Photographer of the Day: Christopher Gabello

ADC Member and portrait photographer shares his philosophy

August is Photography Month here on the ADC blog. Among other stories and articles, we will be featuring a different photographer every weekday of the month. Some are seasoned professionals, some are young up and comers, and some are just amateur shutterbugs taking snapshots on the side. One thing they have in common: they are all ADC Members, part of our globe-spanning creative community. We hope that you enjoy their work as much as they love creating it!

New York, NY, USA


How old were you when you took an interest in photography?

I was in my late teens when I became interested in photography, and then I became more serious in my early 20s. I was finally able to make a living from it when i was approximately 25.

What do you love most about photography as an artform?

I appreciate the ability to tell a story in 1 frame that can live forever.

What is your favorite thing to shoot?

I am a portrait photographer, so I love capturing a subjects personality and making them feel comfortable to express this.

“I know gear does not make a good photographer, but god damn that camera is amazing.”

What is it about portraits that drives you?

I love connecting with people. I’m someone that cannot sit in my apartment alone, I’d rather be in a crowded place. I feed off the energy people give and capturing it is a privilege I’m honored to have.

What is your favorite piece of equipment?

Hasselblad H39. I know gear does not make a good photographer, but god damn that camera is amazing.

Which person most inspires your photographic passion? Which professional photographers do you look up to?

My father is my biggest influence. He’s an electrician but has so much creativity. As far as photographers go, I’m very much a follower of [ADC Hall of Fame laureate] Richard Avedon and of Irving Penn. Without the knowledge of their work, it would be impossible to excel in the New York market.