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Cliff Roles Photography, Sarasota Florida

I’m a professional photographer, specializing in events, professional and lifestyle portfolios, headshots, dance & theatrical performances, family portraits, etc.
  • 1658 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, FL 34231, USA

  • Operating Hours: Closed (Tuesday)
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I’m a professional photographer, specializing in professional and lifestyle portfolios, head-shots, events, family portraits, house pets etc.

I am proud to be the recipient of the Sarasota County Arts Council 2007 Arts Leadership Award for Media. I won Best Suncoast Enthusiast and Best Local Actor in Creative Loafing’s Best of 2007 & 2008, and I was voted one of the top three in the category Best Local Actor 2008 & 2009 by the readers of Sarasota Magazine and the Readers’ Choice winner in the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Curtain Call 2008 of Best Supporting Actor, Play for my performance as Val in the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre production of Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor.
In March 2009 I was voted Best Local Charismatic Actor by the readers of SRQ Magazine in its Best of SRQ Local 2009. I am also very proud to have been voted Best Emcee/Auctioneer 2009 by Scene Magazine!
In 2009 I was voted Best Local Media Personality, Best Local Actor and Best Mixed Messaage by the readers and critics of Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Suncoast 2009? poll!
November 2010: I was voted Best Local Media Personality by the readers and critics of Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Suncoast 2010? poll!
February 2012: Voted "Best Photographer", Sarasota Herald Tribune 2011 Readers Choice Awards
February 2013: Voted "Best Photographer", Sarasota Herald Tribune 2012 Readers Choice Awards

I became a citizen of the United States of America on February 14, 2014.
Every summer from July to September, I "go walkabout". It started in 2013, when I decided to discover more countries on my home continent of Europe, and visited 15 countries in 50 days with a backpack and a camera. I published my book "Walkabout Europe" on the strength of this trip. A year later I took 3 months to cover the entire continent of Australia and New Zealand.
In 2015 I went on a National Geographic tour of Cuba for 9 days, and two months later I traveled to China, Tibet and Hong Kong to diversify my portfolio.
Photographic courses taken in 2016 include "Headshot Intensive" and "Illuminating The Face" with Peter Hurley, as well as National Geographic's "Advanced Photo Workshop - New York City" with Joe McNally.
In 2016 I visited The Pacific Northwest, Bermuda, New York and New England. In June 2017 I attended a "Dance & Performance Photography Workshop" in New Orleans with Zack Smith Photography, accompanied Circus Sarasota & Sailor Circus to Washington D.C. for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, attended a course in North Carolina held by Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey, and traveled to Poland, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany on my Walkabout 2017. In June 2018 I traveled to Iceland for a landscape photography workshop with Dan Ballard Photography. On completion I flew to Bergen in Norway and spent a couple of weeks visiting Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Hamburg. In October 2018 I went to New York to learn from Lindsay Adler at a Fashion Photography Intensive Workshop. June 2019: Yellowstone Wildlife Safari with Backcountry Journeys.
June 23, 2019: I accompanied high-wire artists Nik and Lijana Wallenda to New York to photograph their walk above Times Square.
December 2019: My "bucket-list" had always included the continent of Antarctica, so I took off the month of December 2019 to join Muench Workshops on the icebreaker "Ushuaia" and sail to Antarctica with over 70 other photographers and naturalists. On our return to Tierra der Fuego, a group of us flew to El Calafate and El Chaiten in Patagonia for 6 days. I ended my 2019 walkabout with a week in beautiful Buenos Aires in Argentina.
March 2020 - ? The pandemic.
All events canceled, so I decided to offer people “Coronicals”, a short “drive-by” photo session at a low cost that would best describe how they are spending this horrendous period. I post the photos on my Facebook page and in a SmugMug gallery, and send the people high-res versions of the photos as keepsakes.


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