The Things that Matter Most

Inspired by one of my favorite photographers, Nate Kaiser, I plan to use this 'Personal Blog' space to post images of the thing I love to photograph most in the world. The thing that is nearest and dearest to my heart. My family. Not only are they beautiful people and fun to be around, but I've learned so much about myself and about photography in the process. I hope to quietly leave a cache of beloved images that capture real moments in the life of our family. It's something for future generations and selfishly, it pushes me to create and do life with the people I love. It means being in the quiet moments around the house as well as spurring on adventures together. - Gabe

Swim lessons

Summer 2015 - It's easy to forget the emotion of swim lessons. As a kid I remember being shy and nervous but also so excited about swim lessons. I remember my brothers and I visiting the 'Snack Shack' afterwards and that I often went for the Fun Dip.

Roman took to the pool like a flying fish. It was an overcast day (no big surprise in Seattle) and he was shivering like crazy out of water, but after jumping as high as he could and plunging into the pool he couldn't wait to flip out of the pool onto the deck and scurry back in line for another go at the diving board. Ivy on the other hand would cling tightly onto anything within reach. Two very different experiences but they both can't wait for next summer. Ashley and I sat and watched with huge grins on our faces. It's joyful to see them having so much fun.

Photographs in General

 April 2011 // Canon AE-1, 50mm // Kodak Tri-X

April 2011 // Canon AE-1, 50mm // Kodak Tri-X

It's common knowledge but I'm going to say it anyways. Photographs are amazing. They are amazing because they capture a moment. It's an instant reminder of the emotions and events that were taking place at that time. In one glance you remember different hair styles, glasses, and clothes that represent who you were in that moment. And who you were then makes up who you are today.

I love polaroids (instant) photographs for that reason. They are an unfiltered snapshot of life at that moment. As I've been reflecting on photographs from my childhood, there are goofy smiles, bad hair, and hammer pants. And I've never looked at a photograph that my mom took with her point-and-shoot nikon and thought, "Man, Mom, you should've taken me to a spot with better light." No. It's just a rad moment in time with me in hammer pants at my birthday party with all my 4th grade buddies. (Thank Mom for capturing those moments.)

In our modern life, we snap iPhone pics and have apps that remind us daily what happened a year ago and I love it. I'm reminded of when my kids were younger and the funny little mannerisms and quirks that are lost and forgotten as they age and time goes on. It's often the most normal photographs that remind me of these things. Walking my daughter to preschool in the morning. A trip to the hardware store. Make dinner together. That's life. Capture it. Whether it's analog or digital, my message to you is to make photographs often

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 Baby Ivy eating dinner with our good friends the Starks in the background

Baby Ivy eating dinner with our good friends the Starks in the background

 The boys geared up for what would become the saddest Super Bowl ever

The boys geared up for what would become the saddest Super Bowl ever

 Whidbey Island, WA // Us at the wedding of dear friends Sam & Megan

Whidbey Island, WA // Us at the wedding of dear friends Sam & Megan

My Kids

 I took the camera along on a routine weekday evening trip to pickup school craft supplies. The kids weren't super pumped on the idea of doing a 10 minute photoshoot so I bribed them with a trip to the candy store which perked them up. You can see Roman (blue shirt) pouting... and you can see the transformation of his attitude in the photos. Photographing families (kids and dads especially) it works well to make it fun. Sometimes that means bringing candy or treats a long. Sometimes that means the promise of pizza and beer afterwards. My job is to make timeless images that portray the fun and the love. 

I took the camera along on a routine weekday evening trip to pickup school craft supplies. The kids weren't super pumped on the idea of doing a 10 minute photoshoot so I bribed them with a trip to the candy store which perked them up. You can see Roman (blue shirt) pouting... and you can see the transformation of his attitude in the photos. Photographing families (kids and dads especially) it works well to make it fun. Sometimes that means bringing candy or treats a long. Sometimes that means the promise of pizza and beer afterwards. My job is to make timeless images that portray the fun and the love. 

Paulo

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Paulo came up from Brazil for our Food Photography Workshop. He films and produces his wife's cooking show on the Food Network in Brazil. These images are from my mirrorless Canon-M camera shot at The Fat Hen in Ballard. We filled the small café with loud laughs. 

Food Photography Workshop Seattle

My wife Ashley and I taught a food photography workshop together (hosted by our friend Aran Goyoaga in her beautiful new studio). I really enjoyed working alongside my talented and beautiful wife and people traveled from all over for the workshop.  We walked to Pike Place to photograph all the wonders that the Market has to offer. I really enjoyed working through all the nuts and bolts of photography with a fun group of creatives.