I've always had a keen interest in design. After studying first engineering and later graphic design at Virginia Tech, I worked as a graphic designer for a prominent general contracting firm in the Washington DC area. While this work paid the bills and suited my practical nature, it was my role as coordinator and art director for the firm’s architectural photo shoots where I began to discover my true calling. Through photography, it appeared that my practical side had finally found a way to feed the creative beast.
After deciding to make photography the focus of my career I packed up my camera and headed out to Montana for photography training at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. There I honed my technical abilities, but I have also worked as an assistant to many of the best photographers to fine tune my craft and business.
My photography has a strong graphic quality that draws on my formal art training, my technical expertise, and my experience as an art director and coordinator. I approach every new project with a desire to clearly demonstrate my client’s design intent in a collaborative fashion. Understanding that coming away with great images is the desired result, I aim to make the entire work experience as smooth as possible for all involved.
Working as a professional photographer since 2005, I support clients with projects in the Washington DC area and beyond.
All images © 2005-2019 John Cole