We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabrielle Herry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabrielle, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I always think of risks in my life with a simple question: will I look back in even just 5 years from now and regret it if I don’t take the chance? Often times, this leads me to dive into opportunities set before me; no matter how much they scare me! If I didn’t take risks, I would have never gone to college, never travelled alone and seen almost 15 countries by the time I was 21, I would have never met my husband, and I would have never started working for myself doing something I have always loved to do, naturally!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe my style and my eye for knowing when a memory may not be special in the moment but when revisiting and reliving that moment through a photo, it means the world. This I believe comes from my own life experiences and all the times I wish I had photos from significant times in my life that I let slip away, and also from some of my “technical training”. In high school I had plenty of technical and artist photography training that has stuck with me even now, and I am always sharpening my skills to outperform my self in every newly booked session. And of course it isn’t easy, for a lot of reasons, but the reward is so very worth the late nights, unpredictable schedule, and overall stress of being an independent contractor!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would 100% take my best friend to my favorite coffee shop in Downtown, Bird Tree Cafe, and then of course to Garden of the Gods so they could get some great photos for instagram, and then hiking to places like Blodgett’s Peak where mostly the locals go so they wouldn’t have to deal with crazy crowds! I’d show them around Manitou Springs, and all the gorgeous National Park so close by to the Springs and then be sure to have a picnic or two at Quail Lake, probably with food from Los Velas’ taco truck! To me, it’s always fun to live like a local whenever I’m in a new or unfamiliar place to really feel the spirit of a place, so that’s what I’d hope visiting these different sites would do!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would be reloaded if I did not dedicate my gratitude to my number one supporter, Noll, my husband. From day one, he has been my greatest supporter and cheerleader. When I fall into a spiral of comparison to others in my field, he instantly reassures me that I am not inferior and that my talents are real and that I am deserving of my success! I owe so much of this career to him, because if I did not have his support, I probably would have never tried to freelance to begin with.