A photographer since 1983, Vickie has shot over 150 portrait assignments for People magazine, including Presidents, Congressmen, Olympic athletes, celebrities and her favorite–every day heroes.
Her special niche has been capturing heart-warming moments in the toughest situations, and she’s shot everything from documentaries on Neo-nazi skinheads to open heart surgeries to refugees in Central America. Vickie was approached by The National Geographic Image Collection to have exclusive representation of her images, and in 2012, Vickie signed a contract with them. If you would like to buy photographs for commercial use, please email for contact information. If you would like a print for your personal collection, you may contact Vickie directly.
Vickie Lewis, professional photographer based in Portland, Oregon metro area has photographed assignments for many publications including People, Parade, National Geographic World, Stern, Fortune and the New York Times.
Award-winning professional photographer
In addition to her numerous first place awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year Awards and Society of Newspaper Design, she has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received the Roy Howard Award for Public Service in Journalism.
Vickie worked with the Women in Military Service of America and the Association of the United States Army to produce a book called, “Side-by-Side: A Photographic History of American Women in War.” Vickie and her book were featured on MSNBC, Lifetime television and she moderated a panel discussion about women in the military featured on CSPAN book TV. “Side-by-Side” was also featured in many print publications, including People and Life Magazine. (more about
Vickie served as Co-President of the Washington, DC chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers, as a mentor at the Washington, DC Women’s Business Center, and has created numerous programs including weekend events for photographers and retreats for business owners. She has a Masters Degree in Visual Communications from Ohio University and a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Business from Oregon State University.
Vickie began her career as a newspaper photographer, first as a staff photographer at the Des Moines Register, and then at The Albuquerque Tribune. While at the Tribune, she served as graphics director and oversaw the re-design of the newspaper.
While at the Tribune, she met Sage Volkman, a five-year-old burn victim. The little girl was scarred, without a nose, ear, eyelids, left with just three fingers, but what remained was an incredible spirit. Touched by that spirit, Vickie spent a year documenting her recovery. The photos were featured in a special 12-page section and received international attention and acclaim. “The Story of Sage” was reproduced in prominent magazines around the world and inspired many individuals and businesses to support this courageous girl in many ways.
A team of plastic surgeons in New York saw the story in People magazine and donated their time to perform dozens of reconstructive surgeries; Marriott hotels contacted the family and offered free rooms to the family whenever they traveled; Apple computers rushed the development of voice recognition technology to assist the fingerless girl in school. Her story inspired loving responses from around the world.
Ms. Lewis has a remarkable ability to see the beauty in her subjects and capture that essence in her images. The recognition gained from her remarkable coverage of Sage propelled her into taking pictures for magazines for most of the 1990s. Experiencing life through the lens of a camera is exciting and fun, as well as demanding. In 2000, Vickie made the decision to put the cameras away and travel, wanting to add a different dimension to her pictures. With new insight, renewed inspiration and a different way of seeing, in 2008, she picked up her cameras again, creating pictures in a brand new way.