Matthew Rakola (né Hakola) was raised in a small college town in Maine, the son of two professors. Growing up in a university environment gave him ample opportunity to make mischief but with enough wicked smaht people around that he probably should have known better.
He became a photographer to meet interesting people and find himself in unusual places. This mostly satisfies his natural curiosity about the world and the folks who call it home.
He gets to live just outside of DC with his beautiful and very patient wife, Betsy, and their freakin' adorable son, Alex.
Great Hill Partners
lms creative branding + advertising
National Geographic Publishing
National Parkinson Foundation
American Photographic Artists (chair of DC chapter); DC Advertising Club; American Society of Picture Professionals; University Photographers Association of America.