Absolutely nothing. I just wanted a very recognizable figure. Something that throws you completely off guard. Michael always has been a step ahead when it comes to photography. Its what made him a top fashion photogra- pher for more than 20 years. And now that hes moved to Destin, Florida, its why families from all over ask him to capture them on the beach in soft black-and-white. His decision to relocate happened fast. Michael grew up in Ocala, Florida; his wife, Cheryl, in Pensacola. After years working for New Yorks fashion industry, a contract with Russell Athletic had quadrupled his business. Home design 3d free In 1993 he semiretired to an 80-acre farm in north Georgia with Cheryl and their two children. But Florida beckoned: Cheryl and I were on the beach while visiting friends, and we both just sort of blurted out,Its time to come back. In a matter of weeks, we sold the farm and moved. Michaels fashion shoots had taken him all over the world, and he developed a stunning portfolio of landscapes and people. I realized I had enough to open a gallery, he says. So in June 1998, he opened one in nearby Seaside, After two decades as a fashion photographer, Michael Belk brought his camera home to Florida.