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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

Amanda Giordano

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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