Today we’d like to introduce you to Betsy Tomasello.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
It was 2003, and I was sitting on an ancient stone wall staring out across the vast ocean surrounding the small island I was exploring in Greece. I had been shooting professionally for less than a year and feeling so blessed to be serving others doing what I loved. As I contemplated the indefinable space where the grey-blue sky met the salty blue ocean, I realized that’s what I wanted my business to be like…a reflection of the pure, beautiful stories of our lives. No distractions, no elaborations, no filters…I just wanted to serve others by retelling their stories, giving them timeless memoirs to cherish forever. I wanted to allow them to not just see but feel their moments again.
To me, great photography isn’t just about helping us remember a moment…it’s about never letting us forget how we felt. It’s about savoring the experience, to compel us to remain intentional about the future. Fast forward almost two decades, and the truths from the vastness of blue I realized so long ago still ring true for me…seek out the stories, retell them genuinely, and help us feel it all over again.
Please tell us about your art.
I never wanted to “just take photographs”. I have always felt a strong desire to create an emotive narration of the life around me…in moments with my children, in the connection I feel between a couple in love, in the passion behind someone’s business. There are streams of stories all around us, just waiting to be followed, experienced, and retold. Allowing the artist inside of me to bravely dream bigger with people, to provide enough space for the experience to wholly unfold, and to feel their own unique story with them…that experience allows me to tell their story as I feel it, not just capture pretty snapshots.
It’s always about the relationship and the experience, for me. Being allowed to intentionally pass along stories through my lens is an unmeasurable gift.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Today’s artists are such a hardworking tribe. No longer is art just art, it’s about trying to run a successful business at the same time. Being a photographer doesn’t mean I just take photos…it usually means I need to be proficient in marketing, social media, accounting, sales, operations management, event coordination. Most artists are their own business, in all aspects. So, in that respect, I feel like “being an artist” is much more involved than it used to be.
But on the other hand, entrepreneurs are vastly more respected and supported than in previous generations. Our generation is almost expected to have some kind of on-the-side talent going on, and it’s encouraged. Like to bake cakes? let me help you get a business going. Like arranging flowers? I’ll start recommending you to friends. I really think society wholly loves the idea of artists doing what they’re passionate about for a living. We love finding talented gems among our community.
- Website: www.BetsyBlue.com
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