Jim Alabiso- Jim Alabiso is a strategist, producer and writer at LEAP Collaborative, and Creative Director at JumpingFish. He is also the host of the television show, Tonight! with Jim Alabiso and author of Jacksonville’s epic fairytale, “All the Angels Come”. An open water swimmer, at the core, water is in Jim’s heart, in his art, and in his work.
Kathy Ames Carr- Kathy is a freelance writer and editor and super proud mom of a child with special needs. Kathy recently relocated to lovely Northeast Florida from sunny Cleveland, Ohio, where she covered food, wine and craft beer for a local business and food magazines, so she’s stoked about exploring the local food scene.
Josué Cruz- Self-described as a ‘history nerd’, writer and musician Josué A. Cruz loves writing about individuals and topics requiring a better understanding of the past. He lives in Atlantic Beach and spends the bulk of his time on the sand with his wife and son.
Will Dickey- In 1983, Will Dickey signed on as a photojournalist for the Florida Times-Union, after working at the Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser newspaper for two years. His nature photography is shown in Jacksonville area galleries and exhibited in regional art festivals.
Maggie FitzRoy- Writer/photographer Maggie FitzRoy enjoys developing stories about people, places, organizations, trends, travel and every subject under the sun. A Ponte Vedra Beach resident since 1991, she has freelanced for many local newspapers and magazines.
Bruce Lipsky- A Jacksonville native and University of North Florida graduate, Lipsky has been a photographer at the Florida Times-Union for over three decades. He began his journalism career in high school as a rock ‘n’ roll writer for the old Jacksonville Journal’s Action magazine. Lipsky and his wife Jan are the proud parents of two elementary school teachers and one Rowdy wiener dog.
Bob Mack- Bob Mack has been a photojournalist for over forty years with newspapers in South Florida, Tennessee, and North Florida. He has always had an interest in history and the people who made it or were affected by it, his cameras have given him the opportunity to record a few of those moments and meet many of those people.
Bob Self- Bob Self has been a staff photographer at The Florida Times-Union for over three decades documenting the people and events of Northeast Florida and beyond. In his limited free time he also represents the historic photography collection of former Jacksonville commercial photographer Loyd Sandgren.
Matthew Shaw- Matthew Shaw is a freelance journalist and native of Northeast Florida. A former editor at Folio Weekly and 904 Magazine, he is currently a contributor at Surfer Magazine. He lives in Atlantic Beach with his wife and their dog, Brick.
Daron Dean- Daron Dean is an award-wining photographer based in St. Augustine. He studied photojournalism at the University of Florida and is now the Manager of Photography at The St. Augustine Record. Daron is a contributing photographer for the The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Thomson Reuters and Visit Florida.
Woody Huband- Woody Huband was introduced to photography while serving in the US Coast Guard in New York City. Today Woody is a freelance photographer and avid fisherman. He might be found shooting for a magazine article, a wedding or maybe on the sideline at EverBank Field when he is not out chasing redfish with a fly rod.
Michael Legrand- Michael Legrand is a photographer located in St. Augustine. His corporate, healthcare and editorial clients depend on him to help them communicate their brand through images that are inspired. In his free time, Michael chases three kids around with his amazing girlfriend Sarah, flies remote control helicopters, collects Swatch watches and posts photos on Instagram.
Allie Olson- Allie O. is crazy enough to think she can live the life she used to dream of. She has been known to wear many hats at once – but mostly she switches between four favorites: a blogging hat, a freelance writing hat, a photography hat and the fourth is always on, a homeschooling mamma hat.
Craig O’Neal- As one of Northeast Florida’s well-known nature and wildlife photographers, Craig O’Neal has captured thousands of photos within the First Coast’s area. He is also an accomplished multi-media photographer and his creative artistry has spanned several subjects. Craig reveals the true essence of each of his subjects’ underlying stories.
Sarah Clarke Stuart- professor Sarah Clarke Stuart teaches composition, literature and film at the downtown campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville. Among her published works are her books, “Literary Lost: Viewing Television Through the Lens of Literature” and “Into the Looking Glass: Exploring the Worlds of Fringe.” She also enjoys performing with The Improv Effect.
Jon Vredenburg- Jon Vredenburg is a freelance writer for First Coast magazine, a Registered Dietitian and is also credentialed by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Specialist. When he is not writing, Jon manages wellness programs for active adults in North Florida. Jon firmly believes that what you say is just as important as how you say it.
Charles Dressing- A member of the Society of Automotive Historians and the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC), former senior editor of Racer and Vintage Motorsport magazines, Charles has lived in Jacksonville since 1989 and spends the spring, summer and autumn months following the Grand-Am and American Le Mans Series for the SPEED TV network. Since 2000, his voice has been the American accent on the international English language broadcast of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Radio Le Mans.
Neil Rashba- Neil Rashba is an advertizing photographer in Ponte Vedra Beach. He has specialized in automotive and architectural subjects for 30 years. He has been a professional photographer since 1974 and his photography work is widely seen in publications and museum shows. When he is not travelling for photography he builds hot rods, races go karts and rides motorcycles.
Renee Parenteau- Renee Parenteau has always been inspired by art, fashion and beauty. Renee’s professionalism, easy-going personality and her talent for bringing out the natural beauty in women and good looks in men keeps her in high demand in the entertainment industry. She has a long list of celebrity clients. Renee currently works in Florida, Georgia, Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles and is available to travel beyond! Reneeparenteauphoto.com
Christi Bowler Elflein- Christi is a Jacksonville Beach native and a graduate of FSU and Georgia Tech. She has fifteen years of experience in urban planning and a passion for sustainable development. As a city planner, Christi has worked in such cities as Atlanta, Vail, Orlando and Virginia Beach. When Christi’s not speaking about new urbanism or brainstorming the next urban infill project, you can find her on a bike with two kids in tow and a camera in hand.
Jamie Rich- Jamie Rich is a freelance feature writer covering travel, food and culture. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally, online and in print publications. Jamie has spent most of the past nine years living abroad, with stints in Moscow; Washington, D.C.; Douala, Cameroon; and London. She now lives in Ponte Vedra Beach with her husband and two daughters. She holds a master’s in journalism from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s in creative writing from Florida State University.
Caren Burmeister- Caren Burmeister is a freelance writer who is drawn to stories about wellness, artistry, spirituality and person transformation. After 21 years in newspaper journalism, she left the industry, to start her natural skin care business – Second Nature Skin – and a journey towards greater health, joy and peace.
Anna Jacobson- Anna Jacobson, like Dorothy Slayer’s character Lord Peter Whimsey, “gets so easily drunk on words” that she is seldom sober. This may explain some of her crazy classroom antics as, besides stints as a freelance and marketing writer, Anna has been a teacher for almost twenty years. In both her teaching and her writing Anna seeks to capture authentic voices and engaging stories. She feels it is an amazing privilege to live in and write about Florida, but especially to share her adventures her with her husband Andrew and their two ravenous and silly children.
Stephan R. Leimberg- The “Bird Man of Amelia” won First Place in the 2014 Amelia Island Shrimp Fest, First Place in the 2013 Wild Amelia Photo Contest, and was the 2008 International Nikon – Popular Photography Mentor Series Grand Prize Winner. Steve’s breath-taking painting-like birds, flowers, and landscapes are featured in the new book, MEET ME IN AMELIA.
Carl Rosen – Carl Rosen is a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer in the North Florida area. He also is an integral part of the Perversion Magazine family. He is scared of snakes.
Michael Howerton – Michael J. Howerton is a retired executive who lives in Fernandina Beach with his artist-girlfriend and two Italian Greyhounds, Stella and Lola. He is the author of “Dear Rocco…Love, Lucy,” a novella which chronicles the growing relationship between two reluctant participants who begin a correspondence via the personae of their dogs.
Karen Rieley – Though a native of Blacksburg, Virginia, Karen Rieley has called Jacksonville home since the late 1970s. She has enjoyed immersing herself in the arts, education and social services as a public relations practitioner and writer. In addition to serving currently as PR consultant to a statewide social service agency, Rieley is adjunct professor for a PR writing course at the University of North Florida.
Jeffrey Spear – Jeffrey Spear travels the planet in search of remarkable culinary experiences. With an accomplished career in food marketing, and more recently as a writer and cookbook author, Spear’s passions in and around the kitchen are unrivaled. His most recent book, The First Coast Heritage Cookbook, focuses on the culinary history of northeast Florida from 14,000BC to 1821.
Wendell Brock – Wendell Brock was an editor, staff writer and critic for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than two decades. His work has appeared in The New
Fran Ruchalski – Fran Ruchalski is a photojournalist at heart who sees it as a license to be curious about everything. He’s never met a story he didn’t want to illustrate with his images. Whether on the street, in a concert hall, on the sidelines, or in the studio, Fran produces all kinds of photos for various publications, universities, and businesses of all sizes.
John Anderson – John Anderson started as a sports and wedding photographer and has evolved into a commercial and fine art portrait photographer who’s strength is in creative lighting to create artistic portraits. John has a fine art degree in photography from The Art Institute.
Sean Murphy – Sean Murphy grew up on Sanibel Island, a tourists’ destination off Florida’s southwest coast, until he moved to Jacksonville to attend college in 2007. He received a BA in Advertising from the University of North Florida, and made Atlantic Beach his home for the past 5 years. In his spare time he enjoys the ocean, surfing, fishing, motorcycles, family and good friends.
Cameron Lucie - A native of Mississippi, Cameron moved from New York City to Jacksonville a few years ago. She enjoys writing, reading, and scouring for shark teeth.