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Art & Life with Gavyn Baxa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gavyn Baxa.

Gavyn, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have always been interested in photography and it was known by many of my peers. I was getting my undergraduate for Psychology at UW-Milwaukee with intention to go to graduate school for Clinical Psychology. I had never thought of photography as a career path until two years ago when my roommate asked me to photograph her wedding. I had never photographed a wedding before but after much thought, I thought it was something that I could do.

I knew that before committing to this I needed to gain more experience. I reached out to a photographer in my area who I had followed for quite some time and admired her work. We met up for coffee and she agreed to allow me to second shoot a few weddings with her! I was ecstatic. My dream was becoming a reality! Since my first wedding two years ago, I went full steam ahead and booked myself full the following year with weddings every weekend.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I have always loved capturing the real and authentic nature of emotion. I especially love the emotion that comes with a wedding day. I aim to capture the love, nerves, and everything in between. I like to keep my work as natural as possible which is why candid photos are my absolute favorites. I want my clients to look back at a photograph and immediately feel the emotion that was happening in that moment.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think in recent years the appreciation for local artists has risen. I get so excited when I pass a new store and find out it features the work of local artists! I do everything I can to support local.

Obviously, social media marketing has grown tremendously and has allowed the connection between artists and community to be much more obtainable. It’s an amazing tool to have. I do believe that there is a point when we should stop focusing on our digital connections and start focusing on the community that is surrounding us. There is no other connection greater than the face-to-face human connection.

In Chicago, there are a number of events where entrepreneurs and wedding professionals can meet up and network. I believe that this is one of the best ways for artists to thrive. Network, Network, Network.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can view my work at and keep up with my blog posts!
I also post on Instagram regularly:

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Image Credit:
Gavyn Baxa-GTB Imagery

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