Meet Stuart J. Schaefer, Photographer
I have been a freelance photographer since leaving the military. It was during my tour of duty in the military that I first found an interest in photography. My first paid assignment was the wedding of a friend and I have never looked back.
Today, I no longer do wedding photography, but focus on scenic and commercial work. Along the way, I worked as a post photographer for Redstone Arsenal (Huntsville, Alabama) for two years. Until 1988, I was a self taught photographer learning from reading and experimenting until I was able to get it right. That year I dropped everything and used my GI Bill and went back to school to pursue a degree in Photo and Film Communications.
In 1992, after having a successful photo career in Huntsville, Alabama, I packed up everything and moved to Gulf Breeze, Florida. Not really knowing anyone in the area, this was a big move for me. However, the timing was right. I was looking for a change in my life and photography work. In 1998, I started to switch to digital photography from film.
In 2002, I made a complete move to digital photography. Currently, I am using the Sony A7M4 and Sony A9. Today, I continue as a freelance photographer covering national sailing races, do scenic photography and commercial work in the southeastern U.S. and around the world. Some of my work has been featured in Sailing World Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Pensacola Visitor’s Guide and other publications across the country.