By David Leddy on December 22, 2022
“Hard-working, professional and caring is how I would describe working with Kyle Stevens.” -Testimonial by Josh Saleh, Marvel Entertainment Host.
35-year-old event and portrait photographer, Kyle Stevens, a native New Yorker and resident of Queens, has been capturing beautiful memories that last a lifetime with his camera.
“From underground raves to red carpets to charity fundraisers, I make sure that everyone looks their best at any given moment. I operate by being completely present in whatever situation I find myself in and am very quick to respond to my client’s specific needs,” Kyle stated.
Kyle grew up watching professional wrestling and recently had the pleasure of being ringside to photograph and work alongside a variety of wrestling promotions including House of Glory (HOG), New-Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Worth noting is Kyle’s tremendous work as an entertainment journalist and photographer for the Queens Gazette, where he showcases underserved communities and small businesses that often get overlooked in the borough of Queens, as well as the greater New York City area.
“I believe it’s important for everyone to have a voice and it’s a mission of mine to be able to share stories that don’t often get space in the media industry. I want to see every New Yorker succeed and get one step closer to their dreams. If I play a small role in that process, everything that I do is always worth it,” said Kyle.
Why do you do what you do?
“It’s the only business that made me truly feel ‘alive.’ I’ve had a variety of other jobs over the years. I’ll write a book about it one day. Getting the opportunity to bring out the best in other people motivates me to learn about myself and grow as much as I can.”
How did you get into this profession?
“I’ve worked in the editorial space in the entertainment industry since 2016. I’ve been rapidly growing my presence as an individual outside of outlets and newsrooms ever since. Upgrading my camera lens for the first time was a commitment to myself to continue down the path of creating and being serious about what I do. It was a big investment, but one that was well worth it. At the beginning of the pandemic, I learned quickly that nothing is permanent. The hardships and pain provided a great catalyst to expand the vision I have for myself.”
Being a sought-after photographer in New York City, Kyle works directly with many famous celebrities, we asked him what the most unusual situation that ever happened to him on the job was.
“I recently had an opportunity to photograph the cast of ‘The Walking Dead’ for the series finale at the Paley Center for Media. It was complete pandemonium. Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan recognized me from the previous work I’ve done with them and made sure to give me a little extra time. It was a cool moment that meant a lot to me.“
What is your ideal client persona?
“My ideal person to work with is open-minded, enjoys life and its endless possibilities and, most importantly, is not afraid of truly being themselves. Real will always recognize real.”
What is the main problem you help your clients overcome?
“Having a creative background both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, I can relate to the people who I take pictures of. I know the pressure of what it feels like to have others watching your every move. Being a journalist for the Queens Gazette, potential clients are aware of my previous work and reputation being associated with one of the largest print newspapers in the New York City area.”
If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing you as their go-to photographer, what would it be?
“It will be one of the more pleasant experiences you’ll have. I embrace big, positive energy and getting the job done properly with super quick turnaround times that you won’t find anywhere else. My work is a collaborative process – I listen to what you really want. The art of actually listening to another person is a lost skill set in today’s world and I take pride in my role as an active listener.”
“I always wish everyone well and remind everyone that we are all in this together. As much as everything changes, the golden rule remains the same: treat others the way you want to be treated. Matching my words to my actions, I am proud of my journey. I’m excited for the future.”
Kyle states that the love and support of his mother, Linda, his siblings, Jillian and Gregg, girlfriend, Sheri, and all of his friends he made along the way play a huge role in his success.
If you’re in the New York City area and looking for inspiring content and photography for your business and special events, Kyle Stevens is your top choice. Kyle will happily work with you based on your specific needs and budget. You can learn more about Kyle by visiting his website, or by connecting with him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Banner photo by Jay L.A.
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