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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

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