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!

Work Experience

  • 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, Fort Lauderdale Fl. 1998 - 2022

  • Werner Ent - OTR Laredo Tx. to Hersey Pa. long haul refrigeration semi driver Omaha Ne. 2020 - 2021

  • Crete Carriers - OTR 48 state long haul semi driver - Lincoln Ne. 2021 - 2022

Special Projects and Awards

  • 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

  • Whole Foods Market photographer 1998 - 2005

  • US Dept of Commerce - Trade Delegation - Official Delegate/Photographer Munich Germany 2001 

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

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

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

  • 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, 6th Dan Hap Ki Do Tang Soo Do, Academia de Song Moo Kwan Marcasa Panama - till present 2022

  • Blake speaks: English as a native language
                               Spanish fluent, Blake bought a Spanish book at age 25 and learned on the streets

954-654-9511

blake@spurlinphoto.com

Hurricanes Attended

  • Camille - Hattiesburg Mississippi 1969
    Category 5 Hurricane

  • Katrina -Fort Lauderdale Florida 2005
    Category 4 Hurricane

  • Andrew - Miami Florida 1992
    Category 5 Hurricane

  • Wilma - Fort Lauderdale Floridai 2005
    Category 3 Hurricane

  • Charlie - Fort Lauderdale Florida 2004
    Category 4 Hurricane

  • Irma - Sebring Florida 2017
    Category 4 Hurricane

  • Jeanne - Fort Lauderdale Floridai 2004
    Category 3 Hurricane

  • Iowa Derecho - Cedar Rapids Iowa 2020
    Category 2 Storm

Man Made Disasters Attended

  • Nachitoches La - Gas Line Explosion
    1965  17 fatalities

  • Panama City, Panama - Noriega Riots
    1988  12 fatalities

  • Republic of Panama - Operation Just Cause
    1989 - 1990  314 fatalities

  • Hattiesburg Ms - School Segregation Riots
    1967 - 1970  fatalities unknown

  • Balboa High School CZ - Car Bombings
    1978  1 fatality

  • Oklahoma City Ok - Murrah Bldg Bombing
    1992 - 168 fatalities

  • Panama Canal Zone - Jimmy Carter Treaty
    1979  0 fatalities

  • Miami Fl - Elian Gonzalez Riots
    2000  -  0 fatalities