Neil Simmons is a photographer with a flair for life that shows up in his work. With a background in both business and photography (as a double-major at San Jose State University), fueled by a true affinity for the art of making pictures, Simmons exemplifies what it means to be a risen star in the field of professional photography. Raised in Santa Cruz County, Simmons lives close to many of his favorite photogenic spots, but he also makes a point of traveling to study other parts of California and the West, enjoying the challenge of getting the shots he wants while on the road. The world around him, shimmering and rippling with ever-changing light, provides Simmons with the materials he needs to be inspired and productive. An avid surfer and snowboarder, Simmons enjoys being out in natural settings sharing the activities he loves most with his wife and two children.
Neil Simmons is a professional photographer, a musician, a surfer and a showboarder, but he is also a father, a husband, a son, and a grandson. After all, it was his grandfather, Walt, who initiated Neil into the world of photography by introducing the young boy to the art of making black and white prints in his darkroom in Rhode Island. His connection to his family gives Simmons a strong understanding of who he is, which translates in the clarity of his style and imaging. It is this combination of artistic edge with deeply entrenched commitment to family, friends and clients that makes Neil Simmons a unique photographer.