Robert Olding

Robert Olding

Director of Photography at Studio Eight
Minneapolis, United States

About me

Growing up in Southwestern Idaho, my access to the arts and culture were limited mostly to TV and radio with the occasional foray into macrame and sewing.  I had a great love for all things creative and was generally thought of as an all around weird kid.  I kept busy by enlisting my 5 brothers and sisters to star in my various attempts at film making.  My version of Grease is legendary amongst a handful of people living in Idaho.  I pursued music and enjoyed many years playing drums with various local bands.  

After initially thinking I was going to be a rock star, I took a photography class as an elective.  The moment I developed my first role of film, I was hooked.  I refocused my passion and eventually graduated from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.  I have lived and worked in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago.  I’m currently settled in Minneapolis.  I spend my free time watching my seven year old daughter grow up and wishing I could be seven again too.


Director of Photography
Studio Eight
United States
July 2014 - Present (6 years 11 months)
Head of Visual Content
United States
April 2014 - June 2014 (2 months)
Lead Groupon’s creative services department in establishing the facilities and processes required to create new original photographic and video content.
Art Director - Studio Services
Sears Holdings Corporation
United States
October 2012 - August 2013 (10 months)
Member of a new 8-person marketing team developed for SHC's commercial photo studio. Led new team in brand development. - Produced the creative content for over 40 different client pitches and presentations, 6 in-house presentations, 20 portfolios, 12 email campaigns, and 12 department newsletters within a 9-month period.
Photography Manager - Studio Services
Sears Holdings Corporation
June 2011 - October 2012 (1 year 4 months)
At studio startup, managed a staff of 9 photographers and 5 assistants. Established workflow to produce high volume of work in very short-time period. Laid the groundwork for processes by which imaging would be created, and refined those processes as studio developed. Established process, rates and terms for hiring freelance talent.- Within first 45 days, team was producing 3K photographs per month. Delivered the department criteria needed to initiate a 25K sq. ft. building expansion to bring total building space to 65K sq. ft. - Sourced new vendors and secured $1.2M of photo and video equipment to enable twice the volume of still imagining and offer video-production services, saving $360K. - Developed creative team by hiring art directors, photographers, stylists and assistants.



May 1987 - April 1990 (2 years 11 months)

Film and Television

1983 - 1986 (3 years)
Broadcast media arts program with additional work in photography and music.

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