Photographer Captures Childhood Innocence Through Surreal Portraits


Photo Credit: Gabe Tomoiaga

Romanian-born photographer Gabriel Tomoiaga, now based in Seattle, is a talented fine artist with an eye for details who creates surreal worlds of childlike wonder.

The fine art photographer captures childhood innocence, often with the help of his threw sons: Landon, Liam and Lucas, who are all under the age of four. He creates whimsical scenes that they become a part of, frequently in the middle of fantastic adventures that appear as if they’re stepping out of the pages of a fairy-tale.


Looking at his photos, it helps to recapture life through the eyes of a child as they marvel at life-sized flora or even talk to wild creatures.


The dedicated father explained to My Modern Met:

“My sons are my world! Everything they say and do inspires me to create magical photographs. They portray a sense of innocence and eagerness to explore the world. I like to give them the time to wander and daydream in every photo session, which makes the photograph appear natural. All three of my boys are under the age of four, so it can be difficult and challenging at times to keep them still for a few minutes. Boys will be boys!

“The best part of working with Landon, Liam, and Lucas is that I get to spend quality time with them, really watching them absorb everything around them. At the same time, they teach me how to be patient, and a better father and friend. My sons take pleasure in the small things of the world, whereas we grownups usually take things a bit seriously most of the time. I used to complicate things in my day-to-day life, whereas my sons see the present moment. Letting my sons explore and experience life allows me to tag along on their journey and to watch them grow as individuals. They help me become a better photographer by filtering the noise around me and focusing on the simple things. The greatest ideas are the simplest, and ultimately a matter of focus.”