Who is this guy anyway? A more formal introduction

Yours truly having a serious moment at the TXRG Whammy Awards in 2012.  I'm on a boat.

Yours truly having a serious moment at the TXRG Whammy Awards in 2012.  I'm on a boat.

Jade Bryce helps me recreate the movie poster for Blow Up.

Jade Bryce helps me recreate the movie poster for Blow Up.

Hi, and thanks for checking out my website.  My name is Steve DeMent, and I'm a professional photographer in Austin, TX.  I mainly specialize in photographing people for editorial content, advertising, and portrait work, though I'm also available to shoot products and jewelry as well.

Photography has been a personal journey for me.  All my life I've been inspired by great artists and been a huge fan of storytelling, so it only seemed natural that I would be drawn to the world of pop culture and comic books.  I was especially drawn to artists like Dave Stevens, Jim Balent, Adam Hughes, Chynna Clugston, Amanda Connor, Tim Vigil, and Paul Renauld, just to name a very few.

In 2005, I had the opportunity to go to the San Diego Comic Con and meet many of these artists in person.  I spent most of my time surrounded by people who make art for their living, doing whatever they could to get people to see, just for a few moments, their passion come to life.  I came home filled with that sense of creativity and passion, and decided I had to find a way to make it my own.

I tried everything - drawing, painting, pottery; I even tried dance.  Then I went on a trip to New York to watch my sister run the marathon, and I took a little point and shoot camera with me.  I'd taken the same camera to San Diego, and had a lot of fun walking around with it, so I figured I'd do the same in New York.  I ended up taking about a dozen or so shots that were really nice and that my family really loved.

That sense of deep satisfaction at having produced something beautiful from my own vision and perspective, and having others appreciate it, has been something I've been chasing ever since.

A couple of quotes that are always with me:

"The poet always stands naked before the world" - Allen Ginsberg as told by Penn Jillette.  In other words, you lay your soul bare when you make art, and the world will judge you for it.  Be prepared.

"Since the dawn of time, man has done two things that separate him from the animals - 1) make things, and 2) tell stories."  - Adam Savage.  If you want to know what it is to be truly human, make art with your own hands, so that the story of that art can be passed down.