July /August 2012

1: Who am I?

My name is Gabriel Chavez. I am a freelance photographer who specializes in Brazilian jiu jitsu. I enjoy taking photos of everything, but my favorite genre to shot is action shots.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I am taking time to put my all into my photography. I enjoy the look on others faces when I capture that one special moment. I love the anticipation as I am editing when I get to see what I captured with my lens. Currently I take photos for AFC, but I am always open to new projects and events as needed.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I am originally from California, Santa Cruz, and San Diego. The Army sent me other places, but ended up here. For how long? Only fate decides.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

My biggest hero would be my father. He came from a small town in Texas where freedom of expression was shunned along with racial harmony. In spite of this oppression, my father rose up and became successful in the civil service sector while still keeping his desire to express himself freely.

5: What book is your bible?

My guide in life is my quest to learn as much as possible and treat others as I want to be treated. I know this isn’t a really good answer but growing up I was raised to be accepting to all cultures and societies. So if there was a book that combined various religions such as Christianity, Mormonism, Buddism, and Wicken (to name a few), then I would call that my bible.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

I really enjoy helping people in need. To me the ability to help someone who is either unable or incapable of completing a goal is the best satisfaction in the world. I also enjoy making an idea into reality. It doesn’t matter if its cooking, creating a new flower box for my yard, or drafting a sprinkler layout, I enjoy the challenge and art that comes with being creative. Things that I hate can range from subject to subject. I really don’t hate much, I have more of a “treat me the way you want to be treated mentality.” Simply put, it doesn’t matter if I’m at an art showing or a mud race; I keep an open mentality and give people a chance to show me how they want to be treated.

7: What is your raison d’être?

My son, Sean.

8: What is your favorite color?

I am not too picky about color, but greens and blues are always great.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

Those who know me would probably not find it a surprise that my favorite superhero is Superman.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

The fashion district has been my favorite spot since I was a child.

11: What turns you on?

What turns me on the most is to be told that I can’t do something based on my size or background. I have a strong passion to prove to people that I can succeed. To me, I would rather step up and fail at something than wonder if I could have excelled.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

Why should we publish you? It’s easy actually. I enjoy what I do. I love the sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu and I really feel the more I get my name out there, the more others can see what I see when I pick up the camera.

Gabriel Chavez has learned that it is not the camera that takes the picture, but the photographer. You can have the best camera and lens, but if does not mean anything, it is worthless. Some of Chavez’s first photos were taken with a cheaper model, but he still came up with amazing shots. Chavez have not had any formal training, but has had some great mentors along his journey. Chavez currently stays home with his son Sean, and takes as many photos as he can. Gabriel Chavez is working on expanding his portfolio and following his dreams to happiness.


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Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Ceara Maria Burns

Photography by Mt. Helix

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Gabriel Chavez, in San Diego California, 2012, Photography by Mt. Helix

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