Born in Troy, New York, Gail Nogle was eight years old when she was given her first camera. As a teenager she did baby-sitting for neighbors, Carol and George Skarshinki, who had a darkroom in their basement, taught Gail to use a 4×5 view camera and encouraged her blossoming interest in photography.
Beginning a Career and Life in Photography
A graduate of the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology, Gail spent more than 14 years with Gittings Portrait Studio in Dallas, Texas where she learned to capture the extraordinary in ordinary people. She also had her share of nervous brides, stiff executives, undisciplined youngsters, and quarrelsome family groups. Pushing the right buttons on their psyches and on her camera creates exhibit-quality portraits year after year. Gail earned the degrees of Master of Photography in 1981 and Photographic Craftsman in 1996 from The Professional Photographers of America. In 1998, she became one of a very few women in the world awarded a Fellowship from the American Society of Photographers.
Combining Artistic Vision, Whimsy, and Technical Mastery
Whimsy and boundless enthusiasm are as much a part of GAIL NOGLE’S stock-in-trade as her RZ67 camera. She uses costume outfits, unusual jewelry, staged backgrounds, and a collection of over 300 hats to coax her subjects into relaxing as they prepare for their portraits. Highly regarded by both critics and collectors, Gail has the exceptional talent of capturing the extraordinary in ordinary people. This talent provides her a much-deserved reputation for both artistic vision, as well as a mastery of the technical aspects of her craft.
Expanding Her Photographic Horizons..
Over the past few years, she has expanded her photographic range by studying with Jay Stock, renowned for his “impressionistic style” portraiture. She has traveled around the country and abroad, giving lectures and searching out exciting, unusual locations. On one such location, Gail photographed “African Sunset” which was accepted in the Masters Loan Collection.
Premier Childrens Photography Innovator
Children’s photography remains Gail’s first love and forte. Her Dallas photography studio, opened in 1990, is a paradise for the young and the young-at-heart. There, they poke about, trying on this and that, responding to her antics and chatter, unaware of her eye searching for that look, attitude or expression, which has become her trademark. Gail Nogle is widely considered as the premier innovator in children’s portraiture and in photography as a fine art.