Jay Hagstrom
, United States
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Contact details
Tel: 773 220-6218
Brief Summary

Whether setting up a photo shoot or presented with an image for retouching, Jay takes pride in his unique ability to work with raw images on multiple levels, serving his clients aesthetic, technical and practical needs.

As a photographer, Jay observes how light interacts with surfaces and atmosphere in any given environment, as well as the dynamics of perspective. As a retoucher, he understands the science that lies behind different color spaces—and can swiftly translate print and digital processes accordingly. His subsequent understanding of photography aesthetics and the science behind it gives him a unique ability to deliver creative results tailored to individual preferences and styles.

Throughout his work, Jay creates files and images for ultimate flexibility and functionality. Final images are always presented in multiple layers, in high resolution, to permit further manipulation as necessary. Additionally, as part of his estimates, he presents buyout fees as part of the upfront cost. As a result, his clients are assured that images can be used in other manners, beyond the initial purpose.

Ultimately, Jay strives to create digital images that meet all his clients’ creative criteria. Contact him to discuss how his digital imaging services can serve your creative vision…and help make your job just a bit easier.

Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Alkermes, Baxter, Cephalon, H20, McDonald's, Marlboro, Miller, Panasonic, Phillip-Morris, Playboy, Sony and Ulta Cosmetics.
Professional Experience
Adept at addressing a wide range of graphic design and retouching problems. Maintains unsurpassed attention to detail throughout the deadline process. Classically trained in photography and image manipulation; experienced in shooting on location and in the studio. Specializes in constructing files that can be used for large format reproduction and interactive.

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and WordPress.


Hagstrom Imaging - Digital Artist - Present
-Provides photographic services for pharmaceutical products
-Creates large-scale graphics for offset and banners
-Uses automated image processing for faster workflow
-Launched and moderates Retouching101.com
-Developing coursework to teach retouching

GA Communications - Director of Imaging / Artist - 99 to 09
-Established in-house photo studio for products and portraits
-Created original branded artwork for print and interactive
-Instituted company-wide standards for quality and resolution
-Managed in-house retouching services, established protocols
-Provided on-site art direction of photographers

Goble and Associates - User Interface Designer - 97 to 99
-Designed web pages for international pharmaceuticals
-Brand design for physician-moderated sites
-Created branded image treatment templates

Pictogram - Interactive Project Manager - 96 to 97
-Coordinated production of a planogram software application
-Modified interface and packaging for nation brand clients
-Designed user experience and functionality of interface
-Managed on-site graphic design team
-Designed 3D interface elements
-Managed off-site programming

Color Image - Retoucher - 91 to 96
-Retouched consumer products and people for national ads
-Retouched consumer electronics for international campaigns
-Retouched and color-corrected skin tones for health-beauty
-Created seamless image extensions for multiple ad formats

Alpha Channel - Animator - 90 to 91
-Designed and produced 3D logo animations for multimedia
-Participated in beta testing of Adobe Photoshop v1.0

Columbia College Chicago - Studio Photography - 86 to 90
Awards and Recognition
Silver Rx Award

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