Christopher Stone Photography
Christopher Stone Photography

Christopher Stone Photography

The Beaches Portrait Photographer
It's a pleasure to meet you. Tell us a little bit about your background and your journey, and what you're focused on today

I started staging photos at the age of six. I hung a Morton pot pie pan upside down with fishing string and took a nighttime photo of what else? A UFO. Through the years, my interest in capturing images took me to video. I created, shot and produced several shows seen on local cable and I started a wedding business. Also, I worked in production at WTLV-12, where I was the news Floor Director and the Lighting Director. I went from there to do stints as a news videographer at both 12 and WAWS-30. Over the entire time of my doing video, I worked with Mitch Kaufmann of Atlantic Video and doing so was a major plus. Now I’m turning my focus to doing portraits.
What would you attribute to your success, and how can people get to know you better?

I contribute several things to my success. I was taught by a Hollywood pro shooter how to get the best composition with the best lighting. Having shot several dozens of high-end weddings, I've learned how to give people cues, and direction. All while making them feel comfortable with the process.
What's the best part about living on the First Coast?

What I love about living at the beach is and I know this can sound hokie, but it’s true. I love communing with nature. It’s the Salt-Life. Truth be known, I’m a ‘country boy’ at heart. I love nature. Plus, I like Jax Beach because everything you want is so close. Jax Beach is too cool. From their many events, parks and festivals. Recently, I saw the national reggae band The Expendables at the SeaWalk Pavilion for FREE, what are you kidding me? Jax Beach has it going on.
Anything else that you'd like to add?

I’ve had a very seasoned life. I’ve played in six bands, three reggae, one novelty, one folk and one Americana. In 1986, my BFF, Ron Johnson and I recorded an FSU football song of some notoriety, entitled, I’M A NOLES FAN. At a show in the FSU Union, we opened for Legendary Bluesman John Lee Hooker. Then at the 10k seat venue, we opened for Danny Joe Brown of Molly Hatchet fame. Ron and I also wrote a golf murder mystery entitled, MURDER at the 17th. Available on Amazon. Unfortunately, Ron never lived to see our book in print. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2014. Ron and I also produced a half-hour special, seen on local cable, of The Red Hot Chill Peppers playing at Einstein A-Go-Go. While shooting the news, I met Bill Clinton, and many, many celebrities, Drew Carey, Chris Evert, Royce Gracie, Tony Bennett, Joey Ramone, too many to list. I love to play golf and I used to live on Hole #17 at JBGC. I have had three hole-in-ones. Even better, I had an albatross, 3 under par on a single hole, the par 5, #5 at Queens Harbor. I’m currently a member of the Jax Beach Senior Men's Association. Today, 8/29, I had my best JBGC round since I returned to the beach a year ago, a 73. BAM!
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