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María Cavins

Multimedia journalist × photographer × entrepreneur × Lover of life

 

Step into my world...

Inspired by the perspectives and complexities of the world, I began my pursuit in a career as a multimedia journalist. I aim to produce high-quality photos and videos in documenting our beautiful world. My experience in producing news across existing and emerging media platforms ranges in broadcast television, radio, magazine, and newspaper.

My Puerto Rican and Italian cultures cultivate my fresh, adventurous, curious, and authentic personality, which drive me in the workplace.

As an Army wife, I am a patriot for the USA, but I love traveling the world, learning about different people, their challenges, hardships, and unique lifestyles.

I would be honored to give back to my country and work for the military or government as a civilian in any way that I can.

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
— Theodore Roosevelt

Photography

Photography is what sparked my interest in journalism. As a little girl, I would flip through every National Geographic magazine in my home and couldn't help but gaze in amazement with how artistic any moment in life can be, whether it is joyous or painful.

I started my photography business in October 2015, but I've been shooting since 2004 and can't keep my hands off any camera.

I've been able to travel the world with my photography to Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, all around the U.S., England, Ireland, Whales, Holland, Belgium and France.

Click here to check out my business website.

Professional Proficiency:

  • Cameras: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Nikon D7100, Nikon D7000, Nikon D810
  • Lenses: Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.4 G, Canon EF - 24mm-70mm - F/2.8, Nikon Nikkor 24mm-70mm - F/2.8
  • Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe InDesign

Video

Videography is my second love. I can't resist watching a good documentary...or trying to make one.

Professional Proficiency: Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition, Audacity

BLOSSOM IN BURLESQUE _ MICRO DOCUMENTARY

**MATURE RATING**

Burlesque performers Jewcy James, Rubie Ring and Bourbon LaRue talk about body positivity & empowerment through their experiences in burlesque.

A micro documentary produced by Maria Cavins and Kamila Jambulatova.

Equipment: Nikon d7100, Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm F/2.8 lens, Shotgun Rode mic, Audio-Technica Pro 70 lavelier mic, Beachtek DXA-SLR Pro HDSLR Audio Adapter, Manfrotto 504HD Tripod

PAWS IN 48 STATES _ MICRO DOCUMENTARY

Mike and Jenny quit their jobs and sought a simpler "American Dream" with their house on wheels. They worked on their RV for six months installing solar panels, a compostable toilet, and hardwood floors. They are ready for what the unknown brings for them and their dogs as they travel around the United States.

Equipment: Nikon d7100, Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm F/2.8 lens, Canon EOS Rebel T2i, 50mm F/1.4 lens, GoPro Silver, Zoom H4n Recorder, Shotgun Rode mic, Audio-Technica Pro 70 lavelier mic, Tascam DR-60DMKII, Manfrotto 504HD Tripod

Labor Land _ MICRO DOCUMENTARY

After Alex Boshans' home birth, it was important for her to keep up nutrition through consuming her placenta. The act of a mother eating her placenta after pregnancy is a common practice throughout the world, but it is uncommon in the United States. Produced by Maria Cavins and Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

Equipment: Nikon d7100, Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm F/2.8 lens, Zoom H4n Recorder, Shotgun Rode mic, Audio-Technica Pro 70 lavelier mic, Beachtek DXA-SLR Pro HDSLR Audio Adapter, Manfrotto 504HD Tripod

quilts of valor _ broadcast

Quilts of Valor is a national non-profit organization that honors service men and women with handcrafted quilts. Quilts can be requested on the organization’s website. A request can be made with either the national group by going to their website or through a local group by contacting one of their members.

Once requested, volunteers piece together the blanket and mail it to the recipient within 30 days. The person who requested the quilt then delivers it to the recipient and the recipient has the option of having a small or large gathering for the presentation.

Check out the full story here.

Equipment: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Canon 18-55mm lens, Zoom H4n Recorder, Shotgun Rode mic, Beachtek DXA-SLR Pro HDSLR Audio Adapter, Audio-Technica Pro 70 lavelier mic, Manfrotto 504HD Tripod

 

ALADdIN HOOKAH LOUNGE _ Audio Slideshow

An audio slideshow of the customers at Aladdin Hookah Lounge in Columbia, Mo explaining why they come back.

Equipment: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Canon 18-55mm lens, Zoom H4n Recorder, Audio-Technica Pro 70 lavelier mic, Manfrotto 504HD Tripod

 

sustainable fashion _ Broadcast

Designers and shop owners in Columbia, Mo are moving towards the new fashion trend: sustainability.

Equipment: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Canon 18-55mm lens, Beachtek DXA-SLR Pro HDSLR Audio Adapter, Zoom H4n Recorder, Shotgun Rode mic, Audio-Technica Pro 70 lavelier mic, Manfrotto 504HD Tripod

Audio

I have grown a love for audio in the past couple of months. Below are some of my pieces I have pitched, reported, edited and produced.

Professional Proficiency: Adobe Audition, Audacity

 

The Meaning of Music

An audio piece on students at the University of Missouri's School of Music expressing their deep connection to their passion.

NPR tufts' grief

Michael Tufts served as a police officer at the New Bloomfield Police Department for four months before he was hit by a drunk driver in Columbia, Mo. He spent the next 20 months in a coma before dying on Aug. 23, 2014.

The photo above is of Michael's mother grieving his passing.

To read the full story, click here.

Resumé

Download a PDF of my resume here.