Gina Gentile specializes in portrait photography, but she believes that all types of photography are truly amazing. Photography lets us capture a scene, she says, so that "It can never be forgotten or grow old. It's there forever as a reminder of how things once were. People change every day, so my job is to capture the moments of today, and create a lasting memory for generations to come." With her predilection for photographing human models, she has come to focus on portraits of babies and children.
Despite having a well established studio and having acquired some renown for her portraits of newborn infants and babies, Gentile feels that she is still very much a learner when it comes to photography. She came to the art of photography by way of fashion design, and actually purchased her first DSLR camera to take pictures of the handbags she designed.
She soon realized that there was much more to photography than just pointing and shooting: "I immersed myself in every tutorial and article I could find about camera basics for months just to get an "ok" picture. I started enjoying the process of taking the pictures of the handbags more than actually designing/making them. That's when I decided to leave the fashion industry behind, and dive head first into the art of photography."
Each photographer has a unique style, she says, which makes photography an art rather than a profession. In her own genre of newborn and child photography, she says that she liked to keep it simple: "My style, which is different than others out there, is minimal and natural. I personally find that too many props or oversized outfits are not only distracting by taking away from the beauty of a newborn baby, but they also age the portraits quicker, making the client's investment short lived. Simple setups & natural colors help draw the viewer's attention to the baby and make the images look great for many years to come."
As well as newborns, Gentile does maternity and family photography, engagements and childhood events like cake smashes, milestones and birthdays. The images in her portfolio capture the mysterious, magical nature of the newborn, bundled in warm, cuddly blankets with their toy animal guardians.
New parents appreciate her patience in waiting until the babies are comfortable before beginning the session, as well as the appropriate backgrounds and props used. For cake smashes, Gentile will also bring along a small bubble bath to photograph the clean-up.
Photo sessions with newborns up to fourteen days old are scheduled indoors in the studio at Gentile's Long Island home. Other shoots can be scheduled indoors or at outdoor locations. Outdoor sessions can take place in the spring, summer or fall, but only during the "golden hour". A Gina Gentile photography session for a newborn can also be gifted through a baby registry.