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About Us

Southlight , a fifteen year old company that understands how precious memories are created, captured and secured....forever. We are a collection of photographers, retouchers, stylists, assistants, that provide professional photography for life's unique moments. Chief photographer Gene Bednarek directs coverage of all events, shooting most himself. Combined with the top picks of up and coming talent, Gene and his team know the responsibilities and pressures of working these once in a lifetime events, and are honored to cover these events.


Gene Bednarek has over twenty years of experience in creating work for reproduction. Starting with his first published picture at the ripe age of 11, he has gone on to see thousand of his photos in print. In addition to formal training at the Southeast Center for photographic studies and The University of Florida department of Fine Arts, he has worked with the top designers, corporations and causes. Gene has also been fortunate to work with hundreds of national and international publications producing portraits and illustrations for a number of corporate and editorial uses. Some of his past clients include: Newsweek, Marrriott, Audubon, The Discovery Channel, Polo, The Sunday New York Times and the Sea Island Company.

“ I get great pleasure working with families and couples to document their most precious days. My goal is to create that defining image of that day which will be handed down for generations.'" Drawing on that diverse background, Gene fuses art, fashion and journalism in his photos. Mixing film and digital, old time cameras along with the latest gear, he strives for “wow” photos, honored to have them hang on the wall.


The photographer, his wife Kim and sons Jackson and Clayton, live in Atlantic Beach Florida where he enjoys fishing & camping with his family, his landscape photography and working on or near the beach whenever he can. His business, Southlight Publishing services a collection of clients in the travel, hospitality and magazine fields. Southlight also arranges scouting and production oversight to still and motion picture shoots. Gene is available for assignments and events throughout the United States and overseas by visiting the web site at: or calling 904-635-5933