A B O U T G I B O
New Zealand Wedding Photographer of the year 2023
Kia Ora! Kamusta? My name is Gilbert
You can call me Gibo for short
MY STYLE IS HEAVILY ON
CAPTURING REAL MOMENTS, STORYTELLING & TRANSFORMING IT INTO FINE ARTS
My goal as a photographer is to utilize my God-given talent to serve and bring blessings to the individuals and couples I have the privilege of working with.
More Questions about Gibo
What is the story behind SUPERGIBO?
A. Oh boy, do I have a story to tell you! Let me take you back to the beginning of my brand, SuperGibo. It all started with my love for superheroes and my passion for photography. Whenever I'd go on adventures and travel, I'd snap photos and share them on social media using the hashtag #supergiboadventure to show off my superhero-related finds.
But over time, I realized that SuperGibo was more than just a fun hashtag - it was a personal brand that perfectly captured my unique personality and style. And then, I had an idea - why not turn it into my business brand too?
I was a bit hesitant at first, wondering if people would take me seriously with a name like SuperGibo. But as I gained more confidence in my passion for photography and capturing fun, genuine moments for my customers, I knew it was the right choice.
And let me tell you, SuperGibo Photography is not your average photo service. It's all about offering a unique and super experience that ties in my love for adventure and superheroes. I want my future couples and customers to feel like they're living in a superhero movie when they work with me!
So, what do you say? Are you ready to join the SuperGibo adventure? Let's capture some epic moments together!
When do you move to New Zealand?
A. So, I was born in the Philippines, but in 2012, I bounced over to New Zealand. And let me tell you, the moment I landed there, I knew I was gonna love it. The place was unreal, and the people were even better. I mean, who wouldn't want to call this country home?
Nowadays, I'm a KIWI-Noy - a mix of a New Zealander and Filipino. It's a pretty sweet deal, if you ask me. Life here is full of cool experiences, great food, and even better people. Honestly, I couldn't have asked for a better place to settle down.
What are your likes aside from photography?
A. Let me give you a rundown of my interests. First and foremost, coffee is life. I need it to function, you know?
When it comes to takeout, Burger Fuel is where it's at for me. Those burgers are out of this world. And don't get me started on Ginger Beer and L&P - my taste buds go crazy for them.
I'm a total sports nut, especially when it comes to basketball. It's just the best.
You wanna talk about thrills? I'm all about heights - climbing trees, jumping off cliffs, bungee jumping, skydiving, you name it. And roller coasters? They're my jam.
I used to hate long walks, but lately, hiking's grown on me - especially when I'm with my crew. And as for hobbies, I like singing (even though it doesn't like me back), and dancing's pretty cool too.
I'm thinking about joining Tiktok soon, so watch out world! Oh, and I love nothing more than curling up with a good book or movie. Speaking of movies, I'm a Marvel fanatic. And, of course, I like playing on my Play Station.
When did your wedding photography journey started?
A. Auckland is my home base for now, but let me tell you, my passion for adventure is never-ending. I'm all about traveling and exploring different parts of the world, so I got myself a camera back in 2014 to capture all those epic moments.
At first, I was drawn to the beauty of landscapes, chasing after sunsets and stars. But soon enough, I felt the need to switch things up and delve into street photography. I loved capturing the energy and movement of life in the city.
And as I honed my craft, I started taking on more diverse projects, like photographing church events, family gatherings, and snapping portraits of my squad. But then, a game-changing opportunity presented itself: my friends asked me to photograph their wedding day. That's when I knew I had found my calling.
Wedding photography has become my passion, and I'm loving every second of it. I can't wait to see where my camera takes me next - there's always a new adventure on the horizon!
Is this your full time work?
A. Although I'm currently working in health and reintegration services, I have to admit that my passion for photography is taking over my life - in a good way! Even though it's just a part-time thing for me right now, I'm busier than ever photographing weddings and capturing beautiful moments.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my job and helping people get back on their feet is incredibly fulfilling. But when I have a camera in my hand, everything else fades away and I'm completely in the zone.
I truly believe that I could do this full-time and never get tired of it. There's just something magical about capturing special moments and memories for people. Who knows where this journey will take me, but I'm excited to see where it leads.
For me, it's all about crafting unique and amazing imagery that truly tells their story in an authentic and visually stunning way. I don't just want to take pretty pictures, I want to create images that reflect the personalities, emotions, and unique characteristics of my subjects. And the best part? It's always such an honor to document those important moments and create lasting memories for my clients. I can't wait to get out there and bless people with my service and talent!
Each wedding is unique.
It is about your story
I totally get that every couple is different, and that's why I like to take the time to really get to know you before your big day. I want to hear all about what makes your relationship special, the moments that mean the most to you, and your dream vision for your wedding. This helps me create a customized experience that truly captures your one-of-a-kind love story.
“Gibo is a fantastic photographer who is very personable and professional. He made our wedding experience that much better with his thoughtful nature and incredible photography skills. We are extremely pleased with the outcome of our photos and would strongly recommend Gibo to anyone who is looking for the real deal! Thank you so much for all your hard work. Appreciate it .”
More about Gibo
“My wife Gardie is the best! She's my total opposite, but we're a perfect match. She's a talented singer and dancer, and I've been inspiring her to get more adventurous! But, lately, I've been feeling like I'm losing my thrill-seeking side and becoming more cautious. Is it just old age? Who knows! All I know is that I'm lucky to have my wonderful wife by my side.”
“My wife and I are the ultimate duo! We balance each other out perfectly. You might even get to meet her if she's second shooting with me at a meetup or wedding shoot. It's so handy having her by my side! She's my better half, haha. Plus, I've been teaching her how to take photos and work weddings with me, so it's a real advantage”