Spencer Selvidge is a freelance photojournalist based in Austin, TX who specializes in visual storytelling for editorial and non-profits as well as corporate photography services. 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 originally a self-taught photographer and first cultivated his skills while earning his B.S. in biology at Texas A&M University. He has since traveled extensively throughout North and South America, Australia, Europe and to Burundi, in central Africa.
After a short stint at a portrait studio post-undergraduate, Spencer went to graduate school and completed his M.A. in photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is enthralled with and devoted to respectfully 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.
Editorial work: New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, Texas Tribune, and the San Antonio Express-News.
Non-profit/NGO work: Project Amazonas, The Gazelle Foundation, F1 in Schools, TCEA, and the Center for Public Policy Priorities.
Other clients include: YETI, Zagat, Google, Aptus Engineering, RAND Corp. and The Burt Group among countless others.
Spencer was formerly a Photojournalist & Multimedia Producer for KUT News/KUTX Music FM in Austin, Tx and the staff photographer at STANDARD Magazine.
In 2014, Spencer was exhibited in Austin’s 2014 Slideluck Potshow, featuring his work with rural Texas healthcare, he had an image selected for the NatGeo YourShot Assignment: The Moment, and was selected for the 27th Annual Eddie Adams Workshop. In 2015, Spencer’s 9-Pin Bowling project was featured on Aphotoeditor.com’s The Art of the Personal Project. In 2016, Spencer was part of the team that won “Best Audio Slideshow” from the Society of Professional Journalists Award (SPJA) for Starstruck, a multimedia project.
Currently, Spencer is pursuing two personal projects: the visual essence of the Big Bend region of Texas and the ethical/biological conservation efforts via accredited zoos and aquariums.
Spencer uses professional-grade D-SLR cameras and lenses and various types of portable lighting equipment. Additionally, he uses 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.