Our graduates fare in a variety of photographic specialties. Here are bios about some of our alumni.
In 2004, growing up in Kingston, Jamaica the category 4 hurricane Ivan arrived. The storm destroyed the island’s infrastructure and inexorably altered the island’s landscape. Stephen took photographs of the storm’s destruction. One year later he migrated to Florida to enroll in the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, where he “developed both my technical and aesthetic sensibilities preparing me for the professional environment; from 35mm film to 4 x 5 film, studio and location photography, advance Photoshop classes, as well as the use of video/multi-media presentations." He says that he, "Enjoyed the program’s small class sizes and the individual attention from faculty. I am very happy with the time I spent here. I would also encourage students upon completion of the two-year program, to seamlessly join the University of Central Florida to work towards a Bachelors of Science degree in Photography."
"The best thing I encountered while attending The Southeast Center for Photographic Studies was the people. Everyone was so welcoming to new ideas. Never once was I turned down when I asked for advice, comments, or even help on a project or idea. The ability to have up to date technology as well as a wide range of equipment at the tip of your fingers is very helpful. The teachers always have their doors open for advice, whether it be photography.”
Carl Edwards is an international known commercial photographer with three decades of experience in the art of commercial photography. His work is displayed in many of the most prestigious fashion, people, and automotive magazines in the world and he has been commissioned by some the largest corporations to create the image for their business and their products. He is currently located near Los Angles. His clients’ list speaks for itself….
Jerry Englehart is currently a pursuing two Bachelor degrees at Western Kentucky University in Photojournalism and Philosophy. Photojournalism involves critical thinking before, during, and after a moment therefore he feels that both his majors beautifully compliment each other. Jerry has actively traveled around the United States and the world since 2007. He has lived in the West African nation of the Cote d'Ivoire and backpacked across Costa Rica and Panama. Jerry plans to move back to West Africa soon after graduating. Jerry has already been published in print or via online multimedia packages in the Orlando Sentinel, Newsday, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Press, Sports Illustrated, Eastern Surf Magazine, Naples Daily News, Code Red, and the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Kelly Jordan is a Photo/Video Coordinator for The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida. She began her career as a photojournalist in 1989 at the Sanford Herald in Sanford, Florida, later moving to the Daytona Beach News-Journal from 1991 until 2004. Kelly has been a photojournalist, picture editor, AME/Photo and Video and her current position she combines each experience as Photo/Video Coordinator. Throughout her career many things changed, from manual focus to auto focus, film to digital and stills to video. She says, “No matter what tool we have in our hands, as photojournalists our main goal remains the same, to remain focused on bringing compelling, storytelling images to our audience.”
Craig Litten began to develop a passion for documentary photography during his college years, after viewing an exhibition of Garry Winogrand's work. He soon discovered and was moved by newspaper photojournalism. He decided that he too wanted to capture photographs that stirred people's emotions. This led him to his first staff photographer position at a small Florida newspaper nearly 20 years ago. In two decades he has covered thousands of assignments large and small, and won many state, regional and national awards for photojournalism. Craig currently has one book in production and a second nearing completion. Craig lives on a small barrier island on the Gulf coast of Florida with his wife Leslie.