Gabriella Marks is a San Franciscan expat music shooter turned chef-and-farmer groupie. She arrived in New Mexico on pure intuition, but knows why she stays: the spectacular high desert light, the lenticular clouds, and the humbling experience of urging a single squash plant from the dry clay soil and ancient pueblo pottery shards in the garden. Her respect for, and relationships with, the farmers and chefs in the region grows daily.
A recognized name in the regional food world, Gabriella has been expanding her horizons to encompass lifestyle and portrait work in the Southwest and beyond.
Gabriella's work is in the permanent collection of the New Mexico History Museum, and last year was featured in the prestigious Review Santa Fe, as well as on the New Mexico regional component of THE FENCE, the largest outdoor exhibit of photography in the Southwest, in partnership with United Photo Industries. Clients include New York Times, Food Network, Wall Street Journal, Walmart, Amazon, Ford, AIA, Santa Fe Farmer's Market, Santa Fe Opera, Museums of New Mexico Foundation, Thoma Foundation, Outside Bike and Brew, New Mexico Wine Grower's Association and more.
From a working perspective, she’s driven to discover in every single shot an opportunity to frame moments and light in harmonious and striking detail. Perhaps the most single most powerful thing she has learned is how essential good listening - to the client, to the subject, to the environment - is crucial to creating the right image.
Gabriella lives just a touch north of Santa Fe out in the wilds of Pojoaque with her husband Mike Whistler, author of The Suicide Octave and musician, one very short and rather long chiweenie, and an opinionated flock of little feathered dinosaurs, commonly known as garden variety backyard chickens.