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About the Photographer & Director

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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.

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.

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Steve at Phoenix Airport

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Steve at Phoenix Airport

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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.

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Here Steve is giving instructions to the stagecoach driver where to go for the next series of shots.

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Here he is operating a "Squeeze Chute" which is a machine to hold the cow still while it gets checked over by the rancher and given it's shots. Prior to the squeeze chute the cowboys would rope the cow, trip it or drag it to the camp where he or another cowboy would tie it's legs. This way has a lot less stress on all parties & is quicker for the rancher, and the cow. The cow has walked into the chute and seeing the opening ahead it pokes it's head though the opening. Just before it escaped I closed the sides in on it's neck. This prevents the cow from moving in or out of the chute. The lever I'm pushing down on moves the sides into the cow keeping it from moving left or right, hence giving the machine it's name - The Squeeze Chute. In 5 minutes the cow is turned loose none the worse for the experience, unless you count the two shots it is now carrying and some 2" of hair trimmed from it's tail. This indicates to the rancher via a quick visual inspection while on the ranch that it has had it's shots recently.

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Here is Steve holding a 1 day old longhorn calf on a cattle ranch about 60 miles Northwest of Phoenix, Arizona.

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Steve in St. Augustine shooting with his Arriflex 2C, a 35mm film motion picture camera

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Steve Thornton, Photographer - Director

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