General Meeting – Speaker Steve Shaluta
October 28 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Steve became interested in photography in 1978 after borrowing a friend’s 35mm camera to take nature photographs. Needless to say, the photography bug soon bit. In 1985 after nearly 15 years working as a locomotive engineer in his hometown of Grafton, West Virginia, he resigned to become a full-time photographer. A decision he has never regretted.
Steve’s primary photography job for 29 years was as staff photographer for the West Virginia Dept. of Commerce. This work with WV Commerce allowed him the unique position of traveling and photographing the beauty and recreational aspects of West Virginia for advertising and promotional purposes. This photography was and still is used continuously as a source for magazine and newspaper articles, brochures, posters, calendars, billboards, advertising, maps and websites which promote the state of West Virginia.
Steve also has a separate freelance photography career. This freelance career has allowed him to expand his photographic subjects beyond the borders of West Virginia, nature and outdoor photography. It has helped to keep his creativity fresh and innovative. Because of Steve’s reputation as a “West Virginia Specialist” many of his freelance assignments are in West Virginia. His freelance clients include magazines, corporate clients, ad agencies, calendar publishers, textbook companies, resorts, etc. Including such assignments as photographing the Kentucky Derby for Louisville Magazine from 1992 to 2010 for their annual “Derby Issue.” Steve is also the author/co-author of 12 books and has been giving photography workshops since 1983.
Steve retired on January 16, 2015, and now pursues his love of nature, wildlife and travel photography full time. Now equipped with Nikon D500 and Nikon D7500 cameras and an assortment of lenses from 8mm to 500mm Steve is ready to photograph anything from scenic vistas to wildlife. Since retiring Steve and his partner Shelby have purchased a home in Eustis, Florida and divide their time between West Virginia, Florida and traveling the USA in their RV.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the Marks Senior Center at 99 E Marks Street, Orlando, Fl 32803.