Steven Cotton Photography

 

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Steven Cotton Photography is a portrait studio, in San Jose, CA which specializes in wedding photography, portraits, headshots, and events. We believe in capturing photographs that are candid and feel unposed.

Steven is a self taught photographer who picked up photography when his girlfriend (now wife) Tara got him his first camera as an anniversary gift in 2009. After learning how to use his camera, Steven gravitated towards something that he has always been passionate about – sports; and eventually started a local sports photography website. This gave Steven a lot of experience that ended up helping him transition into portraiture. Fast forward many years of practicing on friends & family members and learning the ins-and-outs of running a business, Steven took a leap of faith and turned his hobby into his full-time job in 2016.

Steven’s photography is strongly influenced by three of the most impactful moments in his life: his marriage to his wife, Tara, in 2011; becoming a father in 2014; and the loss of his grandfather in 2017. Getting married gave him a lot of incite into everything that goes into planning a wedding, and how it is like no other day a couple will ever have… becoming a father was something that put Steve’s entire life into perspective. He understands that the same love that he has for his daughter, Brooke, is something that every parent has for their children… and losing his grandfather in 2017 reinforced the importance of family and how priceless photography can really be. The pictures of his grandfather at his wedding are some of the most important pictures he owns to this day.

Photography is something that enables Steven to spend a lot of time with his wife Tara and his daughter Brooke; and although it is VERY challenging running a small business, he enjoys connecting with people through photography. Photography reinforces to him that there are MANY-MANY more things that people have in common than they have different; and very simply put – people want to LOVE and be LOVED by others. Being a Photographer gives Steven the opportunity to capture some of the most BEAUTIFUL moments of love people will ever share.

Outside of photography, Steven helps coach girl’s varsity basketball at Valley Christian High School. He is a Lifetime Alumni Member of Penn State University. And his celebrity crush is Katy Perry 🙂



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