“If you are doing it right, it’s like a walking meditation.”
Randy Wells was born March 3 in Cordova, Alaska to a ballet teacher and a commercial fisherman.
A Kodak photo contest winner at age 12, a motocross rider at 14, a certified scuba diver at 16, and an art student in Paris at 20, he later became an optometrist at age 25. Through it all. he remained influenced by the Magnum and National Geographic photographers he would later study with: Ernst Haas, Sam Abell and Alex Webb.
Early on, Randy was a pre-med student who established himself as a distinguished visual storyteller. Today he is celebrated for his problem-solving ability, even-handed professional approach, and meticulous craftsmanship in creating new and compelling imagery for the best in the business. Having photographed on every continent and in every U.S. state, he’s logged more than a half million miles on the road capturing America and its car collections in words and pictures.
His work has appeared in over 20,000 publications, including hundreds of covers. National Geographic Traveler, Outdoor Photographer, Road & Track, Sunset, 000, Excellence, and Panorama magazines are just some of them. His clients include American Express, AT&T, BMW, Boeing, CNN, Daimler AG, Filson, Ford, Heineken, IBM, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Nike, Porsche, and every major airline, hotel and cruise line.
Randy has been voted one of the 10 best photographers in the Pacific Northwest and his awards include American Photo, AR100, Communication Arts, HOW, Nature’s Best, Graphis, and Motor Press Guild. When he’s not photographing, Randy’s hobbies include vintage Porsches, films, vinyl/audio, tribal rugs, slot cars, and walking on the beach.
For custom automotive photography, video and writing, please contact Randy’s studio for one-stop marketing of your car. Based near Seattle and Los Angeles, Randy’s services are available worldwide. His bags are always packed!
For assignments, commissioned automotive fine art, films, and copywriting, please contact Randy’s studio.
“I can safely say that not only was working with you almost too much fun to be called work, it was also one of the highlights of my career.” – Daryn Henry, Art Director, Sudler & Hennesey
“In the relatively short time I have known and worked with Randy, he has proven to be a very talented and creative photographer, not to mention a gifted communicator. The creative interpretation of his subjects that he delivers to the viewer, provide imagery with a real sense of emotion. He has proven valuable in solving photographic challenges, has a fresh approach, and tackles his assignments in a very level-headed professional manner. Which is why we continue to work together, and why I look forward to doing so in the years to come.” – Richard Baron, Automotive Creative Director and Designer, PCA Panorama Magazine
“Randy has really made a name for himself in automotive photography. His understanding of the industry, the cars, and passion behind it all comes out in his photos. And he works incredibly hard to make sure it does. A real pro and our go to for automotive photography.” – Lori Randall-Scharmach, Public Relations, BMW Northwest
“Randy Wells has become one of my go-to photographers in making each issue of Porsche Panorama happen. I know Randy can be trusted to bring back a solid set of photos that tell the story and highlight the subject matter beautifully. That would be enough to make him an invaluable asset, but it’s his drive to stretch himself and bring back fresh angles as well as new lighting concepts that keep me impressed. Randy’s masterful composition creates a set of images that can be used by an art director to good effect, issue after issue. No two articles look the same, and many of our best multi-image openers have been inspired by Randy’s photo submissions.” – Pete Stout, Past Editor Excellence and PCA Panorama Magazine, Editor 000 Magazine.