About Scott Fillmer

Scott Fillmer Self Portrait

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

I have lived all over the country, with most of my roots in Alabama, and I call the Auburn/Opelika area home. Over the years I’ve loved my time living in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and various other places, but Auburn will always be home to me. I’ve had the privilege of traveling all over the world from Australia to Uganda and everywhere in between. This has given me a unique perspective on different cultures and ways of life I could never understand without having been there, and it’s impacted my life tremendously.

My personal mission with my professional work is “to make what you are passionate about successful.” I’m a content writer, photographer, videographer, web designer, or anything else I can do at a professional level to help someone succeed. If you are interested in my formal resume or my LinkedIn profile, there it is.

I’ve been in the working world for about 35 years now and have business experience ranging from the airlines, to the tech industry, to non-profit organizations. I have had the opportunity to live and work all over the world, giving me a worldwide perspective on different cultures and ways of living. Specifically, I’ve been working with partners in small local communities in Uganda on everything from infrastructure projects to technology networks for a growing university.

My passions in life, the thing that surrounds me daily, and pushes me forward, is my love of the Lord, my family, and my personal interests like photography, baseball, technology, and music.

I’m fortunate to be in such a beautiful place like the Auburn-Opelika community and I look forward to connecting with you.

On Photography

Fujifilm Finepix x100 Digital Camera
The original Fujifilm X Series 12mp X100 leaf-shutter digital camera.

I’ve had a camera in my hand since about 1982, and have been studying and active in the art of photography since 1993 when I bought my first “real” camera, a Nikon film camera. I learned how to shoot on film, and I’m grateful for that time and all that it taught me. Today I shoot with whatever I have in my hand at the time, sometimes digital, sometimes film, and most likely it’s my iPhone.

To me, photography is a simultaneous merging of art and life. The resulting image, captured in a fraction of a second, shows proof of our existence, and the beauty of our Creator. Photography is all about capturing a moment in time, that without that image, would likely be lost to history. It shows the emotion, the pain and beauty that is this life. It show the human spirit, and the willingness to look beyond our differences. I strive to incorporate these elements into my photography every time I press the shutter.

As a photographer, I’m always trying to create that unique image, and I’ve reinvented myself photographically many times over the course several decades. I’ve specialized in nature, aviation, portrait, worship, concerts, low light, macro, street photography, and many other unique genres. Some previous clients include ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Equifax, Auburn University, Catalyst Conference, Craig Groeschel, Seth Godin, and many non-corporate individuals.

As of this writing, just shy of the year 2020, I have taken more than half a million images, each one an expression of my view on life. Right now I’m most passionate about capture images of daily life, photography that would mainly be considered street photography. I’m focused on documenting life in and around the Auburn/Opelika (I-85 Corridor) area, but am always interested in any location. I’ve studied the greats in the field like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Susan Sontag, Vivian Maier, and so many actively producing photographers like Eric Kim and others, they have all helped shape my style and it continues to develop even after shooting for so many years.

I have a wide range of stock images available for private and commercial use. For booking information or to setup a photoshoot or to request a commercial image please simply contact me here, for a current look at my images you can see them at these sites below.

I am happy to license my current images for your personal or public use. If you would like to use any of my copyrighted images for any reason, please contact me so we can discuss your needs. I can usually provide people or organizations with high resolution images, original files, or my own work processed and ready for use.

You can also read my usage rights to get a better understanding of how my images can be used. Below you will see a representative of the images I have created over the years. I have studied photography for almost three decades now, and have everything from nature to sports to people, so if you don’t see it below, chances are I probably have it in my stock of images. To see a more extensive portfolio of images please head over to my portfolio page where you can see the ongoing projects I’m working on right now.

I have lived all over the country, with most of my roots in Alabama, and I call the Auburn/Opelika area home. Over the years I’ve loved my time living in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and various other places, but Auburn will always be home to me. I’ve had the privilege of traveling all over the world from Australia to Uganda and everywhere in between. This has given me a unique perspective on different cultures and ways of life I could never understand without having been there, and it’s impacted my photography tremendously.

The best camera is always the one you have with you.

On Technology

iPhone X

I’m passionate about all things related to technology. Lately I’ve taken a deep dive into JavaScript, React and all things software dev, but I’m continually seeking new ways to utilize technology. Technology is something I’ve been drawn to as long as I can remember. My first recall of working on a computer was in the mid-80’s on an IBM DOS driven machine and getting to write some very simple BASIC programs. Most of my work over the years related to technology has come in the form of helping people better understand how to use technology and the freedoms they provide to all people anywhere in the world. I’m one of those who started learning to code (in a serious way) on the other side of 50. It’s hard, it’s a struggle, but I love it.

On Privacy & Security

Scott Fillmer Self Portrait, 2014
Scott Fillmer Self Portrait, 2014

Privacy and security are two different things. They have some overlap, but both have very different purposes and best practices. I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of cryptocurrency several years ago and with that it almost necessitates becoming proficient in privacy and security best practices.

On Sailing

Scott and Deborah on their Morgan Out Island “LAUGHALOT”

I don’t know how or why but this has always been with me in my adult years, it’s never really left though it has been a reality and not over time. Some day, eventually, I will live on a sailboat. With aspirations to sail the oceans.

On Theology & Faith

Scott Fillmer Self Portrait in Buloba Uganda
Scott Fillmer Self Portrait in Uganda

Truth: the quality or state of being true, that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. There are the truths that I hold as self evident by my own existence on this earth, by observation of a created being, in a created world, of which I am but a very small part. Theology is the study and understanding of those beliefs, my faith in Jesus as Savior is the basis for my theological understandings.

It’s hard to put into words what God has done in and with my life. To say what all He has done, and has yet to do, all the countless prayers that have been answered over my lifetime, I do not have words that could ever suffice. Collectively this site, my blog, my life itself, is my honest look at my faith. It’s a part of the air I breathe. You can read my personal testimony here as it was written many years ago. As much as anything else here on this site, I hope it is an honest look at what I call life from my vantage point.

Personal Statement

The post-911-post-covid world we are in today feels quite overwhelming at times. Most people are doing the best they can, and we don’t all have to agree on everything all the time, and I’m ok with that. I respect everyone equally to the very best of my abilities no matter who they are or what they say. I hope you will afford me the same respect as I do you.

I look forward to connecting with you.

War Eagle,

Scott Fillmer Signature


[Updated Summer 2022]

31 thoughts on “About Scott Fillmer

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  3. Scott,

    I am also a seminary student at Liberty University Online and in the midst of a ministry plant in Bedford, IN. The reason I am contacting you is that I have found some of your DSMN 500 WA essays to be a good guide in helping me get an outline and direction for my papers. I am working on my “Discipleship Ministry Project” and I could use any advice or direction that you may have. I know what my ministry project will be, however, I am a visual learner “what should my finished project look like” FYI “you do awesome blog work” I have a blog but I am not a blogger. I keep ministry updates on it and that is about it, however, when time allows I would love to be more involved

    We have a professionally published video on the home page that tells all about our ministry, we have secured the building and location just this week. Praise God.

    Thank You and I look forward to your reply

    David Norris

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    • David, thanks so much for your comments… I haven’t taken the ministry project class so not sure how well i could help you there with that, but, i am still working on adding my Discipleship essays to my site, so maybe that will help.

      i checked out your blog and your ministry site, great work, looks like you have your hands full 🙂

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  4. Hello Scott,

    I would like to inquire about an image of yours, known to me only by the image file title of “great-horned-owl1.jpg”. The image in question was posted to your blog on May 02, 2008. The reason for my inquiry is as follows:

    As an artist, I have been selected to donate a selected work for a silent-auction fund-raising event. All proceeds from said auction are to be allocated to the construction of a skateboard and bicycle park in our community. As such, the medium that we, the artists, have been provided with, is that of a skateboard deck. After weeks of conjuring up various ideas for this platform, I have now narrowed my selections down to two options. One of these options, is that of an owl. After searching Google Images for various reference images, I became quite intrigued by the aforementioned photograph, and would possibly like to pursue a painted rendition for my donation.

    If you could please contact me with regards to this image, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your time.

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  5. Amen! Thank You for Being YOU Scott! I’m Really thankful to have checked out your Blog. Your Pictures are AMAZING! You’re a Breath of Fresh Air! LOVE! ♥

    Hosanna in the Highest!!

    For His Glory,
    ♥ Linda M

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  6. I stumbled upon your site via the “Life, Leadership & Faith” blog. I really enjoy it. I was completely surprised when I started seeing all these Auburn pictures being that I graduated from there in 1991. I was already liking your posts but that sold me. 🙂

    I also have a blog called “The Third Thoughts” which is at thethirdthoughts.com. I’m new to this whole blog thing and would love to get your opinion on mine. If you’re busy, no worries. I enjoy your blog, keep it up!

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  7. Hello!
    Greetings!
    I have visited your website and praise the Lord that you are working for the Kingdom of God in all nations of the World. I am Nasir Shakeel Christian from Pakistan working with Faith Ministry. So if possible keep in touch with us, and if possible work with us or become a partner and help the Christian Children with Education here in Pakistan So that these children may free from poverty, violence, crime, divorce, alcoholism, prostitution, and drug abuse and work in promotion of peace and reconciliation, care of God’s environmental creation, and community responses to social, political, and religious fragmentation. I shall be great full to you. We provide our Translation Services into Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic & Sindhi Languages. We wish to translate your material like Bible studies, Tracts, Sermons Newsletters, Books, etc into these languages so that true teachings may reach to every true believer in all nations of the World. It will be little costly but will be great in the Kingdom of God. For further information please write us. Looking forward your reply.

    In Him

    Nasir Shakeel
    Executive Director,
    Anaveem Faith Ministries
    Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan
    http://acmpak.webs.com
    Phone: +923006565989

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  8. Hi Scott,

    Thanks for liking my post about Rob Bell over at my blog. I hope you’ll keep reading the series. I like the look of your blog (clean and colorful- via your photos). Like you, I’m also a seminary student (part-time). I have strong interests in music and writing and want to do more with this. I also like to take advantage of all the cool things techies like yourself come up.

    Best wishes to you on all your endeavors, and blessings in Christ,

    Alex

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    • thanks for the comments, I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to your future posts… always nice to meet another seminarian, several guys on staff at our church are currently enrolled at RTS, great school. Scott

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  9. Wow…wonderful photo! You are very good (sorry for my english).

    Can you help me? I try to use the Twenty Twelve template (I’d like to have as similar of you). Please help me. Thank’s

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  10. I came across your blog looking up pictures of Jordan Hare and am so impressed with your photography. I am looking for some Auburn photos (converted to black and white) that I could turn into posters for my son’s room. I am wondering if I could purchase a few of your photos to do this. Please email me below. Really, really impressive work you have!!

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  11. Now, is that a Boston Red Sox hat you are wearing in that photo at the top of this page? Seems we both may be members of another “nation.”

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    • yeah, moment of weakness, didn’t want my head to get sunburned and my auburn hat wore out… i’m actually more of a Yankees fan anyway, so wearing a boston hat was bad bad lol

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  12. Appreciated your post on the importance of Leviticus. Some great points.

    A little housekeeping though- check your usage of peaked on your “about me” page. Guessing you meant piqued. And I won’t be offended if you remove this comment upon reading- in fact, please do!

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  13. Hi Mr. Fillmer, I am a high school student and I have a speech that involves photos of snowflakes. I really loved your photo of the snowflakes on the window called Snowflake Photo on a Frosted Window and I was wondering if I could use it. It will be properly cited in MLA format. I hope you consider this. Thanks!

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