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Respect the Shooter Interview with Amanda Lee Domenech @a_leethal

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by Austin Paz 

by Austin Paz 

How did you get into photography/videography? 

I always loved taking pictures circa MySpace era but really started taking it seriously when I met my husband. He taught me the technical side to it and then I developed my own style.

What did you first use to take photos?

A little olympus point and shoot. I still preach till this day, the best camera you can have is the one in your hand.

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

I have no formal training but the amazing thing about this time that we’re in is that there is free education everywhere, from youtube to podcasts and Facebook groups. 


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

A.Lee which of course is just a short version of my first and middle name. 

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

Jerry Seinfeld 

Sarah Jessica Parker

Nasir Jones

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

My grandmother

Frida Kahlo

Salvador Dali


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

I've taken photos in over 24 countries so this is tough for me but of course Santorini because the landscape is just stunning,

Somewhere in Vietnam, ideally everywhere.

Havana, Cuba because when I went a couple of years ago I forgot my camera (literally thought my husband packed it and ended up shooting photos and video with an iphone 6s)

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My goal when I take photos of someone is to uncover their unique traits. When people step in front of my camera they first show me who they think I want them to be or who the world wants them to be. But I want to find out what’s under that surface and bring out their truth.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

It depends on what I’m editing. If I’m editing event photos and it’s a party then something more fun like Spice Girls. But if I’m editing a wedding or an engagement session I listen to something slow and sweet.. some r&b, some sappy stuff. For other photos it’s usually something with little to no lyrics like Petite Biscuit.


What's your favorite app on your phone?

Well the obvious is going to be Instagram but currently it’s DuoLingo. I’m teaching myself Spanish with it and I’m currently on a 48 day streak! 

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream as a photographer is create a company that’s sustainable for years and years to come and to be able to hire more of my friends. People think the best thing about having your own business is making money but what’s even better is making money and giving your friends opportunity to make money as well.

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

Just do it. Pick up a camera, ANY camera and start doing something. Before you could be good at anything you have to be brave so give yourself grace to suck for a bit but if you keep going you’re going to crush it.

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


Amanda Lee

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Respect the DJ Interview with DJ Lukem

Amanda Giordano


How did you get into Djing?

It all started in 2016. I‘ve always had a taste for electronic music. But in 2016, I was inspired by a local festival DJ which hung up at a party organized by me.

When I saw how he could influence the mood of people with his music, I knew that I wanted it too.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I sat in front of my equipment almost every day & tried to get better.

I also tried to get a better feeling for building a song. In the end, it helped a lot to know when and where I can best make a transition.

What did your first setup look like?

I had a Pioneer DDJ RB controller and intially a standard windows laptop. After two weeks, however, I bought a Mac Book from a friendly DJ, because this had much more power.


What does your current setup look like?

Currently I have a DDJ RX controller and still my Mac from back then. As headphones, I use the „DT-80 pro audio“ from Beyer Dynamics. I also started producing music, so I count the „FL Studio“ program as my piece of equipment. In FL Studio I mostly work with the plugins „Sylenth 1“ and „Nexus“.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

My artist name is made up of my first name and surname. My name is Lukas Kaemnick. The „Lu“ from „Lukem“ comes from thr first two letters of my first name and the letters „kem“ are a mixture of the letters of my last name.

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

Tomorrowland, Ultra Miami, EDC Las Vegas


If you could DJ in any three cities what would they be?

Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

It would have been Avicii earlier, today it would be Kygo.

What is your goal when you play live?

I always try to fill the dance floor as fast as possible with not too familiar tracks.


What is your go to song right now?

My latest song is called „Stay Down“. I released it on March 9th on the label „Beatdealer Records“.

What is your dream as a DJ?

I dream of being on the stages of big festivals someday. I would like people to see my songs sing & how happy they are.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

In case of setbacks, you should never give up! Do not let anything stop you. Learn new and meet other DJs!

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




Respect the Shooter Interview with Jonathan Pace @imjonathanpace

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

I've been loving cinema since I was a newborn 'cause my house has always been filled with VHS. As I grew up I started filming and editing videos with an old compact camera that I used quite a lot until I bought my first camcorder in 2015. Like a lot of 90s kids YouTube gave me the possibility to share my first videos (I was like 13-14 years old) and thanks to that platform I discovered a whole new universe opening myself towards an international dimension. Photography is relatively new to me 'cause I started taking photos and editing them in 2017 after working and saving money to buy my actual camera.

What did you first use to take photos?

As I said before my first "professional" camera was a camcorder by Panasonic (the SD-90) but it just wasn't meant to take photos so I got a Lumix G7 which I use right now for both videos and photos.

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

I studied languages in high school (English, French and Spanish) and then I got a degree in Arts, Music and Entertainment. University was all about theory so at a practical level I consider myself a self taught.

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

Actually no, people call me Jo, Johnny (without the "h" cause I live in Italy and learning english here sometimes seems tough) or just Jonathan even though I find it so formal. My girlfriend calls me Boo but that's another story. 

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

Marisa Tomei; Hugh Grant; Lars von Trier.

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

Luis Buñuel; Edvard Munch; Man Ray.


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

Moscow; London; Dublin.

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

To mash-up my idea of them and their idea of them, it's a job for two.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

My go-to album to listen when I'm concentrating is "Heritage" by Opeth, but I usually listen to italian-french trap music while editing. It depends on the mood of the shooting in my opinion.


What's your favorite app on your phone?

The ones that I use most are Instagram, WhatsApp, Spotify and Netflix. I think I'll go with Instagram.

What is your dream as a photographer?

Make it my main job, meet interesting people and improve my skills.

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

Do it. It may look banal but tons of talented people never start taking photos or shooting videos because of their fear of what other people may think. Learning that quite often other people don't really think at all is a must in this case.

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

People can find me on instagram @imjonathanpace and on my website

Long-Term Care: Assess Your Risk and Make a Financial Plan


Written by Eva Benoit | |

Image via  Pexels

Image via Pexels

Who Needs Long-Term Care?

The chances that a senior will need long-term care at some point are about 50/50. When using the phrase “long-term care,” it likely conjures up images of people wasting away their golden years in a nursing home, but that’s not the case for the majority of people who end up needing it. Long-term care is a catch-all for any and all medical and non-medical services that help people live safely and comfortably when they are unable to care for themselves. While for some seniors that may involve entering an assisted living facility, for many, it might mean an in-home caregiver that helps out with daily chores as they recover from surgery.

People can be proactive when it comes to making sure they land on the better side of the coin. Certain lifestyle choices help reduce the chance of developing age-related illnesses. They can even change genetic makeup for graceful aging.  Furthermore, there are genetic tests that can detect hereditary problems before symptoms even begin to show.

  • Do not smoke. If you smoke, quit. Smoking actually damages your DNA. Also avoid drugs and only drink in moderation, if at all.

  • Eat a diet full of whole foods-- especially fresh fruits and vegetables that reduce your chance of developing heart disease, even if heart disease doesn’t run in your family.

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise keeps your weight at a healthy level, preventing obesity-related diseases. Furthermore, adding resistance and weight training to your exercise routine can help rebuild lost muscle tone. Regular exercise can even prevent early symptoms of dementia.

  • Be social. Senior loneliness is such a health threat in the United Kingdom that the government appointed a Minister for Loneliness as a response.

  • Genetic tests can help warn about diseases, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, age-related macular degeneration, Parkinson’s disease, and more.

How to Pay for Long-Term Care: Medicare and Insurance Considerations

All the fruits and vegetables in the world can’t change happenstance-- even if you don’t think you will need long-term care, it’s still important to have a plan for paying for it. Medicare does not pay for long-term care. Even Medicare advantage plans -- like the ones offered by Humana that offer benefits for prescriptions, dental, vision, fitness services, and caregiver support -- don’t cover all types of long-term care. While long-term care insurance is an option, more and more people are opting out and looking to other methods of payment.

If you own a life insurance plan, you can sell it as a way to pay for the costs of retirement, including those of long-term care. Formally, this transaction is called a life settlement. Not all people are eligible to sell their life insurance; you have to submit health records and other information before a life settlement provider will agree. However, if you are over 65 and your policy is worth at least $50,000, it shouldn’t be a problem to sell your policy. You can receive the money in a lump sum or in regular payments so you can continuously pay for long-term care needs.

Seniors face 50/50 odds when it comes to needing long-term care. People who live active and social lifestyles fueled by a healthy diet can reduce their chances of needing long-term custodial care, but there is always a chance that something can happen. Paying for this kind of care can be a huge burden if you don’t plan for it. Medicare covers a lot of medical costs, but many of the costs associated with long-term care have to be paid out of pocket. Seniors with life insurance plans can sell them to life settlement providers as a way to free up cash that can be used on long-term care, whether they need it or not.