Matthew Rakola grew up in a small college town in Maine (that would be O-R-O-N-O for you NYT crossword puzzle fans) with just enough freedom to get into mischief, but with enough brains that he really should have known better.
After graduating from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and consulting some tea leaves he decided to move to Portland, Oregon to work in brewpubs. (Seriously, the decision was made after reading the label on a bottle of Tazo iced tea.) As it turns out, bartending really is the best training for being a commercial people photographer. It requires the ability to read people quickly, anticipate needs and potential problems, and adjust one's inane banter accordingly.
He uses these skills, and a few others to this day as a commercial, advertising and editorial photographer based in Washington, DC, where he lives with his wife and son. (And as of this writing, he expects his second son within 48 hours.)
His hobbies include home repair (he has the scars to prove it) and making up prominefulous words.
Say hi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-664-0601