Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabrielle Ortiz.
Hi Gabrielle, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Ever since I knew how to pick up a camera, I was instantly in love with taking photos. I remember an instance when I was a kid where I was in Vegas, on a family trip, and we were driving through the strip of Vegas. I remember seeing all these big lights, all these unfamiliar hotels, and buildings, and all I wanted was to take photos of it. I had an argument with my older brother because he was hogging the camera when I was the one who wanted to take photos. I started taking my photography more seriously during my freshman year and actually created my Instagram in 2018. Ever since then, I’ve been a part of magazine collectives, photo clubs, and have worked as a portrait photographer.
Alright, 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?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. My main struggle was definitely finding time for it, especially since I was doing school. It was definitely a part-time hobby for me. That is also still a struggle for me as I attend college, it’s really hard for me to go out and pick up a camera when I am so busy with school work. Another struggle I had was creative burnout which is probably really common for every creative out there. Sometimes the creative burnout hiatus takes longer than you expect which really took a toll on my content for a while.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a photographer that specializes in mostly portraits. I am mostly known for taking pictures of people whether that be senior portrait, graduation photos, couple photos, creative portraits, or just regular portraits. I am definitely most proud of my creative photoshoots, which are usually done for magazine pieces or photo essays. I definitely think that is what sets me apart from other portrait photographers as I definitely enjoy the more creative portraits more and being able to think outside of the box with the photos.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
There aren’t any specific resources I can just list off the top of my head but I do want to mention that when you teach yourself photography, Youtube tutorials will be your best friend. When I started out, all I did was watch youtube videos to really learn how to use a camera, how to use Adobe lightroom/photoshop, how to pose your models, etc.