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Meet Anthony Grassetti of Anthony Grassetti Photography in Charlestown and Beverly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Grassetti.

Anthony, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began to study photography at School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (Graduated 2009). From there, I completed graduate school at the University of Chicago. Surprisingly, my graduate degree was actually in humanities, with a focus on film history and the history of photography (as opposed to art practice).

Only upon moving back to the Boston area did I decide to practice photography full-time. Though I no longer work/study in academics, I do try to use my art history background in my current work with models and fashion – whether through lighting technique reminiscent of a painting, figure composition, or merely as a reference.

Over time I have developed a full-time photography business with studios in Charlestown and my home studio in Beverly.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The path to my current career has not always been clear-cut. As I touched upon earlier, I anticipated working in a variety of fields other than photography. Painting, filmmaking, teaching – these were just a few of the careers I had anticipated at points throughout my career.

In addition to figuring out what exactly I would do, I was then faced with the task of actually getting there once I had decided. The world of photography is full of immensely talented artists, all of whom deserve success and will compete to achieve it. I think the only way I was able to find success was to develop my own style, without concern for what others were doing in my area. I think having an element of your work that is unique among your peers is one of the keys to succeeding. To be clear, I am very much still in the process of attaining “success.”. I do not view success and failure as a linear path.

Anthony Grassetti Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I primarily work in the fashion and modeling industry. Though I work with all varieties of businesses and brands, I am primarily hired for my fashion-oriented style. As opposed to a “regional” aesthetic, I try to focus on imagery that works in any market, whether NYC, LA, or Boston.

In addition, I work regularly with established and aspiring models who need to update or create their portfolio. Working with models is one of my favorite parts of being a photographer, as each shoot is a new opportunity to create something different and free of creative restriction. I work with a team of hair and makeup and wardrobe stylists, in order to create high-end portfolios that will allow the model the best possible chance at success within the industry.

Lastly, I work with individual clients who are looking for modern fashion-based portraiture unlike what they might find at a traditional portrait studio.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I was asked to return to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts to give a talk about life as a working photographer. Being back in the school on the other side of the desk was a surreal and rewarding experience. I am happy to say I will be returning this year for another talk at Sandra Stark’s “Making a Picture” class. She is an excellent teacher and was a sort of mentor throughout my education.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 59 Park St, Beverly MA 01915 (home studio)
  • 50 Terminal St, Charlestown, MA 02129 (Charlestown studio)
  • Website:
  • Phone: (603) 930-7030
  • Email:
  • Instagram: grassettiPhoto
  • Facebook: AnthonyGrassettiPhotography

Image Credit:
Christian Adams , Alicia Dane. Credits , Thom Solo.

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