Oliver Pattison

documentary photography

I take pictures in a humanistic style for people who want a realistic document of their life or work.

I shoot in a quick and candid style, with subjects in their natural environments. I tend to take mostly unposed pictures, but I can also collaborate with you to create a scene or story. I am a careful editor who can help shape a narrative for you and deliver consistent results in a distinctive style.

Say hello and let me know what you’re looking for.

Oliver Pattison, a documentary photographer
  • view of the lake near Lake City
  • fog over snowy mountains near Lake City
  • a view of Garden of the Gods
  • scene from a photo walk in Old Colorado City
  • sillhouette of Oliver and Sapphie with Pikes Peak in the background
  • Oliver lifting Sapphie the dog by her life vest

More About Me

I live in Colorado Springs with my partner Jean and our dog Sapphie. Living here balances my love for being near the mountains alongside access to a city that has so many opportunities to connect with other people, go hiking and running, volunteer, and build community.

My Approach

I want to help you tell a story through honest and emotional photography, whether through a portrait or framing a small moment in your life or work. Types of clients include artists and craftspeople looking to demonstrate their work and process of creating, local organizations who want to showcase their mission through photography, and individuals or families wanting to document their lives.

current projects

I am working on a couple of active long-term documentary photography projects. If you have a connection to these stories or know someone who wants to collaborate as a subject or participant, please reach out to me by email, text, or call. The projects are:

Some samples appear on this site, but I have been working on these projects for a while, and can share more works in progress if you want to see where I am heading.