Plain and simple, concerts are my favorite thing to photograph. For that reason alone they have their own page on my site. The first major artist I photographed was grammy award winner Lauryn Hill. I’ll never forget the nerves, the excitement and the uncertainty of what it meant to photograph a concert. That night I only had her first song to photograph. After my time was up, smiling ear to ear, leaving the front of the stage, the rush I felt was something I wanted to replicate.

Around the same time, I was doing some work with WAAF, the rock radio station in Boston. A few months later I was asked to cover the Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat. That was my first rock concert photographed. All this did was further secure my love for concert photography. It’s like nothing else I get to photograph. The rules are very straightforward and usually consistent across the board. First 3 songs(sometimes less), no flash, from the photo pit.

“The photo pit” The space between the crowd and the stage. Heavily guarded by security. We get corralled in and out like sheep. The energy is magnetic, the pyro is stifling, the music is pounding, the lights are sporadic. It never gets old. I don’t need to act like “I been there” before. I’m excited, and I let my fellow counterparts know it.  Most cases they share the same sentiment as I do.  We get to photograph some of our favorite artists of all time.

Find the light and anticipate the musicians movement  is the key to producing compelling concert images.  My list of bands photographed is extensive. Photographing Metallica, my favorite band of all time, was pinnacle.  But my biggest aha moment came when photographing KISS. Gene Simmons in  full costume and paint, pointing, tongue hanging out, glaring at my lens. I fondly remember lowering my camera for a bit to soak it in, and Gene acknowleded me with a nod and I went back to work.

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