Five years ago Christopher Koerner received his first camera, a Nikon D40, as a gift from his parents. He immediately began capturing Sanibel and Captiva islands' natural beauty through its lens. Since then he has expanded his portfolio and is now capturing clients for his new photography business Christopher Koerner Photography.
"I've always wanted to take pictures," said Koerner, a Florida native who finds inspiration in the simple yet dramatic work of Clyde Butcher. "I enjoy nature photography because it can be a challenge. You can't stop nature to make it pose a certain way or allow you a second chance for that perfect picture."
In 2010, Koerner began picking up freelance work around the islands for publications such as Times of the Islands magazine, Grandeur Magazine, and local newspapers. He also photographed the Lily & Co. jewelry store's Christmas party and was the official event photographer for last year's Captiva Triathlon and Buddy Walk.
Photos by Christopher Koerner who is turning his photography hobby into a business.
Koerner was hired by the Danny Morgan Band to photograph its Rockin' in the Tropics concert that featured members of Jimmy Buffet's band. That experience led Morgan to hire him to photograph the tropical band at its performances.
"They turned out great," said Morgan, who has been awarded Best Local Entertainment in Best of the Islands. "Chris is really awake and notices all the details. He has a great sense of composition and color, and a very artistic approach."
With more than 50,000 photographs in his collection, Koerner started sharing them through the social networking site Facebook. Under the name Christopher Koerner Photography his friends, family and others can enjoy his nature photographs that are still his hobby.
"Whether capturing a bird in flight or a spectacular sunset, Chris's work features movement and a palette of colors," said longtime Sanibel resident Kim Wheeler, who is a fan of Koerner's work. "You are there with him, experiencing the moment. You feel that Chris is not just looking through the lens, but that he is sharing his love of the bird or water or the night sky. He loves Sanibel and Captiva and you love it too."
While Koerner has received many accolades on his work already, he is ready to make it a full-time business, eventually owning his own studio. Anyone interested in contacting Koerner for his services, which include fine art events and portraits or photo restoration and custom photographs, call 239-233-6576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"It would make me happy to have others hang my work on the walls of their homes or businesses," said Koerner.