We’re excited to bring you the latest and greatest from photographer Gabriel Sanchez. Gabriel is based out of Miami, takes some amazing shots, and has got a pretty cool beard. Check out some of the work from his portfolio down below after the interview and make sure to follow him on Instagram & Youtube. Cheers!
What first drew you into photography? When did you get started?
Photography was always a part of my life. There was always a camera lying around in my house and I would always take a camera with me and try to get some photos. Making the switch from a hobby to a job is another story. It basically started around the time my wife Daniela opened up her fashion blog and needed pictures. There is when I started to take it more seriously and progressed from a hobbyist to a freelance photographer.
Does your personality play into your photography? How so?
I believe so! It is surely influenced by my emotions. When I’m “feeling” a project or task I can get lost in it and enjoy it that much more. On the contrary for days or jobs that are not going well it will affect the process. In general I try and make my subjects feel comfortable and always have a good time. Making people smile is my mission when I set out to photograph. At the end of the day I want my subject to remember how they felt in my presence, the photos are just a bonus.
What has been your most memorable photo shoot to-date and what made it so special?
I try and make every shoot memorable. I’m always striving for something new and something bigger. Although I’ve experienced moments that I never thought I would, It wouldn’t be fair to call them the “most” memorable, and this is simply because I believe there is something better approaching.
Is there an all-time favorite photograph that you or a photographer you look up to has taken?
Not really. I’m a fan of many things. I’m also attracted to many different aspects of a photo, for some it is the light, others it can be the composition, subject, colors, or a combination. I am attracted however to anything vintage. I take photos today so that they remain relevant in 50 years, just like the photograph I see from 50 years ago today and they make me feel something.
If you’re willing to publicly say so, what’s your favorite Latin food spot in Miami? What’s the dish?
One? Lemme have two choices HAHA. If I’m feeling on the healthy side I love me some Ceviche from Ceviche 105 in Downtown. If I wanna stuff my face then, I would go for an arroz Imperial drowned in mayo from Versailles with a colada to wash it all down.
When you’re not taking pictures, what else do you enjoy doing? Do you feel this somehow finds its way into your photography?
I really like music. When I was growing up I was in a band and I still enjoy jamming from time to time. I don’t know if this ever finds its way into my photography directly but I always try to bring the “music” if you will.
If you could take a trip anywhere in the world to photograph a location, where would you go?
There are so many places that the list would never end. I feel the world in itself is a beautiful place and deserved to be discovered. At the moment I’m obsessed with tropical vibes. So anywhere in the world with warm weather, nice water and palm trees IM THERE! Perhaps Thailand?
What is one project you’d love to work on that you haven’t yet had a chance to do?
I’d like to create more story driven video work. Get into the more cinematic aspect of video and bridge my photographic eye with motion picture.
You can photograph any celebrity for your next shoot, who would it be?
I’m not really a person who feels celebrities are the “top”, personally having met many celebrities in my lifetime I can say that celebrities are people just like anyone else, so I hardly get star struck or overly excited about them. However, If I had a chance to photograph someone famous I would most likely pick a supermodel like Coco Rocha or Karlie Kloss. Even though I view them as “regular people” I admire their talents and abilities in front of the camera. Enough to consider it an honor to photograph them at any point in my professional career.
For any photographers looking to follow in your footsteps, what advice would you give?
My first advice would be to only please yourself. Art is subjective and everyone has a different opinion. The moment you try to adjust your vision to please anyone you begin to lose yourself in the process. Needless to say your art will suffer those consequences and so will your progress. My second piece of advice would be to never stop. You will face many challenges and take many “L’s” but what will make you a better photographer and what will help you get ahead in life is perseverance. The will to keep going and putting in the work day by day is worth more in the long run than anything else, and it will separate you from the rest.