The Photographer

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. 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 their needs and avoid the occasional pitfall, all while adjusting one's inane banter accordingly. 

These days he's replaced the pint glass with some really nice cameras and lenses and uses these skills, and a few others, as a commercial, advertising and editorial photographer based in Washington, DC, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

His hobbies include home repair (he has the scars to prove it) and making up prominefulous words. He also still enjoys the occasional well-crafted Northwestern style IPA.

He's supported by Wonderful Machine and can also be found on Boulevard or in close proximity to a coffee shop.

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