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Respect the Shooter Interview with Vern @uneeqpvrcxption

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

Well it actually started when I brought my younger brother his first camera (@uneeqpvrcxption check his work out 🔥). I would go with him on shoots and I realized I had ideas of my own and figured it’s not my place to tell him how to take photos because he had his own style and i basically felt like I can do that myself.

What did you first use to take photos?

I started taking shots with a canon t5 rebel, I brought it from one of my friend that happened to be selling it because he didn’t use it much. Now I’ve upgraded to a canon 6D mark ii (Canon squad 🙌 🙌).

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

To be honest I have never stepped into any classroom for any photography sessions eventually I will though,because there’s always something to learn and ways to improve. For now it’s been self taught, trial and error and tips from other photographers who genuinely want to help!

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name? 

I have a few but I’ll keep that for those close to me 😂. For now I go by Vern short for my full name Vernal.

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

If I could I would like to do a black and white series of: Barack Obama (Not for political reasons), Jay-z and Will Smith.

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

If I could I would like to take photos of: Frida Kahlo, Prince and Maya Angelou

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If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

I really love to travel, just recently went to Italy check it out on my ig page beautiful place! The cities would have to be: Havana Cuba, Cairo Egypt and Ubud Bali.


What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Whenever I get someone in front of my lens my goal is to capture their essence, their true feelings along with their beauty. That goes for whenever I’m shooting it doesn’t matter the theme of my shoot!

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

When I’m editing I have a range from rap( J.cole) to indie rock (Florence and the machine) sets the mood for my edits.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

That would have to be my Lightroom app simply because I’m able to edit on the go with some photos and how it can be synced to my iPad and my Laptop so if I start an edit I can essentially finish it anywhere!

What is your dream as a photographer?

As a photographer I would really love to have a studio of my own and build a brand that’s targeted to helping other photographers to reach their full potential. I’ve actually started the ladder with a brand called Photo Phaction. It’s centered on being a community of creatives that have events to offer free shoots to help photographers and models build their portfolios and expand their business ventures. So I’m still working on these two goals.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

I would tell them: if you have a desire to be in this field don’t do it for the money it will definitely show in your work and Work ethics. Also don’t be closed minded to constructive criticism because there’s always something you can learn from someone in this field, yet stay away from people who ALWAYS try to downplay your work or doesn’t provide real support. Remember we all have/had to start somewhere!

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

I’m mainly on Instagram here are my pages: @diversion_photography , @Photophaction , @Vern_2_light

My website is a link in my bio on my ig page @diversion_photography

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Respect the Shooter Interview with Alex Roldan @ on_a_rol

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

It probably goes all the way back to childhood. I remember my mom used to take a lot of home videos. We had one of those huge VHS camcorders and I would fight my little cousins and siblings for all the attention because it made me feel like a Star. Initially I wanted to be an actor. As I got older I began to shy away from the desire to be in the spotlight and instead became interested in the act of making films. My interest really took off when I got my first camera phone. I would shoot short video clips and make little comedy videos. It wasn’t until my senior year in college that I started taking photography seriously. I used my last semester to take up some art classes including painting, photography, and illustration because I felt it would improve my eye for filmmaking which was my actual major. I still enjoy filmmaking but photography has been my main focus lately.

What did you first use to take photos?

LG Flip phone I got freshman year of High School. Now I shoot with a Canon 6D most of the time.

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I went to CSI for Filmmaking but I took some courses in photography and other fine art. I’d say when it comes to photography I’m mostly self-taught but I also ask a lot of questions whenever I can and have received plenty of guidance from family in the field. I also watch a lot of tutorials on YouTube. There’s so much information out there, it’s foolish not to seek it out. It can only help you grow as an artist.

Do you have any nicknames? How did you get that name?

I have a few. They’re usually a play on my name. But mostly people just call me Al or A.

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If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

Michelle Obama

Spike Lee

Wes Anderson

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

Salvador Dali

Roberto Clemente

Harriet Tubman

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

I’d say I really have no preference. There are things worth seeing and capturing in every corner of our world. All their stories should be told. I’d like to tell them all!

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What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My goal is always to tell a story and capture an authentic moment, which isn’t always easy. When I’m doing street photos I prefer my subject not to see me taking their picture. I don’t want to distract from their moment. The second people know their picture is being taken they stop being their authentic self. This is even more true when doing portrait work. So my goal when shooting portraits is to force my subject to drop their guard and forget about the camera. I do this by treating our time together like a hangout instead of a session. I engage, ask questions, and joke around rather than just posing them and snapping away. This allows them to relax and reveal their true self, which isn’t easy for anyone when a they have a camera in their face. We always want to control our narrative. My goal is to get passed who my subject wants me to see and reveal deeper more true emotions and energy.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

My shuffles tend to be all over the place. I would make a horrible DJ. I go from sad ballads to Hip-Hop to Rock, Jazz, you name it. But if I’m in a creative slump I like to listen to Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse and The Killers. Their music speaks to me on a different level than most and gets me back in the zone.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

Adobe Lightroom, Instagram and Twitter

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What is your dream as a photographer?

To be commissioned to do portraits for a famous magazine or an event like the Oscars. Mark Seliger just absolutely crushed it for the Oscars a few weeks ago. I’d love to do something like that. For now I’ll just settle for getting 100 likes on an Instagram post haha!

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

The best advice I’ve ever received is to “love thy subject”. Regardless of whether you’re shooting pictures or video, you have to fight the urge to try to capture everything happening, because you won’t, it’s impossible. Loving thy subject means being patient with what has your attention in that moment. Letting the narrative come to you and trusting your instincts.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Instagram: @ on_a_rol

Website: AlexRoldanPhoto.com

Respect the Shooter Interview with Vivienne-Loi @vivi_white

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

I got into photography when I was asked by an online magazine, I used to work for, to do a test photo shoot with an upcoming German actress named Anna. The photos turned out good and ended up as a photo exhibition. Since then I started to shoot more.

What did you first use to take photos?

My first camera was a Canon 7D.

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I didn’t go to photography school or take any formal training. Indeed, I taught myself how to shoot by learning by doing. If I wanted to find out more about the using of each technique tool, I asked my photographer friends' circle or I searched on YouTube channel. 

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

I like my name, Vivienne Loi. Therefore, I don’t prefer a nickname for me. 

But my Instagram account name is: @vivi_white.

My ex-colleagues used to call me Vivi White to differentiate me from another girl called Vivian. „White“ because of my light skin colour. 

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

Naomi Campbell, Giselle Bündchen, Claudia Schiffer

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Whitney Houston

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If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

Paris, London, San Francisco

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

I like to take out the „best“ of someone I shoot and tell for them their story through my lense.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

Synthie pop, for instance songs from singer „Roosevelt“.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

Instagram.

What is your dream as a photographer?

Not only to make people happy with my photography but also to show people their other side which they often underestimate. I also love the idea to be challenged every time with a new model/ character. 

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

Never stop dreaming to become a photographer. See with the eye to capture the moment. Don’t be always guided from what is the best technique to shoot someone or something. Feel your object and think of what kind of a story you want to tell the outside viewers.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)

My website: www.vivienne-loi.com

Instagram: @vivi_white

Facebook: Vivienne Loi - Photography

Respect the Shooter Interview with Jeff Reyes @j.reys_

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

I started as a film major in college and I wasn’t as a video editor that was when I picked the camera and starting shootings stills and since then I fell in love with photography

What did you first use to take photos?

When I started shooting photos, I was shooting with a sony a5000


Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I went to Palomar community college for a year, I have training Premier Pro and I self taught myself Lightroom.

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Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

Within the photography Community my nickname is jefe, I got that name from another photography and since then it stuck

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

If I could take photos of three people it would have to be @bbtwee I love her style, I would also love to shoot @smino he's one of my favorite rappers and his style is also super rad. Lastly I'd shoot with @heidiiijane I love the vintage style she has and all her photos are killer.

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

It would have have to be JFK, I would love to shoot Elvis Presley his hair is just amazing, Lastly I would of loved to shoot with my favorite wwe wrestler Eddie Guerrero

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

1. Seoul, Korea

2. Tokyo, Japan

3. Kahului, Maui

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My goal when shooting is to be able to capture the emotion and have the viewer feel that emotion when looking at it.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I usually listen to Lofi Hip Hop, Or ill slap on some Smino or Isaiah Rashad

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What's your favorite app on your phone?

Instagram is where I share my photos and what I use as my portfolio

What is your dream as a photographer?

To shoot for brands

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

Don’t even think about it, just grab a camera and start shooting. the point is to START, photography/videography is a skill that is always improving so there is no need to be afraid.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)

instagram

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