Did You Hear What They Said?

“Fran is a hustler. He has gone and gotten photos from things that other photographers never have. Not only does he cover the stories he’s assigned in different ways from the expected, but Fran finds stories on his own and covers them equally well.” - Ned Seaton, Publisher, The Manhattan Mercury

"Fran has the ability to shoot the range of everything I’ve given him – documentary photos, elections, sports, judicial ceremonies, concerts, meetings, interviews, portraits, and always gets shots I don’t expect. Whatever I’ve assigned him, he has done a wonderful job. And to top it off, he’s a great guy who cares about the craft so much." - Marilyn Young, Editor, Jacksonville Financial News and Daily Record

"The photos of the screening event for Enemy of The Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story are breathtaking. You captured the event, key aspects of the film, the audience, and the individual personalities that contributed to its success. I so appreciate your artistry and skill." - Dr. Tarah Trueblood, Director, UNF Interfaith Center

“Fran is everywhere and no matter what the situation, he embraces it and gets an awesome shot.” - Walt Braun, Editor, The Manhattan Mercury

"Fran is a masterful storyteller. His images convey the emotion that pages of copy attempt to address." - James Robinson

"You captured an extraordinary photo of an ordinary moment that means so much to me." - Jennifer Remmer, Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra

"You capture emotion... not people." - Shawn Taylor, musician

"One of the finest and most creative photographers on the scene today, Fran has an eye for the moment and never fails to deliver THE SHOT.”  - Wildman Steve, Wildman Steve Radio

“Fran was a game changer for us. Without his fine contributions we would have missed out on a huge national ad series with Guitar Center.” - Monte Willis, Radio Submit

"Fran has consistently proved to have an excellent eye for what is needed for creative and compelling photojournalism. He has been a reliable asset to our publication and a trooper who'll eagerly take on challenging assignments under all conditions to produce an array of outstanding visuals." - Will Henley, Publisher, EU Jacksonville 

“Fran has an eye like no other photographer. Excellent to work with and the best there is.”  -Tony Baia, Amelia Island Graphics

“Mr. Ruchalski is one of the most determined photographers I have had the pleasure of working with in recent years. His insatiable thirst for knowledge has reaped him the reward of a very current and technically proficient image style that has in turn created his signature look. I would recommend him and his work as wholeheartedly as if it were my own. A solid hire for any agency looking for the best.” - Bryan Rapoza, Avenfoto Photography

"Thank you for doing such a great job with such a fast turnaround. The photos and the writing are excellent. I am excited to work with you on future assignments." - Nan Kavanaugh, Managing Editor, First Coast Magazine

“Fran is one of the most active photographers in NE Florida. His work is well known, of the highest quality and comes highly recommended. Wanna look like a rockstar? Hire Fran!”  - Ron Rodriguez, Musician

“Fran has an excellent eye and captures great live entertainment shots AND you don't even know he's there. His work speaks for itself." - Chad Dant, Toots Lorraine & The Traffic

“Fran is a gifted photographer with a great eye for detail. He has taken numerous live shots of my band Rathkeltair at various concert venues from small rooms to big outdoor arenas. He has very graciously allowed us to use several of his photographs in our promotional materials. Many of our clients have commented on the high quality and outstanding composition of the publicity photos Fran has produced for us. We will be hiring him soon to shoot a full promo package. Fran is a great guy, honest, very professional and very serious about his work. I recommend him most highly and without reservation.” - Neil Anderson, Rathkeltair

“Fran's photography is simply stunning. He has an eye for beauty and revelation. Only a true artist can elicit both qualities photographically at the same time. Fran possesses a curiosity in his vision - an exceptional trait to have as a photographer - a characteristic that shows playfulness and intrigue time and again in his striking work. I highly and unequivocally recommend Fran when looking for a exceptional photographer.” - Cathie Coleman-Dickson, Rosemont College

“We met Fran in 2009 after he took the most amazing photo of my son Michael playing in a band. The next year Michael formed a new band and we hired Fran to do the band's photo shoot. The quality was so great that we used the material as the band's main PR material. We have used Fran since on numerous photo shoots and had the same great results! Fran is a true artist and professional and I fully give my recommendation!" - Mike Pappas, Lawless Hearts Management

"Fran did head shots for me and for my daughter. They all turned out wonderfully and we were both very pleased with Fran's attention to detail. He has done some amazing work from head shots to sports to capturing family time to simply capturing life as it happens. He will be my first call when I need a photographer!" - Gilli Hyde

“Fran has a unique and one of a kind eye for a great photograph. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to capture that special moment in time”- Spade McQuade

"I just wanted to compliment you on your recent concert photos of Chris Isaak and band at The Florida Theatre. I am a long time follower of Chris' concerts so tend to see a lot of photos both professional and amateur. I realise you are professional but still there is a difference between photographers and yours really captured Chris, the boys and the mood of a CI concert. Well done!" - Esme Mueller

"Fran is a SUPERB photographer! He has a wonderful ability to capture the essence of a musical artist in a flattering shot while in 'action,' something most photographers can't do. A gifted Talent!" - Lisa Kelly, Vocalist

"I did a search for photographer in Jacksonville for musicians and I found you. WOWOWOWOW did I find you. Your work is simply AMAZING and there is no other way to describe it. You are a true artist!!! You capture the moment, lighting, composition amazing....amazing...." - Dianne Drinkwater, Catch The Groove Band


Past clients include Johnson & Johnson, University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville Symphony, Greenpeace, Harvard University Athletics, Notre Dame Athletics, University of Massachusetts Athletics, University of South Carolina Athletics, Marshall University Athletics, Marist College Athletics, Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics, Eastern Kentucky University Athletics, Vistakon, Baptist Medical Center, Family Practice Partners, The Florida Theatre, Toyota Arts Series, Jacksonville Equestrian Center, Amelia Island Graphics, Sisters Network, Bands Against Breast Cancer, Client Focused Media, EU Jacksonville Magazine, Folio Magazine, Buzz Magazine, First Coast Magazine, The Jacksonville Daily Record, The Florida Times-Union, The St. Augustine Record, and The Orlando Sentinel.



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