Meet the team
Gabelli Studio has been a cornerstone of the Verona business district for the past 25 years, photographing some of New Jersey’s most elite social events.
JOHN BACOLO started taking photographs in high school and quickly became obsessed with the art behind capturing life’s unique moments. He has traveled extensively throughout North and South America, photographing some of the amazing cultures and surrounding landscapes he encountered.
John’s career at Gabelli Studio started in 1998 as an assistant photographer to Gene Gabelli. John’s award winning photography has been honored by the Professional Photographer’s of America Loan Collection. John is married to Donna and has three beautiful boys, Jack, Patrick and William. Along with their dogs Lucky and Spencer, they are his life away from photography.
GABBY is your go-to helper during the wedding planning process. She works one-on-one with our brides and grooms, schedules meetings and photo sessions, helps brainstorm engagement session ideas, and develops their day-of timeline.
JIM is the senior member of the team at Gabelli Studio and is considered by many to be the life and soul behind all of the portrait, commercial and wedding photography. Jim came to Gabelli Studio in 1992 and quickly developed a popular following and a loyal clientele. He started his career photographing the 1970’s & 80’s NJ rock music scene. Jim is married to Terri and has two wonderful children, Blair and Martin.
DEENA is the visual artist of the studio and is your point of contact for all of your print products after your event. She’s the one who will retouch and enhance your photos, design your wedding album, and turn your photographs into works of art. Starting out in the darkroom over a decade ago, she grew a love for manipulating the developing process on paper. She has since developed her skills digitally, and is now a master retoucher & designer. During her time away from the studio, Deena plays guitar in an indie rock band, Laterals, with her husband Nate.