Say hello to Gabriel Klein–the K in OAK: He found his passion for photography when his dad handed him a 1970s Cannon AE-1. Inspired by Ansel Adams, he began shooting landscapes on his backpacking adventures through the Sierra Mountains. Soon after, Gabriel enrolled in Cal State Long Beach where he began exploring mediums such as photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, metalsmithing, printmaking, and whatever else he could get his hands on. Wanting to give back to a field that gave him so much, Gabriel graduated with a Bachelor in Art Education. He met his darling love, Aileen, during his teaching credential study. Now looking to get back to the passion that started it all, Gabriel decided to pursue his dream, Oak Fotography.
Meet Aileen Orticio–the O in OAK: Her passion for photography started when her aunt gifted her a digital point and shoot camera. Soon after, she decided to major in Photography and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cal State University Fullerton. During her time in Cal State, Aileen honed her craft by studying and experimenting with various other artistic mediums in conjunction with her heart’s passion, photography.It was at this very creative time in her life that she met Gabriel. Aileen interned with a successful photographer for a short time and then worked as a free-lance photographer before embarking on her newest and most exciting adventure with Gabriel— Oak Fotography.