Picture perfect
By James McEvoy/ Correspondent
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 - Updated: 10:41 AM EST

What’s wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing.

    In fact, for photographer Scott Levine, there’s nothing wrong with his pictures at all as he and his studio in Stoneham were recently recognized as one of the 370 winners in Boston Magazine’s 33rd annual "Best of Boston" issue.

    Anonymous judges were given the difficult task of picking winners from the greater Boston area in hundreds of categories, and were obviously quite impressed with Levine’s photographic abilities.

    According to a press release, Boston Magazine cited Levine’s sense of timing and his skillful eye for effective photography as some of the skills that made him especially worthy of recognition.

The magazine also noted that Levine posts his photos online for six months after an event, allowing friends and family members to browse through them.

Stoneham photographer Scott Levine was featured recently on Boston Magazine’s ’Best of Boston’ list. (Photo By David Sokol)

   Levine was recognized by the magazine for his skills as a wedding photographer, but in addition to that he also takes regular portraits, commercial photos and shoots Bar Mitzvahs and other events.

    Levine said he received a phone call about two weeks ago from Boston Magazine informing him he had been selected. He said he was really pleased to have his various talents acknowledged.

    "I was excited," said Levine. "It feels good knowing all the hard work, technical knowledge and creativity is being recognized."

    Levine, who moved to town in 2000, said he believes the combination of these three abilities as well as his people skills were what helped him win the recognition of Boston Magazine.

    Levine said although photography can be difficult to get into, he was able to excel due to what he learned from his father, who was also a photographer. He said he draws a great deal of inspiration from his father, who served as one of his influences to get into the field of photography.

    Levine said he believes growing up watching his father was a great help.

    "It’s not the easiest profession in the world, but it’s easily the most satisfying one," he said.

    Levine said one of the greatest challenges in taking photos at weddings is addressing the apprehension or anxiety that brides and or grooms frequently exhibit on their big day. He said one of the keys to success is being able to relax people, despite the family dynamics and the momentousness of the occasion.

    Levine added he uses his everyday people skills in order to calm the situation to help "create beautiful photographs."

    Although it may be difficult to pick a favorite photograph in a career that spans 20 years, Levine said one of the most meaningful photos to him was a portrait he took of his late father in the 1980s.

    Levine described the portrait as "priceless," saying not only was it a great photo, but also a significant one as it was one of the few that featured his father.

    There is an old adage that says a picture is worth a thousand words and it appears Levine embraces this idea. When asked if there was anything else he wanted to add regarding his skills or accomplishments, all Levine had to say was, "I let my photographs tell that story."

    Levine works out of The Studio, at 21 Fieldstone Drive, Stoneham. His Web site is http://www.thestudiosl.com.