R.J. Hartbeck

Commercial photographer / Freelance Creative Specialist / Product Manager

St. Louis, MO

Results-driven individual with strategic, team-oriented leadership experience. Contributes an array of creative and analytical solutions for making actionable business decisions while maintaining the highest moral and ethical integrity. Proven ability to adapt to new systems easily.

Work Experience

  • R.J. Hartbeck Photo

    Commercial & Lifestyle Photographer|Jan, 2013Current

    Self-employed commercial and lifestyle photographer. Responsible for all business activity as sole proprietor. A mix of national and local clientele including: Elan Polo International, Phillips 66 Gas, ALIVE Magazine, NextSTL.com, Brennans Cigar bar, Artifox, Project PixelPress, St. Louis Brewers Guild, TechArtista Co-Working, West Model Management, and GlobalHack and more.

    • Built Instagram social media following of over 100k+ (@paintchipps)
    • Suggested User by Instagram community curators (2x)
    • Regularly curated and featured VSCO journal photographer - https://www.instagram.com/p/8jFlSvuJUz/
  • R.J. Hartbeck Creative

    Personal Brand & Crowdfunding Consultant|Jan, 2013Current

    Provides critical knowledge in understanding best practices across an array of social media and crowdfunding platforms. Assists individuals in social strategy and career objectives related to personal branding. Consults early stage organizations on media content for crowdfunding campaigns. Experience in production and storyboarding Kickstarter video projects , launch strategies for Kickstarter, and funding goal analysis.

    • Ochre

      Product Manager|Oct, 2014Jan, 2015

      Coordinated product development and design for internal projects focusing on rapid prototyping techniques and iterative design processes. Spearheaded initial strategy and ideation on Ochre internal initiatives including market analysis, name generation, customer acquisition, and revenue forecasting. Also responsible for business model refinement and analysis.

      • Product Manager for MARCO - a consumer electronics project using RFID technology to track items carried by customers in backpacks and purses. Project examples upon request.
    • Apple Inc.

      Specialist|Nov, 2011Jan, 2015

      Assisted business team in achieving 178% of corporate revenue goal, first of 33 stores in market and increased customer leads by 156% over previous quarter. Responsible for implanting store wide business strategies as part of an effective team. Experience in visual merchandising and consumer technology sales tactics.

      • St. Louis University - Center for Entrepreneurship

        Social Media Intern|Jan, 2013May, 2014

        Coordinated the social media strategy and implementation for St. Louis University Center for Entrepreneurship. Gained exposure to using various social media management tools including Gremlin, Hootsuite, buffer and google analytics.


        • St. Louis University

          Bachelor of Science in Business Administration | Entrepreneurship Concentration - Entrepreneurial Studies|May, 2014


        • STL Mural Project

          Lead Organizer|Sep, 2013Dec, 2013

          Successfully launched a community arts advocacy group through Facebook that boast 500+ members. In November of 2013 coordinated the effort to crowdfund a mural sponsored by the group on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis, the project raised $10k in 30 days.

        • Worldwide Instameet St. Louis

          Organizer|May, 2014Current

          Instagram community liaison coordinating local meetups and networking events in St. Louis for the platform. Worldwide Instameets happen periodically throughout the year on designated dates and participation spans across the globe. Hosted 3 sponsored events in St. louis, attendance exceeding 100+ participants and generating over 400+ pieces of original social content by community members.


          • Business Development
          • Social Media
          • Photography
          • Project Management
          • Marketing Communications
          • Leadership
          • Content Generation
          • Networking
          • Market Analysis
          • UX / UI
          • Customer Service
          • Product Development