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Jules Holdsworth
Santa Cruz, California

Professional Summary

  • Accomplished Photographer and Art Director, proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and deadlines.
  • Proven ability to oversee and mentor designers. Loved by pressmen for flawless digital files.
  • Copious awards from the Virginia Press Association for both editorial design and advertising design.
  • Expertise in editing and proofreading.

Creative Experience

Freelance Photographer, Videographer, Designer and Social Media Manager

Santa Cruz, California, March 2015 – present
Various design and photography projects including publication redesign and art direction, business card design, large-scale poster design, brochure design, flier design, website design and redesign, event photography, food photography, portrait photography and videography. Social Media including posting to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook on behalf of my clients which improved SEO. Copy editing and proofreading. Supporter of the local entrepreneurial community in Santa Cruz.

Stock Photographer Getty Images
Worldwide, January 2020 – present

Videographer, Photographer and Designer OneReef
Santa Cruz, California, November 2019 – present
Film and photograph staff for promotional material and assist in design and editing of promotional material. Contractor.

Photographer Edible Monterey Bay
Santa Cruz, California, April 2019 – present
Photograph food, chefs, sheep, all things having to do with food within Santa Cruz County. Contractor.

Marketing and Design Water for Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz, California, January 2017 – present
Design and maintain website and all marketing tools, such as brochures, presentations, business cards, posters, social media. Contractor.

Photographer | Interviewer Boardwalk Bowl
Santa Cruz, California, September 2015 – present
Photograph, interview and post featured bowlers and staff to the Boardwalk Bowl website each month. Contractor.

EmBadAssador NextSpace Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, March 2015 – present
Assist Curators by taking and posting photographs to the NextSpace Instagram account. In addition, help with the phones and assisting members as needed. Contractor.

Photographer GoodTimes Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, August 2018 – July 2019
Two to five photo shoots per week in Santa Cruz county for weekly alternative newspaper. Contractor.

Image Consultant GrokStyle (acquired by Facebook)
Santa Cruz, California June 2018 – December 2018
Detail-oriented product identification for e-commerce app. Contractor.

Event Photographer Santa Cruz Waves 
Santa Cruz, California, August 2016 – December 2017
Photograph events around Santa Cruz County. Contractor.

Art Director and Designer Santa Cruz Record
Santa Cruz, California, April 2016 – December 2018
Redesigned the publication and acted as Art Director. Contractor.

Art Director Southside Sentinel, Supplements and The Rivah Visitor’s Guide
Urbanna, Virginia, June 2003 – August 2014
Design and layout of a weekly newspaper and six supplements; retail ad design; cover design and retail ad design for The Rivah Visitor’s Guide (six months a year); photo editing; and prepress. Redesigned the newspaper, supplements and Visitor’s Guide. Supervision of one graphic designer.

Art Director Northumberland Echo
Heathsville, Virginia, July 2001 – June 2003
Design and layout of weekly newspaper; retail ad design; photography; photo editing, copy editing and prepress. Redesigned the newspaper.

Graphic Designer McFaddenClay Marketing Communications, Inc.
Warsaw, Virginia, March 2000 – March 2001
Designed and produced five catalogs annually for Southern States; preflighted and archived each catalog; researched and selected stock photography.

Publication Designer International Medical News Group/Harcourt, Inc.
Rockville, Maryland, November 1994 – March 2000
Designed and laid out nine medical journals each month, including Clinical Psychiatry News, Family Practice News, Internal Medicine News, Ob.Gyn. News, Pediatric News and Skin & Allergy News; created and maintained master templates for redesign of all journals, including style sheets and libraries; designed charts and graphics; archived issues.

Graphic Supervisor/Senior Graphic Designer PRC, Inc. at NASA Headquarters
Washington, D.C., June 1993 – November 1994
Art directed jobs including Space Technology Innovation newsletter, presentations for Congress and Web design; graphically supported NASA’s Office of Advanced Concepts and Technology; supervised two Graphic Designers and one Mac Specialist; evaluated employees; managed budget.

Art Director Model Aviation magazine, Academy of Model Aeronautics
Reston, Virginia, May 1992 – June 1993
Art directed magazine; redesigned magazine; designed layouts and covers; photo editing, copy editing and prepress.

Professional Picture Framer Adler’s Art and Frame
Herndon, Virginia, January 1990 – July 1995
Picture framing and art sales. Part time.

Production Artist Education Week, Editorial Projects in Education
Washington, D.C., January 1990 – May 1992
Typesetting copy, lay-out and paste-up copy; operated stat camera; copy fit; design house ads.



Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia | June 1989
BA in Art/Graphic Design

George Washington University
Washington, D.C. | 1992 – 1993
Course work in printing and publishing

NorthStar Training
Virginia Beach, Virginia | 2000 – 2006
Classes in Photoshop Scanning Techniques, Color Separating Techniques with Photoshop, Adobe GoLive and Adobe Acrobat



Member of Film Screening Committee for the Santa Cruz Film Festival. 2019–present

Member of the Community Advisory Board for the Santa Cruz Downtown Streets Team. 2018–present

Founder and President of AppleSeeds, a Macintosh User Group serving the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula of Virginia. Founded in 2002. 100+ members. Retired in 2012.

Member of the Board of Directors for the Tideneck Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. 2001–2012.

Member of the Operations Committee, Virginia Press Association, Richmond, Virginia. 2006–2010.


Exhibitions, Speaking Engagements and Honors

Exhibiting Photographer 12×12 Exhibition
Cabrillo College Art Gallery
Aptos, California, November – December 2020

Photograph of the Day
Smithsonian Magazine
Washington, D.C., September 26, 2020

First Friday Artist
NextSpace Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, February 2020

First Friday Artist
Satellite Flexible Workspace and Digital Media Studio
Santa Cruz, California, December 2019

Exhibiting Photographer 12×12 Exhibition
Cabrillo College Art Gallery
Aptos, California, November 2019

Exhibiting Artist Imagine Healing: The Art of Transformation
Loudon Nelson Community Center
Santa Cruz, California, November 2019

Lead Photographer TedX Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, November – December 2019

Speaker Event Santa Cruz
The Third annual Photobomb Night
Santa Cruz, California, October 23, 2019

Speaker Santa Cruz County Small Business Development Center
Better iPhone Photography for Your Business
Santa Cruz, California, May 14, 2019

Exhibiting Photographer See, Be Seen: Community Portraits
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Santa Cruz, California, May 2018 – September 2018