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Gabe Ford

Featured Photographer

Leading Through the Lens

Gabe Ford
Gabe Ford is a commercial architectural photographer based out of Nashville, TN. He specializes in shooting images for marketing and promotional purposes for architects, contractors, engineers, retail, hospitality, developers, and commercial realtors.
Like most everyone else who moves to Nashville, Gabe came to pursue a career in artist management in the music business with the help of his buddy Taylor Bray (Front of House engineer for Dan + Shay). Gabe did a few internships and decided to open a small management and label company with his buddy Brannon Desseyn. They learned very quickly that artists needed lots of photo and video content but they couldn’t afford to hire any pros.
Gabe’s wife, Sarah Beth had a DSLR and did photography in high school and college. She taught him everything she knew and youtube filled in a few gaps. He started shooting for his artists and they referred him to their other artist friends. Gabe met Rick Diamond with Getty Images while photographing a concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium and was recruited to be a photo contributor and photographed several CMA Fest and red carpet events. During that time Gabe and his wife were looking to buy a house and saw a bunch of terrible photos online. Gabe reached out to a few realtors and they referred him to an agency for real estate photography. He was trained and immediately put to work shooting approximately four houses per day five days per week. Shooting real estate was tedious but it was a great foundation for architectural photography.
After shooting residential real estate for a few years, Gabe was referred to his first commercial architectural job by his buddy Chris Raines (Bullhorn Media). The project was a multi family apartment complex. That gig changed everything and opened the door to what he does today. It was incredible to have three wonderful ladies from the marketing team helping ensure everything was perfectly ready to be photographed. This was a far departure from a grumpy real estate agent rudely making unreasonable demands. Gabe quit shooting residential real estate so he could focus on shooting commercial architectural photography.
There were a few tough years building his business in the beginning. “Joining SMPS was a huge turning point in my career.” Networking with the exceptional members from the Nashville chapter created so much opportunity. He’s experienced exponential growth over the last six years and is incredibly grateful for all the support and referrals from his many amazing clients. Gabe now travels all over the country at least one day per week to photograph so many incredible projects. He was fortunate enough to complete 137 shoots in 2023.
“Joining SMPS was a huge turning point in my career.”
Gabe and his wife have three children (all wild boys), four chickens, and one cat with three new kittens. He loves music, movies and tv, woodworking, volunteering with Tennessee Kids Belong, cooking/food, and travel. He completed visiting all of the lower 48 states in June when he went to North Dakota with his buddy Tom Keller. He hopes to visit Hawaii and Alaska before his 40th birthday.