Based on the beautiful southern Alabama Gulf Coast, Courtland William Richards is a professional photographer with over 35 years of experience in the media industry. Courtland was inspired by the creativity of photography while in his teens when he experimented with underwater photography as a novice SCUBA diver. Courtland became a PA and assistant cameraman for Glenn Lau Productions and helped complete “The Fisherman” TV series in association with DuPont and Sports Afield Magazine. He graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. degree in Visual Arts where he studied photography, painting, and print processes. During his tenure in Tallahassee, Courtland provided photography to The Flambeau student daily, to the FSU Athletic Department covering all men's and women's sports, and as a stringer photographer for United Press International.
His full time career began with positions with the Florida Department of State and the Florida Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism as a staff photographer. Courtland advanced his career by moving to Atlanta and worked for a large commercial photography studio for 2 years creating studio images for department store products and appliances. While living in Atlanta, Courtland began a long relationship with Athlon Sports Communications of Nashville providing quality sports images of college and pro football and pro baseball. Moving on and up as a staff photographer for Southern Living Magazine and Oxmoor House Books in 1984, Courtland applied his experience in tourism, travel, and studio work to photograph travel stories for SL and book projects for Oxmoor House. Two years later, Courtland then opened his successful commercial studio in Birmingham, AL and worked for editorial and advertising clients nationally and with local and regional agencies and designers.
Courtland continued his sports career with Athlon, and added The Senior Bowl, Sports Illustrated, and NFL Properties as clients traveling regionally for sports events as well as continuing a busy studio schedule photographing food ( Little Debbie food products, packaging & displays ), people, autos, educational, and industrial products. Courtland came to south Alabama with his family in 1999 to work as the staff photographer for the University of South Alabama and eventually built a new client base working from Daphne, AL. He continued his association with Southern Living by completing 54 freelance travel assignments in one year in addition to providing images to Zalea Magazine for articles on food, architecture, and interiors. Courtland also contributed travel images to St. Joe Sweet Tea Journal, Southern Breeze Magazine, Mobile Bay Magazine, and to the Alabama Gulf Coast tourism industry including The Alabama Gulf Coast Annual Vacation Guides. Courtland continues his valuable relationship with the Senior Bowl and has provided imaging to ThyssenKrupp Stainless Steel and Steel Divisions, Shell Oil, Compass Media for advertising, tourism, and travel, and to Coast 360 as a contributing cinematographer. Now based in Gulf Shores, Courtland has added Spectrum Resorts, Turquoise Place, The Beach Club, Coast Restaurant, The Flora-Bama, Coastal Alabama magazine, Bender Realty, and the City of Orange Beach to his current client list. Courtland's outstanding eye for detail contributes to his success in perfecting his techniques of photographing architecture, food, and people ( Oh! and everything in between! ). Courtland continues his journey of experimentation with the photographic process through his project called "A New Vibration". His photographic art prints have been shown at Optera Creative in Mobile and are now on display at Free Spirit in Fairhope and the Coastal Art Center in Orange Beach, AL. I am honored to be a newly appointed member of the OCEAN ARTISTS SOCIETY ( http://oceanartistssociety.org/