More about Gary G....
What do you love about your job?
My favorite part about being a commercial photographer, the position itself, it’s a symbol to me and an awesome reminder that I’m doing what I want to do professionally. Living life by my terms - I love that. For clients such as you that I hope to work with, knowing that I can help those that want to be helped - I love that.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
One of my favorite shoots was something I made up on a whim and shot in my studio at home for a client. It was the out of the box thinking I believe is what made it work so well. My client owns an Italian restaurant that serves American food as well, you can say Italian-American. They wanted to make a Fourth of July Special announcement but didn’t want it to be tacky like a US flag sticking out of pasta. I have spaghetti sitting upright in a container in my kitchen and always noticed the spiral or burst shape it makes when looking at it from a overhead viewpoint. It was then I realized it reminded me of fireworks. Imagine it, hold dry spaghetti in your hand, fan it out into a circle, look down over it, stand by a bright window and light it on just one side, and now you have a firework explosion made out of spaghetti.
I took that idea to my studio, I didn’t need to go to the restaurant to do this, I arranged three “fireworks” and scatted sesame seed to make sparks, all over a black surface. This created a fireworks at night scene made entirely out of uncooked spaghetti. We now had a classy Fourth of July post for an Italian-American restaurant.
A fun fact about this photographer
In the military, I submitted to go to a photography workshop to receive mentorship from some of the best in the field at the time. Photographers from Newsweek to National Geographic attended to facilitate the course. I received mentorship directly from the a Newsweek photo editor where she guided me through my story I was telling about the Maryland Department of Corrections. You know what? Did this day I still put myself in uncomfortable situations for the sake of learning.