Haley Wubs is a studio assistant for RRDonnelley/Omega Studios in Elgin, Illinois. She assists photographers, builds and takes down sets, prepares clothes and products for set, and organizes photo shoots. Each day begins with a team production meeting to ensure that everyone is ready for the day and week ahead. Haley is proud to have turned her dedication into a career with a company that she enjoys working for. “After only being at my job a short time, I was quickly trusted with many tasks and projects that were very important and involved some of our biggest clients,” she says.
Haley finds creative inspiration in travel and culture. “I also love to browse online portfolios of photographers. I have a list of some that I’ve admired for a while, [including] Rus Anson.” Haley’s career allows her to work alongside people who have a love for art and creativity. “Being able to work in a creative atmosphere is so inspiring. I also enjoy when I’m assigned to a special project, especially where the photographer and the stylists have some creative flexibility.” She adds that it’s rewarding to see a finished layout and know that she played a role in creating it.
Haley, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Photography from The Illinois Institute of Art — Schaumburg, says that her education prepared her to grow as a professional individual. “I really felt my classes helped me to interact with other students and teachers as though I was in a work setting. Knowing how to act professionally in a work environment is very important.” She recommends that current students keep an open mind as they grow within the industry. “Don’t stop learning. Technology and methods are always changing.”
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