We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephen Baumbach and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stephen, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The success of the brand Stephen Baumbach Photography is based on old fashioned customer awareness and making sure they are happy and delighted with what I deliver to them. In this world of lagging customer service it is important to make sure your brand provides a great experience. Here at the studio, I provide fine art large format printing, head shots and art piece reproductions. Customers can be difficult at times but I always remember that at the end of the day I want people to come back so it is paramount that they leave the studio happy. How you appear to the community at large is also very important. Social media can be a downfall for a business that engages in conversation that may lose them a customer. Keep your opinions to yourself to protect your brand. Finally, mentor and share information with others in the same field. I have been instrumental in the success of other brands simply by sharing information and encouraging others.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been making photographs for 45 years and through it all I sustained two other careers to support my “habit” which eventually turned into a business. I have learned that perseverance and hard work is the key to success and the fact that there is always someone out there that is better than you are at your craft. I want the world to know that I make images for them. I want to bring my world to you and be remembered for the brand Stephen Baumbach Photograpy.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a desert rat so that is where we would go. First off the the Mojave Preserve to visit the dunes and lava tubes. A quick run to the Baghdad Cafe for burgers and sodas old school style. The next day would be a run to Slab City and the Salton Sea returning to Palm Springs for a great dinner at Bongo Johnies. Another run to the south would take us to Anza Borrego to check out the Pumpkin Patch, a field covered in perfectly round stones only accessible by 4×4. A dinner at Johannes in Palm Springs would round out the evening. Finally, a day of lounging around the pool with sangria and BBQ enjoying the dry heat we so love here.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My best friend Stephen Gross is my mentor and still is to this day. A successful hotelier and business man who studied at Cornell, Stephen has steered my course to success.

Website: stephenbaumbach.com
Instagram: sr_baumbach
Linkedin: Stephen Baumbach
Other: Desertfineartprinting.com ProDesertcitiesheadshots.com

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