My philosophy on photography started with the quality and work ethic of my father Fred  Spurlin.

Dad was a university and college photography professor, as well as the Panama Canal Zone Deputy Superintendent of Schools who always encouraged me to pick up the camera. 

From the day I picked up  that camera I was hooked.

Commercial, wedding, portrait, event or personal, to pick up the camera should be an event to shiver the spine.  The immediate knowledge of how to adapt any situation into a 3,4 even 5 dimensional piece within a 2 dimensional environment is the task of the true photographer.  2021 is my 38th year as a professional photographer, it is clear ongoing education and keeping up with technology is the task to embrace and  nurture.


For current, past and new students or clients.  Feel free to contact me for any and all projects or just to talk photography!

  • Vincent Price Studios - Studio Photographer - St. Louis Mo. 1983 - 1985

  • Tom Allen Photography - Chief Photographer - St. Louis Mo. 1985 - 1988

  • United States Department of Defense Contractor USARSO - Fort Clayton Rep. of Panama 1988-1991

  • Bryn Alan Photography - Senior Photographer - Miami Fl. 1991-1994

  • Blunck Studio's - Studio Manager / Photographer - Lawton Ok. 1994 - 1998

  • Owner / Operator, Spurlin Photography. 1998 - 2021

  • Whole Foods Market photographer 1998 - 2005

  • Small Business Person Of The Year - Pompano Beach Florida Chamber of Commerce 2006

  • Professor of Photography, South Florida State College, Avon Park Fl  2017 - 2018

  • Fort Lauderdale - US Dept of Commerce - Trade Delegation - Official Delegate and Photographer Munich Germany 2001 

  • Enterprise Florida Florida Trade Delegation - Official Delegate and Photographer,  England and Wales 2002

  • United States Department of Commerce - Official Delegate and Photographer, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia  2005

  • Master of Photography Study - Professional Photographers Association of America   Sam Houston State University -  Presenters:Tom and Jo Alice McDonald #2 ranked PPA Huntsville Texas 1995

  • DOD DIA Linguist Interrogator - Operation Just Cause - Panama 1988-1991

  • Best of Show Print Award - Missouri Professional Photographers Association Convention St. Louis, Mo., 1986.

  • Black Belt - Tang Soo Do - US Army Post Fort Clayton, Panama 1983,Instructor & SabomNim Ramon Navarro, 5th Dan HapKiDo TangSooDo, Academia de Song Moo Kwan Marcasa Panama - till present 2021

  • Blake speaks English and Spanish