Born in Brooklyn, his roots extend all the way from Ghana where both of his parents were raised. As a Director of Photography, he travels often. I curiously asked what was on his top 5 Bucket List. Along with wanting to jump out of a plane, he answered that he'd wanted to visit every state in the U.S. (currently sitting at 40) and visit all 7 continents. So, along with being a bit of a dare devil, Baffo is cultured, well traveled, charismatic and might I add, has a damn awesome beard! Check out some of the things he had to say below:
BMWB: What's your passion?
Baffo: My passion is Photography. I love the art. I just love the idea of being able to tell a story without speaking. One of my favorite quotes is from photographer Bruno Barbey: "Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world". I couldn't agree more.
*You can view his work here: www.serbaffo.com
I met Steven, also known as Ser or Baffo, back in January of this year. He'd flown to New Orleans for a video project for BET during Mardi Gras. I'd been following him for awhile before I saw that he was in NOLA, my hometown, posting the most amazing looking Louisiana Cuisine on his Instagram. I instantly reached out to see about taking photos of him and his beard, and trust me when I say, it's one of the BEST I've ever seen! Upon meeting him, I noticed instantly how laid back he was. He'd just finished interviewing Lil Romeo and talked about his many travels across the world. We discussed photography, something we're both specialized in and passionate about, and I got to know him while shooting him right in the heart of the French Quarter.
BMWB: What is your beard regime?
Baffo: What is my beard regime...to be honest currently my regime consists of waking him up with some warm water in the morning, drying him off thoroughly, followed by a little beard fluffing with this godly pick my dad gave me that he owned since the 70's (so you know it's thorough). As of late I haven't been putting any products in my beard. I think my beard works best when I'm not loading him up with all these random products people send me, but if I must add shine I use coconut oil on a sunny day.
BMWB: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Baffo: I always find this question somewhat difficult to answer because five years ago if you would've asked me "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" - I definitely wouldn't have said living and working in LA. To answer the question, in five years I hope the lord is still blessing and protecting me. That's the state I would still like to see myself in.
BMWB: What inspires you?
Baffo: Seeing my friends do well inspires me. Seeing them hustle and get it everyday keeps me extremely motivated and reminded not to become complacent when good is happening in your life. #StayHungry
BMWB: What do you feel about the social climate of Black Men in America?
Baffo: Times are very tense for Black Men in America. I hate to say it, but it's tense times for African Americans period. From the death of Tamir Rice to Eric Garner to Michael Brown to Freddie Gray to Sandra Bland, the list goes one. They've been taking us out one by one and getting paid suspensions as some form of punishment. We must move extremely careful these days.
BMWB: What are your hobbies?
Baffo: My Hobbies consist of working out, taking pictures every chance I get and spending time with the family.
BMWB: What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
Baffo: The Most important lesson(s) I've learned is always be prepared, and you're going to have to work for everything. In the words of my dad: No one is going to give you shit, be prepared to work.
Want to follow Baffo on Social Media? Check him out on instagram: @serbaffo.
Photography by XOXO Quinntographer