But now he is taking pictures on safari in his Doncaster garden with his nine year old son instead!
So he and son Ben, aged nine, have made the most of their time back home by taking to their garden in Norton to create terrifying pictures of wildlife found under stones and on trees.
Norton Junior School pupil Ben is tasked with going round the 10m by 20m family garden to find interesting bugs – then they take them inside to create pictures which the pair reckon make the tiny minibeasts look truly terrifying.
When they have been photographed the tiny animals are put back in the garden to get on with their daily business.
Steve said: “Ben is the hunter – he’s got much better eyes than me, so he can find tiny things like greenfly and larvae. But there is no trickery in the pictures.
“We take them inside and take pictures with a macro lens that makes them look enormous. When we look through the lens it’s amazing. What can look like a drab, 2mm bug scaled up like that looks really scary.”
Once they have taken their picture they try to find out what the creature is that they have photographed. They have looked them up on websites, or in one case, emailed a photo to an expert. That one turned out to be a ground nettle bug.
Brother and sister Louie, aged 12, and Daisy, 13, have been impressed with what Ben has been turning out, as has mum Lisa.
Steve usually works as a salesman selling tyres for giant earth moving trucks, but is currently on furlough, while Ben is away from school while the schools are closed.
Steve reckons their best picture was of a lace webbed spider.
“It’s been fun without a doubt,” he said: “Some of the insects look terrifying. If you put a few of them outside, magnified to the size of our pictures, people would quickly socially isolate!”