California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, California, Sunday, March 27, 2011. (photo by Pico van Houtryve)
Based in Sacramento, multimedia photographer Frederico "Pico" van Houtryve tells visual stories in a classic 35 mm style with the latest Nikon digital SLR cameras.
Pico specializes in photographing people and documenting events, such as weddings, births and engagements, as well as editorial and commercial photography, including sports, public relations, advertising, and portraits.
Pico's strength is his ability to create images that speak to the mind and inspire the soul.
An award-winning former staff photojournalist at three California newspapers, including the San Francisco Examiner, Grass Valley's The Union, and Roseville's Press-Tribune, Pico worked full-time as an editorial photographer from 2000 to 2008.
Since 1998, Pico has been a professional member of the National Press Photographers Association; he subscribes to the NPPA's Code of Ethics and Best Business Practices.
With more than a decade of experience as a professional freelance photographer, Pico is ready for any assignment.
Each assignment is a collaboration with his clients--carefully planned, evaluated and priced fairly--on a case-by-case basis. Pico's clients include the US Secretary of Labor, Associated Press, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, People, The Progressive Farmer, Nike, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Perry Creek Winery and Bella Pictures, to name a few.
Former CNPA judge and a member of the Eddie Adams Workshop Black Team, Pico regularly mentors photography students, interns, assistants and apprentices.
Pico's communication skills have enhanced his career as an educator.
Pico teaches high school photography, English, French and Drama at Charter University Prep (formerly Charter Smith Flat).
Founder of the Gold Country Field Hockey Association in 2004 Grass Valley, California, Pico continues to volunteer as a field hockey coach and referee in Davis.
Pico is available for assignments, workshops and teaches private lessons in photography.
A US Junior National Team member from 1990-1992 and bilingual in French, Pico spent two years playing Division I field hockey while studying and working in Brussels, Belgium before returning to California in 1994.
Pico has two degrees from San Francisco State University: a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a Photojournalism emphasis (1998) and a Master of Arts in International Relations (2007).
In 2011, Pico completed a Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Education as well as California teaching credentials in English, French and Career Technical Education (CTE) at National University. Take advantage of Pico's experience, insight and talent to tell your story, today.
Pico's passion is making lasting images and lifelong friends with his clients.
Please feel free to contact Pico, personally, to photograph what is most dear to you.
As your photographic guide and mentor, Pico is ready to help document your next journey.
Stefan Tscheppe hosts a harvest festival at Perry Creek Winery in Fair Play, CA, Sept. 2008 (Pico van Houtryve)
Pico photographed our wedding on October 10th, 2009. He met with us and saw the site on his own time and had great ideas for pictures that I would never have thought of. He cataloged our day beautifully; there was no big event or small occurrence that he did not capture. Pico was a very personable and careful photographer. His work will be with us for the rest of our lives and we will cherish every image that he produced on our special day. - wedding client Leslie Stromgren, November 13, 2009.
Daily newspapering is front-line work with tight
deadlines, impossible demands and constant stress. Pico is a
photographer I trust on that line. - Adriel Hampton, September 18,
2008 (managed Pico at the San Francisco Examiner)
Pico has a deeper, more researched understanding of photography than most other photojournalists. When Pico looks at a picture he sees much more than just a picture. He is seeing geometry, aesthetics, symbolism, light, and the moment in the situation he is in. He uses these elements to share his insights of the world he sees and surprises people with his unique perspective of normal everyday moments. - photographer Nader Khouri, August 18, 2008 Pico has a great ability to capture a moment, even the ones you might miss. He's able to approach complete strangers and make them feel comfortable enough to get that perfect image. His photojournalistic style translates beautifully in his images, and you get a good feeling of the moment and the event! Pico's very reliable, comes with over a decade worth of experience, and is personable! I HIGHLY recommend him. - Rose-Stella Ahmed, August 10, 2008
Intuit CEO Brad Smith gives US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis a tour of the product usabilty lab at Intuit headquarters in Silicon Valley, California, Thursday, April 21, 2011. (photo by Pico van Houtryve)
Lance Armstrong earns 10th place with a 4'37 minute time trial during the prologue to the Tour of California in downtown Sacramento, California, Saturday, February 14, 2009. (photo by Pico van Houtryve)