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I've always considered myself a fairly artistic and creative person and my latest outlet for that is photography. I haven't really gotten to spend as much time shooting as I would like but such is the way things go. My first real photo experience was doing promotional photos for a regional touring band called This Face Down in 2000. It was a last minute thing for a press release and they needed it quick. It was probably that experience that sparked my interest in photographing bands. I started out using a real film camera and spent a ton of money on having that film developed. After a few years I just couldn't afford the film and processing anymore so I put the camera away for a while.

Last year I decided it was time to get back into taking photos and purchased a new digital SLR. Like I said previously I don't get to spend nearly as much time as I'd like with my camera. My current set up is a Canon Rebel XS with a 50mm lense. Of course I'd like to eventually upgrade to something on the professional level but that won't be for quite a while. I'm definetly sticking with the Canon brand as I've grown quite fond of their available lenses and accessories.

Even though I mainly consider my photography a hobby I have been paid for some of my work and It has been used in print as well. A promo shot I did for a band last year has been seen in several magazines and used on posters as well as inside their cd booklet. It's really cool that I can say I've had my work published around the world! Hopefully it won't be the last time that happens.

I am really interested in live band photography but with the limited time I have thanks to "real life" I haven't been able to do much. The few opportunities I have had over the past year have actually come thanks to my "real job." Working for a production company does have it's perks sometimes. Doing all the work building stages and setting up sound systems for outdoor festivals occasionally gets me free admission. When I remember to bring my camera I'll usually talk my way into the photo pit to get a couple shots. Eventually I'd like to get more work published but until I have more time to spend practicing it's going to be a while until I can get that perfect shot.

Band and Individual shots

Photo of Cole Martinez (System Divide/Aborted) and Ken Sorceron of Abigail Williams Photo of Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren Photo of System Divide guitarist Cole Martinez Photo of local Cleveland musician Michael Boyer Group photo of Metal Blade Records artist System Divide

Canon Rebel Xs

Camera and other equipment...

  • Canon EOS Rebel Xs DSLR
    • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
    • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens
  • ProMaster 7500EDF Flash
  • Westcott softboxes

A few bands I have worked with...

  1. System Divide
  2. Soilwork
  3. Abigail Williams
  4. Bro Jovi
Photography Rates
Location shoot Studio shoot
Rate $28 hr. $40.hr.
Contact me: Email

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