Steve’s love for photography began when he was 12 and received a camera from his father, who recognized his visual sensitivity and unique perspectives. Steve was fascinated by the idea of capturing people and places through photographs. Years later, as a freshman in college, a friend encouraged him to purchase his first SLR camera to capture the urban landscape of Philadelphia. The moment his first print came out of the developing bath, he knew he had found his passion. Even though he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a major in Accounting, Steve initially worked as a photo journalist for more than 30 Philadelphia area newspapers.
In the '80's and '90's he ran his family’s retail business while pursuing photography on the side until 1994 when he made the decision to evolve his love into a career as a professional photographer.
A random encounter and a surprise blue ribbon helped shape his career as a photographer. On a trip to Scotland, he came upon a bagpiper in full regalia playing his instrument alongside the road. Steve asked the bagpiper to pose for him. Months later, he built up enough courage to enter several landscape photos in the State Fair. He was pleased to find out all of them had received some recognition but was surprised to discover his bagpiper photo had won the grand champion award. He was surprised because not because he had not developed confidence in his portraits as he had in his landscape and architectural photography, but because he did not submit the photo—his wife did!