creative professional with a proven track record of producing high-quality, award-winning work consistently under pressure and deadlines.

  • Combines passion and imagination with technical photographic and lighting savvy to create unique images that effectively communicate brand messages to communities, audiences and consumers.

  • Over 10 years experience in advertising and marketing communications, with a strong visual sense and ability to effectively develop and implement marketing ideas and design concepts.

  • Lived and traveled abroad, developing an understanding of marketing and economics in different countries and cultures.

  • Consistently go beyond expectations and work on new projects outside of job requirements to add value and revenue streams.

Employment Summary

Owner/Photographer • Michael Pierce Photography
2007 to Current

  • Exceed client expectations by offering innovative concepts, integrating new technologies and creative problem solving.

  • Shoot a wide variety of projects including professional sports, portraits, lifestyle, fashion, real estate/architecture and live music.

  • Retouch photographs as needed using Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and CaptureOne Pro as needed for color, consistency and standards.

  • Advance knowledge in multiple camera and lighting platforms including Nikon, PhaseOne, Profoto, Elinchrom and Paul C. Buff.

  • Introduced new print technologies and products that increased sales and customer satisfaction.

Photography Technical Leader, Media Specialist • Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM • May 2017 - May 2019

  • Managed and developed a team of photographers, that doubled in size, serving a workforce of 12,000 employees.

  • Assigned and ensured completion of approximately 1,500 internal photography jobs per year.

  • Managed past and current photography with existing file management system.

  • Negotiated the purchase of Adobe Experience Manager DAM after presenting new digital asset management software solutions to lab management.

  • Created and implemented new standards and practices for editing work-flow, archiving, style, and work safety.

  • Procured and integrated new software to reduce file size saving approximately 50% more server space.

  • Redesigned and created a working studio space for a wide variety of shoots including portraits, product photography, creative work and more.

  • Increased the lab’s photography capabilities by researching, acquiring and depoying a full compliment of lighting equipment from Profoto, Nikon cameras, a PhaseOne medium format camera, and Wacom Cintiq editing tablets.

  • Worked in a wide array of environments that included unique challenges and specialty training for hazards including falls, radiation, and lasers.

  • Collaborated and communicated with a large number of people and departments including graphic designers, HR and recruitment staff, as well as staff from all other areas of the lab.

Photographer • Clarkson Creative
Denver, CO • Apr. 2015 to Nov. 2015

  • Photographed game action, fan experience, atmosphere and integrated-corporate marketing to tell the story of the Colorado Rockies.

  • Contributed more photographs to the team Photoshelter database during a single season than any previous photographer.

  • Implemented new camera-to-cellular technology to provide in-game and post-game content for team social media.

  • Captured high-level, timely and visually-unique feature photographs for social media feeds and Rockies Magazine, including two covers.

  • Photographed all pre-game groups and promotions, ceremonial first pitches, color guards, national anthem and rooftop bar band performances.

  • Pro-actively met with corporate sales staff to better understand their needs and offered alternate keyword strategies that made photos in the Photoshelter easier to find and use.

  • Professionally represented the Colorado Rockies as their photographer, on and off the field, including VIP and Client Batting Practice days and community events including youth baseball camps and clinics, school visits, Home Run for the Homeless and celebrity golf tournament.

Advertising Representative • The Pagosa Springs SUN
Pagosa Springs, CO • Feb. 2006 to Mar. 2015

  • Analyzed clients’ marketing plans and goals to create effective advertising campaigns while maximizing sales.

  • Consulted customers, often competing businesses, on reaching their unique target markets effectively.

  • Increased sales year-over-year and customer base in a predominantly real estate and tourism based economy throughout a recession.

  • Managed multiple projects with many different clients under quarterly and weekly deadlines.

  • Won over 150 state and national awards for photography and advertising design, campaign, layout and website design.

  • Developed and redesigned local magazines into national and state multi-award winning magazines.

  • Transformed newspaper website from a one-page, weekly-updated html site to a complex, daily-updated, award-winning and profitable CMS site with a photography sales subdomain and site.

  • Photographed community events, local sports and breaking news stories to drive print sales and web traffic.

Professional Development

  • Many various trainings and tutorials on advances in retouching, lighting technology, camera advances and photography techniques.

  • 2018: Santa Fe, NM. Santa Fe Workshops with celebrity photographers Peter Yang and Matthias Clamer on editorial and creative portraiture.

  • 2013: Seattle, WA. CreativeLive Commercial Portraiture with Joey L. A live-broadcast workshop with renowned photographers Joey L. and Chase Jarvis on creativity, concept, lighting sets and subjects, achieving artistic vision and business.

  • 2012: Tucson, AZ. Nikon Mentor Series Lighting Workshop. Lighting techniques in a variety of locations with specific objectives and received Nikon Best Image Award.

  • 2011: Jackson, WY. Summit Adventure Photography workshop. A week-long workshop focused on creativity, concept, skills, and working with clients and peers in the world of adventure sports and lifestyle.

  • 2007 and 2013: Colorado Springs, CO. Summit Professional Sports Photography workshops. Photography workshops focused on creativity, concept, skills, composition and working with clients and peers in a professional manner.