From leaving school Steve started a career in the RAF where he trained as an electrical engineer including aerial photographic equipment and this is where his passion for photography started. On leaving the RAF he joined the fire service and after 4 years in the UK joined the Fire Service at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia. During his service there he was seconded to a film unit making training videos and taking stills of incidents and exercises.
On returning to the UK Steve worked for several photographic companies including taking photographs in John Lewis's Leeds for the Santa's Grotto.
For a short while he went into sales which resulted in a move to Gloucestershire where he once again took up his camera and started photographing local events. Due to illness in the family he returned to Lincolnshire and started up Smile Event Photography.