Gera Gallardo is a photographer living in Durango City, Mexico. He photographs weddings alongside his partner, Chris. Their passion for weddings and for their clients simply radiates in their images and we are very proud to have them in our community.
Tribe Collective: Tell us more about you and your wife. What is the inspiration behind your work?
Gera Gallardo: I’m wedding and lifestyle photographer based in a small but beautiful town in the north of México, Durango. My wife, Christian, and I started shooting weddings and portraits two years ago, and we have been doing it since then. I surely know I get my inspiration from the love that Christian and I have for each other.
My other source of inspiration is watching the work of the great painter, Michelangelo Caravaggio. The way he prints light in his work is just amazing, I also get inspired watching and doing street photography. I love to capture the expression on people's faces. I think they are so real. Personally, I try to capture in every image the feelings that each couple have for each other. I get inspired by looking at photos of my colleagues and friends.
TC: What is the gear you usually use to photograph weddings?
GG: We have a Nikon D750, a Nikon 85mm f/1.8 G, a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART. We mainly use natural light but we also use artificial light and we have a Yongnuo 560 IV and a Maggrid.
TC: What are some of the challenges you had to face since becoming a photographer?
GG: The biggest challenge I have had this past two years is self-confidence in my work. I think it's an issue we all have but we never talk about it. So it's a very good opportunity to mention it. How I deal with it was by accepting and realizing that I'm doing wedding photography for my clients, my friends and myself in the first place. After that for everybody else. Having that in mind, my creative process became more peaceful and enjoyable.
TC: What does your post-production process look like?
GG: When it comes to my style, I always say that it's a little bit hard. It's difficult for me to define myself in a very specific look, what I can say about my creative process is that I love being in the right place at the right moment. While shooting, I never have my camera down, I'm always in the "kissing camera pose", having my camera right in front of my lips, this pose helps me being prepared. I like to be prepared for any light conditions, therefore you can look at that process in my clicks, form natural light to artificial light.
TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?
GG: As I mentioned, the first time I grabbed a camera was two years ago. And since then, I think my photography has never stopped evolving. I think that practice gives you the knowledge and this has been my philosophy: "always practice". In the past, I have struggled with my post-processing because I never had the colours and tones that I wanted in my photos. That battle was over when I started using the Tribe Red Leaf presets. And I'm so grateful because from recent times I can say I enjoy looking my photos.
TC: What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?
GG: This question is so easy! As I said above, since I started using the Tribe presets, there haven't been any other post-processing tools I have been using. I also use from time to time Alien Skin Exposure to sharpen my images and Photoshop when it's needed.
TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?
GG: I will say: have self-confidence at what they love to do, be faithful to your style and what your eyes and mind are telling you to do, always push yourself a little harder, enjoy, believe, but above all practice and let the fear out.