Steve Neaves, a London based professional photographer, has worked with a truly diverse collection of people. Phenomenally talented ( rather modest ) and with an amazing eye for detail, his career in media spans two decades.
Recent well known clients include Ray Winstone, The Killers and Jonathan Ross.
I am really excited to be sharing some of Steve’s images with you today.
Basically it was an accident, I was Art directing a magazine and we ran out of budget one month, so the editor suggested I shot a few features. People liked the work and I got commissioned to shoot a big campaign.
So I resigned – two days later the campaign was cancelled and I had no job !
I started off as an engineer in my dads business – didn’t enjoy that so went into graphic design, which was exciting as Desktop publishing had just taken off.
How did you develop your unique style ?
It just evolved over time – I like unusual images, I always get asked to set fire to stuff, which is great as I like to set fire to stuff !
Most of them just dont have the time, although you certainly find out when they dont like something, and its always on the shoot when its usually too late to do anything about it.
From the initial photo shoot, how do you reach your finished image ?
I try to do most of it ‘in camera’ as opposed to photoshop – I love photoshop, but if you rely on it then things look very ‘photoshopped’. For instance my shot of Jonathan Ross with the car above his head we did for real.
We got it suspended from the ceiling on cables by two fearless professional rock climbers. It was insane !!
Your partner Zoe McConnell is also a photographer – do you ever get to work together on projects ?
We have often thought of it too as our styles are very different and would compliment each other – we just havent had the opportunity really.
What is the best thing about working as a freelancer ?
Not having to go to an office everyday….
…and the biggest challenge ?
Everyone says being self employed is great as you are the boss, well in my line of work every client is a boss, so you end up with lots and lots of bosses !!
What is happening in the near future for you ?
I have a few things in the pipeline – which due to client confidentiality I cant talk about right now. But should be good.
I love Steve’s unique photography style and use of colour. Cool, huh ?
All images copyright of Steve Neaves photography 2012.
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