One of the world’s leading international image makers, Atlanta, Georgia native Steve Thornton began his illustrious career as a self taught and progressive 12 year old shutterbug with a keen and razor sharp eye to detail. As a professional, he has photographed numerous national and international ads, along with feature editorials for celebrated magazines in the United States, Milan, Italy and Paris, France, where he has also lived. These respected magazines include “Zeffrio", "Teen", "Seventeen", "Modern Bride", "Your Prom" and "Bride’s" plus Western Lifestyle magazines like "Cowgirl", "Cowboys and Indians", "American Cowboy", "Western and English" and "Western Horsemen”.
In addition to Steve’s revered editorial features, his work has been prominently showcased in the advertising photography arena and corporate settings for respected companies such as UPS, INVESCO, American Express, General Motors, Hallmark, Citizens, Hyatt, Trane and Ferguson.
Each and every day, thousands of people from all walks of life feel the inspiration, power and raw emotion that Steve’s candid images bring to this world. Even today, he still continues on his prolific quest of providing not only some of the best quality images in the industry, but as well, creating spectacular and eye-catching photos that are not just artistic images, but emotional experiences for everyone to enjoy.
He travels on assignment an average of 175 days a year, he has been in 48 of the 50 states and 18 countries in North America, Europe, the Orient and the Middle East. Steve has been shooting Motion for almost as long as he has been a still photographer, starting with Super 8mm film, then to 35mm film to SD Video and now HD video.
Steve is a winner in the ASMP "Best of" award. The ASMP is a professional photography guild 7000 members strong.
As Steve says, "In another life, I was an electrician, a welder, a fabricator, a machinist, a mechanic and an electronic technician. So being around machines is not foreign to me, in fact I like machines! In addition I frequently know what I am looking at."
He goes on to tell a story about being on location in a warehouse that just did not have enough electrical outlets and how the strobes kept popping the circuit breakers. This it the rest of story from Steve: "So I saw the main electrical distribution panel, and always with tools, I pulled off the cover. (My client is about to have a cow.) I noted it was a Square D panel, I pulled out one of the circuit breakers so I confirm the type it was, wrote up a short list of electrical parts: 4x4x2 handy box, 1 each 3/4 x close pipe nipple, 4 ea 3/4" lock washers, 2 duplex outlets, 2 Sq. D 20 amp circuit breakers, a double duplex handy box cover, 4' 12 gauge solid wire, green, THHN. Plus 9' of 12 gauge wire in white and 9' black, also THHN."
Then he sent his lead assistant to the closest Home Depot and when he returned Steve installed the nipple, the box, the wire, the breakers, the duplex outlets and the cover plate. This solved this problem.
He would be delighted to answer any questions you may have and there are no strings attached, just answers and suggestions. When working he is focused and funny, when not working he is funny.
Steve at Phoenix Airport
Steve at Phoenix Airport
Here he is petting a 2300 lb. (1045 Kilogram) Bull Buffalo, don't try this! It can be fatal.
For a sense of scale Steve is 6'6" (2 meters) tall.
Here Steve is giving instructions to the stagecoach driver where to go for the next series of shots.
Here is Steve holding a 1 day old longhorn calf on a cattle ranch about 60 miles Northwest of Phoenix, Arizona.
Steve in St. Augustine shooting with his Arriflex 2C, a 35mm film motion picture camera
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