August 30, 2014. Every time this year I stop and think of the first time I took my jump into the world of concert photography, it had been six years since my first concert shot. This would be one of the first concert photos that I took. I was still learning the technical basics of taking photos in low light conditions and having the right gear. I didn't have the right gear. My camera and lens didn't have the proper specs for the settings needed. I was using my Canon Rebel XSI camera. Part of my concert photography research to that point was also trying to figure out how to get credentialed for shows, you cant just walk into a place with a large camera. This show was my first perfect opportunity to give it a try. The show was at the annual Woodstock Fair in Woodstock Connecticut. Each night the main stage hosts a larger performer. I knew that Tom Kiefer of Cinderella would be performing on the main stage that night. I was planning on going to this year's fair anyway. Because of it being a fair, there were no restrictions on bringing a camera into the venue, a photo pass was not a concern. I was still trying to figure that part out.
It was time for the show and I got my spot close to the stage. My first time trying to figure out angles and camera settings while trying to maneuver in the crowd down front. It was an instant rush, I knew this is what I wanted to be photographing. I've always loved music, especially 80's era rock and metal. This was something I could get into. Combining two of my passions, music and photography.
I grew up with the Cinderella ‘Night Songs’ and ‘Long Cold Winter’ albums. So I was excited to be able to get a camera into the fair and photo Tom Keifer performing his new solo music as well as the Cinderella classics.
I continued on being inspired by other music photographers, the drive, passion and persistence to figure this thing out. While I would eventually get the right camera gear and figure out the formulas for good concert photography photos, each show is an improving learning experience.
Since then I have been fortunate enough to photograph over eighty different shows, with such music legends to include Peter Frampton, Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Deep Purple, The Doobie Brothers, Santana, Jethro Tull and many more musical greats who have made an everlasting mark in the world of rock and metal music.