Commercial Success in Florida

June 17 - September 20, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Exhibition Opening Reception


The Alumni Focus exhibition series is a biennial event at the Southeast Museum of Photography in which the Museum presents new work by distinguished alumni of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies - a consortium with Daytona State College and the University of Central Florida. Since the program's inception 50 years ago, graduates have taken their place among the nation's leading photographers. 

Co-curated by Dan Biferie, Photography Program Chair; Gary Monroe, Photography Professor; and Juliana Romnes, the Museum's Interim Director, this exhibition is a celebration of the accomplishments of 17 photographers that studied at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies between 1979 and 2009 and focuses on alumni that have made Central Florida their home- pursuing, excelling and succeeding in a myriad of commercial photography specializations, from architectural, portrait and wedding photography to fashion, travel and lifestyle.

The following photographers are represented:
Eric Deggans - NPR TV Critic
 2012 Todd Bates
1993 (Daytona State College)

Born the son of a photojournalist, Todd spent his formative years in front of the camera. He later realized he was far more comfortable behind the lens. Educated in photography, somehow Todd ended up in the world of graphic design. His experience includes over eight years in newspaper design, as well as another eight as a book designer. All the while, he has kept his passion for photography alive and kicking.


 Untitled Herb Booth
1982 (Daytona State College)

As a noted professional photographer for nearly 35 years, Herb Booth does much more than just create images. This third generation Sarasotian is a creative problem solver. As the photographer and owner of Booth Studio, Inc, Herb blends artistry, inspiration and technical capability to capture images that tell a story. His portfolio features photography for a broad range of clients and subjects, including food, large and small products, medical, corporate portraits, and architectural images. As an artist Herb utilizes photography, lighting and digital design to create images for the Booth Collection.


 Cultivated Mushrooms, 2005   Susan Bourgoin
1993 (Daytona State College)

Susan Bourgoin -- the photographer behind Visual Cuisines, leads the food industry with beautiful photography using the highest quality professional equipment. Susan has a lifelong passion for food and photography. As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, her experience as a professional chef and food stylist make her current career so successful. Visual Cuisines shoots for a long list of national and international restaurant chains, as well as numerous cookbook publishers and publications. Visual Cuisines is based in Orlando, FL.


 Amy Wegener, In Studio,  2011 Betsy Hansen
2005 (UCF-Daytona)

Betsy Hansen is a professional photographer based out of the New York and Orlando areas. Her work has been shown in magazines, ad campaigns, and on billboards for national & international clients such as Cigar Aficionado, Parade Magazine, The Times London, Wall Street Journal, and Family Circle Magazine. Over the past ten years, she has won numerous awards and is currently working on a new art exhibition of personal work.

Her clean commercial style, bountiful creativity and ability to adapt and think on her toes makes every shoot successful. She enjoys working with other creative professionals-- pulling different professional talents together to make an amazing final product. She is extremely observant with elements on a set, and has the patience of a nun. All of these elements blended together make for a fun, enjoyable experience on set.


 Ithica, New York, 2011
  Billy Joe Hoyle
1998 (Daytona State College)

Billy Joe Hoyle was featured in the March issue of Shutterbug Magazine as one of the top U.S. college photographers in 1998. Between 1991 and 2001 he photographed his travels throughout India and Pakistan. Upon returning to the U.S. in 2001, Hoyle moved to New York City where he spent the next ten years working as a professional photographer. Billy Joe Hoyle brought his documentary and journalistic style to the wedding world in 2004. His wedding work has been featured in the New York Daily News, New York Post, and Get Married Magazine. Hoyle's exhibitions include the Leica Gallery in New York and Gallery Kolle-Bolle in Lyon, France. Billy Joe Hoyle currently resides in Tampa, Florida.


 Guinness Cake, Publix Super-  markets, 2014
  Douglas Johns
1979 (Daytona State College)

Upon graduation Doug opened his first studio in the garage of his parent's real estate business. In the early years of his career, Doug shot just about everything from retirement community advertising campaigns to annual reports for companies in the aviation, energy and technology sectors. In 1983, he partnered with his wife Kathy to concentrate on still life and product photography. In 1986, they made the transition to food photography and have practiced the art and science of photographing food and beverages ever since, working for regional and national food companies, restaurants and retailers.

 Lavender Cupcakes, Publix
 Supermarkets, 2006
  Douglas John
Doug enjoys the challenges of shooting food: its organic, constantly changing nature, and the countless colors, textures and forms that exist. The greatest challenge in this kind of work is the deliberate effort and technique required to make something look natural or random. There is an art to food photography that transcends it's commercial purpose, the love of food is common to all of us and connects us to each other and to our past.

Today Doug and Kathy work out of a fully stocked 6,000 square foot food studio that they share with Truman, their golden retriever in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Kelly Osbourne, 2014
Bryan Kasm
2008 (UCF-Daytona)

Bryan Kasm is a portrait and fashion photographer currently based in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Five days after receiving his degree in Photographic Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2008 he moved to New York City. He got started at Out Traveler & Men's Journal magazine photo departments and assisted Alexi Lubomirski and Greg Kadel after working at Milk Studios - the top advertising and fashion photo studio in Manhattan, before getting his first major client, HSN in 2012. Shortly after HSN hired Bryan full-time, and it has kept him busy shooting fashion, advertising and celebrities such as Sofia Vergara, Serena Williams, Twiggy, Rod Stewart, Kelly Osbourne, and Curtis Stone.

 Untitled James Kilby
2003 (Daytona State College)

James Kilby has been a photographer/ artist based in the Central Florida area for over fifteen years. Since graduating from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, he has worked hard to balance a commercial photography business with his pursuits in fine art. For the past 11 years, James has been a senior staff photographer at Universal Studios Orlando. In addition, he has worked for South Flight Production out of Miami for over a decade. James strives to keep a healthy balance by also taking on photography projects with non-profit organizations such as the Florida Dance Theater in Lakeland, Florida and the Surfrider Foundation in Sebastian Inlet, Florida. He continues to create and show fine art in galleries and museums throughout the state. James is currently based out of Florida's Space Coast.

 Underwater Wakesurfer,  Crystal River, FL, 2014
  Tom King
1980 (Daytona State College)

Tom King is a commercial photographer specializing in the boating & watersports industries and has worked with almost all of the leading companies in this industry --some for more than 20 years.

His career began while still a student at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, when he was hired by WaterSki Magazine-- now Bonnier Publishing, one of Tom's regular clients. Tom's photos have since been published in numerous magazines including WakeBoarding, Boating, WindSurfing, Women's Sports & Fitness, Yachting, Sail, Sailing, Sport Fishing, National Geographic
 Wakeboarder Flip Sequence,  Orlando, FL, 2007 Tom  King
World, Boy's Life, Powerboat, Boat & Boating Life, and Photo District News (PDN). His images have been featured on magazine covers over 100 times, including the cover of a June 1987 issue of American Photographer. His advertising photography has further been included in the Communication Arts Photography Annual and his stock images have been represented by The Image Bank (which later became Getty Images) since 1985.

Tom King has traveled the world for a range of unique and exciting assignments and in 2015 was the first photographer to ever be nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award from The WakeBoarding Hall of Fame.

Tom is based out of both the Orlando area and Anna Maria Island. At both locations, he uses his backyard --the beautiful freshwater lakes of Orlando and the saltwater Gulf of Mexico-- as his "studios".

 Flower Shower Erika  Masterson
1990 (Daytona State College)

Erika Masterson has been working as a commercial portrait photographer for the past 20 years. In 2012 she began working on a number of fine art projects and has since exhibited widely and won numerous awards. Her photography has been published in Black and White Magazine, Silvershotz Magazine, Shots Magazine, 5x5 Magazine, Victoria, and Raine Magazine. Erika lives in Satellite Beach with her husband and four children.

 Engagement on the Beach,
 2013 Ashley McCormick
2009 (UCF-Daytona)

Ashley McCormick specializes in wedding and portrait photography. She is based in Mount Dora, FL but has traveled nationally and internationally photographing weddings and events. Her style is dominated by the use of natural light, and to date she has photographed over 250 weddings and conducted 400 portrait sessions. Ashley has been shooting for 10 years and completed her first wedding assignment while in school at UCF. She has also been featured on numerous wedding blogs and has had work published in magazines including Southern Weddings and The Knot.

Corporate Testimonial Ad, 2014 Ed McDonald
1984 (Daytona State College)

Ed McDonald's commercial work has garnered some of the industries top awards, both locally and nationally. A body of Ed's work was recently selected by the Black Book, AR 100 as one of the Top Ten Best Photographed Annual Reports in the world. Since then Ed has received additional AR 100 awards and is a repeat honoree. He was also selected in 2008 as one of the "ASMP Best Of" series awards. Ed has served in ASMP leadership for the past 18 years, culminating in 2014 with the Presidency of the National Organization. In May of 2014, Ed along with 8 other noted international photographers at the UN in NYC, was awarded the highest honor, Leadership Award from the IPC, an NGO of the United Nations. Ed McDonald graduated from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in 1984 and has been a commercial, corporate, and editorial photographer based out of Central Florida for over the past 30 years, working on highly visible commercial accounts in the Advertising, Corporate, and Hospitality industries.

 Prim & Proper Fashion, June
 2013 Amy Mikler
2004 (Daytona State College)

Amy Mikler is based in Orlando, FL and Austin, TX, and is an unapologetic pursuer of pretty pictures. She captures laughter, color, sunlight and the good life for a range of editorial, commercial and advertising clients.

She graduated with a BA in History from the University of Dallas in 1996, and worked in marketing for several years before her photography addiction dominated all her free time and expendable income. She decided she either needed to find a cheaper new hobby (these were the film days after all) or consider a photography career...she obviously chose the later. She completed her studies at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in May 2004, and following a few years of assisting set out on her own freelance career.

 Topiary Fantasy David  Roark
1980 (Daytona State College)

David Roark is the Manager of Creative Photography for Disney Destinations, LLC, a division of The Walt Disney Company. He manages a team of photographers and producers who are charged with creating emotional, evocative photographic content that illustrates the magic of a Disney Vacation. This is a global responsibility to clients including all Disney Parks & Resorts, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney and other subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company. A 1980 graduate of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, Roark currently lives in Winter Park, Florida with his wife of 33 years, Kathryn Eagle who is also a DSC Photography Program graduate!

 Untitled Scott S. Smith
1999 (Daytona State College)

Scott S. Smith is a St. Augustine based commercial and editorial photographer. After graduating from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, he obtained a degree in graphic design from Flagler College where he later returned to teach studio photography and design. Scott worked as an art director and freelance designer prior to launching Scott S. Smith Photographic, LLC. He currently enjoys assignments across multiple disciplines -- from architecture

 Untitled Scott S. Smith
and interior design to weddings, events, portraiture and product photography. His work has also been published in numerous regional, national, and international publications including Motorboating, Sail and Travel & Leisure magazines. After ten successful years running a studio under his name, Scott recently teamed up with another Daytona State Alumn (Zach Thomas), to open Monarch Studio in St. Augustine. His experience as an art director, teacher, freelance photographer and designer have all been vital to his success as one of the premiere freelance image makers in the region.

 Untitled Zach Thomas
2008 (Daytona State College)

Zach Thomas holds degrees from Daytona State College and Flagler College. His freelance assignments have led him to destinations throughout the United States and Central America. His photos combine a candid photojournalistic approach with elements of traditional portraiture. Recently, Zach and fellow DSC graduates Scott Smith and David Walters incorporated The Monarch Studio in St. Augustine, Florida.

 Sydney, 2012 Ryan  Wendler
2011 (Daytona State College)

Ryan Wendler is a commercial lifestyle photographer. His photography utilizes natural elements to accentuate a unique perspective. His goal is to create authentic 'true to life' emotions and moments. Ryan fell in love with life and adventure at an early age. His photography is a reflection of that love.

Ryan is a staff photographer with Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group and is represented by Corbis Images. He is a graduate of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, where is he also a member of the advisory board. Ryan 
 Trent, 2014 Ryan Wendler
has a Bachelor's of Psychology from Flagler College and a CELTA certificate from Cambridge University.

Ryan enthusiastically loves traveling, surfing and spending time with his family. He has a thirst for knowledge, culture and personal growth. Photography is an art that allows Ryan to spend his days encompassed by all that he values.

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