Sean Thonson




I grew up—quite literally—with a camera in my hands. My father taught graphic design and photography at Humboldt State University, and at a very young age I took advantage of his knowledge (and his dark room) to begin a lifelong study of light and composition. My passion led me to a degree from Art Center College of Design and on to a successful career as a photographer and then as a director/cinematographer.
I love telling stories visually and capturing images that are both iconic and personal. Throughout my career I have directed spots for virtually every automaker in the world and a very diverse group of advertisers and their products.

Extreme sports and an ongoing exploration of the great outdoors are a big part of my lifestyle. My understanding of light and ability to shoot action in nature is earned from experience. I love what I do. I think it shows.