Stacy Bass may be known for getting up early to photograph gardens at dawn, but now that her book of New England gardens has been published, her days and nights are filled with book signings, events, discussions and lots of travel. The new book, Gardens at First Light, is her second one devoted to morning garden photography. It showcases more than 200 images, of which she says, “I am always on the road in the pitch black and aim to arrive at a location about twenty to thirty minutes before sunrise. That way I can get a sense of the scope of the gardens, plan a strategy for how to approach shooting as the light comes up, and be sure I am in the right place at the right time.”
Her work, often seen in Moffly Media’s magazines, has secured her a loyal following. Being on tour introduces her to new fans and even surprises her with lucky reconnections with old friends around the world.
Gardens at First Light is published by athome Books, a new division of Moffly Media, parent company of GreenwichAffair.com. It is available through local bookshops; see author signings list at www.ilovefc.com and www.stacybassphotography.com and see more images on Bass’s Instagram feed at instagram.com/stacybassphoto.
Here’s a few photos from the road…
NYC: “So great to launch the book tour at Lillian August in NYC—with my whole family there! Trying out my new Escada flower suit (from Mitchells Westport).”
Westport: “Nothing like a big hometown crowd. And especially lovely to have someone bring a very happily worn copy of my first book, In the Garden, so I could sign both. And so great to have my youngest and most devoted fan…Carly Curran…who has been following my work for years ;-)”
LA: “A good part of the book tour is being sponsored and supported by Diptyque, Paris and it was so amazing to be hosted at their new Beverly Hills store in May. Wonderful appearances there by old friends and new—including friends from summer camp who I haven’t seen since I was fifteen!”
SF: “A quick layover at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase for a presentation and signing. I was so cold that a very kind patron shared her scarf with me and invited me back to photograph her gardens. ”
Boston: “Super fun trip to Portobello Road in Chestnut Hill for a daytime event. Small world: The owner’s sister is someone I know from Westport (jewelry designer Tanah Kalb) but we never made the connection.”
New York Public Library: “Such a great night in NYC and an incredibly passionate and interested group—lots of real photo enthusiasts with very technical questions!”
Chicago: “Switching it up with a new floral blazer on a gorgeous evening at the Diptyque boutique in Wicker Park. Had a great conversation with a young girl who is passionate about photography and possibly making a career of it. Always look forward to the chance to connect with young people interested in creative careers.”
Hamptons: “A real treat to be hosted by one of my longtime favorite brands: Serena & Lily at their fabulous Sagaponack Beach Outpost in the Hamptons. Such a gorgeous space and cool refreshments on what turned out to be a SUPER hot summer day!”
Westport Arts Center: “Had the best time sharing images and talking photography to an always engaged art-loving crowd. Love signing books that are to be given as a special gift to a dear friend.”