Congratulations Jeff and Scott!
Photography and video production would not be what it is without its staff members. We have dedicated professional staff members and student staff members helping create the media you see around Miami.
Jeff Sabo, Director, University Photographic Services
Jeff’s passion for photography began in high school, working with black and white film. After high school, Jeff decided to attend the Ohio Institute of Photography and even had his own photo studio where he would photograph weddings, portraits and commercial work. After graduating from the Ohio Institute of Photography in 1984, Jeff began his career at Miami University as a Lab Technician. About a year later, Jeff was promoted to Photographic Production Technician, which would eventually lead him to his role as Director of University Photographic Services today.
Since then, Jeff’s photography has earned him several publications and awards. Jeff's photographs have been published in Sports Illustrated, Metropolitan Homes, American Craft, USA Diving, and the Ohio Journal of Science, just to name a few. He is also a recipient of the Dave Roberts Award For Service in 2012. Jeff, along with Senior University Photographer Scott Kissell, also won first place in the category of specialty books for their book “For Love and Honor” at the University Photographer’s Association of America.
Although he enjoys Dance Photography the most, here at Miami, his photographic assignments include aerial, architectural, commercial, and industrial photography, and cover such areas as photojournalism, scientific research, public relations, student and faculty portfolios, professional portraits and sports photography.
Through all the different events and photographic opportunities, Jeff says meeting and talking with people is one of the favorite parts of his job. Besides photography, Jeff enjoys the outside environment, especially being near the ocean.
Scott Kissell, Senior University Photographer
Scott has been a photographer at Miami University since March 2005. He arrived with 18 years of experience as a professional photographer and received his Bachelor of Science in Geography from Wright State.
Before coming to Miami, Scott worked at Wright State University as a Senior University Photographer from 1995–2000 and as a Photojournalist for the Springfield News-Sun from 1987–1995. During his professional career, he received numerous awards, including Wright State's prestigious President's Excellence Award in Service in 1999, one of his greatest accomplishments. While at the Springfield News-Sun, he won first place in the Associated Press awards for spot news and feature photography as well as a "Best of Cox" newspaper award for his news photography. Scott has also won several awards at the University Photographers Association of America conference including first place in the category of specialty books for his book “For Love and Honor” with colleague Jeff Sabo.
Scott’s passion for photography is seen in his work at Miami. He enjoys working at the university and loves being able to tell stories about Miami through photography. He especially enjoys the diversity of assignments because they always bring something new and challenging with them. Scott has an art studio in the Oxford Community Arts Center where he displays some of his personal work. He has open studio sessions in room 324 on the second Friday of the month, so make sure to stop by. You can also check out Scott's work at his website kissell.photoshelter.com
De'Niel Phipps, University Video Production Supervisor
As a 2008 Emmy Award Winner, seven-times-nominated cinematographer, and post-production editor, De'Niel Phipps has made his mark in the film and television industry for the past 14 years. He was first introduced to the business at age 13, helping produce his church's weekly television program. Having this opportunity while young charted the path that allowed him to follow his dreams.
Professionally, his rewarding film production credits include commercials for McDonalds, Nationwide Insurance, and Goodyear Tire, and such feature films as the Lions Gate production of "One For The Money," the Paramount Pictures film, "Fun Size," and the independent film, "BootTracks." He has also helped produce television programming for MTV's reality show, "MADE," ESPN, NBC, and a host of other media outlets. Independently, he produced the short film, "Everlasting," the documentary, "Revitalize Cooper Park," and music videos for various artists and genres.
His passion for the film and television industry has continued to drive him to new heights. He is always looking for a new challenge to create and market visually. He truly feels that through media you can reach, teach, entertain, and inspire people.
Omari Matlock, Video Production Assistant
Omari’s love for cinematography started out in middle school when his father handed him a video camera. Omari used the camera to create his first commercial, using G.I. Joes, and he knew the film industry was for him.
Omari is the newest member of our Digital and Emerging Media team. Before coming to Miami, Omari had several roles in the freelance film industry serving as an editor, writer, producer and director.
His passion for cinematography has lead him to film all kinds of genres. His favorite genres include Sci-Fi and Horror because they allow you to create fictional worlds and storylines making the possibilities for the film endless.
One of Omari’s proudest moments in the film industry was when he received the LLC to his company, “It symbolized my official entry into the film industry”. For more about Omari, you can visit his website.
Sabrina Stanifer, Administrative Assistant
Sabrina is another one of our new hires. She comes to us from Telecommunications and has been integral in developing new ideas, as well as helping with all our administrative tasks. Chances are she’ll be answering the phone when you call photo/video services!
Connor Moriarty, Student Photographer
Connor is a senior double majoring in Journalism and Comparative Studies major with a minor in Photography. After graduation, Connor hopes to find a job as a photographer for a studio or major publication. Connor has studied abroad in Eastern Europe where some of the photos he took placed in National Geographic amateur photography contests.
Sandra Mattingly, Student Photographer
Sandra is a junior majoring in Studio Arts. After finishing undergrad she hopes to attend graduate school, her area of study will most likely be in the studio studio arts. .
Angelo Gelfuso, Student PhotographerAngelo is a sophomore majoring in marketing with a minor in photography. After undergrad he hopes to continue his photography career and open up his own advertising and PR company. Fun fact is that Angelo received his first camera fifteen years ago!
Andrew Katko, Student Photographer
Andrew is a sophomore on the pre-med track majoring in Biochemistry. After undergrad he hopes to go to medical school and become a doctor. Andrew also does undergraduate research with Dr Crowder studying antibiotic-resistant bacteria.