Steven, or Simko to friends, first became interested in photography at fifteen, when he noticed a point of purchase display of a girl in a yellow bikini holding a Minolta 110 Weathermatic underwater camera. Intrigued, and perhaps hoping to meet some real girls in yellow bikinis, young Steven walked into that South Carolina camera shop and asked to be taught simply “Everything about Cameras." They hired him on the spot.
From there, Steven took his newfound photo skills to his school yearbook staff where he was promptly let go for taking some questionable photos (wink, wink). Unfazed, he continued his pursuits of photographing beautiful girls throughout his high school and college years.
Eventually, Steven left the South and moved to California. Then to London. Then back to California. A few years later, after assisting iconic photographer Art Streiber and processing Herb Ritts' B&W contact sheets at Photo Impact lab in Hollywood, he moved to New York City. In New York, Steven began shooting fashion for the magazines here and abroad. Through a chance meeting (right place, right time) with Ivan Shaw, Steven landed his first assignment coming from the fashion bible itself: VOGUE. Nowadays, Steven specializes in energetic pictures of celebrities and real people alike. He's photographed tons of interesting people, including Adele, Anine Bing and Frank Gehry for notable publications such as VOGUE, LALA Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine and HELLO! Fashion Monthly.
Steven balances his work life with a passion for trying to better his single digit handicap on the golf course and his personal project "Blues Sunday"..
Steven is currently based in Hollywood, California.
2021 APA-LA "Off the Clock" Exhibit
2019 DISCOVERY GROUP Show
2019 GIVEN A FACES Show
2017 APA NATIONAL Series Winner
2017 APA-LA "Off the Clock" Exhibit
2016 APA-LA "Off the Clock" Exhibit
2015 PDN Photo Annual Issue
2014 PDN Photo Annual Issue
2014 APA-LA "Off the Clock" Exhibit
Client List :
HARPERS BAZAAR (China)
HELLO! FASHION MONTHLY (UK)
LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
ROAD & TRACK