Howard Lao ("How") is a photographer based in the Pacific Northwest with an emphasis on sports photography and the surrounding athletic lifestyle. Born and raised in Portland Oregon, he ran track at Cleveland High School and continued his athletic career by running at the University of Washington. 

Howard combines his unique background as a Division 1 athlete with his photography, capturing the essence of athletes and the moments that bring fans closer to the competition. He has provided coverage at events of all calibers from local elementary school events to World Championships (Beijing 2015, Portland 2016, London 2017) & the Olympic Trials. 

He is also a licensed insurance producer, and coaches elementary XC/Track and high school track. 

His work has also appeared in print such as The Seattle Times, and the Training Journal by Lauren Fleshman