On behalf of the West Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, I want to thank you for your participation in our Winter Symposium. Your two presentations about Small Business Planning & Implementation and Photography struck a nerve. Our participants loved your energy, how you engaged everyone in the room, and how you zoomed in on the needs at hand, sharing all you know.
Your name was mentioned frequently in the Symposium review questionnaire as "Best Speaker". If we can recommend you to other organizations we would be pleased to do so. Your knowledge of and passion for photography and small business is astounding. Thank you for being a vibrant part of our Annual Meeting and Business Symposium.
-Mack Miles - Public Relations, Media & Design WVNLA
"Steve is such a pleasure to do business with. I have worked with him repeatedly to create portraits for professional and personal purposes, and they are exquisite and full of life - as true with the portraits taken 16 years ago as the ones shot last month. All his years of experience means he has a lot to teach, too, an activity he seems to enjoy as much as the work engaged with clients."
— Susan Turnbull
"When I moved to Charleston, it did not take long to learn about the legendary Steve Payne - photographer, musician, renaissance man extraordinaire. Steve's photography speaks for itself - beautiful, creative - in a word - ART. Steve first shot our engagement photos years ago and has shot many more photos of our family since. Each image is a treasure. I highly recommend Steve."
— Richard Katz
"My wife and I knew Steve's work because we purchased his photography at a local art store. We subsequently asked Steve to photograph our children based upon the very high recommendations of friends. I can state, without hesitation, that the family portraits that Steve created for us are absolutely invaluable. His photography perfectly captured our children and their personalities. We will continue to ask Steve to create our family portraits for years to come. Thank you, Steve!"
— Shawn Taylor
"Steve is the best photographer I've ever used. In the past, I've worked with several others, but none of them "had an eye" for what I wanted like Steve. His creativity and passion are evident in every image!"
— Chuck Stump - The Performance Group
"Steve has taken photographs of my family since 1995. I have always been more than pleased with his work. He is professional, creative, timely and he is magical with children that would prefer not to cooperate. I always recommend him when someone asks me about a photographer."
— Kim Dobbs
"Steve Payne exemplifies professionalism, trustworthiness, and patience with his artistic ability in
obtaining the picture that you never grow tired of looking at and admiring many years later."
— Diane Strong
"My family and I have been loyal patrons of Steve's for 15 years. We treasure the images of our family and receive frequent compliments."
— Mark Barickman
"A picture is worth a thousand words and Steve Payne's work speaks volumes.His expertise comes through in all his work. I contacted him for promotional photos and found him to be a creative gentleman who makes his clients feel relaxed yet energized at the same time.Steve is a pleasure to work with and is a perfectionist when it comes down to the final product. I would highly recommend Steve for any project and am confident once you do, you will want to recommend him as well."
— Cindy Boggs
"I worked with Steve during my tenure as the Development Director at the YWCA of Charleston. When we wanted to create a professional look to our newsletter and Women of Achievement materials, I called Steve. He is both professional and personable. Talented and timely. Creative and classy. He helped create a brand for the YWCA events, including Girls Night Out and Guys Night Out -- with fun, fashionable and professional photos. He has a passion for charitable organizations in the Kanawha Valley and shares his talent with the agencies that support his passions. I would highly recommend Steve to any organization or person who wants quality and creative photography."
— Rachelle Beckner
"I cannot say enough great things about Steve, both as a person and as a professional. From my earliest days in the entertainment field and beyond, Steve always produced great photos for my marketing materials. Moreover, he has always been not only willing but enthusiastic about going the extra mile for me to capture a great shot!"
— John Slicer
"Just take in a little of Steve's work ... awesome! We cherish each print that hangs in our house ... and wish we had more. Steve has vast professional experience that few actually know about, and his photography is as good as art gets."
— Andrew Cooke
"Period...Steve is the best in Charleston. We have many family photographs of his and a few landscapes that are just the best. He is fun, honest, professional, detailed.....just a consummate professional and great human being. You can not go wrong."
— Dave Pray
"I give Steve and his work my highest recommendation without qualification. It's hard to imagine a better photographer or an easier person with whom to work for one's business or personal needs. Steve's portfolio speaks for itself. I am one of many satisfied customers and admirers of his fine art photography who speak for him - in the highest possible terms."
— Larry Groce - Host of Mountain Stage
"Steve’s photo of our family is one we’ll treasure forever. He also took the extra time to make sure the matting, cropping, etc. was perfect before giving us the final, framed versions. His attention to detail was terrific."
— Emily Bennington
"Steve's work is widely known as some of the best in West Virginia! In several instances, I used Steve's work to influence decision makers with outstanding results. To this day his work still sits on desks and coffee tables of some of the most influential people known in West Virginia. The gifts of Steve's work have left an indelible mark on my relationship with these leaders and for that I am forever grateful. I have tremendous respect for Steve on a personal and professional level and am honored to consider him a friend. Thanks for all you do for WV Steve!"
— Chip VanAlsburg
"Steve is amazingly talented and has helped us do a great job in bringing a West Virginia look to
our office. He is easy to work with and I would highly recommend him."
— Harry Bell
"It's always a pleasure to deal with Steve. His professionalism and creativeness are great."
— Mike Clowser
"I've known Steve for nearly 30 years and have worked with him for a good number of those years. In collaboration with Steve, he has always inspired great creative work and provided superior results for both commercial and portrait projects. I have the highest regard for Steve, both professionally and personally."
— Dick Allowatt - Art Director, The Arnold Agency
"Steve worked patiently with me to create a beautiful family portrait that included our 2-year-old beagle. Not only did we end up with a wonderful work of art memorializing our family in 2010, we also have great candid shots that captured the pure joy of my daughter laughing at the dog's antics. I recommend Steve with no reservations - you'll end up with more than you could have hoped for."
— Tricia Clark
"Steve is a gifted creative; from photographer to musician this multi-talented professional delivers both behind the shutter and on stage. As a photographer Steve does so much more than just take pictures, he captures the very best in all of his subjects. His knowledge of color, contrast, light exposure and myriad composition considerations coupled with a keen innate marketing sense has served me and my company well. Last year challenged to develop a shirt worthy of national bass fishing tournament status I searched the web for a picture to purchase and came up empty. I then approached Steve regarding his extensive collection of riverbed photos. Once I contacted him he made the process of finding a picture on his website and paying a user fee very easy. My clients were thrilled with the first class shirt that was appropriate for a West Virginia stream and equally pleased that a West Virginia photographer benefited in the process too. Steve’s website is my first search now!
— Claudette Hudson -Tgraphics, LLC"
"Steve is masterful at capturing the true spirit of the individuals he photographs!"
— Patrick D. Kelly
"A long time ago. Steve took one of my favorite photographs of my business partner and me. Since then I have known Steve as a friend, colleague, fellow student, and an interviewee for a magazine profile about him. The most significant thing I can say: After seeing them for hundreds of times, Steve's photographs can still take my breath away, they are so beautiful, original, and full of emotion."
— Colleen Anderson
"Steve Payne is a very talented photographer. He is creative and artistic in his approach to composition and light. He is very good at capturing his subject's expressions or mood. His portraits are of the highest quality. He is considered the best photographer in our area by just about everyone I know. He is a true artist."
— Virginia King
"I am the proud owner of more than one beautiful nature photograph by Steve Payne, as well as portraits of several family members. He is very respected as an artist and an all-around good citizen of our community."
— Carl Agsten
"Steve is a talented and highly skilled photographer/artist. In addition, to his very warm and caring personality, the quality of his work is first-rate, and it is an honor to recommend him. Steve-Sharon Rubin"
— Steve Rubin
"I've used Steve on professional photography as well as personal portraits of my children. I'm always amazed at the miracles he works with my children, bringing their personalities clearly visible in his photography. On a professional level, Steve's among the best for capturing beautiful nature and scenic views. If it's important, you'll want to use Steve."
— Monika Hussell
"Steve Payne is a legend in high-quality photography throughout West Virginia and beyond. I have hired Steve repeatedly over many years as my advertising agency represented clients that demanded national quality and professionalism. His work is nothing short of outstanding. In addition, I have used Steve many times on a personal basis to capture my family on film all of which is proudly displayed in my home."
— Jeff Barnes
"Our family has worked with Steve 3 or 4 times for family pictures. He is fun to work with, creative
and works well with kids. The portraits are something that we will always treasure."
— Steve Robey
"Steve was a pleasure to work with. He's detail oriented with a creative flair. I would highly
recommend him to anyone."
— Michael Teel - Art Director, Progressity
"Steve is the consummate professional photographer. His work product is outstanding. I had the good fortune to work with Steve during the development of the Tiffey Law Practice website last year. He made the photo-shoot an informative and pleasurable experience. The results were fantastic and added great value to our web presence. I recommend Steve highly, enthusiastically, and without reservation."
— Ed Tiffey
"Steve is an amazing photographer and a man of many talents. I can't recommend him highly enough."
— Jennie Ferretti