The Butcher’s Daughter Nolita Shoot

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I had a super fun shoot at The Butcher’s Daughter in Nolita the other day, so I thought I would share it with you! My friend Emily Kammeyer had the idea to shoot there and I’m glad she did because I’ve been wanting to shoot there for awhile. It actually started raining during our shoot, but luckily you can’t tell in the images!

One thing I love with bright colored buildings is that they just look so crisp against light outfits. Her white top and jeans ensemble made the shoot feel light and fun against the backdrop of The Butcher’s Daughter. We went to the Nolita location at 19 Kenmare Street and it wasn’t busy at all. They have adorable yellow tables (although I did have to move a table and bench away so it didn’t distract from Emily as the focus).

She had also just gotten a cheetah print bag in the mail from Burberry (!!!) and it was the perfect pop of color to match the table. We also did some shots of her walking across the street with The Butcher’s Daughter in the background to add a street style feel.

I don’t shoot black and white very often, but we snapped a few at the end that I loved! The contrast is so nice against her white shirt and the black wall. Love how these turned out, and it just goes to show that you never know what cool shots you’ll end up with when you’re free to be creative and try new things on a shoot.

If you liked these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂

Top 5 Pink Desserts In NYC

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This is a very specific article, I know. But let me give you some background. I’ve been on a little side project all year long. I wanted to see if I could take my love of all things pink, and find it translated into desserts in the city.

It all started because I wanted some adorable pink food that matched my aesthetic to post on Instagram. But then it became a challenge for me, and I started seeking out shops, menus, and restaurants on social media to see if I could compile an all-pink list. And I did, right here, just for you! So if you’ve ever thought, hmm, I wonder what kinds of pink desserts NYC has to offer, this is your spot to find out!

Simply Delicious Yellow Cake with Sweet Pink Buttercream Icing from Amy’s Bread

Amy’s Bread is a classic bakery in NYC, and their pink cake is no exception. It’s sweet icing is the perfect topper for the moist cake, and is the perfect pink dessert to grab with a coffee or on a weekend outing with friends. I highly recommend this cake for looks + taste. I might need to run to Chelsea Market later to grab a slice!

Strawberry Shortcake & Red Raspberry Cakes at Ring Ding Bar

Pink on the outside AND inside! This dessert bar does a modern take on the classic 1950’s dessert Ding Dongs, which is basically a mini cake with a chocolate layer overtop and filling in the inside. The strawberry shortcake is absolutely delicious, not to mention adorable, and the shop is even cuter! I highly recommend heading downtown to check it out in person!

Pink Bubble Tea at Bar Pa Tea

While I admit this is borderline in the “dessert” category, I’m still counting it because it’s a sweet treat! The store itself gets extra points for looking adorable and pink, and is great for photos too. They have lots of other flavors, including matcha, coffee, and add-in flavors, so go check them out for a sweet drink.

Lavender Ice Cream with Lucky Charms and a Pink Cone from Soft Swerve

Oh my gosh, where do I start with this?! While it’s not all technically pink and there is a lot of purple in the dessert, I included it because this. was. the. best. ice. cream. I’ve. ever. eaten. For real, it was delicious. And it’s so pretty for ice cream! Beware, there might be a bit of a line, but they’re speedy and it’s absolutely worth it!

Strawberry Cronut at Mia’s Bakery

If you haven’t tried the cronut yet, you need to head on over to Mia’s bakery immediately. It’s the perfect balance of crunchy cronut texture and silky sweet icing on top. And it’s pink, of course. The strawberry flavors tasted incredible, but note that it’s very rich, so might be best to share with a friend if you don’t have the biggest sweet tooth.

Bonus: Vegan Raspberry Cake at Mia’s Bakery

The folks at Mia’s were so nice and helpful that they gave me multiple pink dishes to photograph! This one is for all my Vegan friends out there. It’s a Vegan raspberry cake with a raspberry drizzle. Talk about amazing. With the filling and layers of icing, I was in total pink heaven.

Give these a try the next time you’re out and about in the city, and if you have any recommendations of other pink food or desserts that I should photograph, hit me up at gdeimz@gmail.com or on Instagram @gdeimz. Thanks so much and hope you have a pastel pink day! 🙂

2019 Photo Recap

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It’s been a totally crazy year! I’ve photographed more than ever in my entire life, and gotten to work on some super cool projects. So I thought it would be fun to collect all the stats and make a recap of all the photography I’ve done. Check it out below!

I also made a fun video from that information, including hundreds of photos from various shoots I’ve done this year. It’s so crazy to me that none of those photos existed one year ago. I love that I get to be creative and make so many fun images. I hope I beat my record next year!

I JUST LAUNCHED MY PRINT STORE!

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I am ear to ear smiles today, because today is the day I have finally launched my online Etsy shop of some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. Here’s a GIF showing you just how excited I am:

Unsurprisingly, the shop is full of PINK and SPARKLES. I would have it no other way! I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite prints up on the shop right now (which by the way I should mention is just in time for your holiday shopping!)

This is my favorite print up right now! I shot it from the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center of the Empire State Building. And, you know, made it pink. Did you expect anything less from me?!

I’ll never forget this New Years Eve! I got $10 tickets to see the fireworks show in London against the backdrop of the London Eye and the river. It was an absolutely stunning way to start the new year. I actually have this print hanging up in my room right now!

This photo was taken during a studio shoot in London while I was studying at London College of Fashion. We glued candy to the model’s lips! It was such a fun day of shooting and the print turned out so cool and unique.

This actually comes as a set of two prints that go together. Because what could be better than donuts + pink + icing + lipstick + blush?! They make a really cute matching wall hanging set. There’s a ton of other fun shots from a bunch of different cities, including Paris, Sedona, New York, and the Bahamas. Have a look and see if there are any you like!

Check out the full line of prints right here!

XOXO Gaby

Anden Concert at Governor’s Island

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I got connected to the electronic music duo named Anden from a friend of a friend, and when I saw they were performing at the historic Governor’s Island in NYC, I knew it would be a really fun show to photograph. They have been hosting these awesome dance party events in various places around NYC for the past six years.

The first DJ, Wassu, started the party off around 1pm. Can we just talk for a minute about how cute this is?! He wanted to bring his daughter to show her what he does. We were losing it–too cute!

There was lots of great music all day long and the crowd was really getting into it. They partnered with Threes Brewing and had the event on the Liggett Terrace beer garden on Governor’s Island, which was just a 10-minute ferry ride from Manhattan. The weather was perfect for an all-day dance party.

The second artist that went on was the duo named Local Dialect. Dezza mixed after them, and of course Anden closed out the show in the evening to a crowd of a couple hundred. If you’re into EDM or trance music, they are definitely worth checking out.

If you liked these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂

Should You Credit Your Photographer?

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Matt Healy of the popular British rock band The 1975 has sparked a huge debate online this week with an Instagram post and a question. He posted a photo of himself at a concert, taken by music photographer Robert Gallardo, and asked his followers how they felt about crediting your photographer. Healy stated that since he personally knew the photographer, he felt the need to credit him for his image, but that in general he thought it was not necessary for the artist to credit the photographer if it was an image of himself. You can read the full text of his comment below.

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There were thousands of comments from artists, musicians, and fans chiming in on their opinions. An overwhelming number of people responded in favor of crediting the photographer, due to the fact that it’s an original artwork that they have created and therefore should be credited as such. Photographer Ashly Nicole compared the scenario to other mediums and forms to make her point, saying, “You had people share your art and say it was created by you, and it should be the same for a photographer or even an illustrator. Just because it’s not the same medium as your art, doesn’t make it not art nor extinguish the hard work put into the art. Give credit no matter the medium,”

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As a photographer myself watching this unfold, I was pretty shocked. I know how it feels to put in a lot of time and effort for a photoshoot only for it to be posted by a media outlet or someone online without proper credit. For someone with such a big platform and voice in the industry, it’s disheartening to see Healy take that stance. He might not realize it, but he has the power to impact the entire career of a photographer by posting one photo that they have taken.

In this social media age, your work being shown by accounts with millions of followers holds a lot of value. When someone like Matt Healy posts your photo, the digital currency of your work increases. By not tagging the photographer, you’re effectively robbing them of potential opportunities, future jobs, and exposure. To me, that’s stealing.

No matter the medium, when people put in hard work, they deserve to be credited. There’s a reason that there are credits at the end of a movie and the back of a magazine. It’s to acknowledge when someone has participated in a production. The same goes for photographers, and makeup artists, and designers, and painters. I’m a photographer, so I might be biased, but I think credit should always be given.

Healy updated his post later, stating that he “lost the debate” and tagging Robert Gallardo in the post. What are your thoughts? Comment below what you would have done, or how you think this impacts the industry standards of crediting photographers.

Why I Shoot My Portraits Outdoors

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Imagine a dreamy outdoor portrait, with the sun streaming in and warm tones making the face glow. Doesn’t that sound just lovely? Now, I’m not saying to leave the studio and never come back. I just think we need to take a moment to appreciate my favorite thing ever: Natural Light.

Natural light has a lot of advantages against studio light. It’s warm, gorgeous, and you can try to replicate it, but it will never quite look the same. I personally think that you can achieve more depth and will have a more vibrant image rather than just a solid white or black background. Don’t get me wrong, a formal studio portrait is necessary skill for every photographer to know, but I much prefer to get moving and head outside for environmental portraits (and that doesn’t mean you can’t add some fill light or strobes!). You have so many options to experiment with outdoors, like sunrise, shadows, shade, sunset, and even nighttime! Think of the world as a huge studio for you to work with. The options are practically endless!

The next thing that separates indoor from outdoor: Depth of Field. And my favorite thing ever, Bokeh. The greater distance that the model stands from the background will create a more shallow depth of field, creating pleasing images that really focus in and make the model pop from the background. I also like the background variety that can be achieved with outdoor shoots. Yesterday, we went on a little walking adventure and found an abandoned building to shoot in. It turned out to be so cool. I find that a quick 180 degree turn can lend itself to totally new backgrounds, colors, and textures to add the scene. The best advice I ever got was to always move around and don’t be afraid to try new angles, framing, and scenes. 

I love shooting my portraits outdoors because it gives a whole new feel to the images. However, shooting outdoors does come with it’s own set of problems. Like (just this week), snow and rain. And as tough as it might be, you, the models, and the crew just have to work around that. I find that it’s definitely worth the extra effort to mix things up and have an outdoor adventure with your camera. So head out, find some cool locations, and start shooting. The warm, bright natural light and new space to shoot will be a breath of fresh air for you, literally.

So, What’s Bokeh, Anyway?

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Bokeh is a camera term and a Japanese word that translates to “blur.” It’s the quality of being out of focus rendered by the camera’s lens in an image. Bokeh is visually appealing to the eye because it forces us to focus on the subject and blurs out everything else in the image, creating a shallow depth of field.

Why am I bringing this up? Because bokeh is what changes everything. Bokeh takes the casual amateur photographer shooting pictures of their family and makes them a high-quality portrait photographer. I know, because that’s how I got started.

People always ask me how they can take better pictures. This will always be my first answer: Get a lens that can create bokeh. The problem with kit lenses that come as a standard with the DSLR camera body is that they create virtually no shallow depth of field.

To have a shallow depth of field, the aperture on the lens must go to somewhere in the gorgeous range of 2.8-1.4, but kit lenses only go to 5.6, on average. So, all the pretty little blurry circles that make the subject pop out in a sharp image just blend in with the subject, and therefore there is no bokeh. What a shame.

There are other benefits of shooting shallow, too! The aperture is open much wider and therefore more light gets let in the camera, so you need a faster shutter speed. This can be really helpful when wanting to capture motion, or if you are in a low lighting situation.

For those looking to try it out, I recommend a 50mm f/1.4 lens of any brand. It’s prime, which means that you can’t zoom in with the lens, but it’s a great way to get an inexpensive lens that you can practice with.

If you don’t feel comfortable shooting on manual, try aperture priority! It will let you set the aperture that you want (anywhere in that nice bokeh range—f/1.4-2.8!) and then the camera will do the rest! And remember, when in doubt, just shoot shallow and see what happens!