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I’m SteveCarty. With over three decades of experience as a professional photographer, I specialize in editorial portraits, streetstyle, and commercial work. A Life Behind the Camera is my place to share mindset shifts and insights on how to be professional photographer in 2024.

I’m consistent. I’ve posted here every Saturday for over a year without missing a single week. My consistency here keeps me consistent everywhere. I pride myself in delivering value weekly.

This new creator economy provides photographers with new opportunities to establish their own successful niche in the digital landscape.

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