My Family Portrait
Geschreven door Emilie Duchêne
I’m from a rather special ‘blended family’, with five brothers and a sister from several different marriages.
We are colourful personalities, with very varied characters, looks and lives! Yet despite our contrasts, we all have naturally inherited something of our father, so our ties are strong. For our father’s birthday, we decided to give him this portrait that I simply adore. It depicts us as we are, so different yet also alike. My father is a man who has everything, so it’s tricky to find him something surprising! Let me tell you though, we more than succeeded in our goal. He was so proud that he broke down in tears when he opened this gift!
I called on Nathalie Gabay, a self-taught and versatile photographer. She has worked for 20 years as a creative artist, especially as Assistant Director for the Belgian ready-to-wear collection Chine, enabling her to fully understand the visual ins and outs of fashion. We have collaborated on projects for several years now. With the passing of time, new professional avenues have naturally opened for us.
Nathalie Gabay decided to launch a career in photography, for which she has always had a passion. Thanks to her kindness and experience in fashion, she was naturally drawn to portraits. A woman with a strong personality, she is generous and enjoys bringing out the best in others.
What’s really amazing about her is that she doesn’t just snap away. Instead, she fully devotes herself and invests lots of energy in every step of a portrait. It all starts with the make-up and hair, followed by her advice on clothes to wear. She handles all the lighting without an assistant, which helps the subjects feel more relaxed, in an intimate atmosphere.
This lighting is Nathalie’s specialty, creating a genuinely recognizable hallmark for her photos! She skillfully brings out the beauty and personality in everyone, even people who are somewhat reticent or who don’t see themselves as ‘photogenic’. When Nathalie takes your portrait, it can almost feel therapeutic. You feel self- assured, cheerful and unique or special.
She welcomes you to her superb studio in Brussels. On entering, you quickly feel at home, helped by the studio’s warm atmosphere, which is so typical of Nathalie herself. Before long you forget the camera lens, feel at ease and above all enjoy the experience! So having your photo taken is like child’s play, an easy and thoroughly pleasurable experience!
Treat yourself or offer a portrait of your family, children, your partner and you, a friend, or yourself. It’s just like giving a special gift for life...