Rocco Basile is a talented entrepreneur and professional photographer. He has had a love for photography his entire life. From a very young age, he recalls being entranced the first time his father brought home their families first still camera. From then on he was unstoppable… a photography force to be reckoned with, taking hundreds of photos per shoot, and then picking out the top ten to publish. Today we sat down with him to ask some questions about how he got to the pinnacle of his photography career.
1: When did you realize that Photography was your true calling?
I realized that photography was my true calling at about the age of seven. My father had bought our very first camera… I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. It was amazing to me… to be able to capture a moment like that. I have been addicted to photography ever since. Some people write books, I like to take photos. It will always be my passion.
2: What inspires you to keep taking photos?
I would say that society, and the people around me constantly give me inspiration for my photos. No matter where you go, whether it’s to the park or the grocery store, I always look around and see something that needs to be documented; something that is worth preserving in a photograph. Sometimes it seems like all of these once in a lifetime moments just slip away too quickly. That I why I like photography. I like to be able to preserve those moments. It is just my way of coping with the world. I learn a lot through the photos I take. They let me take a step back and analyze the moment, bit by bit, inch by inch, until I can see the whole picture. Literally and figuratively speaking.
3: What are your favorite kinds of photos to take?
My favorite kinds of photos… would have to be of people. There is something so personal about a headshot or a close up of someone’s face. You can really see the emotion through the lens. For me, taking photos of people is my way of internalizing the world. The photo will last forever and they will be able to look back on it and remember their youth. It’s not so easy to do that without a camera.
4: What advice would you give to someone who is just now taking up photography?
I would say that the most important thing is to follow your passion. Follow your heart and your drive and you will make it to the top. Just remember to keep going and never give up. That’s the mindset that I had, and still have. Today I love my work just as much and I work as hard as ever. It has been a truly great feeling to have my dreams actually come true. If you believe in yourself and your cause, then there is no where to go but up.
Thank you to Professional Photographer, Rocco Basile, for answering my questions!
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