Updated: Dec 3, 2019
Gabby Oickle AKA GBO Photo's is a Canadian Photographer from Hamilton Ontario.
Photo taken by M2T photography
J: So, let’s start off with an easy one, what got you into photography or cosplay photography, and what peaked your interest in the hobby?
GBO: I started back in high school back when I was using an enlarger. I actually first started using a film camera and shooting portraits help peaked that. The look on someone's face when they see a great portrait of themselves. You feel their confidence sore and ultimately that is my main goal as a photographer
J: How long have you been shooting cosplay photos for?
GBO: It actually started when I had a solid foundation for digital photography and using DSLR’s. I love the creativity of a fine art portrait and cosplay really helped push that to the next level. Truthfully though only a year in the cosplay world.
J: What gear do you use?
GBO: Nikon Z6, Nikon D7200, 18-140, 24-70 Studio Equipment
It actually is quite continuous and really has started to pile up
J: What gear would you say, you wish you had?
GBO: I wouldn’t say gear so much as my own studio space. That is a goal of mine to achieve by the end of 2020.
J: Why do you continue to be a photographer? What drives you?
GBO: As cliché as it may sound, I couldn’t picture my life without it. It gave me a reason and a purpose in life and I want to help give that gift to others around me.
J: What are your thoughts about copyright and ownership? I know there is a lot of controversy over who owns what as well as cosplayers selling prints of your work or paid photo shoots versus non-paid?
GBO: This always seems to be a sensitive topic, I mean legally the photographer owns the images but cannot sell them without a written contract between to cosplayer/model with a release form (Bill C-11). I think the bottom line is that it’s a conversation that happens between the individuals involved to find a solid ground of what works for all parties who may be involved
J: What would you say is your Photography Bucket list or dream?
GBO: To be a photographer that other photographers look up to. Ask me how I lit that shot or what technique I used. Most of all to help give others who have lost site of their true power back to them.
J: What would you recommend to someone just starting out in photography?
GBO: Don’t give up. It will be frustrating, you may not get the shot to appear how you want it to but learn try again. Always accept a critique, it’s to help train your eye but most of all as a professor of mine once said “keep shooting!”
Model Universe of Ali
J: Do you prefer location shoots over studio? Is it more challenging being on location rather than a controlled studio environment?
GBO: I prefer studio, just because I know I can control exactly the lighting output and white balance to get that shot I want but on location you get some beautiful background but I find both have their pros and cons and can be quite challenging.
J: What in your opinion is the hardest thing about photography?
GBO: I find the technical problems, sometimes a piece of equipment isn’t working and you just dont' know why.
J: What has been your favorite convention to shoot at and why?
GBO: I have to say so far would be Comic Con. I love seeing all of us comic geeks come together and geek out in their cosplay and I get to take images of everyone in spirit.
J: So, as we come to a close I just have one final question: What is next for you?
GBO: Take over the world! One photograph at a time.