Hal Goodtree was born in a log cabin in New York City. Okay, it wasn’t a log cabin.
Hal began his career in 1981 at Benton & Bowles in New York, producing TV commercials for P&G, Burger King and General Foods.
As an independent producer, he went on to work for the National Football League, The New York Times and with James Earl Jones for Bell Atlantic. His work was awarded a 1996 Emmy (NY Mets), 1996 Caples (Bell Atlantic) and a 2002 Cannes Advertising Lion.
Hal left television in 2006 to pursue a full-time career as a writer and photographer. He began Goodtree & Co, Inc. in 2008 and launched CaryCitizen in 2009.
Hal has photographed rock stars, politicians, farmers, business leaders and professional athletes. See also Clients & Accreditations.
I like to use my experience from filmmaking when I shoot photographs. I’m a documentarian more than anything else, with, let’s say, an unusual sense of composition.
Father & Musician
Hal is a 1976 graduate of Montclair Kimberley Academy and has a 1980 B.A. in History from Rutgers University. In his spare time, he plays bass in A Fifth of Blues. Hal lives in Cary, NC with his wife Lindsey Chester and their two daughters.