jovelle tamayo

I am an independent documentary photographer, filmmaker, and journalist available for work in Seattle and beyond. I am also an FAA Part-107 licensed drone pilot.

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 co-managed the Foundation’s social media presence during 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.

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.


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

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, National Geographic online, CURE Magazine, STAT News, Public Radio International’s The World, Education Week, The Rolling Stone

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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