Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Bassos.
Stephanie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was a magazine journalism major at Columbia College in Chicago and always saw myself as a writer. As time went on, I was falling out of love with writing but didn’t really know what I wanted to do. My last semester in 2005, I wanted to study abroad in Florence but didn’t know which class to take. They were only offering Art History and Photography and I had zero interest in either but chose photography because at least I knew a girl in that program.
Although the course required pre-requisites, I signed up on the very last day so nobody checked mine. By the time we got on the plane, the teacher knew I had no previous experience and asked if I even brought a camera. I showed her my little cheap point and shoot while everyone else had these big SLR’s. Over the course of the month, the teacher encouraged us to keep a camera with us at all times and come up with a completed series by the end.
The minute I started looking for things to photograph, I never ever stopped. I became obsessed with photography. I started seeing the entire world with a whole new set of eyes. My vision adjusted and everything and everyone was a photograph. I loved photographing people on the street and my friends that I made in the class. I became obsessed with light and colors.
My entire world changed on that trip and I had finally found something I loved doing and was pretty good at. I have not left my house without a camera since, and my obsession has turned into a career. I found I was much better at storytelling through photos than writing and it has been my goal every day since.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I have a photography business, (Stephanie Bassos and Bassos Weddings.) I feel like most people would say I specialize in weddings, and although I shoot a ton of them and really love it– I feel most like myself when I’m shooting portraits of women or street photography.
I have a super casual and natural approach. I rarely work with a make-up artist or stylist and my entire goal is to make people look like themselves and enjoy what they see. I want people to see themselves the way their loved ones see them. I like super intimate shoots with natural light and minimal equipment where it’s just me and a subject, and we just hang out and take photos.
With weddings, I am (hopefully) known for not being a cheesy wedding photographer. I don’t even know how to use Photoshop so I don’t, and I’m not great at giving direction, but I’m good at getting those beautiful candid moments because I’m quick and sneaky! I want people to see the most genuine story of their wedding day from start to finish.
Why do I do it?
Because it’s a really great feeling to be able to give someone a memory they love themselves or someone else. I love to be able to give that gift.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I’m not sure that the role of the artist has changed and I’m not sure that the events affect my art, but I definitely try to make a change by using my art. I’ve hosted a few fundraisers and photo shoots where 100% of the payment/donations go to the charity I have chosen.
If I’m given the opportunity to go somewhere and take photos to raise awareness, I love doing that as well. I, like a lot of people, am overwhelmed with the world these days so whenever I can do something to help, I try my very best.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can just support it by sharing the links to anyone you think might be interested in my services.
- Website: www.stephaniebassos.com and www.bassosweddings.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephaniebassos/ and https://www.instagram.com/bassosweddings/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephaniebassos/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephaniebassos
- Other: http://peoplevsplaces.tumblr.com/