One great photo can tell an artist's life story, a raw visual accompaniment to the music complete with originality and authenticity.
In this series, we speak to Creative Commission member and photographer Erica Snyder who discusses her working life as a music photographer and offers her top tips for capturing the better artist photos.
WHAT ARE YOUR 5 BEST TIPS WHEN SHOOTING ARTISTS OR BANDS?
1. Plan ahead.
The more prepared you are with a concept, location and shot list the more you will be able to focus on the client and making them feel comfortable.
2. Learn about their music and personal preferences.
Often this will inform creative decisions and the mood of the shoot.
3. Stay open to changes and collaboration.
Artists are creative and staying open to new ideas can make the shoot stronger.
4. Gauge your subject's comfort.
Some artists love to be photographed while others take awhile to warm up to the camera. Make sure you stay patient and in tune with your subject.
5. Sounds silly but have fun!
The more enjoyable the shoot is for everyone the better the photos generally are.