Interview with GBO Photo's

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.


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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.


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Model Credits: Beard up Beer down, Modern Myths Cosplay