Photographer, Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” Alan Feldman of Feldman’s Photography can relate to Adams’ statement because he too has been making photos for over 40 years. This past April, Feldman retired from his photography business. “We had a fantastic business, but we love to travel and we have children spread out all over the country. We wanted to be able to spend time with them,” Feldman said. “I thank God that the business was really good and I was lucky enough to be able to retire and not have to work.”

Even though the Feldman’s have retired, they still have many ties to the Brandon community. Melanie Feldman is an artist and she has been involved in many local and international artist organizations. Alan is a former honorary mayor of Brandon, in addition to being a 40-year member and past president of the Rotary Club of Brandon. He served as district governor for Rotary International’s District 6890 from 2011 to 2012. He is active in the Boy Scouts of America and the American Cancer Society. Alan also helped raise funds for Rotary’s Camp Florida in Brandon and served on the board of directors for the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce.

Alan has taught photography in more than 10 countries to some of the world’s best photographers. “I got to work with some of the best photographers in the world,” Alan said. Even though he is retired, he is not retiring his camera. “I will put the camera down professionally, but I will take it with me on all of our vacations,” Alan said. “I hope we continue to have good health and spend more time with our kids and our grandchild. I also hope to catch some nice sized fish because I love fishing. Most importantly, Melanie and I want to enjoy our time together.”

Feldman Photography still exists as a digital transfer business. An employee of the Feldmans still does digital transfers of old VHS, Beta or 16mm movies to digital format. To learn more about the digital transfer services Feldman Photography offers, visit them at or call 685-4343.

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Libby Hopkins
Libby Hopkins has been a part of the Brandon community for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of USF with a degree in journalism. She has been a freelance writer for The Osprey Observer Newspaper since 2008. She also the Executive Director of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association. She is a dog mom to her rescue dog, Marshall. She loves being a part of the Brandon Community and she loves sharing positive news about our community.