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Respect the Shooter Interview with Jadon Taylor @birdisthename

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

It all really started in High-school, I had taken a drawing/composition class and I really enjoyed learning how to put scenes together. As I didn't have any money or support for the hobby of photography so I felt I needed to channel into another creative medium, which turned out to be writing. After I graduated and started working I kept taking smartphone pictures to accompany my poems or short stories on IG and I kept falling back in love with photography. Finally before a trip to New York with my family I splurged on a Olympus Tg-4 point and shoot. It really ignited the bug in me. My job situation changed and I suddenly had money to put into a decent camera and a few high end lenses. From there I started doing landscapes here and there, but finally I stepped into portraiture.

What did you first use to take photos?

My first non-phone camera was the Olympus Tg-4, but really I didn't know anything about iso, shutter speed, or any other photo terms and rules. I outgrew the Tg-4 pretty quickly moved on to the Panasonic Gx8 with 4 lenses the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8, the Panaleica Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2, the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 and the Panaleica 100-400mm. From there I had basically full coverage, and no excuses.


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

Youtube and mistakes taught me everything I know about photography along with the local Balf-price Books

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

Everyone calls me Bird, it started when I was little my mother used to call me Jaybird, it stuck with me and a few good friends always called me that. Now as a artist I noticed that I tended to not sit still as artist, I always change style or try new types of photography so I thought the name Bird still quite appropriate.


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

Oddly enough my #1 pick would be Post Malone, I think its great that he has found success at a young age and I think he seems a genuine soul.

#2 Allie clark

#3 Any professional Ballet artist at this point


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

#1-Vincent Van Gogh

#2-Ansel Adams

#3-Alexandre Dumas

I would love to connect with these great artist and capture a moment of them, and sit at their feet to just to learn from the masters of surrealism and abstraction, wildness and genius.

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?
#1-Tokyo

#2-Paris

#3-London


What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

For a long time I thought it was to capture a piece of them, a little inkling of their soul. But in all honesty it really about their reaction to you how they can be molded into a shared vision and dream. I want them to be my masterpiece when they're in front of my camera. I want their flaws and their beauty on display. So that I can blend them into something that can evoke emotion or a response.


What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

Honestly as I'm partially deaf, I don't listen to much when I'm editing, If I ever do it's usually just a melange of a bunch different styles usually alot lyric based music, I feel that guides the emotions and the color grading better.


What's your favorite app on your phone?

I don't have a particular favorite, though is time usage is the determinant factor, it would be a tie between Lightroom CC Mobile or Netflix.

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What is your dream as a photographer?

To be known, as a artist and entrepreneur.

And somewhere along the line find a worthy cause to support. I also want to encourage young artist and photographers and provide them options to use the best equipment and learn the editing process without having their creativity quashed by industry standards.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?
Do you, take pictures of what you like. Learn the basics of how to operate not the basics of how to create. And don't think you'll make it right away, but if you work it'll come.

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

IG @birdisthename

Website birdisthename.com

Respect the Shooter Interview with Joseph Daye

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

I have always been fascinated by photography and art, but I decided to take it more seriously as I began to travel. I really wanted to be able to capture the experience and it kind of snowballed from there.

What did you first use to take photos?

My first camera that I spent time to learn was a Canon 6d, but I had plenty of other random cameras before that.

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

I went to school at the University of Arizona. I was originally and Art major, but later switched. All of my photography training as been through workshops, the internet, and other photographers. 

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

No nicknames, but my IG handle jdayela is a combo of my first initial, middle name, and LA for my home town.

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

Kobe Bryant, Kate Moss, and Elon Musk

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

Johnny Cash, Abraham Lincoln, and Tupac

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

Nepal, Tokyo, and Marrakesh

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What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My goal is always to capture the fullest and most complete representation of the subject’s personality in that moment. That truly is a product of a mix of both the photographer, subject, and concept.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

My musical taste is all over the place, but some favorites are the Arctic Monkeys, Duke Dumont, and the Wu-Tang

What's your favorite app on your phone?

The camera for sure

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What is your dream as a photographer?

I just want to create one photo that stands the test of time and can be remembered long after I turn to dust.

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

Shoot everything and shoot often. Don’t worry about what anyone is going to think of your creative taste as that will change through experience, but you will never get there if you don’t hone your craft.


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

www.jdayela.com

Instagram: jdayela

Respect the Shooter Interview with Koray Hussein

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

Well before I was a photographer I use to write for a blog which had features and reviews of places in and around London and I needed to take pictures to go along with the articles and our social media channels. Once I packed that in I thought I’d give photography a proper go.

What did you first use to take photos?

My first camera was a little compact Canon G10. I then moved on to a Canon 100d before buying into the Fujifilm system with the X-T1 then on to the X-T2.

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

I went to school in East London and I wouldn’t say formal training but I had a couple of friends who were professional photographers who helped me learn the ropes when I first began.

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

Haha, well my oldest friends who I’ve known for around twenty five years call me “Turkish” or “Turk” for short. I’m a Turkish Cypriot and when we were kids there was this movie called  “Snatch” that came out and the main character was called “Turkish”. To this day I get called Turkish, haha.

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

Well since I’m a massive Arsenal fan, Arsene Wenger would have to be my number one choice, without a doubt. Ummm, I’d probably say Penelope Cruz and… Am I being too boring by saying another Arsenal legend in Dennis Bergkamp?

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

Audrey Hepburn, James Dean and Muhammad Ali. I’m surprised how easy that was to answer.

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

I’ll refrain from saying any of the cities I’ve already been to just to make it interesting. Reykjavik springs to mind pretty quickly. And I’d say Havana and Mexico City. I have no idea why Mexico City but it’s definitely somewhere I’d love to go and shoot.

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

That’s an interesting question. I’d like to say to capture the true essence of the person but I’ve worked with some horrid people and would not want that to come across haha. I just try to make all my subjects appear as warm and welcoming as possible. I believe a portrait is meant to be as flattering to the person in front of the lens as possible.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

It varies but I’ve been listening to a lot of Thievery Corporation and Afterlife lately. I actually have an editing playlist, which I need to update, on my website.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

I’m going to have to be boring and say Spotify. Sorry.

What is your dream as a photographer?

To enjoy what I do.

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

You’re going to be awful at the start. Like, truly dreadful. And as long as you know that and you don’t let that discourage you, you’ll eventually learn how to put together a good body of work.

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

I only use one social media site and that’s Instagram and you an find me at @korayhussein. My website is korayhussein.com

Respect the Shooter Interview with Filippo Gabriele

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

Thanks to my brother because he bought an old Sony mirrorless that I started playing with. Then my two friends Eman and Mauro Lamanna, respectively singer and actor, hired me to follow them as a photographer on their tour. From then on I have always been passionate about this world.

What did you first use to take photos?

A cheap sony a3000 and soon after I bought a fujifilm x-t1 with a 18-55 f2.8 / 4.

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

I have a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Calabria and I have never attended a photography course. My training consists in spending many days photographing and read many, but many books of photography.

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

Yes, It’s Characoal. I was watching a documentary talking about Caracol that is a large ancient Mayan archaeological site, located in the Cayo District of Belize. And on the same day I watched a program that talked about a beautiful African feline, the Caracal. Both documentaries really fascinated me. Because of this, I merged those words and that has given rise Characoal.

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

David Gilmour, Barack Obama and Emma Watson

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

Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Salvador Dalì

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

Probably Firenze, Amsterdam and Sapporo

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What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Always impressed me how much emotion you can convey with a picture and my goal is to create something unusual that arouse strong feelings


What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I listen basically jazz, ambient, rock progressive and rap. Some examples: Pink Floyd, Odesza, Bonobo, Alt-J,Grant Green, Kendrick Lamar and Weather Report.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

It’s Instagram, because I can share my works quickly and with many people.

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Photo of The day by GoPro, Arco Magno, San Nicola Arcella (Calabria).

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream is to become an official photographer of some great editorial editorial staff. And also that my photos being recognizable by the style I can give on them.

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

The advice I can give is to be patient and decisive. The world of photography is very difficult, to be able to emerge we must create something highly creative and innovative. In addition you need to create your own style and colors. 

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

You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, 500px, yourshot.nationalgeographic

https://www.instagram.com/characoalphotos/

https://www.facebook.com/Characoalphotos/

https://twitter.com/CharacoalPhotos

https://500px.com/characoalphotos

https://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/1657932/

Respect the Shooter Interview with Todd Kent

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

My dad is a photographer and I always kind of been interested but never had my own equipment, so when he was upgrading his equipment I convinced him to let me give his old camera a try. I’m an artist I grew up drawing, painting, and for some reason I was always good at getting people to pay me for my work lol.

What did you first use to take photos?

I started out with an older entry level Nikon I got from my dad. Then my friend sold me a canon rebel that he found on the street. He tried to find the rightful owner but after a week or two he hit me up because he knew I was just getting my feet wet in this photography game.

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

I went to college in Worcester, MA. My interest in photography came years later. I take pride in learning from photographers that I’ve gotten to know throughout the years especially during the few years I lived in Chicago.

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

Some people call me “Church” cause I’m always dropping knowledge (or at least I think im dropping knowledge lol) so I started to say in “todd we trust” then I started to post youtube videos of me dropping knowledge lol and we called it “Churchoftodd” haha.

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

Barack Obama in street clothes, Yara Shahidi from blackish/Grownish, and Rocsi Diaz from 106 & park.

 

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

Andy Wharlhol or anyone that used to hangout in his New York Studio “The Factory”, Prince, and Jimi Hendrix

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

New Orleans, Rio De Janeiro, and Cape Town, South Africa 

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Honestly, my goal is to capture good/positive vibes. I have no idea why people want to be so serious all the time in their pics.. I want to see you laugh and smile. I want people to want to be where we were because they can feel the good vibes coming out of the photo.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

Redman Muddy Waters album, Any Classic Reggae, and Pink Floyd.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

Instagram for sure. I find comfort in the fact that there are so many people into what I’m into.

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream is to be able to shoot what I want when I want to shoot it…..and obviously get paid for it, that’s always dope.

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

I would say that photography is a beautiful thing, it makes you see the world in so many different ways but it will also rip your heart out at times. Every photographer has a moment where they think of quitting and when that happens the best thing to do is to pay more attention to your own work and less on other photographers work!

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

You can find me on the Gram @churchoftodd or my website toddmkent.com 

Respect the Shooter Interview with Wilmer Martinez

Amanda Giordano

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Where are you from?

I was born and raised in New York City and in the Dominican Republic. It was a bit difficult since I would have to keep switching schools every year until I entered High School.

How did you get into photography/videography?

i’ve always liked taking photos on my phone but never had a real DSLR camera until about 1 and a half years ago. Even looking back at the mobile shots I would take, I always felt that I had a bit of understand of what a “photo” should look like. Growing up I admire people who were good at taking photographs and could navigate the menus of their camera like the back of their hands. One of those people was my Uncle. He had a knack for taking landscapes and street photos with is Canon AE-1 Film camera.
Right before he passed away, it was given to me as a gift and I’ve kept it ever since as a reminder to never stop exploring and to keep being creative when it comes to taking photos.

What did you first use to take photos?

I first started with my iPhone 6, but eventually I saved enough money to buy my first DSLR camera which is the Canon t6i. I’ve been using this camera for about a year and a half now and I truly love everything about it. Like everything in life it has its pros and cons, but once you learn proper composition and exposure, you would then be able to use the cameras to it’s best capabilities.

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@Jessica__saldana

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

I have a technical background and went to school for computer science. A lot of my photography training/knowledge is all self taught. I like to practice what I study and sort of go at my own pace. I use a lot of reference videos from youtube and look at online courses such as Lynda. 

Practicing different techniques at different hours of the day is a huge part of my training. I set goals and challenges for myself each time I go out shooting. Example for one day I may only look for a specific shape, color, pattern and only shoot that for the entire day. Some days I challenge myself to shoot in the day time which is out of my comfort zone.

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

As of recently my friends have started to call me the "Cyberpunk Kid", since most of my inspiration comes from Cyberpunk films, books, and art work. I’m forever building reference boards on Pinterest, so they always catch me looking at Cyberpunk images.

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

- Harrison Ford

- Ryan Gosling 

- Ana De Armas

These are the cast members to my favorite film Blade Runner 2049. Everything about that film is perfect to me. The story line, the music, and the cinematography are all masterpieces. 


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

-Chris Farley

Growing up I used to watch a lot of films by Chris Farley and his SNL skits are something you could never truly forget. If I could have photographed him as the lunch lady, I would have been happy for the rest of my life.

- Satoshi Kon
Satoshi Kon is the creator of one of my most favorite animated movies called Paprika. It’s visually stunning and the story is very thought provoking.

-Steve Jobs

Who wouldn’t want to take photograph of Steve Jobs?

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

- Guangzhou, China

- Macau, China

- Kobe, Japan

These 3 cities are what my childhood dreams are all about. Busy streets, Neon heaven, and tall buildings. I would be most excited to take photos in Kobe since it was the inspiration behind Ghost in the Shell.

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My main goal is to make sure that the person is completely comfortable and relaxed. Secondly I aim to capture something that has a fantasy element but that can at the same time be very realistic. 

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I mainly listen to Vaporwave, Synthwave, Lo-fi, and chill step when I am editing or trying to think of new concepts that would work well with my photos.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

That’s a tough one. Lightroom Mobile would be my favorite app…but my most used is Instagram and Reddit lol.

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What is your dream as a photographer?

To be able to travel and take the types of photos I love around the world. Continue to collaborate with amazing artist from all walks of life.

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

Don’t pay too much attention to the negative comments/remarks people may say to you when you first start out. As you continue to practice, with time you will improve and you will find your own style. Don’t let ANYONE ever tell you that the photos you take is not real photography. What I love most about photography is that, YOU can bring YOUR vision to life. Wether it be fantasy or reality.

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

instagram.com/wilmer.lens

Respect the Shooter Interview with Jessica Yesenia Photo

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

I can trace my interest to photography, since I was about 5-6 years old. I received my first digital camera around the time I was eleven years old as a Christmas gift and ever since then it was a hobby that slowly turned into a passion and a small business. 

What did you first use to take photos?

I first used a camera from the Canon Rebel series. I believe it was a Canon Rebel T3i. 

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

I'm a proud alumna of The University of Texas at Arlington. I studied communications and specialized in public relations. Some of my coursework involved digital photography and learning the Creative Suite. I also worked as a photojournalist for UTA's newspaper where we received some formal training from professional photographers. Even though I've been fortunate to have some formal training from extremely qualified individuals, I also started self-teaching myself Photoshop around age fifteen and have spent countless hours self-teaching.

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

This is kind of embarrassing but I will be candid. My boyfriend started calling me "Chubby" a year or so ago and it completely stuck and I love it. And in case you are wondering, it came about because I am always saying I'm chubby. 

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

Chrissy Teigen

Michelle Williams

Beyonce

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

Eddie Sedgwick

Freddie Mercury

Selena Quintanilla

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

Paris, France

Trang, Thailand

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

It's cheesy and it's simple but it truly just is to capture someone's "essence." I believe we rarely get to see ourselves in the best light with the true smiles that others can see us in. I get told so many times by my clients or models things like "omg thank you for making me look so good!" and that's exactly what I mean. What they see is how others see them and I think it takes a true moment in time frozen for them to see it as well.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I listen mostly to classical music. Anything with lyrics or intricate beats is too distracting. Sometimes if I'm getting bored of classical I will listen the "Lo-Fi" playlist on Spotify.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

Afterlight- I use this to edit all of my personal photos and some of my work photos.

What is your dream as a photographer?

I want to be "in demand" by clients in major cities and live off photography. For example some of my friends who now live in New York City have mentioned they'd want me to take their pictures there so this summer I'm booking a flight and scheduling some photoshoots. I want to do that in a lot of places, LA, Seattle, Mexico City, Paris, etc.

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

Practice practice practice! You will be nowhere near where you want to be when you first start, even with the most expensive gear. But make a plan to stick to it for at least a year and you will see a huge difference with just one year of dedication.

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

Website

https://www.jessicayesenia.com/

Instagram (business) 

https://www.instagram.com/jessicayeseniaphoto/


Instagram (personal) 

https://www.instagram.com/unepamplemousse/

Respect The Shooter with William Leigh

Amanda Giordano

How did you get into photography/videography? 
I never thought about picking up a camera until my breaking point with depression.  Failed relationships, trust issues, unwillingness to communicate, etc… all led me to seeing a therapist.  After about 2 months of weekly sessions, my therapist recommended that I keep a diary.  I told her I didn’t have anything to write about except for depression… She then suggested as a weekly assignment, that I get a camera and take photos of things that were of interest to me, then write about how the images made me feel or related to past life experiences.  I started taking photos at first with my phone just to kind of do the assignments and shut my therapist up, but after a couple months of doing this with my phone, I found myself walking around more and more searching for things to take photos of that I could use to represent the hurt and pain I was expressing in my writings.  Before I knew it, I was researching actual cameras to buy so I could take better photos to go along with my journal writings I had to turn into my therapist. From there it just kind of turned into a passion.

What did you first use to take photos?
I started off using my iPhone 6.  I frequent a lot of antique shops and vintage stores searching for records, and I would always come across interesting items and artifacts, so I would pull my iPhone 6 out and try to get an interesting photo of whatever it was that caught my attention.  It worked for awhile until I wanted better results and more detail in my shots.

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?
I did undergrad at Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology.  Then I went on to complete graduate school at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania where I received my MBA.  I said all that to say this… none of this education helped me in any way shape or form with my passion for creative arts and studying photography.  I learned everything from just watching Youtube videos.  If I could do it all over again, I would have went to school for media arts.  

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?
Most people call me Dee.  I think because that was usually the final grade I got in most of my classes in grade school.  (hahaha.. just kidding).  I was named after my Dad and they needed a way to differentiate between the two of us.  So I was called Dee.

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?
-Spike Lee
-David Beckham 
-Lady Gaga

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?
-Muhammad Ali
-Jesus Christ
-Jimi Hendrix

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?
-Sydney, Australia
-Havana, Cuba
-Prague, Czech Republic

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?
I think the best photos are the ones that weren’t meant to be photos, so my goal is to capture individuals in a way that doesn’t look staged and appears to be part of their normal every day life.  It helps give a glimpse of their story and can sometimes invoke emotion or an emotional attachment from the viewer.  It’s all about the story and the emotion for me.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?
Depends. It’s usually something with a little bounce and a little soul. I love hip hop with dope samples.  Editing photos can get boring sometimes so I need that soulful energy.  Drake, Meek Mill, Cousin Stizz, Jay-Z…. To name a few.

What's your favorite app on your phone?
Outside of Instagram, I would say my favorite app on my iPhone is the VSCO app.  It’s the first app I ever used to edit photos before I started using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.  VSCO has some pretty dope editing options. 

What is your dream as a photographer?
My dream is to create a multimedia company/platform consisting of fashion, art, music, and photography that exceeds the normal boundaries of what and how we see, hear, and consume creative media/arts.  I would go further but I can’t divulge too much due to the confidentiality agreement I am bound to.  This dream is currently in the process of coming to fruition with a small team of like minded creatives.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?
My advice to someone with the dream to be a photographer is to not be a photographer, be an artist.  I don’t consider myself a photographer, I consider myself an “artist”.  There’s a difference.  I don’t just take pictures, I create art.  Create visions with video.  The camera is a tool, sort of like a paintbrush.  Use people and the elements in the environment to create art. If you’re just a photographer and you only take photos you will be left behind and soon obsolete. But to answer the question, whether you want to be a photographer, an artist, videographer, dancer, director, doctor, lawyer, etc.., these are some of the rules I live by (and these can go for anything in life)…  Always quality over quantity.  Be yourself and create what you like, not what you think others like.  Act on your dreams, otherwise you’re just sleeping.  Don’t be afraid to fail or mess up.  I’ve made so many mistakes in life, and the one thing I know how to do very well is fail, but with failure comes loss and with loss comes a lesson and with lessons come learning and with learning comes experience… (get the picture).

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)
Currently I live on Instagram and Facebook.  I’m in the process of getting my website up which will be announced on Instagram once its up, but in the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook @byWilliamLeigh

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

Instagram - @Captain.Charisma

Facebook - Derek Johnson 

Snapchat - Captain Charisma

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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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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/