Noah Riffe | Photojournalist

Photo taken by:    Dylan Nadwodny

Photo taken by: Dylan Nadwodny

Hi, I'm Noah Riffe, I take photos of people and events that catch the attention of the public. I am a photojournalist that specializes in sports and action photography. I grew up in Seattle, Washington and Dallas, Texas which helped propel my career with many photo opportunities. I currently study journalism at Pennsylvania State University in Central Pennsylvania.

I have covered every level of competition from professional to recreational. Sports has always been a part of my life, from playing to watching I have an undying love for the game. Experience with playing soccer at the collegiate level has given me an upper hand in photographing the sporadic sport. The ability to understand the play and adapt to get the best shot makes me a good sports photographer.

I am extremely passionate about what I do and I aspire to do what I love at the highest level. There has never been a moment where I have doubted wanting to do this for the rest of my life. Being a journalist and documenting the human condition is in my blood. I love what I do, from getting drenched in the Seattle rain shooting soccer, to burning up in the Texas heat photographing a protest, it has been the most rewarding thing I have done.


Photo taken by:    Gina Hibbs

Photo taken by: Gina Hibbs

I have very little photographic know-how, so I can’t speak very intelligibly to the particulars of Noah’s skill behind the lens, except to say that his shots from MLS games were far more interesting than those available to us through USA Today. Noah was able to get up-close and personal (we called the resulting set “From the Sidelines,” due to the intimate and candid feeling of his photographs), and capture fun, enigmatic moments. As a contractor for us, Noah was friendly and professional. His work was on-time, and he was very communicative and agreeable.
— Brandon Bernard (Senior Digital Artist at The Topps Company)
When describing Noah Riffe, I think back to a quote from University of Connecticut women’s head basketball coach Gino Auriemma after a victory. A reporter asked Gino what was the difference in the game. “We had Dina (Taurasi) and they didn’t.”

The same can be said for the Sachse High School yearbook and Mustang Report in what helps to distinguish them from other similar entities. They have had Noah Riffe and other school’s haven’t. His exceptional photography, video shooting and editing skills are close to unparalleled in the 25 years I have been blessed to be in this business.

I would like to think you can teach the majority of students basic camera skills, but it is eye for seeing what others fail to see, which separates him from the overwhelming majority of his peers. It is akin to instincts on a superior athlete - something you know exists, but are not sure why.

Combine the above uncanny skills with an exemplary work ethic and superior intelligence, and you have an individual destined to do great things in life. I give him the highest recommendation possible.
— Jim Thrasher (Retired Sachse High School Publications Adviser)
Photo taken by:    Dylan Nadwodny

Photo taken by: Dylan Nadwodny

Noah Riffe is one of the most talented young professionals in the nation. As a sports photographer covering pro, collegiate and high school events and athletes, his work has appeared online and in print for such major sports media outlets as SB Nation, MaxPreps and Topps. I’ve personally known Noah for more than a decade and I’ve seen his creativity and talent grow steadily over the years. His passion for photography and videography is impressive and, quite simply, he has a great eye for capturing “the best shot.”

As a former TV news manager and producer for more than 30 years, I’ve hired hundreds of talented video and photo professionals across the country. The best of them have a certain combination of talent and energy. I believe Noah has that combination and he will continue to grow into one of the best sports photographers in the business.
— Steve Kraycik (Dir. Of Student Television / Asst. Teaching Professor – Penn State University)

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