Photography experience: 12+ years in every kind of venue from pub to festival stage.
How did you get started? My introduction to this crazy, colourful world of music and performance was when I saw Twisted Sister on TV for the first time at age eleven (although it would be a further twenty years or so before my brain joined the dots and I started using a camera to try to explain how music makes me feel).
Goals: Happy clients.
Who do you work with? Typically bands, agents, venues, and industry vendors. I've been published internationally and my photos have been featured in the artwork for more than 30 CD/DVD/EP releases to date (as well as posters, magazines, books, prints, t-shirts, websites etc.). I was house photographer for Brooklyn Bowl London from Feb 2015 until the venue's closure in Jan 2017, house photographer for Camden Rocks festival in 2014 and 2015, and contributed photos and occasional reviews to Pure Rawk webzine between 2006 and 2016. I'm official photographer for Dan Baird & Homemade Sin.
Favourite aspects of what you do? Total immersion in the performance, weird and unusual vantage points, jump shots, working with creative people (some of my clients are also some of my favourite musicians/humans on the planet), building trust, translating the feelings artists get from being on stage into still images. The fact that no two shows are exactly the same and there's always something different to see and shoot. I have always been and will always be an advocate of live music. I'm a big fan of environmental portraits and turning the camera on the audience - I love to show people how great the atmosphere at a gig can be, and encourage them to go out and see bands and experience it for themselves.
Favourite photo: I haven't taken it yet!
Ninja level: Pro! I work very discreetly. I strongly believe that photography shouldn't be a distraction, or break the connection between the band and the audience. You're there to do a job, and you can do a great job without getting in anyone's way. Respect for your environment - someone else's workplace - is so important.
Parting thoughts? Finding a photographer who is a good match for you in style, vision and personality is really a key to getting great photos that will engage your fans and draw more people in.
I am available to hire directly for commissions - Find out more about my services and prices
TK by DB (turning the tables) - 2016