I am a freelance cinematographer and writer in Connecticut.

Spot me at a cafe hunched over a laptop with a camera wrapped around my neck or with the latest book about lighting and composition at my side. I am a total nerd when it comes to books; ask me to prove it and I’ll whip out ASC’s American Cinematographer Manual (volumes I and II).

In 2017, I graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington with bachelor’s degrees in Broadcast Media and Writing. During my time at the University, I worked under the wing of the University’s photographer and videographer, interned at a production for SyFy, and produced videos and shorts with members of the Spokane film community.

Less than a month after graduating, I drove across the country to the small town of Storrs, Connecticut to move in to the attic of an old silk mill. I had no potential job opportunities, hardly any money, or any idea of what the East Coast was like at all. The one time I had left the West Coast prior to this trip was a 35-day study abroad program in England. I thought Connecticut and Vermont were interchangeable. Why I moved? Because a smart woman needed to pursue her Ph.D. and we were not about to let our ambitions break us apart.

Seven months passed. I worked as a video producer at a web-based media company during the day and edited at night for clients across the New England area. By December, the workload had worn me down. I wanted to be behind the camera outside the studio. So I quit. I went freelance and have been working freelance since then as a director of photography, camera operator, and editor on various corporate and narrative-based projects.

I fill in the downtime between video projects with event and real estate photography. I also do photography consulting with the University of Connecticut.

What is my style? Technical proficiency, meaning having the capability of properly exposing the image and composing the shot to match the director’s vision.

If you want to get in touch, send me an email at evan@evanaolson.com