Donut holes

Milton Quality Bakery

I recently had the pleasure of taking photos for local favorite Milton Quality Bakery. Family owned for decades and renowned for their donuts, they were just voted the sweetest bakery in Florida! For the second time in a row! Well deserved, their donuts are seriously delicious. They’ve got a delightful texture, more substantial than my guilty pleasure from a certain famous national donut chain. To go with their continuing success, they wanted new photos for marketing. They’re running more Instagram ads and needed something to really grab users’ attention. In comes me and my experience as a food photographer these … Read more

Women holding up wine glasses

Pensacola Beach Art and Wine Festival

As some of you heard, I suddenly had to make the switch to freelancing last week. While it’s a frightening leap it’s something that I had been thinking about the last couple months. While I’ve tried to prepare for it, there are still a bunch of uncertainties, and I’m so thankful for all the support I’ve gotten these last few days. Doors are opening up and I’m eager to be working with the wonderful creative community that has been prospering in Pensacola. One door that opened was the opportunity to photograph the Art and Wine Festival, hosted by the Pensacola … Read more

Full Time Food Photography

It’s been over a year since I started working for Waitr. First as a contractor, now as a full-time employee. Back in school we had a couple food photography assignments, but I never thought I was going to be pursuing it as a career. Maybe as a side-gig, I had done a couple professionally prior to Waitr. Gotta accept what work you can get as a photographer around here. But here I am, a full-time food photographer. And it’s a blast. The shoots themselves are a bit different than your typical food photoshoots though, with the goal being to photograph … Read more

Bobby van Deusen – Portraits

Now that I’ve finished working on my site, I can finally get back to writing blog posts once every six months. I recently had the chance to work with local jazz pianist Bobby van Deusen. He got in touch with me over Facebook after seeing the headshots I had done for one of his acquaintances, saying he needed some done for him as he is starting a nationwide tour soon. Gotta look good when you’re playing in the big leagues! Having performed in Pensacola and the surrounding area for a couple decades now it’s nice to see a local musician … Read more

Shoot for the Stars

Sometimes when you shoot for the stars, you land back here on earth in the middle of a thunderstorm with lightning crackling everywhere you look. I’ve been wanting for a while to give astrophotography another shot; I wasn’t quite satisfied with the results from last time. Part of it was my camera not being sensitive enough in low light, part of it was making a couple mistakes the first time. So when the last new moon came around, I went back out to Pensacola Beach to photograph the stars. While the weather forecast was uncertain, I had hopes it would … Read more

Air Design Headshots

I was recently hired last-minute to do headshots for a local business here in Pensacola – Air Design. Along with video of several employees singing their identifying jingle for use in a commercial, they wanted headshots for use in their digital ads. Web banners and the like. After my dad, Florida Production Group, video-taped an employee they were sent to me for their impromptu photoshoot. Taking into consideration setup and tear-down, I had about an hour to shoot nearly a dozen staff over two locations at the facility – hectic, to say the least. But I got it done. You … Read more

Quick Tip – Group Layer Masks

Do you look at your Photoshop files in horror? Well don’t worry, in my experience most people have trouble when it comes to digital organization. Despite my years in Photoshop, my editing process is still quite messy and files don’t always make sense if I look at them just a couple days later. I forget to rename my layers so I have to turn them on and off to see what’s what, which makes me realize I don’t even know what some of them do other than if I mess with them it will ruin the entire image. But through … Read more

Sunset behind boats docked at Palafox Wharf

Photoshop Edit – Palafox Wharf

As Palafox Pier is one of the best spots in Pensacola to catch a sunset, I’ve been to take photos several times. I even entered a school contest sponsored by Jaco’s where the restriction was photos taken on the pier. Until the other day however, I was never able to get down onto the wharf where the boats are harbored. I was invited in by a lovely couple that owned the quaint sailboat you see in the foreground of my image. It was so much better taking photos from down near the boats instead of behind the fence that is … Read more

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival 2016

This year’s annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival was this past weekend. It was my first time going, even my first time in Foley, but I was pleasantly surprised. The traffic was a little out of control, but both the town and the event were quaint and interesting. Besides the obvious attraction from which the festival gets it’s name, there were arts and crafts, food vendors, a carnival, and various other minor events. Unfortunately I got got there rather later than I had planned so I didn’t get to enjoy much of these other offerings before they started setting … Read more

Nik Collection – First Impressions

Critically acclaimed photo editing collection NIk has recently been made free to download. I had been keeping my eye on it for a while but it never appeared to offer much that I couldn’t do already in Photoshop and Lightroom. Especially since Google has bought it out they haven’t done much with it besides cut the price. Now that it costs nothing to try, I can give it a spin and see if I’ve been missing out on anything. Time to see if the suite lives up to expectations. It’s a pretty extensive suite of software so I won’t be … Read more