Category Archives: Rising Talent – Live Music Photography
I was lucky enough to photograph one of my favourite bands on Monday, the epic Taking Back Sunday. Bath Pavilion wasn’t exactly an ideal venue to photograph them in, resembling a village hall, but I think it went alright!
I’m back in the land of concrete walls, hot running water, electricity and proper beds after a fun filled Reading festival! Although only there for leisure this year, I shot a few rolls of film which I’ll post when they’re processed. It’s definitely a dream of mine to photograph the festival and I’m absolutely determined to make happen for next year now.
I got one step closer to achieving it last week, covering my first outdoor festival in the form of 80′s Rewind. Although my first love is shooting rock bands, it was great to photograph some artists who’ve had decades to perfect their act and really know how to put on a show and hear some classic hits! Plus the array of 80′s fancy dress was incredible!
Last night I was out shooting Arcade Fire. Before the show I heard we had some contract to sign, thankfully when I arrived got the pass with no problems of having to sign a contract, relief.
Musically Arcade Fire are a unique group of extremely talented musicians who visually look like they love what they are doing. It makes it extremely easy to shoot concerts like this with such energy. Songs that switch emotions from child-like reminiscing lyrics to the totally joyous epic ‘Wake Up’. I’ve had the privilege to shoot many great concerts this year. But this tops the lot. View the photos large here
MiMi Soya are a local band and were the first band to allow me to shoot them when I left college. I owe a lot to them, if they hadn’t let me try different things out i probably wouldn’t be doing this now. These photos were my first proper attempt at live music photography so they aren.t that great as I didn’t really have any clue what I was doing but I think they show how far I have come in the 10 months I have been since I first started.
Here are a few of my favoured shots so far this year.
This time last year, I was still photographing local venues with so so bands, work not really getting anywhere. Unknown photographer in the local area, amongst ‘the rest’ of teenage music photographers.
I hate to blow my own trumpet, but in that year, I have come so far. I started to settle down with music photography and in October last year I got a press pass to photograph Marina and the Diamonds in Oxford. It was an overwhelming experience, and taught me so much! No one ever told me about the 3 song, no flash rule
Things were slow, so I set up Amoret Photography on Facebook for people could follow me and book me. This opened doors to promotional shoots and bands emailing asking for live shoots, and even interviews.
I emailed around, and got a place at LivenLoud magazine as a photographer, which let to my current opportunities at ACEphotos, WIZmedia and Dead Press! magazine. I’ve had some work published, which is always the best thing to achieve (I’m sure the other photographers here would agree with me!)
Face Bar in Reading is a fantastic venue for photographers starting up that want to shoot some known bands (In the past bands such as My Passion, Young Guns, Deaf Havana and Lower Than Atlantis have played) without needing a press pass. Some of my favourite photos are from Face Bar (:
Summer came, and I was excited for festival season, but not totally hopeful for being booked to shoot sets for people. I ended up photographing Live Fest, Guilfest and Redfest with bands such as Skindred, Kids Can’t Fly and Sonic Boom Six. It was a fantastic opportunity! I wish I could shoot a festival every day
Shooting the Kids In Glass Houses in-store acoustic session was a bit different to my usual live shoots, I don’t often get a chance to do small acoustic shows.
I turned up hoping to be at the barrier to shoot but some how ended up with a media pass (not sure how that happened) but I’m glad it did as it gave me a lot more freedom to shoot. Even though flash was allowed I decided to shoot without as I feel it gives more natural, softer atmosphere which is what I was hoping for. A selection of my photos from this were used by bigcheesemagazine.com, the first time my photos have been published.