Basil Vargas

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Basil, and I’m a 21 year old left handed photographer who shoots lifestyle photography. I like skateboarding, playing the guitar, and hanging out with animals.

What did you want to be as a child?

My parents did a good job implanting the idea of me becoming a doctor, so that’s what I wanted to be the first couple years of my life.

What kind of music do you like?

I listen to anything and everything. As of lately, I’ve taken an interest to country music. Listen to Sam Hunt, you won’t be disappointed.

How did you get into photography?

In early 2009 my cousin bought a Nikon D40. I played around with it and instantly fell in love with photographing the moments spent with my family and friends. I sold all my video games to buy one for myself, and the rest is history.

What means photography to you?

Stressful yet carefree. A fine medium of both. That’s why I love it so much. Stressful because of client work. All the pre-planning can get to my head, but I like working under pressure. It brings out the best in me. Carefree because is entails freedom in such a flexible art form. It takes me to beautiful places, introduces me to amazing people, and creates memories.

How would you describe your shooting style?

It’s a reflection of who I am. I’m a fun guy, at least I like to think I am? All of my photographs are interpretations of a lifestyle I am living, or what I would like to live.

What is your typical shooting gear?

- Canon 5D Mark II
- Canon 20mm f/2.8
- Canon 35mm f/1.4
- Canon 50mm f/1.8
- Canon 85mm f/1.8
- Olympus Stylus Epic

What are your tips for great lifestyle photos?

During the early stages of my photography career, Spencer Combs, an amazing photographer told me, to “tell a story” with my images. I believe that to be the best tip for lifestyle photography. If you google the definition of “Lifestyle” it says: the way in which a person or group lives. Stories are based off a variety lives. Lives are different each in their own way. So capture it. It’s not just pretty babes on the beach.


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Basil Vargas

Basil Vargas is a Photographer from the USA.