Veronica Aguilar
 

Freelance Photographer

Currently living in: Haringey, London, UK

Date of birth:  8th of June, 1983

Place of birth: Granada, Spain

Mobile: 07799 408 433

Email: contact@veronica-aguilar.info

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Freelance Experience

Full-time Freelance Photographer - events, property, food/product, retail

Period: August 2018 - Present

Company: Veronica Aguilar Photography

Location: London (UK)

I have been working full-time as a professional freelance photographer for the last 2 years, focused on events and property photography. With a wide range of experience in all kinds of events: from weddings to conferences, seminars, bar and bat mitzvahs, dinner parties, birthdays parties and concerts. I have also done portraits, family and photoshoots, band photoshoots, head shots, product photography, food photography, commercial shoots, retail and marketing photography, and other fields, for national and international companies like JCDecaux, Clear Channel, Ocean Outdoor, and NCS. With a creative outlook and a keen eye to bring the best out of each scenario, my clients get high-quality results and a wonderful customer service.

Part-time Freelance Graphic Designer and Photographer

Period: July 2009 - July 2018

Locations: Granada (Spain), Cork (Ireland), London (UK)

Throughout the years, since I finished my University career, I have always worked part-time as a freelance photographer and graphic designer, developing my skills. Portraits, urban photo sessions for magazines, photo editing, artwork design, graphics for websites, logos, brand identity, and many more. I set up a home photography studio where I did portrait photo sessions and product photography for jewellry designers and others. This allowed me to learn much about studio work: setting up lights, flash, wardrobe and background, to get perfectly sharp and appealing photos.

Lightbox Designs

Period: July 2009 - January 2012

Company: Lightbox Designs

Job Title: Web and Graphic Designer

Location: Granada (Spain), Cork (Ireland), London (UK)

My partner and I set up a web and graphic design company, creating websites, artwork and logos.

Work Experience

 

April 2014 - July 2018

Company: Soho Printstore

Job Title: Graphic Designer, Photographer and Digital Print Operator

Location: Soho, London

Duties: in-house graphic designer and photographer. My duties included designing anything the clients needed: from posters, to flyers, business cards, wedding invitations, booklets, T-shirts, wall and window vinyl, and to get the final artwork ready for high-quality printing. I dealt with clients first hand, with premium customer service, to achieve the best results. My other duties included the whole process of printing and finishing all products, and the use of the Photography studio in the shop to do headshots and product photography.

October 2013 - December 2013

Company: Snappy Snaps

Job Title: Graphic Designer and Photo Specialist

Location: South Kensington, London

Duties: direct customer service. In-house Graphic Designer, dealing with any request from clients. I learned about photograph printing from film and developed my studio photography skills. Unfortunately, as much as this position helped me to take off as a printer, I didn’t feel the quality and services offered at Snappy Snaps were at the level I wanted to achieve and decided to quit and aim for companies that offered more serious and better quality results.

August 2011 - July 2013

Company: Pret A Manger

Job Title: Team Member Star / Barista

Location: Soho, London

Duties: To get on my feet when I moved to London after a big recession, I got a job in Pret A Manger, where I learned about the importance of good customer service and being a good team player. I was awarded several times by the Mystery Shopper for my outstanding customer service.

June 2011 - August 2011

Company: Subway

Job Title: Sandwich Artist

Location: New Bond Street, London

April 2010 - May 2010

Company: Cork Institute of Technology

Job Title: Waiting staff, cleaning and catering assistant

Location: Cork, Ireland

October 2007 - March 2008

Company: Bahia Mediterraneo Arquitectura

Job Title: Drafter

Location: Granada, Spain

Duties: I was in charge of drawing plans of buildings using AutoCAD. This was an internship position while I was doing my last year at University studying Architecture.

 

Education

Masters in Architecture

Year: 2001-2009

Place: University of Granada, Spain

Location: Granada, Spain

I studied architecture when I finished high school. Back then in Spain, this kind of degree lasted for 6 years and included the design and creative part of the subject, as well as the engineering side of it. Unfortunately, the Great Recession that started at the end of 2007 made it extremely difficult for me to get a job as an architect, even when I had relatives in the business. So I decided to leave Spain and try my luck in the UK. In the end I fell in love with graphic design and photography and here I am!

Typography

Year: 2012

Place: Central St. Martins University in Kings's Cross

Location: London, UK

Short course in which I learn the basics of typography, very challenging exercises.

Institute of Photography

Year: 2013

Place: Online

Location: London, UK

Online photography course that I did online at home for a period of a year, during my spare time. It covered all basic and advanced learnings about the use of DSLR cameras and post retouching and processing.

Corel Draw

Year: April 2008 - May 2008

Place: Albay Education Centre

Location: Granada, Spain

AutoCAD

Year: March 2014

Place: JJR Centre

Location: Granada, Spain

 

Languages

Spanish: mother tongue

English: advanced (I've been in the UK since 2010!)

 

Skills

Even though I have attended many courses that served me well for my career throughout the years, I’m a very curious person and an avid and fast learner. I’ve taught myself many skills by searching for online tutorials and manuals, and practicing until I master them.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: expert level of photo editing and graphic design for premium results.

    • Lightroom

    • Photoshop

    • Illustrator

    • InDesign

  • Corel Draw

  • AutoCAD

  • Type writing skills

 

Interests

Music, traveling, meditation, good movies, podcasts, books, interesting articles, cycling, comfortable shoes, decluttering, minimalism, learning new things, diy, anything that keeps my mind active, relaxed and in flow.

Two of the most important things in my life are podcasts and music, since they are an activity that I can do while working, walking, working out, cycling, commuting. Music is very important in my life, I can’t imagine my life without music.