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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. 

Client list include but not limited to;
Nike, Skechers, Oiselle, The PAC12 Network, Portland Track, Beynon Sports, Runner2Runner, Canadian Running Magazine, Sports Camp of America, University of Washington athletic programs, University of Oklahoma, University of Arkansas, University of Portland, University of Utah, University of Alaska,  Arizona State University, University of Victoria, San Francisco State University, Azusa Pacific University, Pacific University, Simon Fraser University, Long Beach State, Oregon Sports Authority Foundation.

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