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Meet Steve Drimmel of Steve Drimmel Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steve Drimmel.

Steve, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My first major decision was to go to college. Education was not valued in my family; I was the first person to apply, be accepted, and attend a university. So, the first summer after high school graduation, I enrolled at Grossmont college as a science major, signed up for a humanities course, and I didn’t know at the time, but this decision and course would change my life forever. It opened my world to what art meant. The second major decision I made, was to buy my first camera.

Even though my camera was now part of me, I stuck to my science major and chipped away at all the classes I needed to transfer to San Diego State University. This was a turbulent time for me because I had no reference for college life and no family or outside guidance. It was just me, well just me and my camera.

The decision to make photography my career came on a single day in the middle of a chemistry lab at SDSU. Do I stay the course and complete my last three semesters of my Molecular Biology Major or do I change majors and leap into photography? The decision was extremely difficult for me, but the final factor was, do I live my life in a lab, or do I get to live in the whole world. I love science but seeing life through a camera lens was my answer.

While attending my final semester at SDSU, I earned a spot as an intern for John Schulz Photography, one of the west coast’s most sought-after commercial product photographer. Upon graduation, I was offered a full-time position and a career was born. Working for John Schulz was an invaluable part of my learning. He taught me that it wasn’t only about creating fantastic images, it was about being able to run a business. I spent seven years with John; when I finally left to start my business, there wasn’t a question left on the table. I made sure I learned something every day and his patience and guidance allowed me the guts to move on.

Today, I am still that same kid that wants to learn everything about photography, and I look forward to each new job like it was my first. I face every challenge, setback, and success and they all make me stronger in my field and more grateful than ever to be a photographer. I have no regrets, and the future looks very bright.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s never a smooth road when you start a business from scratch. There is always a learning curve. Starting out I had to learn to go after clients that were in my wheelhouse. Coming from the studio I had been with; national ad campaigns were every week thing.

So, I started locally and worked my way out from there. It does get hard sometimes, but I just had to remember that I absolutely love what I do and just push through.

Stay motivated and never stop shooting. When work has been slow I just refocus (no pun intended) and get in the studio and create an image that moves me. I’m always trying to evolve my own brand. Emerson wrote, “Envy is ignorance, Imitation is suicide”. Always strive to be yourself!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Steve Drimmel Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Steve Drimmel Photography is a full-service commercial photography business specializing in regional and national ad campaigns. We work with creative teams and client direct to create eye-popping visual ads. Nothing is too small or too large. We are known for our dynamic imagery and always coming in on time and under budget.

What I’m most proud of is how my team works flawlessly together. My most important rule is to always exceed the client’s expectations, and by that, it will always set us apart from others.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
San Diego is a one of a kind city. I feel very lucky to have been born and raised in such a beautiful place. There is literally nothing you can’t do here. The only negative thing I can think of for our city is that lacks seasons.

It would be nice to have a true fall and spring. Not that I’m complaining.

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1 Comment

  1. Gaby

    June 7, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Awesome!!!! Your photography is so powerful and impressive!

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