Fashion Photographer Brandon Gamble
It is with great pleasure GlamModelz Magazine presents a peak through the lens with Brandon Gamble. Brandon’s unique and artistic style can be credited to the start of his career as a fashion model. Now Brandon uses his keen eye behind the lens.
GlamModelz Magazine: Let’s get started! Tell me about your background…how did you get started in Photography?Brandon Gamble: I’ve been in the fashion and photography industry since 1987. Starting as a model for California Fashions I was introduced to the commercial world of fashion and introduced to Rafael Martin who shot for many of the high end clothing companies in Los Angeles and San Francisco. After leaving the modeling industry and assisting Rafael on hundreds of shoots I began shooting my own photography for my production company Top Entertainment which provided models and dancers for runway, production shows, and corporate events. After moving to Las Vegas in 1990 I continued to do photography for the dancers and models of Las Vegas and began my own work in fashion photography. My eye for the artistic elements and my attention for details of the fashion industry made my work very sought after and popular. I have a natural passion for bringing my subjects to a comfortable, calm, and relaxed state to bring out the best in anyone or anything. I’m truly easy to work with and to be around. I love the fashion and glamour industry and continue to grow as top photographer in the business.
GlamModelz Magazine: Why Glamour /Beauty? What other genre’s and styles interest you? Brandon Gamble: I like glamour and beauty because there is such a vast array of artistic shoots. You’ve got different cultures within the models, make up possibilities, and unlimited spectrum of themes to explore. I’ve always had an affinity for the depth of black and white artistic scapes.
GlamModelz Magazine: What or who inspires you as a photographer? Brandon Gamble: Positive models who bring lots of energy, excitement, and intrigue to the shoots. Models who are open and fun who allow my creative side to be explored and blossom. Its difficult to work with close minded models especially when there is negativity abound.
GlamModelz Magazine: What challenges do you face in this industry? What would you change about it, if you could? Brandon Gamble: The industry has become very flaky with no shows or late arrivals. It’s difficult to contact requested models. I’d love to see the work ethic of models, makeup artists, and hair stylists brought up to a higher more professional standard. I’ve found it difficult to coordinate with makeup artists, models, hair stylist when everyone is not on the same page with their work ethics.
GlamModelz Magazine: What equipment is essential for you as a glamour photographer, to capture your “best shot”? Brandon Gamble: I invest a lot of time and money in my lighting and education. I am constantly reading about different lighting and techniques to enhance my work. I spend a lot of time researching lighting companies that are bringing new technologies to our art. It’s important to invest time in building and brain storming set design but not to the point of taking away from the essence or energy coming from each individual subject.
GlamModelz Magazine: Paid vs. TF* shoots – What are your views and preferences? Brandon Gamble: Every professional prefers to be paid but to ignore the different ideas that men and women can bring to you that don’t have the finances to bring an incredible shot shouldn’t be ignored. Otherwise I’m always willing to listen to individuals ideas I can do TFs if my schedule will allow it.
GlamModelz Magazine: How would you best describe your personal style? Brandon Gamble: Sensuality, sexuality, and allure sells product. If a client comes to me to move a product that has a male base or market putting a beautiful model around or with their product in the most seductive manner would be the way to produce a shot. I believe a truly good photographer should be known as passionate about his or her work.
GlamModelz Magazine: Why Fashion/Glamour/Beauty? What other genre’s and styles interest you? Brandon Gamble: I’ve always found fashion/glamour/beauty to be artistic. I’ve found whether its hair, makeup, or clothing design every one or aspect brings an artistic flair to the shoot. Pinup has always held an interest for me. I love admiring the pinup art that has transpired over the years.
GlamModelz Magazine: What are your goals for your photography? Other goals? Brandon Gamble: To continue on my path of success and finding new and innovative ways to bring my art to the glamour and fashion industry. I’d also like to teach and share my knowledge with aspiring photographers.
GlamModelz Magazine: What qualities should Models/MUA’s/Stylists, etc have to work with you? Brandon Gamble: Being prompt and on time. Have a high standard of work ethic, be adventurous and creative, listen to their director, and above all never bringing negativity to each other during a shoot.
GlamModelz Magazine: What advice do you have for new/amateur photographers who want to shoot glamour? Brandon Gamble: Lots of networking, be open to paying your dues, and spend a lot of time with people related to the industry in social events and networking parties. Always be 100% respectful of models space and needs. Your reputation will go a long way.
GlamModelz Magazine: Tell us about your biggest accomplishment to date or what makes you most proud. Brandon Gamble: I have many accomplishments to date but one of my proudest shoots was with a gal attempting to get into Playboy magazine and the test shoot we prepared for her wasn’t published but got her into the magazine. It made me feel excellent that I helped this individual achieve her dreams.
GlamModelz Magazine: What advice do you have for new models who want to shoot glamour? Brandon Gamble: Spend the money! There’s nothing worse than a bad portfolio. Find reputable photographers, makeup artists, and hair designers and produce an outstanding portfolio.
GlamModelz Magazine: In addition to photography, do you have other skills/interests/talents in which you excel? Brandon Gamble: I am faculty teacher and trainer for Body Arts and Science International out of Costa Mesa California certifying Pilates instructors worldwide.
GlamModelz Magazine: What other interesting facts would you like GlamModelz readers to know about you? Brandon Gamble: I always bring 110% to my shoots, I never do anything half assed, always totally committed, never extend myself, and desire models and clients to be completely thrilled with the outcome of my photography.