About Steve

As a photojournalist, I strive to use photography in the literal Greek sense – “to write with light” – to communicate ideas, capture the essence of events, and make images that reveal the unexpected, instill compassion, and celebrate life. The enjoyment I find in exploring the rich diversity of people, and sharing that experience in a visually compelling way, is the essence of my work as a photographer. To view some of my documentary-style photojournalism work go to stevebimages.com

As an artist, I venture outside of traditional photography.  I love to experiment with mixed media, which allows for a wide range of creative expression.  Documentary-style photojournalism entails capturing the emotional peg of “the story,” or moments related directly to the people I am photographing.  It is reality.  It’s unethical for photojournalist to create or direct the subjects for a photograph with the exception of straight forward portraits.  Though photojournalism is photography, and I use artistic creative compositional devices, while paying attention to quality of light in my work, there isn’t room for mixing things up like I can with the pieces I create using a mixture of various mediums.   The HDR images, manipulated Polaroids, and painted photographs you may see on this site combine my love of photography and art beyond what I do on a daily basis as a photojournalist.

Graduating from Texas A&M in 1990 with a B.S. in photography and a minor in art, I began working as a staff photographer for the Branson Daily News, in Branson, Mo. Since then I have held staff photographer positions at three other newspapers across the country, while freelancing for several other publications and advertising agencies. Clients include: The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Borenstein Marketing Group Inc., The National Neighborhood Coalition, Color Techs Inc., Innovative Business Technology, InfinityQS International, Associated Press, Dublin News Group, The Copeland Group, Lighthouse Design, Gallery of Fame, Wayne Newton Publications, Imax Theatres, Mel Tillis Theatre, Americana Theatre, Brenda Lee Productions, Inc., Jim Stafford Theatre, Silver Dollar City, Roy Clark Theatre, Destination Branson, Mutton Hollow Entertainment Park, The Branson Arts Council, Hollister Discovery Center, 2G Design Inc., Country Inn, Gallery of Fame, and the Fanne Mae Foundation. My work has also been published in many other news outlets including, The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Indianapolis Star, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and The Oregonian.

Accomplishments

Accepted as a participant “Truth With a Camera Workshop” 2007

First-Place award for best multimedia production project.

Region Five National Press Photographer Monthly Clip Contest Quincy Herald-Whig

Second-Place Feature/Single Pictures (Nationals)

First-Place Feature/Single Pictures

First-Place Feature/Multiple Pictures

Second-Place Feature/Multiple Pictures

First-Place Feature/Single Pictures

First-Place Feature/Multiple Pictures (Nationals)

Department of Defense Combined Forces Thomas Jefferson Awards 2001

First-Place Civilian /Contract Photographer of the Year

United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Merit Awards 2001

First-Place Civilian /Contract Photographer of the Year

Department of Defense Combined Forces Thomas Jefferson Awards 2000

First-Place Civilian /Contract Photographer of the Year

United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Merit Awards 2000

First-Place Civilian/Contract Photographer of the Year

Region Seven NPPA Monthly Clip Contest Sedalia Democrat

Second-Place Feature/Multiple Pictures

Second-Place Feature/Single Pictures

Third-Place Feature/Multiple Pictures

Region Seven NPPA Monthly Clip Contest Branson Daily News

First-Place Feature/Single Pictures

Second-Place Feature/Single Picture

Third-Place Feature/Multiple Pictures

Third-Place Feature/Single Pictures

Third-Place Feature/Multiple Pictures

Missouri Press Association

First-Place Best Photo Essay/Dailies

Third-Place Best Photo Illustration/Dailies

First-Place Best Coverage of Rural Life & Agriculture/Dailies

Honorable Mention Best Photo Package/Dailies

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1 thought on “About Steve”

  1. Steve,

    Greetings. I am originally from Quincy and have taken many photographs there. I would like some input on some HDRs that I have taken there as well. My email is Mattquintero@gmail.com.

    If you could please send me a message there so I can have your email, I would really appreciate it.

    Best,

    Matt

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