Hello! I'm Steve Parke, I live in Baltimore, and I've been taking photos since i got my hands on a little box camera when I was a kid. My clients have included firms like Warner Brothers, HBO, Discovery Channel, Arista Records, DC/Vertigo Comics, Houghton Mifflin, and NBC, plus a bunch of A-list entertainers like Prince, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Victor Wooten, Sheila E., AC/DC, and plenty of others. I was actually Prince's art director for 14 years, and designed albums, stage sets, merchandise and did all kinds of other jobs aside from taking photos that ended up in places like Spanish Vogue, Time magazine, Rolling Stone, etc. It was an interesting time, as you can imagine!
But I don't only work with musicians and rock stars. I love capturing beauty in all its forms and specialize in making people comfortable in front of the camera and capturing their best selves. Whether in my Baltimore studio or out at an engagement party or Bar Mitzvah or even in your back yard for your family reunion. (I'm also an expert retoucher, just in case; my retouch skills have been used on well known musicians and on HBO DVD releases such as The Sopranos and Six Feet Under.) I'm happy to travel anywhere to be there for your special day or event. If it's outside the Baltimore/DC area, we'll negotiate travel. I also, by the way, really love photographing kids and pets, as you can see some of the photos of my son Duncan on this site.
I do other work, too. I've designed albums (this Sheila E vinyl is one of my favorites), DVD packages, ads, you name it. I've worked for corporate clients like Kennedy Krieger and ERFS. I've shot for numerous magazines and am the on-call photographer for Faerie Magazine.
I was the digital artist for first-of-its-kind graphic novel I, Paparazzi, which was published by DC/Vertigo Comics and received an A from Entertainment Weekly, and did the photography for the first-ever all-digitally-photographed graphic novel In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe, which was nominated alongside Stephen King and IDW’s 30 Days of Night for YALSA’s best horror novel in 2005. I've collaborated on several other book projects and more are in the works! Oh, and my photos have been shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
As you can see, I'm pretty flexible, and love collaborating and creating the most beautiful images I can. So drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's see what we can come up with!