About Spencer

Spencer Selvidge

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Spencer Selvidge is a freelance photojournalist and commercial photographer based in Austin, TX who specializes in visual storytelling, architecture, and food. A native of St. Louis, MO, he took his first photo at the age of 4 and spent many weekends throughout his childhood selling newspapers for the family business and taking pictures in Boy Scouts.

He is a self-taught photographer and first cultivated his skills as a photographer while earning his bachelor of science degree (B.S.) in biology at Texas A&M University. He has traveled extensively in the United States and Texas as well as throughout Costa Rica, Peru, Australia, and much of Europe.

After a stint at a portrait studio, Spencer returned to school and completed his masters degree (M.A.) in photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. He is enthralled with and devoted to capturing the individual essence of his subjects and locations – especially when he can impact a situation positively or create awareness via his skill set.

He looks forward to working with you to bring his creative energies and experience together with yours.

Spencer’s editorial work can be seen regularly at KUT.org/KUTX.org as well as in the Texas Tribune and the New York Times. Other editorial and commercial clients include: Zagat.com’s Austin food blog, Google Search, Eater.com, Structures P.E., and Burt Watts Industries. Spencer was formerly the staff photographer at STANDARD Magazine.

Currently, he is pursuing two personal projects: rural Texas healthcare and biological conservation efforts via accredited zoos and aquariums.


Spencer uses professional-grade D-SLR Canon cameras and lenses and various types of portable lighting equipment. Additionally, he uses a Fuji X100s, vintage and modified Polaroid LandCamera rangefinders, a mint Hasselblad 500C that is his favorite camera, and various old 35mm bodies and lenses… in his spare time.

However, he believes the camera is just a tool, a box that captures light. The brand or type matter very little compared to the thought that goes into using it.