Whether on the water or in the air, Scott Harder documents Puget Sound Energy's facilities through photos and videos, as well as producing and directing videos for the company's outreach efforts.
VISUAL/NEW MEDIA PROGRAM MANAGER
What do you do? I am the visual/new media program manager in the communications department at Puget Sound Energy in Bellevue. I manage a large portion of our visual projects that include photography and video production.
I also manage the company’s historic library of photos and video that date back to the late 1800s and includes more than 150,000 digital files. We produce and direct many of our videos on topics such as safety, energy efficiency, employee spotlights and produce PSE-TV which broadcasts almost live from the field during storms, events and more.
How did you get started in that field? I have been a casual photographer for the past 14 years or so. An opportunity presented itself at the company in 2007 when I transitioned from web design into visual media.
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What’s a typical day like? Each day serves up something different and diverse. I help maintain our YouTube, Flickr and Instagram accounts, support our social media campaigns and create and produce visual projects for our employees and customers. These projects can range from employee communications to events or maybe even an “Ask Abbey” episode.
What surprises people about your job? Most people are amazed that the local utility has their own photo and video staff. It’s becoming more and more common for this with the social media gaining importance.
What’s the best part of the job? PSE owns and operates facilities that are both amazing and beautiful. Being able to photograph Snoqualmie Falls, Baker Lake or any of our three wind facilities is always a treat. I support many different departments across the company to help document avian research, wind turbines, land surveys and more. With such diverse opportunities, I’m either in the air or on the water capturing our unique projects and facilities.
During storm season, I’m part of the team that deploys around our service area to post and feed in pictures and video clips of the damage. When bad weather is happening and our customers have lost power, it’s important for us to show what our field crews are up against, and how we’re working quickly and safely on restoration efforts.
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