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Respect the Shooter Interview with Rebekah Markewich

Amanda Giordano

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I’ve been doing a lot of self reflecting over the last few weeks and I realized that some of the biggest problems that I have with other people are actually problems that I have with myself. Anyway, it was hard to admit that I was the problem, but when I did it, gritting my teeth the whole way, you know what? I became loads happier. I guess I am being rather vague. If you read this far you deserve a better explanation. I have been a terrible backseat parent. I would get mad all of the time and control things that I should have just let be. I was letting my OCD get the best of me and kill my happiness without even realizing it. My therapist told me rather pointedly (and very kindly), that I needed to stop taking over. It has been a few weeks of doing that now and I am far happier. As a mom, it is hard to let things not be perfect. If someone puts the dishes away wrong and I see it, it is hard to not correct that person. It is hard to not complain to my husband when I think he should have given the child another chance before a time-out. It is hard to let my kids learn to communicate for themselves without speaking for them when I think they are being misunderstood. It was like I was forcing the people in my life to be perfect when I am not perfect myself. I edited this photo with my new favorite presets from @aclotheshorse. They are from her spring preset pack. This photo is from last spring. 🙈 Everything is still just coming back to life here and I really wanted to add some color to my feed. 😊 This beautiful dress was gifted from @domesticrebus - if you love antique clothes, be sure to check out her feed!

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How did you get into photography/videography?

I have been taking photos since I was a child. Back then you had to buy film for cameras and pay for it to be developed. I did chores to save up money just to take photos! Once I got a digital camera in college I began to take a lot more photos and worked on building skills.

What did you first use to take photos?

My first "real" camera was a Canon Rebel t3i; my first camera was a cheap film camera. 

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

I went to UAlbany where I got a Master's degree in history. I did not take any photography courses, but I wish that I had! I learned everything that I know from reading online articles, a lot of practice and experimenting. 

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

I've never really thought about photographing other people, but I do have a dream of being able to take my own family portrait of me, my husband and two kids. A remote shutter only goes so far. 

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

Probably my favorite authors: Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Dickens. 

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

Marrakesh

Paris

London

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Well, Katherine is sick now. It is just a head cold, but it makes for complicated day, requiring a lot of patience. My main interest for the day is to listen to my current Star Wars novel after finishing my work. I took a break from Star Wars novels for some Charles Dickens, fantasy and Elizabeth Gaskell, but I am back to them now! I think I read/listened to about 20 SW novels last year. 😬 They are very fast- If I am focused I get through one in about three or four days. But where do I have that much time to read?! Well, I still have to rest a whole lot so I have significant down time. I also like to do housework with headphones so I listen to books while cooking and cleaning, sometimes. Audio books pretty much changed my reading life. I had a very hard time being able to read without getting a migraine after my head injury, so audiobooks became one of my main hobbies. Just an FYI: If you live in the USA, you can download the app Libby to access audiobooks from your public library. If you live in NY you can also get a NYC public card (any NY resident can) and have access to their huge collection of audiobooks (and ebooks). That’s not an ad- I just love books and wanted to share again how easy it is so get them for free. Dress: @christydawn (gifted) Cardigan @jcrew . . . . . . #momentsofmine #awhisperedbeauty #simpleandstill #asecondofwhimsey #simplebeautyseeker #floral_perfection #alliseeispretty #thisjaneaustenlife #pursuepretty #nothingisordinary #myhappycapture #christydawn #slowfashion #sustainablefashion #timelesselegance #lifestylephotographer #modeethique #slowfashionmovement #vintagefashion #portrait_vision #whomadeyourclothes #sustainableliving #springstyle

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What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

I try to capture their emotion which is often quite fleeting. There is a huge difference between a perfect pose or capturing an emotion. I do not even try to capture emotion for my self portraits, but It is my main goal in wedding and family photography.


What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I sometimes listen to audiobooks. It depends on what kind of edits that I am doing. If they are complicated, I prefer silence.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

Instagram for sure! For photo editing, I use Lightroom Mobile and VSCO

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I am pretty sure I could drink twenty cups of tea today. It isn’t a great day for me, but thankfully my friend was able to bring the kids to homeschool group with her and I don’t have anything planned for the rest of the day. To be honest, all that I really want to do today is listen to my audiobook “Inheritance” which is the last book in a series of four that I’ve been listening to this month. So it is a forced relaxation day 😉. I’m ok with that. I had been feeling concerned about my kids not reading as much as I want them to. I mean, they were doing very well scholastically, they liked reading picture books but were turned off at reading longer books. I wasn’t seeing the spark of joy about books that I’ve always had. That completely changed when I prioritized trips to the library. Now they are completely obsessed with reading novels and often put it before screen time. I can’t tell you how much I love seeing their happy faces at a bag bursting with thick books. Daniel can’t even bear walking out the library without trying to read a book while walking. 😆 It confirmed to me that kids really do thrive when given a lot of options/variety. Also, PSA for those of you who live in NY- you can get a NYC public library card if you are a NY resident and have access to their utterly enormous collection of audiobooks and ebooks. You can listen to them via the app Libby which is just as convenient as Audible. This is totally not an ad- I just want to share the great info! 😊 Oh, and disclaimer: this is totally not tea. It is food coloring in water and I edited the shade of the color via lightroom to make it match my current color scheme. 🙈🤷🏼‍♀️ . . . . . . . . . #ehlersdanlossyndrome #nestandflourish #simpleandstill #holdthemoment #botanicaltales #asecondofwhimsey #gatherandcurate #thatvelvetfeeling #make_more_magic #culturetripbooks #booksbooksbooks #littlestoriesofmylife #objectproject_book #makeitblissful #styleonmytable #bestbookishpic #natureonthepage #still_life_gallery #cupsinframes #homeisacupoftea #naughtyteas #makeitblissful #global_ladies #bloomandgrowtogether

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What is your dream as a photographer?

To be able to take beautiful photos indoors and with poor lighting- it is such a challenge!

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

Don't wait for fancy gear! Just get started with whatever you have.

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

www.instagram.com/rebekahbethany

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 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 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