Last Fall, we were contacted by SUCCESS magazine to photograph author, motivational speaker, and life coach Gabby Bernstein for what would end up as the last cover of SUCCESS, the oldest continuously published magazine. Our crew traveled to NYC in a small section of Chinatown and had a couple hours with Gabby.

We rented an AirBnB for a more at home feel. The sun streaming through this odd tent made for a unexpected set. Gabby was willing to sit in as soon as she arrived to get the shot! She looked great even before hair and make up.

We rented an AirBnB for a more at home feel. The sun streaming through this odd tent made for a unexpected set. Gabby was willing to sit in as soon as she arrived to get the shot! She looked great even before hair and make up.

During our scout we learned that there was a large once every four year celebration in Chinatown. We modified our schedule so we were still able to get the sets the magazine wanted.

Gabby Bernstein sits by the Manhattan Bridge

Gabby Bernstein kneeling by the Manhattan Bridge entrance.

Gabby Bernstein sits on a couch with a mug with NYC buildings behind

Gabby Bernstein sits on a couch with a mug with NYC buildings behind.

On the way back to the studio,  Gabby stops for a snack. Always great to capture the real!

Gabby’s energy was calm yet excited at the same time. We shot seven sets in the few hours we had with Gabby, returning to the cover set after hitting the street for dusk options.

Gabby Bernstein outside on a fire escape with NYC skyline behind her

Gabby was not a fan of heights but was willing to climb out onto the fire escape with us for an urban nightscape as our backdrop.

One of four outfit changes. Gabby’s energy jumped when she put on her favorite black vest.

A small snippet of the final spreads:

Gabby Bernstein: Sweet Surrender - Story

Gabrielle Bernstein sits crossed legged for portraits in SUCCESS magazine.

Magazine spreads of Gabby Bernstein from SUCCESS

A few of the editorial spreads from the story on Gabby Bernstein in the last issue of SUCCESS magazine.

For the behind the scenes look at our shoot, see below.

You can view more portraits of Gabby here.

The final cover of Success Magazine.

Philadelphia Portrait Photographer Dave Moser is a commercial and editorial photographer who specializes in healthcare, lifestyle, and corporate photography. To see more of Dave's work, go here.