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Respect the Shooter Interview with Carlita Lopez @carlitaz_way

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

Photography and visual art has always been a staple in my life. From watching movies, to music videos, I got inspired by the vision people like Stanley Kubrick, Hype Williams, Herb Ritts and many others to create. I've been taking photos for as long as I can remember. When I visited DR, I had my first digital camera, and I began taking many photos around the city of Santiago. From there I began taking more photos and started developing my own style of photography which is taking a photo and then editing it in bright and unusual colors.

What did you first use to take photos?

My first camera was a small Vivitar digital camera. It was a pretty crappy camera but I made due. For some reason, everytime I took photos of things like the sky or something bright, it would get this strange pink tint. From there I began experimenting with the colors on photoshop, and that's how I developed my style.

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

I went to a school named Community School For Social Justice in the BX, and being in that school really inspired me to be creative because it was such a small school and we had more one on one time with our teachers. Thanks to an art teacher in Senior Year named Zack, he let us have free expression on what we believed art was to us. I am self taught in both photography and photoshop. 

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

My nickname is Carlita which in Spanish translates to "Little Carla". Ever since I was a child, I have been called this endearing term, and it just stuck when it came time to have a artist name. My Instagram name Carlitaz_Way came from a running joke with my friends, and surprisingly it's not inspired because of the movie, but a dembow-duo from the Dominican Republic called Carlitos Way and Crazy Design, and it just stuck haha.

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

Kelis- Because as a young woman of color, when I first saw Kelis, I thought to myself, I've never seen a woman like this in mainstream music, who looked like me and had natural hair like mine. I consider her a fashion icon, and I'm a huge fan of her music.

Chaka Khan- She has been an icon in music for over 30 years, and I have always loved her sense of style be it in music or fashion and the overall legend that she is. She is one of my favorite entertainers of all time, and I'd love to capture her.

Sade-Another icon for me, her music has been the soundtrack to my life. She is a timeless beauty.

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

PRINCE!- He inspired and still inspires so much in me, as a photographer and artist. His attention to detail, and his visual artistry is something that the world will never have again.

Gustavo Cerati-A musical genius, a visionary. Without his music, most of my work would've never been created.

Alexander McQueen-He taught me to push the envelope, and to not have fear about the darkness that can lie underneath the brightness of life, and to work harder to develop myself as an artist.

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

Cairo, Egypt

Mexico City, Mexico

Athens, Greece

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

I want to capture them in their most natural light, flash is usually a big no-no for me, because I feel that the light from the flash usually takes away from the natural moment. I want to capture their energy. A lot of my photos are taken intuitively, when I feel like its the right time.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

Mostly Prince, disco, and funk.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

Hmm... Instagram and my music.

What is your dream as a photographer?

To be able to show the world what a Afro-Latina from the Bronx can do, and be able to inspire other people to create, and to tune into their dreams and make it happen. I want to be able to reach as much people as I can through my lens, and continue capturing photos that are nostalgic and very important to capture in the ever changing climate of NYC.

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

Don't stop. Your dream is yours to live, and always keep pushing forward. Also, being able to take constructive criticism is very important in the world of photography. Take that constructive criticism and learn from it but never change your style because of something someone said to you. It is important to keep a level head, and focus on goals one at a time.

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

IG; @carlitaz_way
Website: www.carlitalopezimages.com

Email: Carlitalopezimages@gmail.com

Respect the Shooter Interview with Rebekah Markewich

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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 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