Live Event Photography
Over the summer, I had the opportunity to be a house photographer at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. In total, there were about 8 photographers. In the beginning of the season, we all got together to choose which shows we wanted to photograph. We chose our shows in a draft style, 3 at a time. The first round, I chose Ringo (he's a Beatle!), Chris Stapleton, and Dave Mathews. I ended up with over a dozen shows which included Weezer, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jason Isbell, Dropkick Murphey's, 21 Pilots, Pretty Lights, James Taylor, Don Henley, Weird Al and more.
I learned a lot over the course of the summer. Not only about the way these shows run, but also a lot about my camera and how to handle the contrasty lighting. Some shows I was allowed to be right up in front of the barricade, other times, I had to hang back by the soundboard. Artists like to have complete control over their image and some of them don't want photographers right up front with their long lenses.
With the season ending in September, I knew I was going to miss photographing artists. I am keeping my ear to the ground and contacting tour managers to photograph more shows. Last weekend I was lucky enough to photograph the very talented Martin Sexton at the Lebanon Opera House.
I will continue to reach out to artists and am looking forward to photographing more live events.
If you would like to see more of my live event photography check out my Live Event Page