About philipmarcelphotography

Philip Marcel is an in-demand freelance photographer and Cinematographer who specializes in creating beautiful imagery. Over the past 15 years, Philip has grown his artistic career and clientele in the commercial, editorial, fashion, portrait and event genres. With such an eclectic style, Philip is prepared and eager for any new challenge. Philip was first introduced to photography at a very young age by both of his grandfathers who were professional photographers. While he always had the family’s creative eye, Philip did not pursue his love for photography until he took photojournalism classes at Norfolk State University. Once he saw the world as a photographer, everything around Phillip began to look different. The most ordinary objects suddenly became interesting and beautiful subjects. Philip could not shake his overwhelming desire to capture and share every moment with the world. With the encouragement of friends and well-respected mentors such as Emeka Okoli and Lateef Gibson, Philip decided to pursue photography professionally after graduating with a BA in advertising. Born and raised in Baltimore, Philip has adopted a fearless approach to photography. Nothing can intimidate him from getting the perfect shot. He feels comfortable with a camera in his hand, and he always pushes the envelope to find what’s interesting in the subject matter. Philip has an unyielding willingness to learn and is inspired by observing other masters in their craft. Over the years, he has worked with the likes of Tobechi Tobechukwu, Ryan “RaRah” Stevenson, Glen McClure, Claes Gabriel and Bob Lerner. Philip has received awards for his editorial work as the Chief Photographer for Gainesville Today Magazine and photography submissions at numerous art shows. Periodically, Philip hosts a gallery viewing to showcase his award-winning and recent projects. Aside from photography, Philip has expanded his creative work to cinema. His interest in film first started at age 11 when he met his classmate and soon to be best friend, Steven Burke. Together Burke (Founder) and Philip (Director of Photography) have established Multifaceted Entertainment as a high quality production company in Orlando for independent films and commercials. Likewise, Philip has served as the Director of Photography for Workhorse Picture films, commercials, and most recently the Black Panther video series that was awarded The Youtube Fan Film of The Year by the 1st Annual Urban Action Film Showcase in NYC. Outside of the arts, Philip is involved in the community through networks like BNI and the Builders Association of North Central Florida. For the past 3 years, he has been a member of the Gainesville chapter of Business Network International (BNI), a small business referral and networking organization that teaches professionals the skills to become more competitive in their field. Philip believes in giving back to his community. He is constantly donating his photography services to support various causes such as Gigi’s Playhouse, Stop Children’s Cancer, Hope Worldwide, The Muscular Dystrophy Association and The Girl Scouts of America. He also has a strong appreciation for other art forms and has been shooting Hippodrome Theatre’s VIP opening night receptions for their plays going on 3 seasons. Philip has been based out of Gainesville, FL since 2005 while continuing to serve a local and national clientele base. Currently his art is primarily focused on the commercial and portrait aspect of his business; however, he hopes to have a bigger impact on the editorial world. Philip’s mission is to provide dynamic high quality images to a commercial and private client base. When he is not shooting on the job, he is spending quality time with his family and friends. Philip is known for his easy-going demeanor and sense of humor. He has a big appetite for life and loves to experience new things: food, music, dancing, traveling and meeting new people. He is also spiritually minded and regularly practices Kung Fu and Qi Gong.

“A Past Cover Shoot”

1415446_535520679873125_1064852610_oThis tear sheet is from a cover shoot I did for Gainesville Today Magazine. As the photo editor and chief photographer for the magazine(from 2012-2014), I always aimed to make the magazine the fashion magazine in Gainesville. I was charged with making a picture book for adults. Every cover was fashion driven. Models and wardrobes were always picked very purposefully. The styling, photography, and design had to be unique but cohesive. Cover shoots in a sense were highly focused portrait photography sessions. 

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A Snapshot of GiGi’s Playhouse Benefit Gala

As expected, the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse Gainesville and the many volunteers and sponsors put together a fantastic inaugural fundraising event last Saturday. In the spirit of World Down Syndrome Day, the Believe in the Build Benefit Gala aimed to breakdown stigmas associated with the disorder and unify supporters for establishing the first playhouse in North Central Florida. Through free educational, social, and therapeutic programs, the center will instill self-confidence in children and adults with Down syndrome. Judging from the high turnout and success of the event, there is no doubt that Gigi’s Playhouse made a statement that they are here to stay.

As the official event photographer, I wanted to make sure I captured every moment. Elegant, yet family friendly decor by Keith Watson productions cohesively flowed from the lobby and atrium area to the ballroom of Emerson Hall. Parents and their children arrived dressed in eveningwear. Live music and a DJ got everyone onto the dance floor. Even the food by Cacciatore Catering was Intsa-worthy. The night was perfectly crafted for both adults and kids to have a great time.

Speakers including GiGi’s Playhouse Gainesville President Mika, Vice President Lilly Bell, and Board member Troy Bell all spoke passionately and sincerely about their goals, hopes, and dedications to see their campaign to fruition.

It was especially wonderful to have The Gianni family in town for this Gala. Nancy and GiGi Gianni, the founder and inspiration for Gigi’s Playhouse, shared their incredible story of strength during their keynote address. They also gave their confidence in the Gainesville Board of GiGi’s Playhouse and the community, proclaiming that they “planted an important seed”.

Lily Bell, Vice President of Gigi’s Playhouse Gainesville, says their task is to continue to nurture that seed. The committee says they have already started making plans for next year’s gala and are now one-step closer to establishing a permanent location by June.

I feel a strong responsibility to donate my time and talents to raise awareness for such an astounding and noble cause. The photos of the event will tell a story from the night and help spread awareness of the group’s efforts to establish a playhouse in town and the significant impact it will have on individuals and families affected by down syndrome in all of North Central Florida.

The children and families are able to take part of all of the resources the centers offer free of charge. This is truly a charitable and benevolent work. And it takes a community to establish a center in their area and city. Down Syndrome is a barrier that affects many. I think the center will prove to be a great resource to the children and families in the Gainesville Area that would not go unnoticed by the community.

Gigi’s Playhouse Benefit Gala Tonight!

Pictures spread ideas. The idea of Gigi’s Playhouse is to empower children and adults affected by Down syndrome with the tools to maximize their potential and realize their own self-worth. When approached to volunteer my photography services at the organizations’ principal fundraiser, I could not think of a better way to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.

In the final months of their journey to establish the second playhouse in the state, the organization hosts The Believe in the Build Benefit fundraiser gala tonight at Emerson Alumni Hall. The gala will feature dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction for items such as a 5-day getaway to Cancun. Yours truly will also be documenting the entire event. You will not want to miss special guest Nancy and GiGi Gianni, the founder and inspiration for Gigi’s Playhouse, as keynote speakers.

Organization leaders and volunteers have worked tirelessly for the past year to make Gigi’s Playhouse a permanent haven for individuals with Down syndrome and their families in North Central Florida. Hoping to finally open their door this June, Gigi’s Playhouse will provide free educational, social, and therapeutic programs designed to build confidence in those with Down syndrome of all ages.

I have previously been involved with Gigi’s Playhouse marketing efforts by taking the staff group photos and individual headshots of the board members.

I hope that documenting the gala will help spread Gigi’s powerful message within our community and inspire future involvement with volunteers, sponsors, donors and other families impacted. Therefore, come dance the night away and pose for me on the red carpet tonight at Emerson Alumni Hall to support such a positive change in our community. Door open at 7 pm. For event details, tickets and more please visit http://gigisplayhouse.org/gala-gainesville.