At Chris Watkins Photography, we go beyond capturing moments; we craft visual narratives that resonate with the viewer. Based in Gainesville, FL, we specialize in photography that tells compelling stories. With over 21 years of expertise and a degree in photojournalism from the University of Florida, my team and I bring a unique blend of artistry and journalistic precision to every project.

Portrait of a man with a beard against a mural in downtown Gainesville.

Our Mission

At Chris WatkinsPhotography, our mission is to transcend the conventional boundaries of photography, elevating every moment into a timeless narrative. With a foundation rooted in Gainesville, FL, our commitment extends globally, capturing stories that resonate with authenticity and emotion. We are driven by the belief that each photograph should do more than freeze a moment; it should tell a story, evoke feelings, and leave an indelible mark. Guided by over two decades of experience and a passion for photojournalism, we bring a distinctive approach to every project. Our mission is to not only meet but exceed expectations, delivering unparalleled quality and a swift turnaround. We strive to be the storytellers you trust, transforming ordinary moments into extraordinary tales that endure through the artistry of our lens.

The curtain drops on Darrius Rucker and Sister Hazel during the Lyrics for Life concert at the Phillips Center.
Wedding photo of a couple posing for a portrait against a mural in downtown Gainesville.


Rooted in authenticity, our philosophy centers on the belief that each photograph is a testament to a story waiting to be told. We embrace a photojournalistic approach, capturing moments with a surgical precision that allows us to create narratives that resonate. Minimal post-processing ensures the genuine emotion of each instant shines through, bringing to life the philosophy that guides our craft.

Join us at Chris Watkins Photography and let us transform your moments into timeless stories. Contact us today to experience photography that goes beyond the frame.

Hi, I'm Chris.

... and I take pictures. I am a coffee junkie and a photography addict. I am a hybrid photographer, capturing both photographs and video simultaneously as one person. That sounds like a lot of work, and before you ask, yes it is!

More than that I am a storyteller. I have a passion for photography and cinema, and a degree in photojournalism from the University of Florida. MY mission is to provide you with the highest quality digital media that I can to best tell your story.

I look forward to telling your story.

portrait of commercial photographer Chris Watkins of Chris Watkins Photography.

The Camera

Something magical happens whenever I pick up a camera. I don't really know how to explain it, but the feeling that I get is surreal. The camera is this amazing tool, a master key to life if you will, that opens doors and allows us access to people, places and moments that I would never otherwise see. Often times it takes us places that we could never go without it and somehow legitimizes me and gives a purpose to be there. To document and to tell a story, even if the story is personal and for the photographer's eyes only. I cant even begin to express my gratitude for all of the people that I have met, the places I have gone and the moments that I have witnessed because of my camera and I look forward to telling your story.

A Hybrid Approach

Photos and video at the same time

Experience your wedding day or corporate event like never before with our unparalleled hybrid approach. Our distinctive skill set allows us to capture both photographs and video simultaneously, ensuring unparalleled coverage and preserving your most cherished memories in exquisite detail. Click the button below to connect with us, and let's tailor a photography and/or videography package that suits your unique needs.

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Michelle and Michaell

“Chris is absolutely amazing!! He did our engagement pictures as well as our wedding pictures. He not only takes breathtaking pictures, but is genuinely honest. Going through our online gallery of pictures, we have a roller coaster of emotions because he captured beautiful candid moments. Years to come, we will be able to remember our magical wedding day, through the beautiful pictures that he took. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Chris!!”

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