The Phoblographer is a website that explores the psychology of photographers as they do their work. It also offers reviews, tips, tutorials, and news from a lifestyle point of view. The site explores the photography world and pop culture’s effects on the art form.
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Chris Gampat: Editor in Chief
Chris Gampat forged the Phoblographer in the heat resulting from the effects of 2008’s economic recession. Today, he manages the delicate balance of the Editorial and Business sides of the site. Chris has worked all around the industry: PDN, PCMag, IGN, Geek.com, Imaging Resource, Magnum Photos, Gear Patrol, B&H Photo Video, American Photographic Artists, etc. He’s a former paparazzo, wedding photographer, and photojournalist. These days he’s mostly a conceptual photographer. His photographer can be found at The Gampat. He’s best known for a viral photo series around New York’s love of pizza! Quotes and interviews of Chris have been featured in national magazines, newspapers, and television such as the LA Times, Glamour Magazine, CTV, NYTimes, Michelin, Creative Live, Studio C41, etc.
If you’d like to contact Chris or are more interested in how he can help you, promote/review your product, contact him at ChrisGampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. Chris lives in the NYC area and is always happy to work with new vendors.
Brett Day: Gear Editor
Brett is an award winning, published photographer who is originally from Brighton, England. Brett now resides in Bridge Creek, Oklahoma where lives with his wife and two children.
Brett specializes in portrait and event photography for his business, but loves to dabble in landscape and street photography in his spare time. Before becoming a full time photographer, Brett worked as a freelance journalist for Yahoo! where he covered breaking news in the technology field.
When not behind the camera, Brett loves to go hiking where he can explore and enjoy the great plains of Oklahoma, and can be found watching soccer (real football) on the TV with his son.
Mark Beckenbach: Copy Editor
Mark is a street photographer who has exhibited work in the US and internationally. He has lead photowalks, curated photography exhibitions and zines, and co-founded Back to the Lab – a community based organization in NYC focused on cultivating photography through workshops, guest speakers, and education. A New Yorker at heart, he currently lives in Shanghai with his wife, son, and dog. You can see his photography on his Instagram.
Dan Ginn: Arts and Culture Editor
Dan Ginn is a London based Street Photographer, with the main focus on color and simplicity. He has had his work international published through exhibitions, magazines and photo books. Dan is also a published writer, having written for several photographic organizations where he often talks about his journey through Street Photography.
Hillary Grigonis: Reviews Editor
Hillary K. Grigonis is a Michigan-based photographer and tech writer. Hillary first developed her two passions — writing and photography — working at the local newspaper in high school and she’s been mixing the two ever since. As a freelance writer, she regularly writes about technology and photo gear. Her work has been published in Business Insider, Digital Trends, CreativeLive, and many others.
After several years in photojournalism, she launched Hillary K Photography, where she focuses on weddings and portraits. Her photojournalism roots still show in her work that favors a mix of candid photography, and relaxed poses.
Hillary lives with her husband and three kids in the-middle-of-nowhere Michigan, where she also enjoys hiking, camping, crafting, and reading.
Current and Former Contributors
Sally Watson is a professional wedding and portrait photographer living in Orlando, Florida. Her and her husband Dan have a YouTube channel where they have the privilege to review the latest tech and camera gear. “It has been a blast traveling the world meeting photographers that have the same passion as we do to be behind the camera and also telling all the uniquely beautiful stories of our amazing and diverse world.” says Sally. “I vividly remember picking up my first DSLR knowing the power it held to help our moments stay with us forever. My passion to capture my family and my clients has fueled my desire to teach others how to create beautiful images that are timeless and breathtaking.”
When she’s not behind a camera, you will find her homeschooling her three young children or running around at their favorite place, DISNEY WORLD! She absolutely adores the freedom to travel with her children and teach them what this world has to offer.
Olivia Pasquarelli is a photographer, writer, and graphic designer that resides in Brooklyn, New York. She works full time as Foto Care’s Digital Media Specialist and Events Coordinator, which places her in the center of New York City’s photographic community. As a freelancer, Olivia often shoots events and live performances, but her heart lies in Fine Art and Documentary photography.
Olivia is also a writer, and has published work for various blogs and media sources. You can find her frequenting the boardwalk and beach at Coney Island with her camera. She believes that nothing in life is mundane or coincidental, and uses her camera and her writing to capture the beauty that surrounds her.
Alyssa Meadows is a nationally-exhibited artist born in Pennsylvania in 1989 – she currently lives in New York City, working as an artist and activist worldwide. Driven by self-initiated personal projects and documentary work, she uses photography to break silences, educate the misinformed, connect with others, and learn through exploration. Her main subjects predominantly focus on issues of intersectional equality and environmental activism. In 2018, she was selected as one of the eight recipients for the Aaron Siskind Foundation’s IPF Grant and best series for N.Y. Curator’s Grief online exhibition, and has exhibited at AIPAD and the Affordable Art Fair so far in 2019. She’s also shown at Umbrella Arts in New York City, Janalyn Hanson White Gallery in Cedar Rapids, IA, and the Art Director’s Club in New York City. She’s been published in a variety of publications, ranging from People and Edible Queens magazines to PDN’s Photo of the Day, Pro Photo Daily, and L’Œil de la Photographie.
Joy Celine Asto is a writer, film photographer, and part-time traveler from Manila, Philippines. She finds bliss in exploring whatever surrounds her and documenting it in photos and stories. She runs on caffeine, lives on books, savors good music, and thrives in everything creative.
Check out Joy’s website.
I live in rural Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland and have been shooting film for the last 10 years. Building a permanent darkroom in my house has been the last piece of the puzzle. I am deeply interested in personal documentary photography and I’m obsessed with photobooks – and coffee.
For me photography is a very personal form of self-expression and an interesting way to jog the memory. Photography is a vehicle that allows me look at subjects in detail, provokes my own thought process and lets me reflect on past experiences.
Tracie Jean Maglosky
Tracie Maglosky is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer living in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. Her studio is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati’s Brewery and Arts District in Over the Rhine. As a distinguished member of the Visionary Program for Olympus Imaging America, Tracie was the first female Trailblazer brought on to the Olympus team, shortly after, promoted to Visionary. Tracie travels frequently to present her photography, off-camera flash and studio lighting techniques for weddings and portraiture along with proven business strategies at WPPI, PPE, Imaging USA, Click Away and more.
Tracie has been published in PDN, Rangefinder, Shutterbug, Digital Imaging Reporter, Digital Photo Pro, Professional Photographer Magazine, Photo Life, Photographer’s Forum and Venue Magazine. 2015 Winner of the Best Portrait Photographer in Cincinnati and 2012-2016 Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award. Tracie was chosen by Clear Channel as the official photographer for iHeartRadio as lead photographer for their iHeartRadio campaign and the Cincinnati Bell/iHeartRadio Fireworks. She continues to give back to her community by donating her time to a number of charity organizations, such as The Sister Accord, William S. Olson Make-a-Wish Foundation and Lakota Schools.
A busy mother of three boys, Tracie has a passion for weddings and capturing the moment…”because it only happens once.” She has never met a stranger and continues to celebrate the beauty of the world through every captured moment with her lens.”
Kansas born, and living in Los Angeles, I am a freelance photographer focusing on portrait and event photography. I have always loved photographing people; whether it’s a model, a couple, or just people in every day situations, there’s always a new story to tell. While mobile photography has always been a hobby of mine, I picked up my first DSLR in 2014 before taking a trip to Israel.
A big reason I got into photography was to escape music. I’ve been a musician and a song writer since high school, but that industry has plenty of highs and lows. I was going through a bit of a personal crisis with my music and where it was (and wasn’t) going, so I borrowed a 5D and left the country.
Today I spend most of my time behind the lens working on fashion shoots, engagements, and the occasional small wedding. I love looking for new perspectives on the same old shots and always exploring new techniques. Check out my website.
Xavier D. Buendia
I was raised between Mexico City and Barcelona; from an early age food became a huge part of my life. My grandma would tell me her recipes while cooking to keep me entertained while my father would do the most amazing Mediterranean cooking on the weekends.
Years later I would cook for my friends in high school. That early passion for food led me to a 15 year career in the catering industry; first as a chef, then as a sommelier after finishing my studies in Food and Beverage management.
I travelled half of the world working at top restaurants, hotels and country clubs. But it all gradually stopped when in 2009 I moved to South East England. Soon after arriving, my interest in the service industry faded and was replaced for one of my other life time passions… photography.
It was worth the efforts when I realized I could combine both interests and passions and turn it into a business. Now I make delicious food pictures as a full time food photographer. I won an award, I get to write about food and wine and the best thing is that I’m always working with incredibly talented and equally passionate chefs and restaurateurs.
Check out Xavier’s website.
Pauleth Ip is a New York City based photographer, creative, and writer. His body of work includes headshots and portraits for professionals, in demand actors/performers, high net worth individuals, and commercial clients, as well as intimate lifestyle/boudoir photography with an emphasis on body positivity and empowerment. Paul also has a background in technology and higher education, and regularly teaches photographic principles to amateurs and hobbyists in private seminars.
When not working on reviews and features for The Phoblographer or shooting client work, Paul can be seen photographing personal projects around NYC, or traveling the world with his cameras in tow. You can find Paul’s latest work on his Instagram.
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