Garrett is an award-winning photographer with recognition from the prestigious National Press Photographers Association as well as the White House News Photographers Association (which landed him in the Oval Office, where he fist-bumped the president). These honors have given him a national platform to teach others about the essence of visual storytelling and the art of this craft. The real gift, though, has been delivered to some of the most difficult places on Earth, where Garrett has seen his work bring relief and partnership.
Garrett is thankful for the trust he receives from those who invite him to tell their stories and is grateful for the many mentors and friends who have invested in his life story. He loves Jesus, his wife, and his neighbors. When he’s not working or celebrating life with Allison, he can be found blazing through the woods on his mountain bike with a huge child-like grin on his face.
Garrett earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with an emphasis in Accounting at the University of California Santa Barbara. In his desire to live a better story, he spent the summer after graduation in the townships of South Africa to help people living with HIV and AIDS, poverty, alcoholism – and, really, hopelessness. Upon his return — having received far more than he gave — Garrett used his amateur photographs to raise awareness and funds for the beginnings of a community development project that would help his new friends in South Africa. People back home were moved by the images, which made him realize that he could use photography to motivate others.
Garrett followed his calling, which took him to one of the top photojournalism schools in the country, Brooks Institute of Photography in California. Upon graduation, he interned with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and the Naples (Fla.) Daily News before being hired full-time for the Naples paper. A few years later he was offered his dream job at USA TODAY, just outside of Washington, D.C. After four years, three continents, hundreds of national stories, myriad rewards and countless frequent flyer miles, his life took a whole new direction after he found his bride, Allison. A year later they decided it was time for a new adventure and start their own storytelling company. Together, they launched Garrett Hubbard Studios which continues his wedding story photography and expands in the enterprise sector with personal and powerful visual storytelling for companies and not-for-profit organizations.
The Hubbards live in Reston, Virginia, (a suburb of Washington D.C.), but they are convinced that their love of avocados, Mexican food, and the outdoors has granted them honorary residency in the state of California. They live life by loving and serving in their own community. Most recently, the Hubbards went to Haiti to listen, learn and help raise money to build a house for a woman in a tent city. The Hubbards continue to seek out ways to live a story worth telling.