artistis portraitThank you for your interest in my photography.  It has been a fun journey becoming a small business owner and it is because of people like you that I have been able to succeed in a very saturated market.  If you would like to learn how I got to where I am today please enjoy reading a little of my history.

I went to college at the University of North Florida and attained a Bachelors of Fine Art Degree in Graphic Design. A couple of electives proved to be an introduction to photography but it was many years before I would consider it anything more than a hobby. This despite my favorite professors attempts at steering me fully in that direction.

In 2004 I went to work for Disney and was (deep breath): A Lifeguard, “astro attendant” at Star Tours, Parade Puppeteer (Angel, Bird, Disc) at Tapestry of Dreams, Lifeguard, LG Coordinator, LG manager, Training Coordinator at 12 different hotels, “Castaway” on their private island in the Bahamas, Online Training IT fixer guy and Boat captain and Manager (600 passenger ferry boats plus a fleet of other vessels!). Working for Disney truly provided once in a life time opportunities simply not available elsewhere.

After 8 years of full time Magic Work I was ready for a new “independent” challenge.  I decided to return home with my wife Lydia and open up my own studio at the FJ Black Business center!

I joined my local guild (Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild aka TPPG) as well as the State and National organizations (FPP and PPA). I would later join the board of directors on both TPPG and FPP.  I started competing in local through national level competitions and even took home a couple top prizes! My images can be seen both in print and digital format over a wide range of subject matters.

After establishing a successful photography venture on my own I was invited to come work for the State of Florida as Governor Ron DeSantis’ personal photographer where I currently work full time.  I still shoot private client work and personal projects in the evenings and weekends when not traveling.

I think variety is key when working in an artistic realm.  If your looking for rich and dynamic imagery from a photographer who is quick in turn around and easy to work with I would love to speak with you!

~Steve

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