Videographer, photography, web designer

Brandon Essington

Passionate about capturing details and producing content that draws emotion.

(740) 298-3727
me@brandonessington.com

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My Story

Half of my post-collegiate experience was spent in a newsroom, the other half in the coal industry. Both atmospheres I worked in media. I've battled local news stations for digital coverage of stories, taken photos and videos out of a helicopter and crawled underground in coal mines to get just the right angle while shooting video.

In college I found a passion for videography, editing and graphic design.  I designed websites since high school and when I graduated college I was able to take my graphic design skills, my web design skills and utilize those in the local news field.  Videography was on hold for those years.  Fast forward 5 years and I found myself leaving the news industry to get into the coal business.  I found a company that was looking for someone with media skills and web design skills and I fit the bill.  Little did I know that leaving the media would get me more involved with media than I ever imagined.

Opportunities came where I found myself snapping photos and shooting video out of a helicopter, traveling several states and going underground in several different mines to produce media elements used to promote our business, educate others about our business, and provide content for safety.  My duties expanded when we were tasked with building out a full broadcast studio.  Given 5 weeks, we converted cube space into a full broadcast studio capable of going live within minutes with any major news affiliate.  Primarily I operate cameras for the productions and prepare the interviewee for broadcast.

I’ve always tried to make myself available for freelance projects when presented with them but in 2016 I decided to really start advertising my services.  That’s when I came up with Essington Creative.  I found a real enjoyment in capturing and building wedding videos.   Wedding videography has now become my primary focus with Essington Creative with still offering other creative services.

Experience

Experience ranging from news, broadcast studio work to freelance photography and videography.
2014 - Present
Media Specialist
Murray Energy Corporation

Provide web design, photography and videography services for different media productions, safety videos and miscellaneous projects. Also part of a small team that runs and operates the company’s broadcast studio with live shots with affiliates such as Fox News, MSNBC, PBS, BBC, Bloomberg News and CNBC.

2016 - Present
Freelance Work
Essington Creative

Videography, photography and web design services offered by my freelance company, Essington Creative. Primarily focusing on wedding videography and other videography services.

2010-2014
Director of Internet Operations
West Virginia Media Holdings

Managed six websites across West Virginia on both the news and sales sides of the company. With news I worked to improve quality and traffic of our websites, mobile apps and social media. For sales, I worked with staff to help monetize our sites, apps and social media platforms. I designed web banners for clients and I was the sole trafficker/designer of web advertising for the company.

2009-2010
Web Producer
West Virginia Media Holdings

Duties included maintaining news, weather and sports content on our websites; writing news content, proof-reading content while keeping with best SEO-practices and AP Style writing. Duties also included graphic and web design.

2009
Bachelor's Degree in Communications
Bethany College

Communications degree earned with focus in Electronic Media. News Director of the school’s television station and was Emmy Nominated for a 5-part series that aired locally on CBS.

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