How I Got My Start as a Photo Editor

How I Got My Start as a Photo Editor | Emily Moore | Private Photo Editor
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In case you missed it last week…

Most of you know the story of HOW I became a private photo editor. Last week, though, I realized most of you do not know what I was doing PRIOR to becoming my own boss. A few days ago on my Insta-stories, I talked a little bit about how I got my start in this industry. I’ve obviously done a poor job of talking about my work before I became a private photo editor, because a lot of you were completely surprised. In my defense, I was never allowed to release any images from projects I worked on while I was there! After compiling a Pinterest board with a few images of my work, I decided to share it with my Instagram friends. Don’t worry if you missed it, because today, I’m sharing it with you!

My Journey to Becoming a Private Photo Editor

My story begins my sophomore year of college when I was studying Textile Management at NC State. I came back to my dorm one morning, called my mom, and told her I was unhappy. I wanted to pursue Commercial Photography at Appalachian State. After some serious discussion, my parent finally agreed to let me switch schools and majors. It wasn’t until the beginning of my senior year that I realized my passion for digital retouching.

The summer before my final semester, I did an internship at a company called Splash Worldwide in Portland, Oregon. After the summer was over, they offered me a job after graduation. So in January 2014, I shipped my car, packed 4 bags, and flew to the West Coast. It was difficult being away from my family, friends, and boyfriend, but I *LOVED* the work I was doing out there. I also loved the people I worked with (seriously, they were the best)!

The video below barely scratches the surface of the work I did out there, but it will give you a general idea! In it, I show you my office, where my desk was, and I’ll even explain what my job duties were. I had a really good time recording this video, and I am going to start recording tutorials for you in future posts! So please feel free to subscribe to my channel if you don’t want to miss out on those!



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  1. Hilary Parr says:

    Such a great post! Very informative and helpful. Love the use of video, so cool!

  2. Shayna says:

    Such beautiful work, Emily! You definitely found your talent as a photo editor. 🙂 Portland, Oregon is sooooo beautiful. We went there for a trip last Spring and greatly enjoyed traveling across the state – such lovely landscape and an artsy culture!!

  3. Shenida says:

    This was a very informative video. You have such great attention to detail! Keep up the awesome work.

  4. Kira Vos says:

    Great background on how you became a photo editor. Big congrats to your success in this field!

  5. Sarah says:

    Private photo editing has changed my life. Once I found the editor to meet my needs it freed up my life so much!

  6. Emily, I love reading your blog posts! You are such a talented editor.

  7. Elyse says:

    Great video! Sounds awesome that you’re going to be doing podcasts soon!

  8. Hannah says:

    Great information for anyone looking to get into photo editing. And I love your work!

  9. Mariana says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! It can be so hard to accept that your passion lies elsewhere. I know I struggled with changing my major, but I’m so glad I did!

  10. Jamie says:

    How fun! Using a video is such a great way to show yourself and your work. I love how technology helps show our stories!

  11. Love hearing your journey! Its wonderful to remember how we all got started!

  12. shanna says:

    Such a cool job! Doing what we love sometimes moves us in different places, but it’s so worth it! 🙂

  13. April says:

    This is so cool! I never knew that any color editing or piecing together photoshop images had to be done on Nike shoes! So interesting! I will definitely check out your editing work and may be sending you an email for more info 🙂

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