Studio One Pensacola
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Michael Smith is an Award Winning Photographer in Gulf Breeze, Florida.  Although professionally trained as a Psychologist and Statistician (Ph.D., University of Alabama, 1980) and employed in that capacity by the Federal Civil Service until his retirement in 2005, he has had a lifelong interest in the art and science of photography.  For almost fifty years he used traditional photographic chemical processing methods and light-sensitive film, slide, and print media to create and produce his photographic art.  Unfortunately, all his photographic equipment and a lifetime’s worth of prints,  negatives and slides were destroyed in hurricane Ivan in 2004.  Since then, he has been able to gradually replace those losses with digital equipment, techniques, and media, and he is slowly rebuilding his photographic portfolio.  He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and is a Getty Images Contributing Artist.  As a Juried Artist, and former  member of the board of directors, his work is on display at the Quayside Gallery in Pensacola.   His work also appears in other galleries, restaurants, and professional offices in the local area.  

His subjects are eclectic, whether in studio or on location.  Although he has considerable training in digital technology and image manipulation, his approach is to capture, reproduce, and convey the image the way he experienced it at the time it was taken - without staging, excessive enhancement, or distortion.  He processes and produces all his own work using the highest quality equipment, archival materials, and techniques.  

In addition to his interest in photography as fine art, he is available for general commercial photographic projects on short notice in studio or on location, including formal and informal portraits of individuals and groups, small weddings and events, beach photography, model portfolio development, photojournalism, advertising and real estate – just about anything that involves the photography of people, places, and things. 

He also conducts classes on photography on a one-on-one or group basis at his Co-op/Rental studio, Studio One Pensacola, or on location.  The studio is also available for rent on an hourly or Co-op basis.

Originally from
Birmingham, with longstanding roots in north and south Alabama, he takes great pride in his Southern heritage and his love of the South and its people.  A local resident since 1984, he lives and works with his wife, Jan, in Gulf Breeze, Florida and travels frequently throughout the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama and Georgia.  His other interests include sailing, fine dining, gourmet cooking, and socializing with friends.

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Michael Smith Photography, PO Box 573, Gulf Breeze, FL 32562
(850) 712-0639


Studio One Pensacola, 103 W. Intendencia Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
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(850) 712-0639
FAX (850) 434-6355

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