Commercial Photography

Randolph Community College Photography Alumni Spotlight: Joey Seawell

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Photo by Joey Seawell

Joey Seawell graduated from Randolph Community College in 2004, majoring in the Commercial Photography concentration. Joey first found his interest in photography when he started taking pictures of his friends doing crazy tricks on their BMX bikes. When Joey attended the photography program, he interned at Widner Creative (now called the White Orange Productions) and at Exum Photo. Since Joey graduated, he has started a family, traveled many places, learned a lot about business and has photographed many, many people. He most recently traveled to Kauai, “It is the most amazing place I have ever seen. Truly magical.” Joey mainly focuses on lifestyle advertising projects and shoots with small dslr cameras and medium format cameras to capture still projects. For motion projects, he uses dslr cameras and also cinema cameras. His favorite projects so far have been his travel and southern culture projects. “I love meeting new people and documenting the culture around my home in the south.” Joey’s most challenging experience has been saying no to a job, sometimes a certain job just doesn’t work with everyone, even when it is really hard to walk away from it. Every day the list of things he would like to accomplish grows and grows. “I feel that I am on the right track.  The dream was to graduate and make a living with my camera; so far I’m living the dream.”

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Joey Seawell

 Story by Zoe Zielinski, Class of 2015

As part of the Journalism class the Photojournalism students are required to take, the students interviewed and wrote a short profile story on a Randolph Community College Photography Program graduate. We will feature a new profile each month over the next year.

RCC Photography Alumni Spotlight: Stacey Van Berkel

Stacey Van Berkel graduated from Randolph Community College in 2003 with a degree in Commercial Photography. Stacey is from Canada and heard about RCC by word of mouth and how great the photography program was.

When asked about her time at RCC Stacey stated   “I worked really hard. I was there from opening until they kicked me out at 10:00pm.” One of Stacey’s favorite things about the program was seeing all of the visiting artists and photographers who came to the school.

One of the many things that helped her become successful in her career was having the access to all of the equipment that RCC has to offer to their students. All three photography majors make you go through one or two internships during your second year. Stacey interned with Joyce Tenneson and Dasha Wright, both internships were in New York. During her time with Joyce, Stacey said that she and other interns helped Joyce work on a book called “Flower Portraits.” They also photographed Norah Jones at the Polaroid Studio in New York.

Today, Stacey is enjoying her career. “It is a very competitive and challenging career,” said Stacey. Her career has allowed her to travel all over the world. She is currently working on a personal production of a fashion shoot and three catalogs for Bernhardt Furniture.

Stacey has won many awards, including six Addy Awards as a student. She also won a National Magazine Award in 2009. “I’m really grateful for my time at RCC and for the continuing relationship with faculty and students,” Stacey adds,” It was a life changing experience for me.”

Stacey Van Berkel

Story by Carol Anne Simchik, Class of 2015

As part of the Journalism class the Photojournalism students are required to take, the students interviewed and wrote a short profile story on a Randolph Community College Photography Program graduate. We will feature a new profile each month over the next year.