My role is to be the observer, the curator of visual moments. I’m not there to make moments, I’m there to capture them.

My name is Cliff Etzel and I'm a Pacific Northwest regional award winning photojournalist specializing in family, wedding and end of life documentary photography.

Cliff Etzel - Eugene Oregon ocumentary Photographer

I've lived in Eugene, Oregon since 1970 where I went to school, got married and raised two amazing children who are now adults themselves. I was bitten by the photo bug at the age of 15 when I was given two cameras while in high school. From that moment, I knew that my career path had been chosen. I didn't choose the career, it chose me.

My passion to document the lives of everyday people hasn't diminished even after all these years.

What I create for my clients

Cliff Etzel wedding & family documentary photographer based in Eugene Oregon

I'm passionate about the work I create for my clients and I'm constantly searching for those unfolding moments that shows deep empathy for my subjects, documenting the topics of birth, death, day to day family life, life celebrations such as weddings, homelessness and the other aspects that are a part of the human experience.

I prefer to shoot stills (my true passion - especially in black and white), but I can also shoot video, record audio and utilize text and other interactive content for imparting information. Most of all, what I bring to your project is compassion, sensitivity and experience as a documentary photographer and storyteller with over 30 years of professional working experience.

When I'm done with your project, what you'll have is a story. Your story.

Read what others have said about the quality of my work here

Cliff is based in Eugene, Oregon but tells stories throughout the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. & Worldwide.

I'm a member of the
Eugene Oregon Family Documentary Photographer Cliff Etzel is a member of the FPJAFamily Photojournalism Association

Past Accomplishments & Awards

  • 1992:  1 of 100 out of 847 applicants accepted to the Eddie Adams Workshop attending as a member of the “Green Team”. While there, I was 1 of 15 special merit award winners for my work while attending the workshop. This award resulted in the publication of a photo documentary project I had shot over the course of 18 months.
  •  1993:  Society of Professional Journalists (Willamette Valley Chapter) – 1st place Photo Page, Third place each for Feature Photos and Sports Photography
  • 1994:  Society of Professional Journalists (Willamette Valley Chapter):  2nd place – Best feature photo.