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Eye of the (camera) holder by Jinida Doba

Eye of the (camera) holder – updated

Timeless portrait photography maintains glamour in days of modern gadgets

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Portrait photography was once a luxury reserved for society’s well-to-do. In the early days of photography, privileged families immortalized their illustrious lineages in sepia-toned, black-and-white and, on rare occasions, color photographs taken by artists and photographers commissioned to create lasting family treasures.

Thumb through old photographs at an estate sale or antique store and you’re sure to find a family portrait that looks pretty much like this: The family patriarch stands, starched and erect, towering territorially over a wife and children – all in their Sunday best with stoic expressions frozen on their faces.

Photographers of those days were also commissioned to photograph family estates, art collections and other accumulated trappings – symbols of wealth and world travels.

Today, portrait and other personal photography needn’t be so stuffy – nor reserved for the wealthy. Technological advances in the field have made it possible for quality portrait photography to be more available to the masses. And just in time. The demand for professional portrait photography has grown beyond families and individuals, and models and actors. More and more, corporations, musical artists, visual artists and even young couples wishing to immortalize prom nights, are seeking professionals to capture their images.

Still, it takes more than a digital camera from the local electronics store and other modern gadgets to produce quality photography worth anyone’s hard-earned money.

The photography professionals of GS3 Photography and Art are on a mission to bring about a return to glamour, beauty and perfection to portrait photography, but with a modern edge.

“The digital world has made photography less expensive, but quality is in not only the eye – but the skill and technique of the photographer to take great shots,” Said GS3 founder and owner Georgio Sabino III. “Anyone can take a photo but not everyone can make people feel better. Just as you’d want Goya to paint your portrait, a professional photographer with an eye for fashion and color should be your choice for photographic portraits.”

When talking about portrait photography – capturing a human being’s essence and soul on film – the photographers of GS3 cannot discuss the topic without discussing feeling and emotions. This is the stuff that makes humans human, after all.

“A good portrait photographer must be able to capture the intangible, very personal part of a human subject and recreate it on film,” Sabino said. “That’s why it’s important for me to begin every session by helping the subject clear her or his mind. Otherwise, the worry or stress from the night before is sure to come through in the face.”

Still, the technical and the artistic cannot be exclusive of one another, Sabino said. The resulting image when the right eye, vision and technical know-how come together is a work of art on film to be treasured for generations.

“Knowing how to arrange the photograph, composition and lighting are extremely important,” said Sabino, also an accomplished visual artist and fashion designer. “If you understand aperture and shutter speed in your camera, add an understanding of fashion, lighting and visual art, your photography will possess what in the art world is defined by aesthetics.”

GS3 Photography and Art services also include model comp-cards, photographing fine artists’ works, prom and formal dance photos, headshots and concert shots for musicians and performing artists, and business promotional photography. To schedule a session, call (216) 256-7018 or visit http://www.GS3.us/http://www.gs3weddings.com/www.modelsat1900.com/http://blog.modelsat1900.org/

  1. Christopher Yoshito, self-portrait: “Remember the camera is only a tool,” said GS3 photographer Christopher Yoshito (in the below self-portrait), a 12-year veteran of photography and film. “The subject is Number 1, the set-up is Number 2. How you set the mood and or frame of the shot is key. There must be a before, the present (the actual shot) and a past, to make a great picture.”

Christopher Yoshito

  1. Christopher Yoshito, Black Swan: My eye sees what most people walk past: the leaf on the ground, an old window in a broken house, and I love the strange or what some may call not so pretty. If you look hard – I mean look real hard – you will see the beauty in any subject. Of course, I am a man, so I must admit women are my favorite human subjects to shoot.” http://www.christopheryoshito.com/http://cyoshitophotogaphy.see.me/

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  1. Richard Durrah, self-portrait: “The word photography means writing or drawing with light. Without light there could be no vision or photography because it is light reflected from the world around us that makes things visible to both our eyes and the eye of the camera,” said GS3 photographer Richard Durrah (in the below self-portrait), who fell in love with picture-taking from the day his father brought home his family’s first camera. “Aside from f-stops, shutter speeds and apertures, the trick to shooting the perfect portrait is the rule of thirds: by placing your subject one-third the distance from the edges of the frame for the ideal image composition.”

Richard Durrah

  1. Richard Durrah, portrait of Sean & Starr: A Sub Contractor “Most clients are looking for a blend of posed and candid images in a photo-journalistic style; so I am taking a storytelling approach to their family portraiture,” Durrah said. “My favorite subjects to shoot are friends and family. Next to that, I think my personal best is wedding photography. As an observer, I am honored and ready to document the joy and spirit of a beautiful wedding.” www.richarddurrah.gs3weddings.com

Sean & Starr 5. Amanda Duffy, self-portrait: “I appreciate natural lighting but also enjoy studio lighting and creating shadows and depth in a studio, said Amanda Duffy (in the left self-portrait) of GS3, a self-made photographer, painter and ceramic artist. “Lighting sets the mood and the feelings for all photography. A true photographer feels the moment, and in an instant can deliver something far more than what the world around them can see. It is all about the art of creating, vision and feeling just when the right moment is there.” http://www.amandaduffyphotography.com/

GS3 Amanda Duffy

6. Amanda Duffy, ‘Swag’ portrait: “Clients lately have been requesting photography for weddings, fashion and unique engagements. While most of my work is focused on weddings, nature photography, fashion and family are subjects that I also enjoy.”

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7. Georgio Sabino, self-portrait: “The digital world has made photography less expensive, but quality is in not only the eye – but the skill and technique of the photographer to take great shots,” Said GS3 founder and owner Georgio Sabino III (in the above self-portrait). “Just as you’d want Goya to paint your portrait, a professional photographer with an eye for fashion and color should be your choice for portraits.” http://www.georgiosabino3.com/

Photography by Omari Abijah Souza Photography by Omari Abijah Souza

8. Georgio Sabino, bride portrait: “A good portrait photographer must be able to capture the intangible, very personal part of a human subject and recreate it on film,” Said GS3 founder and owner Georgio Sabino III. “That’s why it’s important for me to begin every session by helping the subject clear her or his mind. Otherwise, the worry or stress from the night before is sure to come through on the portrait.”

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Jill Scott by Miss January J. Keaton (GS3- Jill Scott Book)

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The latest powerhouse joining the ranks of the one-name “songstress sisterhood” a-la Sade, Whitney, Mariah, Erykah & Mary, is the tremendously talented Jill. Sans Scott, you still tremble at the name. Jill. Her “Beautifully Human” tour graciously made its rounds to C-town in Spring, leaving neo-soul heads and hip-hoppers lucky enough to see & hear her perform, mesmerized.

Her Cleveland connection was brief…but breathtaking! An unusually warm March evening outside—gave way to a buxom stage backdrop inside called Scott. The songstress silhouetted behind the velvet Playhouse curtain, was patiently waiting to bless the stage with her beauty…not to mention, bomb-ass vocals! The indoor venue enhanced the natural acoustics emitting from windpipes that would not soon be forgotten.

The Sugar Water Festival: Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott. The Sugar Water Festival: Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott.

Opening for Ms. Jill, was a label-mate. A faceless, nameless warm-up act designed to settle the roaring crowd, and create a diversion for the early birds. A sultry saxophonist followed– blowing instrumental ballads of Scott’s past playlists. The familiar tunes turned the awaiting larvae in our souls into butterflies in our bellies! SHE’S coming.

With the energy of the sax man’s odes-du-Jill still lingering. SHE stole the stage. SHE commanded her followers to their feet, and we humbly obliged. SHE could’ve commanded the sun to re-shine after retiring for the evening—and it would have done so with haste! Just her smile, her larger-than-life presence could’ve made mountains feel minuscule. “You’re here. I’m pleased. I really dig your company-y…” and we yours, Jill. We couldn’t wait to take the Long Walk tonight.

3 songs in, Ms. Scott encouraged the entranced crowd to come closer to the stage. Despite being a mere 7 rows back, I still fought my way to the 6th, then 5th…trying to come ever closer to the enigma that is SHE. We forfeited comfy seats in 7, to stand in stilettos in row 2 the rest of the show. The painful trade was well worth it.

The most palatable part of her show sprung from the song “Do You Remember?” She talked to the crowd as if she was having a “sistah-girl,” down-home talk about love and pride and just “keepin´it real”! Her monologue reminding black men to “remember” her & other black women– to say “hello” when they see a black woman vs. turning up their noses at us. The primarily black female crowd erupted in enthusiastic applause, cheers, and “You go, girls!” Jill was speaking for us, and did it with style, poise and conviction.

Rounding out the show was “Gettin´ in the Way”, “It’s Love” and “The Way”. When Jill finally left the stage, the audience made it clear that they felt slighted—screaming out “He loves me!”… “He loves me!” Pause. “He loves me!” Silence. It seemed like forever, but Mama didn’t disappoint– returning to quench the thirsty crowd’s cries with a low, melodic hum echoing from behind the curtain. The roaring crowd grew instantly mute. Then… the ultimate serenade. “He loves meeee… especialll-lly differennnnt… ever-y… time…” SHE emerged. Again. This time, more beautiful and glowing than the first. Shrieks and screams drowned out the very tune we’d been waiting all concert to hear! “He Loves Me” lasted long…but could’ve spanned a lifetime for all we cared—a fitting song to end not only a romantic evening, but a soulful showing from a singer who just oozes “black love”.

She sincerely and graciously thanked all of us for “feeling” her and showing so much love. It was well-earned. What’s most impressive about the melody was her “down-to-earth” demeanor—despite being obviously BEAT from throat to feet! As she stood stage-front, sweaty, bottled water bobbing from a bent finger, grinning like a Cheshire cat on Quaaludes…tears welled up in her eyes. The pure emotion flooding those beautiful brown windows, showed her soul. And it was real. It was real. We cried right along with her.

Jill Scott is a force to be reckoned with now, and for many decades to come. She’s bringing back the lost art of love, being IN love, GIVING love and just ENJOYING life in its simplest forms. Her music spoke to us. No…it roared, hummed, and howled like a beautiful banshee! Keep doing what you do, girl. We’re listening.

Miss January J. Keaton

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Atlanta is an entertainment hub with such celebrities as Chanel Iman, Elton John, Justin Beiber, Keyshia Cole, Jane Fonda, Usher, Monica, Ludacris, Dakota Fanning, Tyler Perry and many more with the backdrop for many popular movies such as The Blind Side, Remember the Titans, Drumline, and Scream 2. Atlanta is a cultural phenomenon featuring world class attractions and a vibrate art scene including fashion which will be highlighted during the 2010 Atlanta International Fashion Week. Atlanta also boasts as one of the top 10 retail markets in the country, including AmericasMart which exhibits more than 400,000 retailers nationally and 70 countries around the world.

All eyes will be on Atlanta for the 4th edition of the Atlanta International Fashion Week, which features the Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall as honorary chair, is scheduled for July 13-18 at the one of Atlanta’s historic landmarks and ex-Macy’s building, the grandeur 200 Peachtree and the newest addition to the downtown area, the elegant Lowes Hotel. Fashionistas and trendsetters alike are invited to a multi-platform fashion event to experience a bevy of international fashion brands while discovering the best of what Atlanta has to offer in the world of fashion. AIFW will feature elaborate, high fashion runway shows with couturier brands and offer innovative, informative workshops within a fashion based curricula included in the Pretty Academy School of Fashion. In addition, AIFW will feature an exquisite and innovative trunk show, called “Fashion Store”.

Atlanta International Fashion Week has teamed up with the fashion industry’s internationally renowned elite to afford aspiring designers and models the opportunity to network, learn, and enjoy the best that Atlanta has to offer in fashion, style, glamour, and nightlife at various acclaimed venues, night clubs and restaurants. This star-studded affair will be entertaining and designed to benefit local and national charities, bringing awareness to women’s health issues, all in the name of fashion. Two gala events will also set AIFW apart as a truly exceptional experience. First, an AIFW Fashion soiree will feature a keynote address from a major innovator within the fashion industry and culminating with a ceremony honoring fashion moguls and trendsetters as part of the Fashion ICON Awards and Gala.

Brand Atlanta commends AIFW for its commitment to Atlanta’s fashion and design community as well as its promotion of women’s health issues. Many AIFW events demonstrate the organization’s dedication to economic development and promotion for the city of Atlanta. “This event supports the growth of Atlanta’s local fashion and creative industries,” says Sonya Moste, director of Marketing at ADA and interim marketing executive for Brand Atlanta. “Fashion Week is about economic development and raising Atlanta’s profile.”

“Atlanta International Fashion Week is dedicated to showcasing Atlanta’s elite designers and models in the fashion industry. This week, full of fun-filled events exemplifies your dedication to the economic development for the City of Atlanta. I commend Atlanta International Fashion Week for your commitment to Atlanta’s fashion and design community, says former Mayor Shirley Franklin.

AIFW has showcased the catwalk favorites of Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Juicy Couture, Rock & Republic, Sean John, Ed Hardy, Dereon, True Religion, Akademiks, Apple Bottoms, Ecko, Baby Phat, Rocawear, Phat Farm, and many more. With past and current partners such as the World Fashion TV, Mercedes Benz, Loews Hotel, Brand Atlanta, Comcast, Six Degrees Magazine, Paul Mitchell, W Hotel, Dolce Group and more along with partnerships with countries such as Africa, Canada, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, India, United Kingdom, AIFW is set to be a marquee event. From past celebrities such as Entertainment Mogul Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), Kim Kardashian, Mychael Knight (Project Runway), Dwight Eubanks (Real Housewives of Atlanta), National Recording Artist Monica, Hip Hop Icon Young Jeezy to buyers, press and industry professionals, AIFW is a guaranteed must attend global event. For more information about Atlanta’s Fashion Week, visit www.atlantaintlfashionweek.com or email info@atlantaintlfashionweek.com.

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