Matthew Rakola (né Hakola) is a proud Maine native who learned how to photograph people by bartending. Both professions require the ability to read people quickly, anticipate their needs, and most importantly–listen. To be fair, he also learned a thing or two as a commercial photography major at Syracuse University, where he spent hundreds of hours up to his elbows in smelly photo chemistry.
I guess It’s fair that he got most of his professional training while washing dishes.
Today he uses all of these skills and more as a commercial, advertising and editorial photographer based in Washington, DC. He specializes in photographing real people doing real things and still loves to listen and learn on the job.
When he's not writing about himself in the third person or making images, he's probably with wife, chasing their two sons around. He’s actively lobbying his family for a pet skunk, who he is going to name Kodak. In the meantime he dotes on his two goldfish, Becky and Swimmy.
Bob Rives is a visual storyteller who photographs people and places for corporate, advertising and editorial clients worldwide. Using graphics, color, and a strong sense of design and light, he finds striking images in ordinary situations.
Clients have come to depend on Bob to deliver high quality images on time and on budget.
Eli Meir Kaplan is a commercial photographer and director who became interested in visual media after his parents brought home an early black and white video camera when he was four years-old. Eli's first of many videos on the camera was a stop-motion battle between He-Man and Skeletor.
Eli’s longstanding interest in the visual arts, storytelling, and meeting new people led him to documentary photography. He draws from his documentary background to capture genuine, aspirational, and intimate moments from the human experience in the commercial photography and video he does today.
Eli lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters and has been told that he's fun to work with.
Photographer, New Jersey native, and famed omnivore, Scott Suchman has lived and worked in Washington, DC for 25 years. He is a 1991 graduate of The University of Maryland at College Park and specializes in food, travel and portrait photography. Scott is a contributing photographer to Washingtonian Magazine and has worked on assignment for Bob Appetit, The Washington Post Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Saveur, among many others.
I live in Washington, DC, with my reporter wife; son, Cillian; and daughter, Orla. You might catch a glimpse of them here.
Back in the day, I studied photojournalism at the University of Missouri and worked for some newspapers. Now, I mostly work
for magazine, corporate, advertising and non-profit clients.
And when I'm not working at making images, I'm probably working over the stove, grill and/or tending bar for friends.
Collaborative, analytical, tireless, creatively driven, easy going, and lots of fun to work with' - feedback from clients I hear repeatedly.
Images selected for three out of the five most recent volumes of 'Archive's 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide', as well as the past five annual volumes of 'One Eyeland's Best of the Best', awarded numerous Addy's, plus lots of other industry recognition.
For the last 20+ years I've been shooting large-scale production advertising photography projects. And 15+ years doing editorial stories, features & covers - photographing celebrities, politicians, CEOS, athletes as well as real people.
I have extensive experience working on Defense/Industrial, Finance, Healthcare, Insurance Pharmaceutical, Recruiting and Travel/Tourism advertising accounts, as well as other sectors.
Stacy Zarin Goldberg is a Washington, DC based freelance photographer. Born and raised in the DC area, Ms. Zarin Goldberg attended photography and art classes at the nationally-known Corcoran Gallery of Art. She holds a BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute of Art in New York City, with additional concentration in art and painting. Stacy’s photography and paintings have been shown at galleries in Chelsea and the Baltimore – Washington area and her photographs are featured regularly in numerous local, regional and national publications. Stacy’s artistic eye and boundless energy infuses her signature images of food, interiors, architecture and portraiture.
Jennifer Chase is a food, travel and lifestyle photographer and creative director based out of Washington, DC. Jennifer first learned to cook with one pot, a spoon, an open fire, and a village full of teachers, while a peace corps volunteer in West Africa . Her travels and her curiosity about culture, ritual and the ways we connect around food have informed her food photography and food styling. Her rich, modern visual style connects food producers and consumers through visual narratives that encourage exploration and enjoyment. An inviting sense of ease and imagination encourage clients and enthusiasts alike to join in the journey.