Portraits from the 2017 Salty Dog & Salty Pup Portrait Gallery Exhibit can be purchased at




“I want to create images that stop you in your tracks. That give you pause for thought, that make you smile with joy. I want to create dramatic, meaningful, iconic portraits that will last longer and mean more than just another snapshot in today’s image driven world.”
~ Chad Dennis            

Chad Dennis is an editorial and commercial portrait photographer based out of Atlantic Beach, FL. Chad works with his clients to create dramatic, iconic and purposeful work to tell their stories in the best light possible. Over the course of his career, he has worked with clients like the United Nations, the NFL and NFL Network, Revlon, Toyota and the World Golf Hall of Fame.

When Chad isn’t working with his clients, he can be found working on personal projects that are near and dear to his heart. His first gallery show was called the 100 Portrait Project and featured 100+ portraits and stories of people who have suffered with some form of mental illness, or have had loved ones that suffered from mental illness. This project proved to be a great start in tearing down the stigma associated with mental health issues. The exhibit was proof that you are not alone, even when your dark, is the darkest dark.

This year marks the second year for the Salty Dog Portrait Series, which has become a lifelong art project to document the bond between surfers and the sea, as well as to capture the unique and diverse culture of wave riders on the east coast. Last years exhibition represented 4,714 years of surfing right here on the First Coast.

The Salty Pups are Chad’s newest addition to his gallery exhibits. He loves working with children and capturing the joy, innocence, and purity that these kids have on their face at the very beginning of their relationship with the ocean. This addition to the Salty Series has brought him great joy over the course of the summer of 2017 and will be an ongoing endeavor during the summer months in the future.

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  • 2 Canon 5DmkIII’s
  • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 (L Series)
  • Canon 50mm f/1.2 (L Series)
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 (L Series)
  • Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens
  • Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro (L Series)
  • Canon 7D
  • Canon 55-200 f/4-5.6
  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
  • Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8
  • Sigma 30mm f/1.4
  • Multiple Variable ND Filters and Polarizers


  • Sony UWP-V1 Wireless Lavalier Microphone Package
  • Sony UWP-V2 Wireless Handheld Microphone Package
  • Sennheiser EW112-p G3 Camera Mount Wireless Microphone System
  • Audio-Technica – AT-897 – Boom Microphone Kit
  • Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder
  • Rode VideoMic Camera Mounted Shotgun Microphone


  • 3 Impact VC-500LR Digital Monolights with several Light Modifiers ranging from 7″ umbrellas to small softboxes and beauty dishes
  • ARRI Softbank IV Plus 5 Light Kit: Includes – 2-150W Fresnels, 1- 300W Fresnel, 1- 650W Fresnel, 1- ARRILITE 750 Plus Focusing Flood, High Output HPL Lamp (750 Plus), Chimera Video Pro Plus 1 Bank, Barndoors, Filter Frames, Scrims, Stands, Bulbs, Accessory Pack
  • 2 Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit – 10.75′
  • Impact – 5-in-1 Collapsable Circular Reflector Disc – 42″
  • LEE Filters Quick Location Pack – 24 Sheets (12 x 12″)
  • Westcott – uLite 3 Light Lighting Kit: Includes – 1100 Total Watts, 3 – uLite Fixtures, Bulbs, 2 – 20″ Softboxes
  • Canon Speedlite 320EX
  • 2 Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT


  • Kessler Stealth Slider (40.5″)
  • Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System
  • Manfrotto – 055CXPRO4 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs (Black)
  • Manfrotto – 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release
  • Manfrotto – 701HDV Pro Fluid Video Mini Head
  • Zacuto – Striker Gorilla Handheld Shotgun Mount
  • Oben 4-Section Aluminum Monopod

Action Cameras

  • 2 Drift Innovation HD170’s with mounting system and underwater housings
  • 2 Canon HF S100 High Definition Camcorders
  • Go-Pro Hero +3


  • Impact – Background Support System – 12′ Wide
  • Seamless Background Paper
    • (107″ x 12yds, #1 Super White)
    • (107″ x 12yds, #1 Thunder Grey)
    • (107″ x 12yds, #1 Black)