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Meet South Bay Photographer & Videographer: Bob Stevens

Today we’d like to introduce you to the always interesting and unique Bob Stevens.

Bob, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Born in San Francisco, raised in Los Angeles, my passion is storytelling with images and words, and I have practiced this primarily in the areas of Advertising, Graphic Design ad Editorial for over 30 years.

Largely self-taught, I have been mentored by my clients, many of whom are well known, and award winning in their respective fields. I embraced live action early in my still photography career and continue to shoot in both mediums, often on the same project.

Process: I make pictures; still, motion, video. I make ’em while my eyes are open. I make ’em while my eyes are closed. It’s what I live for–the “real thing”, captured in a way that makes people stop and comment, laugh, or just ponder.These days, you may think that photographers are a dime a dozen…and let’s face it, in some cases they are.

But not me. I’m not cookie-cutter, boiler-plate, or anything else that’s a one-size fits all solution.
Besides, what’s fun about a machine that churns out the same thing all the time?

I’m Bob: One of a Kind, The Real Deal, The Whole Enchilada.

Why hire a cover band when the genuine article is available and ready to rock! Let’s partner, collaborate, tango, or otherwise find a way to work together…I make getting your ideas off the ground easy, fantastic, and a big-ass bucket of fun.

Has it been a smooth road?
There’s a saying that if you’re self-employed, you only need to work a half day…you can choose whichever 12 hours you like! The life of a freelance commercial artist is not for the faint of heart, however, there was feast or famine, Obstacles? What obstacles? I’ve always loved the challenge!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
It is becoming increasingly important for still photographers to add video to their skill set. Many of my projects are ‘hybrids’ where I shoot in both the still and live action mediums. This allows the clients to get more ‘bang for their buck’ and create additional content so valuable in the Digital and Social Media spaces.

What has been the primary challenge you’ve faced?
Honestly, I have not felt challenged by external forces or many changes in the photography industry and marketplace. I have always created ‘personal work’ on a regular basis, and that has kept me engaged and able to provide fresh content. When I realize I have not done that in a while…I get out and do it!

What would you tell someone who is just starting out?
It’s very important to know what’s being created in the area of subject matter you are interested in. Become a student not just of photography, but of cinema, narrative, and local culture. Find your inspiration within and without…and don’t forget to shoot…a lot…every day if you can!

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