Fred Watkins has been a professional photographer for over 25 years. He started in the Time-Life photo lab in New York City, and worked his way up doing freelance photography for Time, Life and People magazines. He expanded his clientele to include ABC, ESPN, MCI, Pfizer, Miller Brewing Company, General Motors, Fox News and other Fortune 500 companies. Fred is a member of the White House Press Corps and worked for Ebony and Jet magazines as a staff photographer for 20 years. He established his own company, First Take Photography, in 2007.
Fred's assignments have taken him around the world. He was the first photographer to photograph George W. Bush in his private quarters on Air Force One. He has traveled with Presidents Clinton and Bush to Africa, and with Jesse Jackson to Brazil. Fred also traveled to Jerusalem to photograph the Gaza Strip and other historic landmarks. His most honored accomplishment was to document Nelson Mandela's first tour of the USA after being released from prison in 1990.
Photography is a labor of love for Fred and capturing the moment is his specialty. One-on-one portrait sessions, weddings and corporate events all receive the same attention to detail and guarantee of customer satisfaction.