Born in Davenport, Iowa, Phil Gordon moved to South Florida at the age of two. With no true father figure, Phil’s mother provided for him and taught him right from wrong. In his teen years, like most adolescents Phil got into trouble. In order to keep Phil on the right track, Phil’s mom purchased a vehicle for him so that he would focus on more positive things.
The ’78 Toyota Celica wasn’t a dream vehicle by any means however it kept Phil in school and helped him stay out of trouble. At the age of 16 he began focusing on turning his Celica into something he could be more proud of. Spending much of his teen years in high school and working odd jobs for the finances to pour into his new project, he turned his Celica into a show winner. Phil joined the South Florida car club called Bottom Out Miniz. There he was able to learn more about car and truck building and responsibility by mandatory meetings.
Phil graduated high school in 1995 and still had no direction as to where he would go from there. Superior grades allowed his decision to be greater having received a scholarship to college. During this period Phil brought his custom Celica to a Lowrider Magazine in Miami, Florida. At the show he met famed photographer Joe Greeves. That friendship grew into more like a father/son relationship and from there Phil had a plan of action. Attending The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and graduating with an Associates Degree, Phil came back home to South Florida and attended The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Gathering another degree for photography, he joined forces with Peter Langone a world-renown photographer where Phil learned how to apply his photography skill set.
Phil’s break into the automotive industry began when Joe Greeves was booked at an event and couldn’t cover a show in Central Florida. Joe called Phil and his last words to him were “Go get ‘em son!” Covering the event got Phil’s foot in the door and he hasn’t looked back. He has shot vehicles and events for Lowrider Magazine, Mini Truckin’ Magazine, Street Trucks Magazine, Truckin’ Magazine, Braggen Rites Magazine, King of the Street Magazine, Road Rage Magazine, Out of Reality Magazine, Dub Magazine and Rides Magazine. Phil has done work for the Sun Sentinel Newspaper as well as local advertisement agencies.
Phil credits his passion and dedication to his mother Phyllis who despite being a single working mother, has stood by him through thick and thin and gave him all the essential tools to be a man, his mentor and father figure Joe Greeves for believing in him and opening the door to his career and his friend Danny Perez who believed in Phil enough that together they partnered to create one of the finest car magazines around. Without these integral pieces to the puzzle, the ending might be different.
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Phil Gordon provides a wide range of photography services. The most popular are on location portraits, wedding day coverage, engagement portraits & bridal portraits.
Phil's work is amazing! He came to cover our show, Northern Showdown, in September 2014. It was the first year of the show and having Phil there helped out a lot. Not only did he provide excellent coverage of the event, but he helped spread the word to more people than we expected.
Tony Todaro - Northern Showdown - Ontario, Canada
I have to say as a show promoter having photographers the quality of Phil Gordon has brought a larger number of magazine qualities rides to our event. With the beautiful scenery that makes perfect back drops for photo shoots and professional photographers, like Phil, it has made Scrapin' the Coast a destination show.
Ronny Tolar - Scrapin' The Coast