Friday, December 21, 2007

New Hire into the Gordon Family

We have a new employee, Nanette "Nan" Scofield. She graduated from Daytona Beach Community College with an AS degree in Photographic Technology. Her daily duties at the studio are endless in addition to keeping us on track and organized with production and client orders. We are thrilled that Nan has joined our studio staff and look forward to the years that follow. Welcome aboard, Nan!

Wedding at Ringling

I think I have photographed nearly 1000 weddings. Every one of them is special to me, but every once in a while one comes along that exceeds expectations. We recently photograped Julie and Sean's wedding at Ringling. They were incredible people to work with! We had a blast!

The surroundings and food were absolutely phenomenal. The weather could not have been better! Everything was PERFECT. All the vendors worked together to make the day an event to remember. I want to take a moment to list all the vendors that helped make Julie and Sean's wedding day special.

Coordinater- Bobbi Hicks- www.
Caterer- Michaels on East-
Flowers- Flowers by Fudgie-
lights and other decorations- Affairs in the Air
Cake- Beautiful Cakes by Ron-
Video- Creative Video Productions-
Venue- Ringling Museum-

Friday, August 3, 2007

Local and National competition

Al has done extremely well lately in competition, both locally and internationally. Out of over 7000 images from all over the world that were submitted, Al had two selected for the American Society of Photographers Travelling Loan Collection. There are only about 150 images chosen for this honor. These are the best of the best! The two that were chosen are the two on the right. The one on the left was selected as Best of Show in local competition last month. This image will travel to State competition next!

Al loves to enter competition, to keep his creativity always up. That way he is always on the cutting edge to keep our customers happy!

Thank you to our loyal customers!

Thanks so much for voting us your FAVORITE photographer in the Manatee County area! It means a lot to us that you took the time to vote in the Bradenton Herald poll this year. It means even more that we never asked any one to vote for us. We never brought it up. That must mean you REALLY like us!

We won't let you down!

PS.. Photo taken by Dean Gordon! Our High School senior at Manatee High school!

Al, Deanna and staff

Saturday, July 7, 2007

In the Family


I got the chance to see my sisterJudy, and my nephew, John the last couple of days, John has a camera, but he rarely gets the chance to really photograph. He grabbed my camera and I was very proud of the images he created. He definitely has a talent for seeing great shots. I just wanted to post a few of the photographs he created the last few days. I took them into Photoshop and added some cool effects.

Enjoy your family as often as you can!


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A challenge


I was attending the Florida School in Daytona a couple of weeks ago, and had a desire to challenge myself creatively and technically. I asked a few of my photographer friends to help (Thanks, yall) and an incredibly beautiful and talented photographer to model (Thanks, Cherilyn!).

I challenged myself by not bringing a flash, and seeing how many different images I could get in 15-20 minutes. These images were made with the ambient light, and some had a

We started at 5:30 AM, and I was done by 5:50 am. I am extremely happy with the images. Its great when you have friends that will get up for you at O dark thirty!

I apologize for not updating my blog lately. I will make it up to you!


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Pittsburgh- Triangle Institute

I always enjoy teaching other photographers. I often learn as much from them as they do from me. I just returned from giving a class on weddings at the Triangle Photographers Association's Spring seminar. I met a lot of great people, and had a super time in my class. I had some time just to walk around the suburb of Pittsburgh I was in (Greenville), and just enjoyed capturing some of the scenes. The weather was AWESOME, too! I must have walked 7 or 8 miles!


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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I just had the pleasure of photographing Erin and Ryan Bodie, owners of Studio 26 productions. They are close friends and we share a commitment to creativity, quality, and enjoying our jobs. The Studio 26 team cover everything from weddings to feature films. (Shameless Plug-

They both wanted something that was fun, and creative.... What a blast!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Saturday, May 12

Saturday at the John Ringling Museum was a BLAST! Kendra and Joe we such fun to photograph. It was a perfect day. The families were wonderful, and such great dancers!The band, DeLeon, was fantastic. The food, catered by Mattison's, was raved about by everyone.

What an incredible dress. Kendra was stunning! Here are a few images from the day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


I got the chance to spend some real time with my family last week. I snapped this shot of my group fishing in the Manatee river, I saw my sister in law reach over to help her kids, and I knew I had something special The tall one is my son, Dean.


Sunday, May 6, 2007

Sunday Morning

This morning I went to Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Anna Maria, Florida, to photograph their First Communion. A young guest violinist was rehearsing a wonderful piece of music with the church organist/ music director. It was obvious the man had true musical talent, and a real passion in his playing. After the rehearsal, he walked to a back room to warm up a bit more. I saw the stained glass behind him and had to capture that moment. I quietly went in and asked if I could take a few shots. He agreed graciously and continued playing. Although I originally planned to make it a silhouette, I changed my mind once I looked at the images. The passion and love for music was so prevalent in his face that I had to bring that out. I am sending him these images. I love my job!


Thursday, May 3, 2007

Saturday, April 28, 2007

A chance to give back

A few short weeks ago, Rick Delorme ( and I were honored to help continue the legacy of our friend and mentor, the late Monte Zucker. Monte had begun teaching a group of about 15 10 year olds in the Miami school system. Theses kids have lived a very hard life in their short life span, and it was so great to see them excited about making photographs! Canon gave the school 10 Canon cameras, and these kids were sharing them. Monte had seen them about 5 times before he passed away, and it was fulfilling to Rick and I to continue what Monte had started. They really seemed to use the information we gave them right away.

Here are a few photos that Rick took during our class that day.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Billy and Bronwyn

A shot of the ceremony with my "Sky-Cam"!

April 22 wedding!

Nikki, Grahm, and I had a wonderful time at Ca d 'zan yesterday at the John Ringling Museum, photographing Billy and Bronwyn's wedding. We had photographed her sister's wedding last year, and we were treated like family. The weather was perfect! During the receiving line, I was able to capture the happy couple enjoying their first few minutes of husband and wife.