About

I have 24 years of experience behind the camera.  I started my photography journey at Roosevelt High School in Seattle Washington photographing sports and features for the schools student newspaper.  I studied photography at Shoreline Community College.  After college, I entered the real world work force in the retail arena.  I brought my photography in for marketing and events before moving into the mechanical and electrical engineering field.  I was able to document through photography the construction of Safeco Field in Seattle and various architectural and engineering projects all over Western Washington.  At this time I began my love affair with sports photography.  I covered the Mariner’s Single A affiliate, the Everett Aquasox, and I was able to photograph the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle SuperSonics.  However, while I was diving into sports, I was lost, I had no direction.

In 2003 I moved back to my childhood state of Alaska to be closer to my family.  I started photography local high school and youth sports, including becoming the league photographer for Knik Little League.  I was contacted by MaxPreps, the largest high school sports website in the nation to start photographing for them and I began covering the National High School Football Kickoff for them.  I began shooting for a local high school’s booster program, providing game action photos, end of season slide show images, senior and coach photo gifts, team and individual photos for parents and media guides and more.  At the same time I started to get involved with wire services, photographing the University of Alaska’s preseason basketball tournament, the Great Alaska Shootout, the ECHL Alaska Aces hockey team, and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

I found my direction and started photographing more and more for the wires, especially the Alaska political scene.  Being just outside of Anchorage, my opportunities to capture images of politicians like Congressman Don Young, Senator’s Ted Stevens, Lisa Murkowski, Mark Begich, and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin were around every corner.  I photographed Palin at many public appearances and during her Vice Presidential campaign.  Following the death of Senator Ted Stevens I was contacted by some editorial wire services and began shooting for them.

In 2012 my family made the move from Alaska to Colorado and I have been busy covering dozens of high schools, the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, the Pac-12’s Colorado Buffaloes, US Men’s and Women’s National Soccer teams, and much more.

Some of my clients include Sports Illustrated, Runner’s World Magazine, European Pressphoto, Zuma Press, Corbis, ESPN, espn.com, CBS Sportsline, NewSport Photo, Icon SMI, Seattle Times, The Guardian UK, Anchorage Daily News and more.

I am always looking to add new clients, and I take pride in working directly with you to provide you with photos that move you.

On the non-photography side, I am a full time volunteer caregiver for my 88 year old mother.  In 2003 when I moved to Alaska, she was diagnosed with heart failure and in 2007 she underwent heart surgery to replace two valves.  Since then mobility and memory decreased greatly, requiring assistance on a daily basis.  While at times it is hard and frustrating, and a financial burden (a large financial burden), she is my mom and I can not imagine not taking care of her.  What is nice is, my photography allows me to take care of her each day.  The more freelance and contract jobs I get, and more sales makes it easier on both me and her every day.

Back to photography, I have over 20 years experience in both digital and film, 35mm format to medium and large format equipment.  I photograph with Canon professional cameras and I am capable of onsite lighting and transmitting images onsite from most locations.

Please contact me for your photo needs.

Photo by Isaiah Downing

Photo by Isaiah Downing