Gabe McClintock is a wedding and portrait photographer in Calgary, Alberta. He's been recognized as one of the best in Canada, and has been asked to speak about his work and creative process all over North America. While his primary focus is creating beautiful imagery of weddings and people, it's his landscape and nature shots that he has shared with us.
When I shoot weddings I am very aware of things I “need” to capture, the “must haves.” Yes my clients that hire me now allow me to really do what I want, but there are still the specific moments they want. Shooting strictly for myself is just that… for myself. No rules, no “must haves”. I can shoot what I want and how I want.
I'm not sure if it does. I don’t think I consciously change my thought process as to how I am going to create an image when shooting personally as opposed to shooting weddings. I think maybe the absolute freedom to screw up and make a mistake is creatively freeing somehow but I feel I still go about the process the same way.
I don’t think I have one in particular. I love the mountains and I love the prairies as well as the ocean. Each area is so different and so unique, each environment is so beautiful in its own way. The mountains for their grandness and solitude, the prairies for its simplicity and natural minimalism and the ocean for its beauty and raw power.
My iPhone is always on me so it gets used a lot, besides that I don’t really have a favorite. I tend to change gear quite often, so one month it may be one thing and the next it could be totally different. Right now I am in love with my Leica M9 paired with the 35 summilux.