About Me

Thanks for your interest! I’m a Los Angeles, California based editorial and corporate photographer handling assignment work for some of the world’s leading publications including Time, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, People, National Geographic Traveler, Newsweek, Chronicle of Higher Education and Twoj Style to name a few. I have also worked with some of the nation’s leading non-profits including AARP, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Public Radio and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. To see examples of my published work, please click here.

I have been represented by Aurora Photos since 1998. My work incorporates portraits, sports, news, and documentary subjects. I have also fulfilled advertising and corporate work for Target Corporation, General Motors and SVI Holdings, Inc.

My work has been exhibited multiple times in the U.S., France and Spain. Fourteen of my images from my long term immigration project reside in the permanent collection at the California Museum of Photography.

As one of my mentors is fond of saying, teaching is the highest form of learning. With that in mind, I’m pleased to have also worked for many years as a part-time, adjunct professor teaching photojournalism and visual communications at California State University, Northridge and Digital Photography at UCLA. My experience in freelance contract issues and familiarity with industry standard licensing practices led me to be hired as a expert witness providing information pertaining to copyright and licensing standards in court proceedings.

I believe strongly in providing personal service, so feel free contact me with any questions or comments.

(Photo: Todd Bigelow on assignment for Sports Illustrated shooting Olympian Ryan Hall training in the Eastern Sierras. © Gerard Burkhart)

The most important element in a relationship between a photo editor and photographer is trust. When a photo editor picks up the phone and assigns a photographer, they have already placed their faith in the photographer’s ability to come home with the goods. There has yet to be an assignment in the close to twenty years of my relationship with Todd Bigelow where he didn’t come home with the goods.

He is fully aware of what his client needs. Not only does he deliver but he will give the client something extra. There have been many photographs that Todd has taken on his own during an assignment that were far superior to those he was instructed to shoot.

—-James K. Colton, Picture Editor, Sports Illustrated, (Former Director of Photography, Newsweek)


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