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Meet San Gabriel Valley Occupational Therapist and Photographer: Steve Mar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steve Mar.

Steve, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started off in photography in September 2010. At the time, several friends of mine were participating in Project 365, a photography project where you documents each day of your life, for an entire year, with one photo per day. When I was starting out, I felt that this would be a great way to not only test my discipline but would be a medium in which I could develop my artistic vision. It wasn’t long until I started to love the process of creating an image and eventually began exploring the world of photography further. I started off by shooting inanimate objects such as food and small, random items before progressing to nature and landscapes, long exposures, models, and studio lighting.

Has it been a smooth road?
My journey in the world of photography has been smooth for the most part. I would say one of my biggest challenges came about when I first started to work with models towards the later portion of 2012. At the time, I had been shooting for two years already, however, I didn’t have much experience working with models or have much-related content in my portfolio so it was initially difficult to find opportunities to grow in this area of photography. Once the opportunities started to come and I was able to build my portfolio further, things became much easier.

What are some of the influences that have played the biggest role in your journey so far?
While most of my growth as a photographer came through my own personal aspirations, I would say there were three individuals who really helped me along the way. The first is one of my best friends and fellow photographer, Rodrigo Molina. We both started photography roughly around the same time and often discussed cameras, lenses, and different photography and editing techniques, he was someone who I bounced ideas with back and forth. The second is another friend, John Hwang, who is the author and photographer of a website called Skid Row Stories. Not only is John’s work noble in that he brings awareness to the rest of the world about the individuals living on Skid Row, the portraits he shoots are second to none. The third is a model, Chelle C, who was the first model that worked with me and allowed me to start building my portfolio.

What kind of work do you look forward to most?
Currently, I do not have any projects that I am looking forward to working on, however, I always enjoy creating long exposure photographs of cityscapes/skylines, and of course creating an image that tells some sort of story.

What have been some of the most important lessons you’ve learned over the course of your career?
If I had to start over, I would focus more so on developing my skills and creating images in my vision with the equipment in my possession and not be concerned with getting the latest and greatest technology. A great photographer can create an image regardless of the camera.

Contact Info:

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Melanie Jambrosic
Chelle C
Reena Tolentino
Jenny Li



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