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Tim Brennan Lead Movie Critic
Tim has been alarmingly enthusiastic about movies ever since childhood. He grew up in Boulder and, foolishly, left Colorado to study Communications in Washington State. Making matters worse, he moved to Connecticut after meeting his too-good-for-him wife. Drawn by the Rockies and a mild climate, he triumphantly returned and settled down back in Boulder County. He's written numerous screenplays, loves hiking, and embarrassed himself in front of Samuel L. Jackson. True story.
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Sabrina Cabrera Rivera is a new columnist for OnTampa. She was originally from Orlando, Florida and is of Puerto Rican descent. She is currently a student at The University of Tampa earning her bachelor's degree as a creative writing major. Ms.Cabrera Rivera has published pieces for a online blog called Geekwhale and published a poem at Polk State Community College in 2012 when she was only 14. She also holds a nice skill set of photography experience that she had build in her young adult life. When she isn't studying or writing her life away she uses her free time to take photos of her adventures in Tampa bay, teaching herself Italian, or losing herself in a bookstore. She is always on the move, meeting new people and ready to travel for another adventure. If you wish to contact Sabrina, you could send her a message to her email or Facebook account at hikaroma13@outlook.com.
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Simon Cobb Photojournalist
Simon has an extensive background in photography with more than 25 years of professional experience. Beginning as a humble village photographer with a small studio in England to the head of his game working on the red carpets of Hollywood as a celebrity photographer and working in TV. Before moving to Florida four years ago, Simon was a camera guy for TMZ  interviewing celebrities each day for the show. Simon’s work has been published worldwide and has been seen on many TV shows and documentaries. Over the years he has covered every aspect in photography from studio work at the very beginning of the digital photography image era. Simon worked for commercial studios in Southern California who’s clients included, Gucci, Armani, Vera Wang, to name a few. He is a contributing photographer to Getty Images, the biggest photo agency in the world. He is also an accredited member of The Royal Photographic Society in London, England. Recently relocated to Clearwater area, Florida, Simon has continued working as a photojournalist covering stories for news agencies around the world. There is little Simon hasn’t done in the photography world and this is what makes him such a skilled and passionate photographer with a true pedigree. If you have any questions regarding Simons pedigree, skills or how to get in touch,  contact him at: 661 309 7689 or email at: scobbphoto@yahoo.com and his Facebook page.
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Hagen Hamilton Director of Operations
Hagen Hamilton is an entrepreneur based out of Denver, Colorado. She is an experienced portrait, wedding, landscape, and product photographer, content creator, and story teller. She is passionate about supporting small businesses, helping others, and inspiring people to overcome adversity. She grew up in the Central Valley of California, excelling in athletics. Her elite running career led her to Colorado to run for the Buffs at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Unfortunately, a chain of serious injuries took her out of the sport and she moved to Wyoming to finish her degree in Psychology and Creative Writing at the University of Wyoming. It was in Laramie where she met her husband, Adam. They recently moved back to the beautiful state of Colorado where she is pursuing her passions as a creative designer, entrepreneur and photographer.
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Tracy Jean-Pierre is a Haitian woman who was born and raised in Pompano Beach, FL. As a teen, she found herself leaving her family behind and relocating to Tampa, FL for the opportunity to attend an institution for higher education. Now, Tracy is an alumna of the University of South Florida where she received her bachelors degree in criminology. Currently, Tracy is pursuing her career in social service as a Certified Child Welfare Case Manager. However, she has recently found a new passion, a more exciting one - writing! When Tracy is not out working with children and families, she finds joy in writing and blogging. In addition, she enjoys the nightlife, socializing/networking, and traveling.

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Mandy and her family moved to Tampa in 2014 from the Mountains of Harrisburg Pennsylvania. She pursues an education at home, while managing her photography and bookkeeping businesses. From a very young age Mandy knew that she belonged outdoors. She felt at home in nature, which encouraged an active lifestyle hiking, mountain biking, and fishing.

In PA Mandy focused on portraits and sports photography, but since moving to Florida she has zeroed in on stock and product photography, focusing mainly on helping small businesses. She takes great pride in utilizing her skills to help various charities including the Humane Society, the ALS & Arthritis Foundations, and more.

Because Mandy has always enjoyed problem solving and the analytical side of things, she dove head first into educating herself at home and building a bookkeeping business. She will happily sit through hours in front of spreadsheets and end the day where her wild heart belongs, outdoors.

Mandy enjoys spending time with “her boys” (Husband & Son) and is a self-proclaimed Gundam building, video game playing, comic reading, Tolkien loving nerd. She enjoys helping others to lead positive, healthy & active lives through leading by example.

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Hi! I’m Leah, a recent Gator grad. I majored in journalism with an outside concentration in English, so needless to say, reading and writing rule my life. When I’m not doing one of the above, I’m likely listening to one of my Spotify playlists, finding somewhere new to eat or on my way to Starbucks. Keep up with me on social media @lalaleahh!
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Roy Miller Photojournalist
Hello Everyone! My name is Roy. I am a photographer @roymillerphotography who specializes in Head Shots, Portraits, and Commercial Photography as well as Stock Photography. My first works are from taking pictures for my wife (Chary Williams) and her blog, Emerald Girl Chronicles. My skill of taking crisp photos with natural light rapidly developed from practice with her. Thanks to encouragement from her and colleagues, I decided to make photography a serious profession. The aesthetic approach of my work tends to be very vibrant. Some might say it's poetry in motion. This reflects my musical background as a saxophonist. My education includes a B.A. from Mercer University and a MM from DePaul University. As such, my clients primarily consist of performing artists and beauty professionals. My aim in business is to provide high quality yet affordable photography that highlights the best qualities of people and places. I am always excited about making new experiences!
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John Charles Roddy is a highly regarded poet and author among his circle of scumbag friends. The Tampa born writer began his college career in the Business Marketing program at The University of West Florida, before deciding he preferred words to numbers. He has since switched his academic focus to English and returned to his home city of Tampa. After five or six (who’s counting?) years in college, he is still convinced he’s almost finished with school. His poems and short stories have been featured in two student literary magazines, he has won one student writing award, and earned countless participation trophies. Despite being the voice of a generation, Roddy has still managed to remain humble and grounded.
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Tony Romo Photojournalist
Tony Romo is originally from Oklahoma City. He moved here to the Tampa Bay area from Louisiana where he was working as a commercial photographer for a world wide baby company. His background in the arts industry consists of screen printing, commercial artist, graphic designer and as he is now a photographer. He has studied at both the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma and the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. He has worked as a photographer's assistant, cruise ship and school day photographer, commercial photographer and is a freelance photographer. He also co-owns a portrait and wedding photography business called Dark Light Portrait Studios. You can see some of his work at www.dlportraitstudios.com.
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Born in South America, Guyana to a Jamaican father, Earl Speid developed a passion for the arts at a very early age and in 2002 he received a BFA from Parsons School of Art and Design in Manhattan, New York. And has since worked as a professional artist drawing inspiration from all different forms of art especially photography.
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Brandy Stark Photojournalist
Brandy Stark is faculty at St. Petersburg College.  She utilizes wrapped wire for her “Metal Myths” series, established in 1995, and is an award-winning photographer.  A lifelong lover of world mythology, her works often manifest as ancient characters, legends, and deities.  As one who has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1980, she has witnessed the transformation of the artist communities in the area.  One of her lifelong goals is to support the art community by bringing the public and the artists together in dialogue.
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Jimena is a new columnist based out of Tampa. She is originally from Mexico and has a bachelor’s degree in Image Consulting. She is passionate about traveling and photography, getting involved in fun activities and events, as well as trying new trends and adventures. She is passionate about a healthy lifestyle and nature. Her background in the image consulting industry led her to this amazing city where she met her husband. Now they are a happy entrepreneurs, pursuing their dreams together. Get in touch with her on her social media: Twitter: @Caesjimee Instagram: @jcaeswoods
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