Meet Andy Adkins
I spent as much time outdoors as I could when I was growing up in the 60s and 70s in North Central Florida. We didn't have computers, the Internet, e-mail, or Facebook back then; heck, we didn't get cable TV until the late 60s. My dad and I hunted and fished and I learned early on how patience can pay off when stalking wildlife. Sure, I loved to catch fish and hunt deer, squirrel, and birds - but I just loved being outdoors. That's never changed throughout my life. Being outdoors with nature is always a calming and serene experience.
I'm actually in my fifth career: I spent four years in the U.S. Navy during the 70s, most of which was on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier as a firefighter and director. After my discharge, I became a firefighter with the City of Gainesville, Florida while attending the local community college.
By education and training, I'm an electronics engineer (BSEE, ME) and spent about five years designing and developing computer systems in the 80s. For the last twenty years, I've been a legal technology consultant, working with lawyers all over the country. I spent 13 years at the University of Florida College of Law, where I created the Legal Technology Institute. I was also the law school IT director for a few years as well as an adjunct professor, teaching Law Practice Management to 2Ls and 3Ls. I left the university in June 2010 with a main goal of "slowing down." I privatized the Legal Technology Institute and continue to consult with lawyers around the country.
I've written several books, both professional as well as personal. If you're interested, the latest business book is, "The Lawyer's Guide to Practice Management Systems," published in 2009 by the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section. My father fought in WWII in the 80th Division against the Germans. He kept a diary of his experiences and gave it to me and my sister in 1984. In 2005, after working on it for several years, "You Can't Get Much Closer Than This: Combat with Company H, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division" was published by CaseMate Publishers - it immediately became the Book of the Month for the Military Book Club. I wrote another book about my time in the Navy and am currently looking to have it published.
I've always loved to take photos, but I never had any real training; I guess that's the way a lot of people start. A few years ago, I took a basic weekend workshop with Rocky Mountain School of Photography and all of a sudden, it clicked. I became a sponge for learning more about photography. There are so many places around Florida to shoot and since I've always loved the outdoors, nature photography is my first love. In fact, I often plan photo shoots while on business trips - why not? While I have done a little portrait photography in the past, I find that while working with people - well, people sometimes just get in the way. When you're shooting nature, all you really need is a little patience - the photo will come to you.
I've been married to the same wonderful woman for thirty years. Becky is my lifetime partner and loves the outdoors as much as I. I have two wonderful kids, Evelyn and Jared, and the greatest daughter-in-law, Tara.
I hope you enjoy my work.