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Meet Becky DiGiglio of Becky DiGiglio Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Becky DiGiglio.

Becky, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My beginnings as a photographer started in New Jersey- where I grew up the majority of my life. Before there were cell phones that made it so easy to document everything, I would walk around with either a disposable, or a little camera of my mom’s, and take pictures all the time of my friends. At that point, it was just about preserving memories for me. As time went on, I started to take interest in music and going to shows.

Particularly, punk shows. There is definitely an aesthetic there. I would reach out to different bands and ask if it would be possible to shoot their sets, or would go to venues that I knew would allow in cameras. As time went on, I continued and people started reaching out to me to take promo shots of their band, or shoot them playing live.

That is probably my favorite kind of photography. I’d say that’s the majority of what I do, but I’m open to anything. I’ve done photo shoots of dancers in Brooklyn, portraits, product photography, and shoot various events. As an example, two of the events I currently have planned range from a Fetish Night at a club to a yoga retreat in Joshua Tree. This keeps things interesting, and that’s what I love.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’ve always had to have a second job to do what I do, and for me, that has been teaching. I taught at a middle school for four years in NJ, and I currently am an instructor for adults with disabilities who are going back to school to get their high school diplomas or pass the GED. I also work as an assistant at a small PR company called The Chain and do various other little jobs. With all of this, it is important to maintain a balance, always making time for photography and trying to get my work out there,

Obviously, there are so many photographers these days, and it can be difficult to make a “brand” for yourself that stands out from the rest. I feel that I’ve done a pretty good job at this, having made some accomplishments such as releasing a photobook through Pioneers Press, showing my work locally at places I love such as Dark Horse Coffee or Anthem North Park, or having photos published in international magazines and online publications.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Becky DiGiglio Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
I’d say the style of photography I’m most known for is live music. That is the type I do the most of, and my favorite thing to shoot, as music is so important to me.

I also often shoot “urbex” (urban exploration) photography– abandoned things. I love this as well, exploring new places. It’s interesting because I think what I like so much about these spots is the quiet peacefulness of it all, which is in stark contrast to the bands I typically gravitate towards shooting. A nice dichotomy, I suppose. Anyway, the abandoned work is primarily what is featured in my photo zine, Born Upside Down.

Lastly, I like to shoot people candidly– specifically if there is a meaningful or political message to get from it. For example, participating in and shooting protests. I guess this is considered more on the side of journalism. I love catching that raw emotion, which is very much the same as shooting live music, in many ways.

No matter the subject, my style is generally dark and gritty. Not sure that there’s a way to describe what sets me apart from others. I suppose it’s aesthetic to my shots, but I can’t really put that in words for you. I guess the viewer can decide for themselves.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck.

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