Meet the Hill Studio

Gabriel Hill the Photographer

Hello! I'm Gabriel Hill, a commercial portraiture photographer, author with the magazine c't Digitale Fotografie (Germany) living in the heart of Basel, where I was also born. I specialize in High Profile clients and in front of my camera there where star photographers, ambassadords, Nobel Prize Nominees, Novartis CEO's Joe Jimenez and Vas Narasimhan, and everything in between from refugees to Olympic athletes.I opened up the Hill Studios in 2014 and I work mainly in corporate portrait and editorial photography but also for Financial Times and other big global companies. Besides working as a photographer I am a lecturer for the analog photograph lecture at the University of Basel. My work has been published in various magazines and sites all around the globe and is part of the collection of the Swiss National Museum. Already as a kid I was fascinated discovering the world through the view of a viewfinder and this fascination lasted till today. Besides working as a freelance photographer I am a contract photographer with Rex Features Photo Agency, one of the world's leading photographic press agencies and picture libraries as well as Shutterstock. My ImPORTRAITS project was nominated as one of the 7 best works in Swiss photography by an international jury for the SWISS PHOTO AWARD 2016 and was part of the Swiss Photo Award exhibition in Zurich in June 2016. So far my work has been published in over 50 countries world wide in Newspapers, Radio and TV as well as online. Headshots are only a small part of my work as a photographer. You can find my personal website here


Financial Times | Basel Peace Forum | Chairman Ameropa Holding | Managing Director Congress Center Basel | Vice President Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd | Head of Global Technology Marketing Royal Dutch Shell | Head Of Bank Rothschild and Cie Switzerland | Head Of Bayer Health Care Switzerland | International Medical Director Roche | Senior Finance Director Pharmacyclics LLC | Head Of Communications Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd | Global Allience and Asset Management Director Roche | Head Of Special Projects Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics | WAT Solutions Factory AG | North Tangent GmbH | Ross Global Consulting | Sprachraum Meyer | | TEDx Basel | Martin Jascur Fashion |Cain Birkmose Consulting | Apphion Technology Consulting AG | |

Hill Studios the Studio

The studio is located in the heart of Basel and offers the client a nice and relaxed atmosphere. It can be reached by Tram or Bus very easily and is located right at the Brausenbad. The Hill Studio is in the back house and provides the classical studio chic. I'm specialized in commercial headshots and business portraiture as well as editorial photography. I only work with the best equipment available. Hasselblad cameras are considered to be the best Cameras on the market. Since time is money I have 3 Hasselblad cameras to make sure nothing interrupts the shooting. As for my lights I exclusively use BRONCOLOR equipment, since it is the leading brand worldwide for flashlight systems and the best equipment money can buy. If you want to read my full equipment list you can find it here.


Lookability [ look•a•bility ] is a measurement for an image’s ability to secure attention from an onlooker. If I had to break it down what the -ingredients- of a worldclass Headshot are I would say:

  • Confident 40%

  • Authenic 20%

  • Likable 20%

  • Approachable 20%

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A portrait tells a story. A watchmaker with a watch, a musicial with his instrument and so on. A headshot only has one message: YOU and the person you are (not what you do).

A worldclass Headshot conveis the onlooker that you are:

  • confident
  • likable
  • approachable
  • and authentic .

I shoot tethered so you can see the shots imediately on the screen. This helps making sure you like where we are going and if you dislike something we can correct it instantly.

Everyone's present in the WWW. You gotta have a photo that represents who you are. We are in the time where everyone is googled before we meet them for the first time. So you better make sure you brand yourself correctly so you don't miss any chances in life.

You like my photos but think they are expensive? For a normal CV photo you'll pay about 80.- and they shoot one look in 10 minutes and aroud 5 shots. I'll shoot you at least one hour, several looks and from 100 to 500 shots. With your money I also have to pay the my retoucher so it's not that much actually. See it as an investment in your future.

I learned from the very best on the planet and you can be sure that you never had a better Headshot!


Digital Identity is more important than ever!

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Spalenring 144, 4055 Basel

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Contact today Switzerlands first choice for digital and corporate Headshots as well as business portraits

GH Studios Spalenring 144, 4055 Basel
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