Why Choose PhotoActive Photography?

Simply put, PhotoActive will ensure that every aspect of your photography project meets or exceeds your expectations.  PhotoActive takes each job seriously and with the utmost professionalism.  You have a photography needs problem, we provide the answers.           

To understand our approach to weddings, see our blog post entitled "Why should your photographer take your wedding seriously?" and you will fully understand what we do and why we do it. Feel free to read some of our client testimonials below! Looking for ways to save money on your Wedding? Check out our blog post here for $$$ saving tips!

For your REAL TIME wedding or special event, why would you leave the most important day of your lives in the hands of someone who is not a tried and true professional? You cannot get the moment back - once it is gone, it is gone. After years of experience, professional wedding and event photographers learn to adjust to changing situations and deal with the unexpected in ways that others cannot. The numerous decisions and subsequent actions that must be made to capture the moment even if things do not go as planned make hiring a professional well worth the money. While some photographers may charge less, our rates are competitive and you can rest assured that your most special day will be captured as you envisioned it. Additionally, some photographers charge more and deliver less so we encourage you to do your homework and thoroughly research photographers before making a vendor selection for any project. 

PhotoActive believes that building RELATIONSHIPS creates the foundation to best serve our clients. PhotoActive wants to be YOUR first choice for any future photography needs (family, business, or personal). Open, clear, and regular communication mitigates potential problems and helps ensure that we will capture the images you want for your wedding, event, or other photography needs. PhotoActive's professionalism, courtesy, and integrity makes working with us easy, fun, and stress free. Whether on assignment for one hour or ten, you will receive the finest photography services possible. 

PhotoActive delivers stylized, artistic modeling and portrait services. We bring clients unique and beautiful imagery on any fashion, glamour, and portrait project. Photography is an art - Chuck is an artist. In more ways than one, PhotoActive is the FUSION of Photography and Graphics Artistry. We perform above and beyond as your photography provider and offer repeat clients significant discounts for future services.  We are your IMAGERY CREATION ENDGAME.

Unlike other photographers, PhotoActive does not limit your number of edited images for weddings. Clients receive UNLIMITED edited digital images on USB drive for their wedding, each image infused with PhotoActive's artistic style and flare. We will also re-edit images to your satisfaction.

Furthermore, in the unlikely event that you are not completely satisfied with the results, when possible, we will re-shoot any non-event assignment at no additional cost to you. Talk to PhotoActive about our satisfaction guarantee.

For your peace of mind and our protection, PhotoActive also has $1 million in liability insurance. Contact PhotoActive and we can easily provide the necessary insurance documentation to you when required by your event venue. 

Our Preferred Partners (please tell them we sent you)

DJ Services

• Joe Farren Wedding Singer & DJ 

Joe Farren Live Music & DJ Services

• DJ King, Daniel Watkins

Please call DJ King at (863) 399-7460

Makeup Artists

• Angelia Stevenson with Brushes of Beauty - 813.716.8590

Brushes of Beauty

• Tiara with Tiara Styles Beauty - 813.777.9253

Tiara Styles Beauty

Briana Brooks with The Glam Goddess Esthetics - 813.293.8877

Notary Public

• Lee and Clarissa Smith 

Please call Lee and Clarissa at 727-537-6049 or email them at

Smith Notary Solutions

PhotoBooth Services

• Dan & Kim with D&K PhotoBooth

D&K Photobooth

Videography Services

• Leslie Harris-Senac with Visions Unlimited Videography

Please call or text Leslie at (941) 315-3456 or email her at

Visions Unlimited Videography

Wedding Planners

• Brenna Taylor with An Elegant Affair

Please call Brenna at 813-434-0288

An Elegant Affair

• Angelina Colhourer

Please email Angelina at 

The Apostolic Wife

• Jeanetta Alls with Exquisite Design & Company

Please call Jeanetta at (863) 287-7647 or email her at 

Exquisite Design & Company, LLC

Wedding Photographers

If I am unavailable for your wedding day or, for whatever reason, my photography style and vision are not what you are looking for, I would sincerely like to recommend that you consider my good friends and fellow photographers, Bill and Rachel Ying with Ying Photography!  They are a husband and wife team that does phenomenal work!  Visit their website at Ying Photography and contact them at 941-479-0123!

Client Testimonials

(go to WedPlan or The Knot or Google for third party testimonials)

- Rated 5 Stars by Mary ~ "Chuck was great to work with. He was really great with my kids. I would definitely use him again if we were in the area. Great experience!"

- Rated 5 Stars by Lynn ~ "I cannot say enough about Chuck and Photo Active. Our pictures so beautifully captured the love between my husband and I- and this is because of a combination of heart, love incredible talent, and Chuck’s ability to make our photo session just feel like an hour with an old friend. Do not hesitate to book with Photo Active!"

- "Chuck is absolutely amazing. He goes out of his way to make sure you get every look you need. For my first time back on the camera I wouldn’t have done it with anyone else! It was an honor to work with him and I can’t wait to work again in the future. THANK YOU!" Keturah Maree · Model

- Rated 5 Stars by Anthony Windmon ~ "The photoshoot was very fun! Chuck was helpful in picking key areas that would result in great, high-quality photos. He was also very professional and flexible when it came to picking the date and time of the shoot. And, my photo proofs and final edits came out very nice! I’ll definitely be using his services again in the future."

- Rated 5 Stars by Clarissa Smith ~ "Chuck did a great job on our portraits. He got very creative with the limited space we had! We plan to use him for our family portraits soon :)"

- "Chuck was very professional with a fun, friendly demeanor. I brought my baby as well as a friend and her husband as escorts to the shoot and he was very accommodating to and patient with us all. His work is absolutely stunning and I was the most satisfied I've ever been with the results of this shoot out of all the photo shoots I've ever done. He definitely knows his craft!" Laila Grace · Model

- Rated 5 Stars by Patricia Hoyte Williams ~ "Regardless of the pictures you want, weddings or parties of all ages, Mr. Chuck’s Photography is AMAZING‼️ He is patient, kind, a great listener, and has an eye for the perfect scenery to capture lifetime moments! His photography skills tell a story that you can remember what exactly happened when that picture was taken! The creativity and passion that Mr.Chuck has for his craft are magnificent and I wouldn’t trade his work for any other! You can definitely depend on Mr. Chuck, the Photographer, as a classic and outstanding professional in his field 🥰 My husband and I are so glad he was our photographer for our engagement photos, Pre-wedding and wedding day, and my husband’s surprise birthday party!!!!"

- Rated 5 Stars by Shamaria Engram ~ "My experience with Charles and PhotoActive Photography was great! He was very flexible with scheduling, very professional, and responsive to my emails and calls. During the photoshoot he listened to my ideas, and he also had great ideas for poses and took great pictures. The turnaround time for getting the final edited pictures back was very quick, less than 7 business days. Overall, I was very pleased and will be using PhotoActive Photography for all of my future photography needs!"

- "Chuck and I worked on our first shoot for 4 hours and it didn't seem like the clock had ticked hardly at all. He captured everything I was feeling and had great direction which got the most out of each wardrobe change. He is very professional, we shared ideas, and I loved so many of the shots we got it was difficult to pick. He helped me feel comfortable which shows in the pictures."  Juliet Amelia · Model

- Rated 5 Stars: “Chuck was amazing. Throughout the entire process, not only our engagement photos but especially our wedding day. He was recommended to us by one of my customers and I will be recommending him to everyone I know. When you are not used to taking pictures, like I am not, Chuck was awesome at allowing me to relax and really give us directions that made the entire time very easy. He truly captured the day in a way that we will be able to look back on and remember every amazing moment.” Judah Klein

- Rated 5 stars by Kisha J. - Awesome photographer! Chuck did an amazing job on our photos can't wait to see the finished album and final photos. Thanks Chuck!

- "I had such a fun time shooting with Chuck on the beach! Such a professional photographer that pays great attention to detail. I felt completely comfortable shooting with him and would work with him again for sure!" BiancaLeon · Model

- Rated 5 stars by Ashley - Amazing Photographer! We used PhotoActive Photography for our engagement and wedding pictures and absolutely loved the pictures and the entire experience!

- Rated 5 stars by Steven S. - Outstanding! Chuck was our photographer who was selected through David's Bridal. He was on time, courteous, and professional. His shots were outstanding and captured every detail of our wedding and reception. Highly recommended!

- Rated 5 stars by Bev D. - Chuck, from the moment we met at the conference I knew something special was going to happen. And it did. You are a magnificent photographer. Not only in skill, but in your unique ability to capture exceptional moments. You made everyone feel comfortable and thrilled to participate in your picture taking. The final video slideshow is incredible and reflects our conference in a most stunning way – you captured those smiles and evidence of a remarkable event. Thank you Chuck for making us look good.

- Rated 5 stars by Rita M. - Truly Chuck knows how to capture the perfect photos. His professionalism, quality, kindness, timeliness, dedication and experience speak loudly through his finished products. Also, he is pleasant to work with. He definitely knows photography. My family will cherish the beautiful memories he was able to capture on camera. Thanks a million for the work done for my family. I highly recommend Chuck Jackson. You will not be disappointed with his work. We definitely love his work!

"Rockstar Photographer! Great communication and awesome work ethic! Looking forward to working with him on future projects!" Sincerely Cymone · Model

- Rated 5 stars by Laura - Great value, great photography! We had an amazing experience with PhotoActive Photography! Chuck is great! All of our family & friends raved about how personable he was. My new husband and I knew from the first time we met him that he would be. His work is phenomenal as well. He is very talented & his prices are very reasonable. We didn't want to spend a fortune on photography & figured since we weren't paying an insane amount (as a lot of photographers do) that our photos would be mediocre. Boy were we wrong!!! Chuck did an amazing job & we have SO many great photos from our special day. I would highly recommend PhotoActive Photogrpahy for your wedding day! 

- Rated 5 stars by Sarah Robinson-Hughes - Chuck was a gem of a find! Being an overseas bride I had only the internet to rely on to find a photographer for my big day. Chuck's quote was not only reasonable but his friendly open and informative communication 'sold me'. I have not regretted that decision for one minute. He is extremely personable, very friendly and immediately puts you at your ease. My guests loved him and he took lots of photographs without us ever feeling 'imposed' upon which was key due to our small wedding. The photographs are amazing and I have never had so much positive feedback from friends and family with people telling me how artistic they are and that they are the best photographs they've ever seen. His attention to detail is faultless. I would recommend Chuck in a heartbeat and if anyone is getting married around the Tampa area I would really have to question why you would want to pick anyone else! xxx 

- Rated 5 stars by Kristy Richards - I still can not believe that my husband and I were fortunate enough to have Chuck as our wedding photographer, especially with the limited budget that we were working with. From the beginning, Chuck was friendly and professional. His responses to my e-mails were always timely and he always provided advice to help me in planning the wedding without being intrusive in any way. On the day of the wedding, he was on time and not at all "in the way" as he took pictures of the preparation. I should mention that I had a VERY tight timeline on the day of the wedding, and Chuck still managed to get all of the pictures that I requested. He even managed to get outdoor pics of my groom and me before it started to rain. And oh the pictures!!! Before my husband and I returned from the honeymoon the teaser slideshow pictures were already up on the site. They completely blew me away!! I've seen a lot of pictures that were taken at the wedding, even those that were taken with professional cameras. However, none even come close to the pictures that Chuck got. He captured every detail, and I couldn't be happier that we chose him to photograph our wedding. He'll also be the photographer at my sister's wedding next month! lol 

- "Chuck Rocks! Professional and Talented. I love everything we created and can't wait to shoot again! His work has taken my portfolio to another level. Thanks Chuck!" Trish Dish · Model

- Rated 5 stars by Wendy-a destination wedding bride - Hire Chuck now! He stayed in touch throughout my whole destination wedding planning process. Always easy to talk to and always quick with a response and answer. Very professional and beautiful work. Everyone else raved about him and are amazed by his photos as well. Such a great artistic eye and attention to details. He's the best! Thank you Chuck!!!

- Rated 5 stars by Jaime Bryant/ Petti - Planning a wedding out of state was a real challenge, I decided to put my trust in PhotoActive after speaking with Chuck numerous times and getting a really good feeling about working with him. His customer service is excellent and he goes above and beyond to please his clients. His work exceeded my expectations and everyone still comments and gives me compliments not only on his work but how nice and professional he carried himself with all of my family & friends. I would recommend him highly and will be using his services again for my "Trash the dress" session (which i rather call Glamorizing The Dress ). 

- Review by Queenie Willis - "Chuck was so professional, he made the evening seem as though we were stars. Everyone was so pleased with his work, the photos were awesome. Really words cannot fully describe what a night we had. But when we looked back at the photos that were taken it was so emotional, because he captured such beautiful moments. Thanks Chuck, I can't sing your praises enough!"

- "Chuck is awesome to work with! His planning ahead for his shoots shows he cares to make your shoot the very best. I appreciate his time and direction and making feel very comfortable. The photos turned out awesome. Love them and his creativity with the lighting and angles are a special touch." Kim Roden · Model

- Rated 5 stars by Maria & Jevon Miller - What an amazing deal for photos you will cherish for a lifetime! So many images to choose from, I wonder in awe how Chuck had the ability to get everything that happened on our special day, even the things I missed. For instance, the groomsmen's scheme to replace my wedding band for the ceremony with a mood ring, and while that was going on he still caught great images of my nieces getting ready in the other end of the church. Artistically, I still don't know how our pictures truly look like a magical fairy tale, the colors are so vivid and edited so well. I could not have asked for more and on top of that Chuck is the most kind and professional photographer. I was not sure how things were going to work, planning everything from Vancouver, BC but I would not change a thing and I would recommend him to anyone in need of a photographer no matter what the occasion. 

- "Working with Chuck was AWESOME! He is an amazing photographer! A very excellent communicator, planner, preparer, executor, etc. As a model, I could not have asked for a better experience. I can't wait to see the final edits!" Coco Medina · Model

- Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Archie Harmon - "Great Photographer with Exceptional Service and Prices" I contacted the Photoactive photography and I spoke directly to the owner (and more importantly the photographer). Chuck Jackson did an excellent job with my wedding brunch. The pictures were one's that my wife and I will cherish. He had all photos edited and posted on the website within 3 days of my event. He always communicated the deadlines and I am so pleased we went with his services. The pictures were expressive of our personalities. It's hard to find photographers that "get it". He gets it. 

- Rated 5 out of 5 Stars by Brandon Henry - Chuck Jackson is by far one of the BEST photographers available! He is very professional, and his services are TOP-NOTCH! I hired him for my 30th birthday celebration. As we all know, the 30th birthday is a milestone birthday that one always wants to remember. Keeping this in mind, I knew I had to find a photographer who would do me justice...and Chuck did just that! He was truly "on point" the entire evening! Chuck captured soooo many GREAT shots of my friends, family, and me. There were nearly 1000 pictures! The images were so crisp and clear...and of the highest quality. Just as Archie mentioned, the pics were posted within a few days on the wedding website, and the photo DVD was provided to me within a week. I truly appreciate Chuck for helping to make my 30th birthday celebration a very memorable occasion for me! I recommend him wholeheartedly for any and all occasions. You will not be disappointed. 

- Review by Dorothy Wilkerson - Chuck is extremely professional and did an incredible job capturing every detail and moment of my wedding!! With his help and experience, I was able to easily plan out all the details from afar here in Texas. His work will speak for itself and his pictures will leave you in awe. He has already provided his wonderful services to two of my other friends and will also be doing my sister's upcoming wedding- we wouldn't go anywhere else!! THANK YOU very very much Chuck!!

- "Chuck is exceptionally professional, easy-going and a great photographer to work with. Had a blast shooting with him and welcome the idea of working together again soon!!" Miss Rikki Lynn · Model

- Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Nia and Kyle N. - Chuck did a fantastic job of capturing the memories made at our wedding. He was easy to work with and very flexible. Every time I look at the pictures, I'm taken back to that day and it reminds me of the great time everyone had. I'm so glad we went with Chuck and PhotoActive Photography. I recommend him to everyone!!!

- Review by Teri Suit - Working with Chuck Jackson was indeed a pleasure. I was in need of a new professional headshot and dreaded finding the time to work one more thing into a busy schedule. Chuck made the entire process very easy. He agreed to come and do the shot at my home or office and I thought - well that will make it less of a time-killer. He was prompt, courteous, professional and delivered exactly what I had hoped for - an easy photo shoot done in my home, that produced a really great headshot. From his set-up to the final shot, it took maybe 45 minutes. He delivered proofs via email, sending several good shots to choose from. I would encourage anyone who needs a professional shot done to work with Chuck. In my opinion, he is a solid "pro" and I would use him in the future without any hesitation.

Business Clients Include

2Man Army Entertainment Group
Alliance of International Aromatherapists
Anarchist's Closet
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care Tampa
Brightroom Photography
Charity Awareness Fair & Expo (CAFE)
Council for Exceptional Children
Cypress Point Community Church
David's Bridal David's Bridal Slideshow
Delatorro L. McNeal (Professional Speaker)
Denims & Diamonds Fashion Show
Donna Michelle
Draeh Studios Video Game Production Company
Families Against Minimum Mandatories (FAMM)
Fashion Fab Boutique
Fashion for a Cause
Fashionably Fabulous
Fastrams Sports Photography
First Impressions Modeling & Talent
Florida Education Fund, Inc.
George Street Photo
Habitat for Humanity (Hillsborough)
Heaven Scent BBQ
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Benito Middle School)
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Wharton High School/Navy Junior ROTC)
Illinois College of Optometry
KB Homes
Law Office of Michael J. Krakar
Lift Those Hands, Inc.
Lily and Lime Wedding Photography
Living Social
Love Your Neighborhood
Motown Maurice Productions, Inc.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
Northwest Scholastic Press (Photography judge 2015 - present)
PSCU Financial Services
Purple Dragon Don-Jitsu Ryu
Six Footahs, LLC
Tampa Bay Lightning
USA Funds
University of Florida Alumni Tampa Gator Club
University of South Florida College of Engineering
University of South Florida Navy & Marine ROTC Programs

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