Stefan Klapko is a photographer based in New York City with a passion for people. He graduated with a BA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago in 2011, and has been working professionally since then. His work has taken him all over the U.S. and Europe with clients such as Nike and Spotify. With a focus on portrait photography and events, Stefan is a dynamic photographer that is always creating unique perspectives with the client's needs in mind.
I love that my job allows me to constantly meet new people, and with this, allows me to constantly tell new stories. Photography has the ability to draw connections between people with just one eye catching image. I've had the opportunity to work with such a large range of clients in the past 6 years, and together we've created work that has reached audiences all over the world. It's a humbling experience to do what you love as a career.
I enjoy creating portraits on location more than anything. I believe you're able to create the most unique image, with a strong story, when creating in different environments. Along with creating portraits, I also love event photography. I thrive on creating in a fast paced environment, and being able to tell the story of an event through images.
I received many recognitions for my work at Columbia College, and my senior thesis project was purchased by the college. I worked with a small event photography team (3 of us) that won a number of awards for best event photography in Chicago.
I love hiking and backpacking, and spent a year in Europe photographing this lifestyle for my own personal work.