I’m Naomi… and I am the smile behind Naomi Gabrielle Photography. First, lets clear up one thing, Gabrielle isn’t my surname, it’s my middle name, but it’s easier to spell than my surname so I use it!
I have always loved taking photos, ask my mum, I came back from youth camp when I was 10 with about 5rolls of film that she had to pay to develop! My photographic inspiration was two fold, as a child I was very close to my great uncle, Eddie, and he loved photography. He would take portraits of me, and our family, he had a darkroom in his home, which I wasn’t allowed to play in (spoil-sports)! Eddie had gifted my dad with an SLR camera which used to come on holiday with us every year… it had a number of lenses, flash guns and other bits you could add and take away, I was fascinated.
Sadly, in 2007, my Grandma passed away; she wasn’t a rich lady, but with the money she left me I decided I wanted to buy something that would enhance my life and would remind me of her every time I used it; I bought myself my first digital SLR camera. The intrigue I had as a child was reborn; friends and family alike could see that my passion for photography had been renewed! I spent the next four years just taking photos for fun, and then five years ago I took my passion for photography from being ‘just a hobby’ and made it into my full-time ‘job’.