Anonymous asked: Hi! Can you explain your story? Like how you've become a Photography of famous people performing? Is that what you call it? Haha I don't know much about this sort of thing. I'm just wondering like who are you within this type of job?/hobby? I'm not sure what I'm trying to ask :\ You're really awesome! :) x
Thanks so much! That’s so sweet of you. I’d be happy to tell you my story:
About 4 years ago, I just had a little point-and-shoot camera and I took it out into the city on walks, taking photos of places I discovered. Somehow (God perhaps gave me the idea, for I don’t know where it came from), I had the idea to contact a particular band that next spring (2010) to ask if I could shoot their concert. They said yes and were so gracious and kind to me, explaining how to pick up my photo pass and how many songs I’d get to take pictures for. Honestly, I think they may have been the only band who would have given me a chance, and it’s amazing that they were the first ones I asked. I have trouble believing in coincidence when things like that happen. It’s crazy. So just before the show, I bought an SLR (Nikon D3000, to be specific), and the night before the show, I googled how to set my camera. I didn’t really know anything going into it, but after the show, I realized I loved it.
So I bought Lightroom, a photo editing software, and continued to shoot shows. I interned with a photographer and learned how to properly set my camera in different lighting. I shot anything and everything. It became a sort of obsession, so I had to step back and reevaluate. Photography is an important part of my life, but it isn’t my entire life. It’s not my purpose. Slowly, gradually, I began to shoot more shows again, but I’ve been more selective and careful now. I try to keep it from controlling me. It’s a balance for me, because I do love it, but I don’t want it to be the greatest love or the only love in my life.
As far as the specifics of shooting shows, for every “yes” I get, I receive several “no’s”. Persistence is key. Be gracious, but be persistent. Work hard. Practice. Appreciate the little people. I’m still a little person. When a manager is gracious to me, I’m still amazed and flattered by their kindness. If you’re a photographer, music fans feel that way about you. I never, ever want to think I’m cool because I’m honestly not. There’s always going to be someone “cooler” or “better,” and if my career or hobby becomes a competition, it loses its joy. Take photos because you love it. Don’t give up easily: persist. Work hard and well (follow through). Have joy. Give thanks to everyone on your way.
I know you didn’t specifically ask for tips, but, just in case you’re a photographer, too, that would be my advice. I hope that answers your question! If I didn’t quite answer it, shoot me another message, and I’ll try it again.