Stephen Amiaga grew-up in the photography business, working with his father, Gil Amiaga, since a very young age.
Mr. Amiaga graduated from the United States Naval Academy (USNA) with a BS in Naval Architecture (Ship Design.) Upon Commissioning, he reported to the Precommissioning crew of USS ANZIO (CG 68) where he served almost five years in various billets, including: Auxiliary Machinery Officer, Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Collateral Duty Public Affairs Officer.
After a six-month tour in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a part of Operation Desert Storm, Mr. Amiaga completed his active duty service in 1995 and returned stateside, joining the family business.
A prolific and accomplished professional photographer on the ground and in the air, Mr. Amiaga capitalizes on his Engineering background and his artist's eye in his current position working with Architects, Engineers, and other Construction Professionals. He is a private pilot, which enables him to do regional projects ďnext-dayĒ when required.
An active business networker, Mr. Amiaga has lectured to professional organizations and groups. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of Amerca, (PPA), Commercial Photographers, Intíl (CPI) A Professional Services Affiliate member of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), Professional Aerial Photographers, Intíl, The Greater NY Chamber of Commerce. He was twice elected President (2005 & 2006) of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York, one of NYCís oldest educational charities.
Gil Amiaga has been a professional photographer since 1951. After graduating from Memorial HS in West New York, NJ he became an apprentice to Louis H. Dreyer, the pre-eminent architectural photographer in New York City since the turn of the century.
From 1954 to 1956, Mr. Amiaga served in the US Army Signal Corps, as an official Army Photographer, and was assigned to battlefield surveillance units in Fort Huachuca, Arizona and the Sukiran Area in Okinawa, Japan.
On returning to civilian life, Mr. Amiaga associated with Adolph Studly, who continued Mr. Dreyer's business after his death.
In 1958, he established Gil Amiaga Architectural Photography and became well-known throughout the industry.
His work for many architects, designers and corporate clients has been published in all of the major architectural and design publications, many books and innumerable company brochures, newsletters, articles, and marketing pieces.
Mr. Amiaga has been an adjunct professor in the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and has lectured to interested groups throughout his career.
With over fifty years experience, Mr. Amiaga currently serves as Chief Creative Officer in Amiaga Photographers, Inc., continuing the career he started over 50 years ago.