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Respect the Shooter interview with Derek Johnson

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

That’s a bit of a story, I’ve always loved making videos. I remember back when the Xbox one came out and they had a feature that let you put clips of your game together. Add a little music from in the background and i had little game clip videos haha i got creative, but i really got passionate about a few years ago when i started attending church again. I started taking pictures for the church. Was nothing more than a hobby, wasn’t until this year that i decided to take It serious and pursue It as a career path. 

What did you first use to take photos?

I had first started using my churches Camera ( Canon Rebel T3 ). Had no idea what i was doing. Use to just point and shoot, but people kept telling me “you have an eye for this” 


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

Never went to school, most of It was studying people/Influencers. How they took pictures, what they took pictures of etc. A lot of self learning by just doing It. Trial and era for the most part. Always asking questions, always looking to learn. Still a student... 


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

No nicknames, just a ton of people that i “look like” hahaha smh. Jason Derulo, 50 cent, Tim Hardaway jr. And the list goes on 

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

Any three? It would have to be Mack Wilds, Nigel Sylvester and Zoē Kravitz. There’s just Something about them and they’re all dope influencers in their own way 

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

Frank Sinatra 

Robin Williams 

Brittany Murphy 

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

Los Angeles ( without a doubt ) 

Toronto 

Detroit ( Motown ) 


What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Feeling, i like to capture feeling when It comes to taking photos of people. I want you to be able to look at my pictures and feel the vibes coming from that. 


What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

Smooth music, not too loud not too soft. Childish Gambino ( feels like summer )  comes to mind when i think about it. I can have that one track on repeat and get lost for hours 

What's your favorite app on your phone?

Hard to say but I’d have to go with Instagram. That’s where most of my influence comes from. So many different types ofphotographers, all types of creators and almost nothing is the same. 


What is your dream as a photographer?

To be an entertainment photographer, example i follow Dj Pauly D on Instagram and he has a videographer that edits his videos of a lot of his gigs. I want to be THAT, i want to be a personal photographer/videographer. Traveling all over the place, dope pictures of performances, meeting different people, collaborating with other photographers. 


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

Be CONSISTENT ! But with that also comes patience. As i mentioned earlier, this year is when i decided to take this serious and follow through. People say you become a perfesstwonal once you get paid for your work but idk i don’t feel that way. I’m going to keep being consistent and patient, I’ll eventually get to where i want to be. 

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S U M M E R T I M E F U N

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

Instagram - @Captain.Charisma

Facebook - Derek Johnson 

Snapchat - Captain Charisma

Respect the Shooter Interview with Gabriella Iacono

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?
The medium itself caught my eye. I've always had a great interest in digital media, and my father also has a career in cinema, and it had a large influence on me ever since I was a child. Ever since then, I knew I wanted to pursue the art of photography for the rest of my life (as an artist along with the business aspect of it.)


What did you first use to take photos?
My very first camera from when I was really young was a film Barbie camera (I believe it was film), as I was just shooting my family, and my surroundings in my neighborhood. As I grew up in my preteen era, my grandmother purchased me a Kodak snap and shoot digital camera. Later on, along with other cameras in between, I finally purchased my first beginners professional camera (pre-DSLR) which was a Sony DSC-HX400V.


Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?
Was I formally trained or self-taught? Id have to answer with both. 
I go to school at the College of Staten Island, with majors in Communications and a minor in photography. I've also worked for photography studios, in which I've gained experience in the hands-on aspects of photography. This allows me to pursue photography as both a business and artist standpoint. Even though I've gained experience in these ways I do have my own techniques I use for my art to have the style I strive towards.I will always be learning as an artist (No matter what type I am doing).


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

GabbleRabbles is my current nickname (though I do have many). I have with my friends and boyfriend. My boyfriend coined it and it just sort of stuck. Another nickname I have is Gubby. Gubby is how you say Gabby in Hungarian. Though it is spelled differently in the Hungarian language, they are verbally pronounced the same. Both my friends and some of my family have been calling me this since High School. 


If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?
Bethany Hamilton, Carrie Underwood, & Dick Van Dyke


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

Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, & Elvis Presley

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Tic tac toe your way through life 😊

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If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?
That's a hard one because there are many places I would love to go too. But my top three would be... Paris, France, Budapest, Hungary, Giza, Egypt


What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?
It depends on what kind of photos I am producing. If I am taking documentary photography it would be to capture a person position along with emotion to tell a story. If I am taking pictures for an event my main goal would be to capture the perfect lighting along with the beautiful moment they are trying to freeze in time because there will never be another. I've taken pictures of some heartwarming stories and captured moments that will last a lifetime. 


What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

Country music

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Let your mind ESCAPE 😁👣

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What's your favorite app on your phone?

I have the Galaxy s9. Within the photo app they actually have a pro version that allows you to physically change almost all setting that a camera has. I love this because just in case i do not have a camera on hand i can still use my phone if needed. Though the phone still does not have a photo quality that a camera has. I also love Instagram along with Instasize to pursue my social media.

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream would be to be a CEO of a photo studio. Along with having book publications on the photos I produce.


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

Always stick to what you believe in and create a style that works for you! Photography is about taking as many photos as possible to receive only a few great ones, but thats how perfection is made.


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

https://www.instagram.com/gabriellaiaconophotography/

Respect the Shooter Interview with Naheem Brooks

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

I got into photography a little late, it was a birthday gift from my wife. We would be at my parent’s house and she would watch me use my father’s camera the following year she surprised me with a canon rebel.

What did you first use to take photos?

I start taking photos of my different types of flowers and family. Flowers are still and beautiful to look at I figure it would be a great way to start.


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

I went to Mastbaum high school in Philadelphia it is trade school and my trade was graphic design/commercial arts. So I had some formal training but, I’m mainly self taught. I had to learn the meaning of iso, fstop and what the shutter speed can do for an image.

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

I have a few nickname depend who I am with. My family mainly cause me Nah it stems from my name Naheem. I’m also called Heem by some of my friends and Nah-Nah (lol) by younger family members.


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

The 3 people I would take photos of would be Childish Gambino, he’s beyond creative and one of my favorite artist. Kendrick Lamar would be another one for the same reasons and my last person would be Chanel Iman, she is unique and dope model.


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

The 3 people I would take photos of that are no longer with us would be Martin Luther King that would a great honor. Huey Newton would be another one in his black panther gear and my last one would be Mac Miller just to witness what he was actually going through. 

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My goals when capturing photos is to capture that moment and make that moment last forever. Another goal is to make the client comfortable so every image is natural feelings.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

The music I listen consist of hip hop and R&B. Lately its been a lot of Mac Miller , Childish Gambino , J.cole , The Internet and  Sza. That’s just a short list of what I usually listen to when editing it puts me in a zone.


What's your favorite app on your phone?

My favorite app on my phone would have to be Instagram. I can share my recent work and just watch for laughs because the internet never lose.

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream as a photographer is to leave a mark in photography I want to do it all. I want people to remember the moment I capture for them, I want my images in people’s home and I want to spread light on different photographers in different areas. It beautiful world and I feel like everyone needs to see it and these different areas get out of the box.

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

My advice is not to let constructive criticism discourage you and find your own unique style that make you different. The criticism will help you grow when you find your style you will standout amongst others.


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

People can find me on Instagram @snapshotace and Facebook snapshotacephotos

I’m working on a site that will be on my Instagram.

Respect the Shooter with Christopher Carre

Amanda Giordano

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What's your name?

Everybody calls me Chris. Being Haitian-American most don’t get my last name right (Carré) so a select few call me Carr.

How did you get into photography/videography? 

My fiancé was graduating with a Masters degree in HR, and didn’t want me using our little point and shoot camera. So off she sent me to get a upgrade. As she would say I came back with a new toy. What I really came back with was an outlet of my creative side. Up to that point me creativity was mainly pushed into my cooking skills thanks to a family of women and culinary schools.


What did you first use to take photos?

After much debating with myself my first camera was a Nikon D5200 with an 18-55mm, 55-120mm lens.


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

I have no formal training total self taught, I was lucky to find a few great guy’s and ladies on Facebook social groups: Staten Island Photography Group and The NYC Image Group, that took their time to give me pointers. Also with the amount of free information that is out in the world there is nothing that you can’t obtain information on, and that what I did - researched hours and hours of free information.


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

Nope not unless you’re one of the people using my last name. 


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

Lets see, my three would be President Barak Obama, Erykah Badu & Winnie Harlow. I think by me taking the photo of Barack, it would be over shadowed by the conversation that could possibly happen during the shoot would be worth the price of admission. Winnie Harlow just to hear her story, and capture her beauty. And Erykah Badu, is Erykah Badu nothing more to say.

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

First would be Malcom X, Biggie, and Bruce Lee. I know the list seem random AF, but if you know me it makes sense. 


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

One would be Rome for the architecture, Morocco for the people, culture, and food, Los Angles, for the feeling.


What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Emotions, simply emotions. I want that person’s shot to have some of their emotions at that time of taking the shot. I think that’s missed sometimes when in the moment of shooting. I get too caught-up in the lights, camera setting, wardrobe, make-up.  


What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

Lately, I have been listening to Afro Beats play list when i edit, or Kendrick.  Kwesta’s ‘Spirit’, D.W.Joe\Gunz Hollewood “God Like” are great song and keeps my brian energy going, mental fatigue while editing is a big problem. If I don’t have the right mood when editing I have gone back to the images the next day and started them over from square one, mad at myself like what the hell was I doing.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

Funny question, I really didn’t, know until you asked. But the answer is Crunchyroll and Spotify, I always need my anime and music.

What is your dream as a photographer?

To create that next great image. Once I have that great image I’ll move on to create the next great new one. 

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

Practice, practice and practice never think there is nothing left to learn. Seek out a mentor, and establish assistant jobs with other photographers. Payment is more than monetary, it is the experience that is a greater goal.


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

www.8gphotog.com

www.instagram.com/8GPhotog

www.facebook.com/8GPhotog

www.twitter.com/8gPhotog



Respect the Shooter with Adrianna Najchow multidisciplinary artist

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

It started with my interest in fashion, and my attempt to work in the modeling industry. Once my “modeling carrier” was cut short, I realized that I not only loved standing in front of the camera, but also in back of it.

What did you first use to take photos?

Pentax K-x

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

I finished a Photo-technical school in Europe, but if I have to be honest, I wouldn`t say I learned much. I’m still figuring things out and learning new techniques every day.


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

Yes, haha. I have multiple!

The most popular being ‘Ada,” which is the short version of my name in polish.

My friends use a sweet version of it which is “Adusia”.

And then there are also some people who call me “Jordan” because of my height.

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

Christy Turlington

Freja Beha

Natalie Portman


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

James Dean

Bridget Bardot

Gia Carangi

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

I think every place has something unique and beautiful to offer. I don’t even know where to start when it comes to photography in New York, but I couldn’t think of a better place.

But to answer your question, I wouldn’t complain if I had the chance to shoot in: California, Japan, and France.

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Capture their real emotion.


What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

It varies so much :

Indie/alternative, electro, deep house, 80s/90s, new wave, post disco.

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What's your favorite app on your phone?

Without question, I would have to say Instagram

What is your dream as a photographer?

Working for a re-nowed fashion magazine.


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

The same advice I would give myself: shoot more!

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

Ig: americanadny

Website: https://www.najchowadrianna.com/


Respect the Shooter with Yasin from YFM Photo

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography

Accidentally. It’s a very unfortunate story with a very great ending, but I’ll keep it brief. 
Before I was a photographer I was an artist manager, and before that a teacher. I really wanted to help artists as much as possible by using the skills I already possessed. Photography and videography had been something I was interested in as a child only so far as it would allow me to present my ideas visually. I knew what I usually wanted to see from the director’s side of the lens and it was pretty much just intuition at that point. 
One day a musician that I was working with put out a song that fed me instant inspiration for a video. I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like and play out like. I said to him “we’re going to do this video, what do you think of this concept.” And he thought it was great. Only problem was that I didn’t yet have a video capable DSLR. So I went online, purchased a body, lenses, tripod etc. until I had enough to get the video done. About a week before we were going to shoot, I see him post a video for the same song on his facebook, which was shot by someone else. I was furious, dealing with a breach of contract, and I was also about $2000 shorter than I was before I started, so I decided I’d learn how to use the freaking thing. Through all of that somehow I became a photographer.

What did you first use to take photos

I think there’s three answers to this question. The first time one ever takes a photos is a special experience, and as someone who didn’t grow up with smartphones, I can remember my first photos ever were taken on a disposable film camera on a class trip to Washington DC. 
The first time I ever took an attempted professional photo was with a camera my mother had let me borrow, an Olympus E-40
I took my first truly professional photos on a Sony A77, a camera that I’ve stayed with since then.

Where did you go to school. Do you have any formal raining/Self taught?

I went to school in many different places. The tail end of my education was completed in both public and private schools, and I went into university studies at Hunter College, majoring in French and Spanish back when I thought I wanted to be a teacher. 
I don’t have any formal training, but I’m also far from self-taught, or rather I don’t like the phrase. Every youtube video I’ve watched has been made by someone who effectively worked as my teacher, and their influences have made me who I am today.

 

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

Aside from the embarrassing family nicknames everyone has, I often remark that Yasin (my birthname) is actually my professional nickname, since people pronounce it in correctly. Typically people pronounce my name “Yah-sin,” but it’s actually pronounced “Yah-seen.” I stopped correcting people and just began considering it a work moniker. Recently Frank Knight has resorted to calling me “budget guy,” the idea behind that being that I’m always the person to look for when you want to shoot a great video/photo on a very slim budget.

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

I actually don’t really have any celebrities or people of that caliber who appear interesting enough for me to want to shoot. The one exception might be Janelle Monae in the early stages of her career, as I really would’ve liked to apply a Salvador Dali-esque approach to her black and white get ups. 
Kola Rai and Rakoon are two individuals who have still never sat down in my studio and I’d really like to finagle that one day. Sadly that’s not 100% in my control.

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

This is a much easier question since all of the greatest people are dead! Prince would definitely have been a favorite for me. I’m amazed by his presence, the mere idea of him was larger than life for me as a kid. Audrey Hepburn is another person who comes to mind. She reminds me facially of Ariana Grande actually…but her ability to be an icon is in truth what entices me more. Her whole persona exuded true celebrity. 
The final one is a tie between Yasuke, the only known African Samurai to serve the emperor Oda Nobunaga and Toussaint L’ouverture, the liberator of Haiti in his prime.

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

I’ve got two thirds of them down already and It’s undoubtedly still: New York, Paris and Tokyo. Tokyo is the only one I haven’t hit yet. It’s cliché as hell but the reality is that hundreds of thousands of photographers have been shooting in these cities for years and never do I ever think to myself “eh, we might be running out of ideas here.”

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Hard to say. It really is different every time. Sometimes you want to capture their essence, sometimes you want to illustrate them as larger than life, or tell a complex story. The only thing that is consistent at all times is that I want to make my clients happy. I’m a service before I’m anything else.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

The same thing I listen to whenever I’m doing work that doesn’t require the whole of my creative mind: 24/7 chill hop radio on Youtube. You can never go wrong with that. 
In the likely event that the chill hop starts putting me to sleep, Jazz is normally my alternative.

What is your favorite app on your phone?

Tie between Keepsafe and Textra. Keepsafe lets you keep all of you incriminating material in a separate password locked gallery completely isolated from the rest of your phone. Textra is just a messaging app. But it has an amazing function which is the ability to schedule text messages. Saves me a lot of effort with regards to having to remember to message people.

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream is to just reach the point where my budgets are a non-issue. I’m always in this constant battle of having art that I want to create but not enough staff/equipment/time etc. to finish the job. I hate that finance still continue to be a limit (although not a huge one) when it comes to my ability to express myself.

What is some advice you would give to someone looking to be a photographer/Videographer

Learn! Really learn. Even if you have a great eye, you don’t know everything. Go out, be inspired, you are not an island. Let the work of others influence you just as much as you influence others.

Where can people find you?

Head over to www.yfmphoto.com and the links will handle themselves from there! It’s the best way to let my work really speak for itself.

Respect the Shooter with Chris Kelly from Eyeconicvisions

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

Throughout the years my family always documented birthdays, going to the zoo, and some other events like when we had extended family or company over. We would have prints developed and over time would fill up box after box. Back then I didn’t have the fascination with photography, but it was always in my life. I started to document when I would go to car shows with my dad and my family vacations and gradually it became more interesting to me. In middle and high school, I started to make montage videos with friends and other random videos and the love for creating started to grow. In high school I took a graphic design class and film class simultaneously and I decided that was what I would pursue in college. It was when I was in college that I purchased my first DSLR and shot my first music video for Arnow. Shortly after that I got a call from Swavthevisionary and we chopped it up and both had a desire to build something, which is how EyeConicVisions was founded. Ever since then we’ve been learning, building and creating.

 

What did you first use to take photos?

I used a Keystone XR308 as one of the first cameras when I was younger, never realizing that this is the career I would pursue. I found that I still have this camera while digging through my prop box.

 

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

I went to Hofstra for a year for Television/film and then transferred to St. John’s to continue my bachelor’s. While I have learned a great deal at those universities it wasn’t until I worked on an independent film set that I came to the realization I didn’t learn the basics, didn’t have enough experience on productions and technical aspects so I kept learning through self-education and eventually found myself back at SUNY Orange, a community college in upstate New York. The college developed a program called New Media. It was there that helped me gain more confidence in my work, my abilities, gained a new family with the community aspect of content creating. It was Professor Carranceja who built the program so that students have an atmosphere where brand development was essential in this new age of media production and consuming media.

 

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

Yeah, my nickname has been Kellz for the longest, basically just switching the “y” in my last name to a “z,” it started as ckellz in my track and cross-country days and then just dropped the c as time went on.

 

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

I think J. Cole would be at the top of my list to collaborate with because his music, demeanor and how he approaches life is something that I really vibe with.  I feel his personality isn’t an act or façade based off his stardom because he came back to St. John’s to perform and he was just kicking it on campus outside of our dining hall. This was at the beginning of his career and his humble attitude was apparent just being there in that moment and taking a photo with him and watching him interact with the students who knew who he was.

I would also love to photograph Bruno Mars as well. His positive energy is infectious and to be able to spend time and vibe off his creative energy would be something that I would enjoy.

Another influential person who I would love to collaborate with at the moment is Anderson .Paak. In my opinion, there are those “eyeconic” voices that come along once in a generation and he has that. His stardom is just beginning and as his career continues he will become that household name.

 

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

I would love to take photos of Tupac, I feel that he is extremely photogenic and would not only to photograph him but pick his mind. Things he said 20 years ago are still relevant today and he is a true visionary. I would love to get his take on the political climate today and how far we have “progressed” as a nation.

Heath Ledger is someone else I would love to photography in his “eyeconic” role as the joker. It would be fun to finesse a joker shoot with different elements of the batman franchise like the characters and tones.

The last person I would photograph would be Robin Williams. I think it would be an experience to see him in his natural element creating and I’m sure there would be plenty of hoots and hollers had.

 

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

I think for me I would love to capture different cities, but 3 locations I’m interested in shooting would have to be Mount Fuji in Japan.  There is a photo that I love where the Milky Way is passing right behind the mountain and it would be amazing to get anything similar.  My second location would be the Lavender fields.  I also want to travel to capture the Aurora Borealis, most likely in Iceland.  This is on my bucket list and something I am looking to make become a reality relatively soon.

 

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

I want to capture the essence of the moment and transcend time. I want to evoke emotions and help expose artists, models, musicians and help them reach platforms/peaks they dream of. 

 

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

When editing photos, I listen to hip hop, R&B, sometimes pop. Right now, album wise it has been KOD, Daytona, Ye, Kids See Ghosts, beerbongs & bentleys

A lot of music from Russ always pops up and other artists like Anderson .Paak, Madison Beer, Qveen Herby, Jorja Smith, Buddy, Khalid, Solo Jones are go to’s to just vibe and edit.

 

What's your favorite app on your phone?

I would have to say it’s a tie between Apple Music and Instagram. I love to listen to music daily and that’s the streaming service that I have pledged my allegiance to, and Instagram I enjoy viewing the content that is created and being inspired by other’s creativity.

 

What is your dream as a photographer?

To continue to bring art and positivity into this world. I would love to inspire other artists to follow their dreams, even in times of adversity.  I want to bring happiness to people who view my work and create a timeless moment that can transport people back to a certain emotion/feeling.

 

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

Research everything, don’t necessarily jump into any “college/university” if that is the route you want to take. Find somewhere, where your money goes into teaching you the history of photography/film, the necessary technical elements and where you will gain production experience. 

There are also a lot of classes online, and tutorials where you can learn from other photographers/videographers. I think it also boils down to taking chances. I don’t believe there are overnight success’. Those overnight success’ have been putting in work for years so if you want to achieve a certain level of success you’ll have to put the work in as well. 

 

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

On social media my personal account for Instagram and twitter is @kellz55 and my business account is @eyeconicvisions

Our website is www.eyeconicvisions.com

Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVskcvMtaXVEcVyXPieH1DA

Like our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EyeConicVisions/

 

Respect the Shooter with BoatandBridge

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

I got into shooting photos and videos in High School. My friends and I use to sneak into the old abandoned Seaview Farm Colony. My friend use to bring along his point and shoot camera and we would take turns documenting our adventures there with that one camera. 

 

What did you first use to take photos?

My buddy's cheap point and shoot, pretty sure it was a Casio. When I started taking photography more serious, I started using my dad’s Minolta film camera.

 

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

I did major in photography at CSI at first, before switching colleges for graphic design. I eventually dropped out altogether. The classroom environments wasn’t really for me. I wanted to learn at my own pace, create my own curriculum, learn through trial and error. Not trying to discredit going to school, but to each his own.

 

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

Lately, “Spiderman”. New Yorker, skinny dude, photographer, I’ll climb things just to get a shot…pretty self explanatory. 

 

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

FKA Twigs, is definitely top on my list. I love her style, her music, she has such a unique look, plus she’s a dancer.

Alanna Harrington, probably my favorite model in the industry at the current moment.

Obama, one of the most charismatic, influential figure of our generation.

 

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

Chester Bennington, childhood idol, grew up listening to his music. I was devastated when he passed away.

Michael Jackson, legend.

Probably, Sid Vicious.

 

@sprayground Summer 2017 #TimeTravelCollection campaign

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

I would love to go back to Tokyo, I feel like I only scratched the surface with that city. It's such a photogenic city.

My homies have been going to Singapore a lot recently, and the shots and videos they took got me wanting to go.

Toronto is definitely up on my list as well.

 

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Make them look cool.

 

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

Depends on my mood and the shoot. I feel like music can subconsciously motivate your whole workflow process, so I’ll usually choose different music for different pics. Currently, I have Kids See Ghost on repeat. Deftones, Bloc Party, Ta-Ku tend to make up most of my editing playlist.

 

@steady.us Fall / Winter 17 Lookbook

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What's your favorite app on your phone?

I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram, but I can’t deny how useful of a tool it can be for a photographer. I definitely use it more as a portfolio versus the social media aspect of it.

 

What is your dream as a photographer?

I once walked into a Van’s store with my mom, just shopping around. She was looking around at all the campaign photos they had up all around the store. She then told me that she hopes my photos are displayed in stores, some day. That’s when I knew she accepted that this was the career path that I choose. It’s been a personal goal for me ever since.

 

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

Do it for fun first. You’ll learn, develop your eye, and find your own style more organically that way. It becomes much harder when you start worry about chasing dollars and hitting deadlines.

 

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

You can find my work on my website, www.JMNZN.com and on instagram (@J.mnzn).  

Lately I’ve been pouring more of my creative efforts into a new creative agency that I founded called Boat+Bridge. 

Check it out.  www.BoatandBridge.com, @boatandbridge

 

 

Respect the Shooter with Giovannie Hankerson

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

I got into photography when my cousin let me borrow his camera. 

What did you first use to take photos?

I used a canon rebel t3i with a 18-55mm lens

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

I still go to school, I go to College of Staten Island and I study Graphic Design. When it comes to photography it was mainly self taught along with some help from friends. My graphic design was mainly taught from my college.

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

I mainly go by Gio, since my real name is Giovannie. Until I created the IG "Gii_Wizz" the name rapidly caught on and now people call me that or simply "Gii".

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

That would be Young Thug, Amber Rose, and Alexis Ren.

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

Michael Jackson, Lil Peep, and Marilyn Monroe

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

Brazil, Italy, and France.

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My goal when capturing photos of someone is to see something in them that they thought they wouldn't see. I try to bring out whatever they want to show in the pictures I take. Whether thats creative, sexy, or fashionable. I will help you reach your goal.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I mainly listen to a lot of hip hop music when I edit. Mainly 6ix9ine, Young Thug,  ASAP Rocky, Lil Uzi, Travis Scott, and Kanye West.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

My favorite app would have to be Instagram, with Facebook coming in close. 

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream as a photographer is to make an impact with my work. To the point where people know its my picture just from my editing, framing, and styling. I want to push people into not trying to be into a box with their photographer, by sticking to one specific aesthetic. 

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

Always carry your camera on you because you never know what will inspire you in that moment. It could be a sunset, flower, a dog, a stranger, it doesn't matter, if it moves you take a photo of it. Also always keep shooting and editing until you get tired of it, forcing you to be inspired by new things and to experiment with your art. 

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

You can find me on Instagram: @gii_wizz

Respect The Shooter Interview with Greg Williams

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

I got into photography haphazardly. I used to write for sneaker blogs and would get invited to a lot of events and stuff to cover them. So I would usually either have to sneak one of my photographer friends in to take pictures or wait for the brands press team to send over official shots for my event recap posts. One day I decided to just cut out the middle man and I went to RadioShack and bought my own camera. And from there, the rest was history. 

What did you first use to take photos?

My very first camera was a Canon Rebel T3. 

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

I went to Troy University in Alabama. And I’m self taught with any and everything I know photography wise. 

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

I’ve got a lot of nicknames lol just depends on who you ask. But my most common nickname would be Simply Greg. And the Simply Greg nickname game about as a byproduct of IG. My username used to be Almighty Greg and I felt that it was a bit ostentatious for who I am as a person and I wanted to keep it simple. And I’m keeping it simple, branding myself as Simply Greg really fit and spoke to my personality. 

That old thing.

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

Barack Obama, Sade and Kanye West. 

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

Muhammed Ali, Prodigy of Mobb Deep and 2Pac. 

Happy birthday

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

Paris, Los Angeles and Tokyo. 

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone? 

To really capture that persons personality. I love capture the emotion attached to whatever activity the person I’m shooting is doing. My ultimate goal is to let the photos tell a story and to provoke some sort of feeling or thought in whoever looks at them. 

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What music do you listen to when you edit photos? 

I listen to a lot of Sade and different instrumentals from composers like 9th Wonder, Paul Hardcastle, Bob James, etc. Something about Sade’s voice and the instrumentation of the instrumentals just helps me lock in and really focus on what feelings I want to convey when I edit. 

What's your favorite app on your phone? 

Currently, I’d have to say that my favorite would have to be the Headspace app. All props go to the queen in my life, Shonica, for this being my go to app. She really opened me up to meditating and recommended this app to me. And after giving it a try and recognizing how I felt lighter and relaxed after a few sessions, I make sure I find some time throughout the day to just be still and meditate. 

What is your dream as a photographer? 

My dream as a photographer is to one day open my own creative space/studio to be able to provide a space for aspiring photographers to come and hone their craft and really delve deeper into their interests in the art form and fully explore the depths of their creativity. I also want to create a community outreach initiative that taps directly into the youth and would provide kids with the opportunity to pick up a camera and create. My ultimate dream is to just inspire someone/anyone with the pictures I take. Whether it be 100 people or even just 1 person, that would be the most gratifying and worth whole thing I could achieve as a photographer. 

 

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

I would say save your money, go buy a camera, figure out what it is that you would be interested in shooting and just get out there and put that camera to use. Don’t feel like you have to compete with anyone and buy the biggest and newest camera either. Start out small and work your way up to higher end more expensive equipment. Make sure you take the time to mess with every feature, setting, knob and button. Really learn your first camera in and out. Don’t rush anything. Take your time and trust your creative eye. Every picture you take won’t be crystal clear nor will it be beyond blurry, but know that the story behind each and every picture and image you capture will certainly be unique to you and that particular moment in time. 

Where can people find you?

You can follow me on Instagram @simplygregphotos and check out my website at https://simplygregphotos.com