jovelle tamayo (she/her/siya)

I am an independent documentary photographer available for photo and video assignments in Seattle, the Philippines and beyond.

Since 2016, I’ve taught photography and filmmaking to youth with Reel Grrls, Coyote Central, the Northwest Film Forum, the Seattle International Film Festival and The Everyday Projects. I’m also a part-time journalism lecturer at the University of Washington.

I am a founding member of the Authority Collective, a network of women, non-binary and transgender image-makers of color. We aim to build community and share resources, and hold industry leaders accountable.

Previously, I covered daily news and sports at the Yakima Herald-Republic in Central Washington, the Valley News in Vermont/New Hampshire, and The Times Herald-Record in New York’s Hudson Valley through the Dow Jones News Fund. In 2013, as a Digital Media Work Scholar at Aperture Foundation, I managed the Foundation’s social media presence and supported the relaunch of Aperture Magazine. I graduated with a degree in political science from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where I served as editor-in-chief and photography editor of The Daily Targum, the nation’s second-oldest college newspaper.

Select Publications & Clients

Publications: The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The New York Times, the Intercept, NPR, Bloomberg, Business Insider, U.S. News and World Report, CNN, San Francisco Chronicle, ESPN’s The Undefeated, BRIGHT the Mag, Audubon Society, Leafly, Buzzfeed News, NBC News, The Huffington Post, KUOW, Seattle Globalist, CNN, National Geographic online, CURE Magazine

Clients: AARP, The Atlantic, The Common Acre, DLR Group and the City of Portland, Gonzaga University, Henry Art Gallery, iDEKO, Kitsap Transit,, Non White Works, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders, Seattle Seahawks, The Sikh Coalition, Sundance Film Festival, T Brand Studio, Urban Bee Company

Currently in Seattle, Washington, USA.


Cell/WhatsApp: +17323227706
Globe (Philippines): +639959663774

Travel 2020
June 25-28: Detroit, MI

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