jovelle tamayo

I am an independent documentary photographer, filmmaker, journalist, and FAA Part-107 licensed drone pilot based in Seattle, Washington, USA.  

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. 

As a co-founder and Board member of the Authority Collective, I help build community and opportunity for image-makers of color. I also serve on the Board of Directors of the South Seattle Emerald, which aims to amplify the voices of South Seattle. 

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.  I graduated with a B.A. in political science from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where I served as editor-in-chief and photography editor of The Daily Targum.


The Authority Collective, Women Photograph, Diversify Photo, National Press Photographers Association, Brown Girls Doc Mafia 

Photo Bill of Rights

Through my work with the Authority Collective, I’m proud to be one of 17 co-authors and a signatory of the Photo Bill of Rights. The Photo Bill of Rights brings attention to the pervasive issues surrounding health, safety, access, bias, ethics, and finance throughout the visual media industry and offers solutions to establish equitable standards through actionable steps. Visit to learn more and to sign the bill.

Select Publications & Clients

Publications: The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The California Sunday Magazine, The Marshall Project, the Intercept, NPR, TIME, 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, CURE Magazine, STAT News, Public Radio International’s The World, Education Week, The Rolling Stone

Non-Editorial Clients: AARP, Atlantic 57, T Brand Studio, 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, Urban Bee Company

Currently in Seattle, Washington, USA.*


Phone/Google Voice: +1‪(732) 456-6014

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My go-to video whenever I’m feeling blue — marching band kitties! 

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