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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/