The third in a new feature at Virginia Ave Music Fest. We're happy to present our 'Great Exposure': Concert Photography Panel sponsored by Roberts Camera!
Photography has grown to become one of the most integral parts of our every day life. Most of us carry around a high quality digital camera in our pocket everywhere we go. We photograph our food, our pets, our communities, every part of our lives. Yet concert photography is still one field with high barriers to entry and very little prestige. More and more, musicians are even banning cell phones from their shows. It's nearly impossible to take a professional camera into a concert unless you're linked to a media company or have an in with a band. We're going to talk with 3 local concert photographers about how they've been able to find success, some of their keys for getting that photography pass, their tips on taking the best pictures in sometimes less than ideal conditions, and much more.
After the discussion, stick around to get some practice with your concert photography! We have our stage set, killer lighting, and the wonderful River Thief lined up to give you the best environment.
Here are your panelists for the event:
Hapless Guitar Photography (Tim McLaughlin)
Originally from the Boston area where I developed my passion for music while listening to groups like The Cars, Aerosmith, Del Fuegos, and the Pixies. It wasn’t until 2012 I teamed my passion for music with my love of photography. I had a good friend who was giving me guitar lessons, and after watching him perform live I realized I wasn’t going to be on stage. But, I had taken pictures of live shows and started to network with bands, promoters, and venue owners and found my direction. I am first and foremost a live event photographer and feel most comfortable in the pit. I love being up front taking pictures, to get the shot but make sure I never take away from the experience for anyone else in the crowd. I am a documentarian, and my goal is to create a visual history of what this city has to offer. Be it a memory for someone who attended or a look into what was missed by someone who couldn’t. You will find me shooting in dive bars like The Melody Inn, venues in Fountain Square, bigger venues like the Vogue Theater, Old National, The Lawn, festivals in Indy, Chicago, and I toured with Veseria for a week in England and Scotland in 2017. Along with amazing music venues, Indy offers other things to photograph. I have photographed some pretty cool sporting events like the MotoGP, Golden Gloves Boxing and collegiate cycling events at Major Taylor Velodrome. I’ve also written album and concert reviews for National Rock Review, Drunk Octopus, and National Road.
LivePixLive (Lora Olive)
Lora Olive is a visual journalist specializing in concert, lifestyle, dance, and entertainment photography. She graduated from Indiana University with a BFA in Photojournalism. She became interested in concert photography in her teens covering her favorite bands. She honed her concert photography skills shooting at the free stage at the Indiana State Fair, local bars and other free events around the city. Today she covers some of the largest music acts in the country such as P!NK, The Eagles, Janet Jackson, etc. She’s a photo contributor to The IndyStar, Nuvo News Weekly, RTV6, and ZUMA Press. She has covered music festivals for Spotify, Warped Tour, Farm Aid, and Next Radio for Emmis Communications. She’s a recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission grant for her work in music and dance photography. You can view her work on her music blog at www.livepixlive.com.
KP's Photography (Kenneth Parks)
Kenneth Parks is owner of KP’s Photography. I’m a freelance photographer based out of Indianapolis. My passion to capture once in lifetime moments is my motivation. Having spent 10 years in the US Navy, it was difficult for me to find something to call my own. As a communication officer it was my job to survey areas, sometimes with cameras. So, I took it upon myself to learn more about the equipment I was using to better suit my needs. The rest is pretty much history. You can find me front row with my camera in the face of an artist, fan, musician, security, maybe even a janitor trying to get that perfect shot to reflect my mind’s eye.
Special thanks to our host Southeast Community Services
Get here early to talk with a representative from Roberts Camera about the gear they carry, classes they offer, and much much more!
Doors: 6:30 PM
Panel Start: 7:00 PM