Buffalo Boss Babe: Gabrielle DeFazio
This week, our Buffalo Boss Babe is Gabrielle DeFazio, the face of Gabrielle DeFazio Photography. We were thrilled to have the chance to chat with a thriving self-taught entrepreneur. She is definitely a woman on the move - watch out!
What made you start or brought you where you are today ? Tell us your Story. What makes you a Buffalo Boss Babe?
Ever since high school I have been taking photos of my friends, of strangers, & documenting events. Back then I didn’t have a DSLR or even know I’d be interested. Back then I shot on my terrible quality flip-phone - my friends didn’t care. They thought it was awesome. I was always taking photos of them and others.
It wasn’t until my dad got me my first point and shoot that I started to see things a little differently. From there, the rest is history. I never took a single class for photography or ever thought about it. I was determined to teach myself. Throughout the years I’ve followed an assortment of other photographers’ work and doing so, I learned what I aspired my photos to look like someday. I never thought I’d actually get there, but here I am.
I see all sorts of progress in my work from my first shot to my current work. It humbles me and also makes me grateful to say that I am a self-taught photographer. I learn something new with every day, every shoot. I watch videos, ask questions, and take my camera almost everywhere. I also believe it’s important to learn from your mistakes. I still make them, but I learn from them.
I photograph to help people, make them smile, raise awareness, tell someone’s story and capture moments in time that our eyes can’t.
What does being a Buffalo Boss Babe mean to you?
It’s an absolute honor. If you told me freshman year in high school I’d be honored like this I
would have laughed in your face. I am humbled.
Who are your favorite people to follow?
@afarmedia @brianbowensmith @shawnastanley_co @meganannphotography_
What are your favorite things to do in the area ?
EXPLORE! I love finding new restaurants, discovering murals and more.
Tell us about your favorite collaboration or dream collaborations?
I would like to learn and grow from a more-experienced, Buffalo photographer. No one ever really took me under their wing to show me the ropes, so I feel like I’m missing out on that experience. I will continue to work towards raising awareness for local causes (breast cancer, brain cancer, Salvation Army). I would like to work with more local business owners, the mom & pop shops where the owners started from the ground up - people who had a dream and went for it!
If you could have coffee with anyone in the world who would it be?
What are your hopes, dreams, and goals. Big or small?
My hope is that I can help people with my photography even if that help comes in the form of a smile. My dream is to continue to grow and learn while meeting all sorts of wonderful souls along the way. Maybe someday I will be able to do this full time and be able to mentor someone just starting out.
Tell us about your family?
They are crazy, loud & extra Italian. I wouldn’t trade them for the world. These guys are my home team, my cheerleaders & my biggest supporters. They give me unfiltered feedback and help me to see another perspective. Truthfully, if it wasn’t for the help of my sister I wouldn’t be where I am today. She got me my first DSLR and has pushed me to chase my dreams from day one. I am and will be forever grateful for these wonderful humans I call my family.
Feel Good Favorites
Color: Plum, but I can be a little sassy and love red as well!
Super Power: Teleportation.. not sure why I can’t do this yet, it’s 2019!
Season of the Year: Give me all that Vitamin D, SUMMER!
Favorite Thing About Buffalo: It’s the place I call “home.”
Gabrielle is truly an inspiration for anyone who wants to follow their dreams and become a true Buffalo Boss Babe. Follow her at @gdefaziophotography on FB and IG!
Until next time Babes, xoxo. - M