My Roots


    SPM Photography wouldn't be possible without the support and upbringing that has surrounded me throughout my life.

    My dad returned to Boston from the Vietnam War with a Purple Heart. Without sufficient funds to reach his dream of seeing California he moved to Sanibel Island in 1969, where I was later raised in a cottage built in 1901 that he purchased in 1974 for $1.

    My Dad cut the home into three pieces and rode it on a flat bed truck from Captiva Island to Sanibel Island. He worked as a handy man on the island since I was a kid and began taking care of several homes for part time residents of Sanibel and Captiva Island. My mom, the oldest of eight children, was born in Buffalo, NY. She earned her under graduate degree in pre-med biology in 1973 from Canisius College in Buffalo. Unable to afford med school at that time, she's since juggled being an insurance agent, financial planner, sign painter, decorative painter, Mary Kay consultant and Zonta member. 

    Growing up in our island home, attending the Sanibel School and roaming around the islands since I was a kid helped me develop a strong relationship with the outdoors at an early age. As I matured I became more aware of nature's constant role in my spiritual and creative life. My intense appreciation and comfort level for the island lifestyle I had become accustomed to greatly influenced me when I was faced with the decision to move away for college. I wanted to live in a location that could offer something similar to the island I grew up on. I chose to attend the University of North Florida in 2007. The coastal environment of North Florida offered the most comfortable fit and I've been growing roots here ever since.

    I utilized photography and the digital imaging skills I learned at UNF for my bachelors degree in advertising, internships and as Photo Editor for the Spinnaker, a prized university newspaper. After graduating, I worked as a photo assistant for several years on commercial photography productions. A few notable national productions were for Infinity Car, Chase Banking, Budweiser, Microsoft, McDonalds and Panera Bread. I also worked routinely as a photo assistant to Jensen Hande, an award-winning commercial photographer with more than 20 years of experience.

    The entrepreneurial environment I grew up in made me realize it was time to break out completely on my own and the business changed direction in the spring of 2017. Since then, I have worked on my own projects from Naples, Florida to New York, NY. My commitment to delivering excellent service and a top-of-line work product continues to build.  My family (including my fiancee and dog child) provide business advice and moral support while we work diligently and enthusiastically to improve and fine tune SPM Photography.

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Clients We Work With  

Reneè Gaddis Interiors // Ficarra Design Associates

Dillman Studio // Gresham Smith // Fraser James Furniture

     DSAE, Inc.  //  Jacksonville Jaguars  //  Boral, Inc.

BBVA Compass  //  Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants 

Dan Hahn Custom Builders and Sanibel Design Center

Quality Enclosures  //  Turner's Custom Showers & Closets

  RSA Architects  //  Launch Pad  //  One Call Care Management

Butler Law Group  //  Optimist, Inc.  //  Aquifer Media

Hamilton Woodcrafters  //  Preservation Magazine // Designmind

Push Pin Studios  //  Rivercrest Reality Investors


Non - Profits  and  Organizations We Support

Welcoming America  //  HEAL Foundation  //  ASMP Pro Member

AIA Florida-Caribbean  //  AIA Jacksonville

Telvin Smith's Valdosta Game Changer Youth Day

The Heart Gallery of Jacksonville

Beaches Habitat For Humanity

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