Capitol Communicator is running “Up Close and Personal” profiles of communicators in the mid-Atlantic. In this profile we feature Jeff Campagna. Photography for the series is by award-winning Cade Martin, wardrobe styling by Pascale Lemaire and Sybil Street for THE Artist Agency; and hair and makeup by Patti D Nelson, Janice Kinigopoulos and Lori Pressman for THE Artist Agency.
Jeff, please provide us a short bio.
I’m a photo editor at Smithsonian magazine, and I’ve been there since 2004. We can cover things from C-3PO, to grizzly bears, to the pyramids, which keeps things interesting. I love collaborating with imaginative photographers at work and playing piano and guitar at home when I’ve got the time. And I may be addicted to Instagram.
Are you involved in any other organizations?
I do photography portfolio reviews for different organizations, like Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) and International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), but you know, this is a good reminder that I need to follow through and volunteer more!
What is the things you are most proud of?
Professionally, I’m very proud of the extremely creative work my colleagues and I do at Smithsonian magazine each month. And personally, I’m immensely proud of my wonderful wife, who just made a bold career switch from lobbyist to pastry chef. Naturally, I’m her official taster.
Who are your personal role models?
I have to say my role models were my parents. I admire them for working hard without complaining and always finding time for me. And I’m glad they made me practice the piano.
Did your parents offer you advice that helped you in your career?
I can’t recall any specific piece of advice, just that they instilled a general sense of responsibility, and encouraged me to learn about a wide range of subjects. Though I do remember my dad giving me a copy of “Dress for Success” when I got out of college so I could be as stylin’ as possible.
What professional advice do you have for others?
Be punctual, responsible and kind.
What’s on your Spotify and Pandora playlists?
No Spotify or Pandora for me, but I’ve recently been rocking out to some Beastie Boys, Mark Richter and The Strohs on my iPod Classic.
What’s your favorite restaurant?
I’m originally from New Jersey, so my wife will tell you I’m a bit of a pizza fanatic. I love Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana out in Gaithersburg. It’s an hour away for me, but their margarita pizza with the chewy yet charred crust is oh-so-worth it.
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
My cat is my alarm clock.