About Me

Steven Mantilla- 

Award-Winning Photographer & Photojournalist

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

— Elliott Erwitt

 Steven Mantilla serves Tennesse and Kentucky as a portrait, events, editorial, and wedding photographer.  I'm a former newspaper photojournalist who worked in various regions and documented many incredible stories since 2010. Along the way, I picked up more than 30 National Press Photographer Clip Competition awards and 30 awards in the Virginia Press Association's Photography Contest. I am a Kent State University graduate with a Bachelors's in Photojournalism. I specialize in photojournalistic style photography which is quintessential for capturing memorable images from once-in-a-lifetime events such as weddings, sporting competitions, and marketing visuals. And most importantly working in both news and commercial work I know how to capture the most pleasing photo in any situation.

I am currently the University Photographer for the University of Tennesse in Martin.

   Client satisfaction is extremely important to me. The sense of joy that comes from watching my clients look through their images is immeasurable. I am willing to go the extra mile to ensure you will walk away with images you love.
    My photography has been featured in newspapers such as The Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Danville Register & Bee. I've also been featured in Akron Life Magazine as well as Virginia Business magazine and Roanoke Business magazine.
   My previous clients include PUMA, the North Carolina State Fair Marketing Department, Randolph College, and Wake Forest University.
  Capturing special events and producing unique editorial work is my passion, and I am always on the lookout for inventive portrait opportunities. I am currently available to service all of your photography needs in Virginia and North Carolina. Shooting in new locations is always refreshing, please contact me for a free consultation and let's make your moments memorable together! 
   My services include but are not limited to portraits, events, editorial, commercial work, and weddings.
  For a more exact quote for all of your photography needs, please contact me for a free consultation. A PDF of my resume is available for download here 

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