Colin Stanley Hovde


I have been working as a theater director and producer for the last 15 years. My eye and focus as a photographer has been shaped through the lens of theater, and the need to capture powerful moments of conflict and connection to convey story in a single image. 

Theater has limited light, no opportunity for flash, and it is fast paced. Due to this, I have honed a ‘photojournalistic’ aesthetic.  I am always more interested in the photos that do not use a flash and the photos that do not look like they have been touched up in Photoshop. You can see this from my photos of theater, opera and dance, as well as my portraits and actors headshots.

Aesthetically I love photos that have grit and grain over photos that are perfectly sharp and without blemishes. I feel that our blemishes and scars make us who we are and they should be celebrated and captured not cleaned up and hidden. 

If you like my work, I would love to chat about covering your performance, event or wedding, or about capturing a new portrait or headshot. 



Arena Stage
Studio Theatre
Folger Theatre
Round House Theatre
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Maryland Opera Studio
Urban Arias
Signature Theatre
Theater Alliance
Theater J
Mosaic Theatre Company
Washington Stage Guild
Rorschach Theatre
Keegan Theatre
WSC Avant Bard
The Hub Theatre
1st Stage at Tysons Corner
Anacostia Playhouse
Spooky Action Theatre Company
Washington Improv Theatre
Longacre Lea
Metro Stage
Cultural DC
dog & pony dc
Faction of Fools
Taffety Punk
Factory 449
Solas Nua
No Rules Theatre Company
The Source Festival
The Madeira School
Catholic University of America
University of Maryland
American University