New JOB idea to fight unemployment…my new post on craigslist.org

Wanna get your Christmas card photos taken before Thanksgiving… (anywhere in the D.C. area)…

….I am the girl for you!
I a D.C. based photojournalist currently less busy than usual and I want to put my free time to good use having some fun with you and your kids/family members.
I live near U street, but I can drive just about anywhere in MD and VA as well. My daily and weekly schedule is pretty open from 9-5.

WHAT I OFFER:
Creative shots of you and your kids playfully pulling each others scarfs in your lovely home backyard where fall leaves are turning brown….or anything else you might request.
I am easy to work with and free to meet up with your free of charge to discuss what you might be looking for.
I love capturing memorable moments when one least expects them especially if they can be useful to someone.

A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT MYSELF:
I was born in Rome, Italy in 1983, which makes me just about 26. When I was 19 I packed my suitcase, kissed my mom goodbye and took off for the States to follow my family’s lineage of doctors starting a pre-med program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Four years later with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Physiology and a summer editorial & photography internship at Climbing magazine under my belt, I moved again. This time to Washington, D.C., to start graduate school at American University’s School of Communication.

After a heavy load of writing and reporting classes – as well as courses in digital skills, photography and documentary making – in August 2008 I received a Master of Arts in International Print Journalism and Public Affairs and started living the dream, landing an editorial internship at the National Geographic Magazine online. My next stop was a start-up online magazine, Culture 11, that folded during the economic crisis.

After losing my job, I started up my personal Blog “Federicaville” and joined the platoons of photographers wandering the U.S. capital during presidential inauguration week. From there came “She Had a Dream,” a publicly recognized shot chosen to be featured as one of the 100 finalists in the FOTOBAMA Week Photo Contest in the Newseum on Pennsylvania Ave. in downtown D.C.

One thing led to another and I was offered a job as the staff photographer for the Professional Beach Volleyball Tour (AVP), traveling the East Coast following professional athletes in their endeavors on the sand.

But, while I find myself to be most creative behind a camera lens, my initial passion for writing has not expired – in fact, I still write for Panorama, the foremost weekly Italian magazine, based in Milan, and Shalom, a monthly Italian Jewish community magazine, based in Rome, and often still contribute freelance pieces to Climbing magazine.

For more about my background and experience, take a look at my PHOTO Web site at http://www.federicavalabrega.com or visit my Blog FEDERICAVILLE at http://www.federicavalabrega.wordpress.com

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