2018 in Review

2018 was a crazy year for me. I switched my major again and dealt with failure, but at the same time, I faced a lot of success. I had three internships in the span of five months and have been in school and studying over the course of nine consecutive semesters. I've been able to photograph over 68 concerts, 4 music festivals, and have gained so many new friends along the way. I got an amazing job through social media that puts me on the sideline of so many amazing hockey and basketball games in Toronto.

I got to experience some internships in the music industry. Both allowing me to work hands on with amazing teams and create, produce, and direct content. Create a social media account in which I curated all content and created copy and amass a few thousand followers in two short months. I created three video series for Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker [USS] for their national tour and got to help produce an album launch party. I was the lead social media manager at VELD Music Festival and curated content over two days on three social media platforms.

I traveled to London and Paris, but I almost didn't make it as my passport expired the day before I was meant to fly out. I had the pleasure of eating new food, see new sites, and explore without a camera around my neck or a schedule to abide by. I walked through Versailles and had a picnic in the gardens, I ate a croissant everyday and had some infamous foie gras. I explored the Tate for five hours and got lost in Mayfair, I walked through the red and gold of Buckingham Palace and took a classic picture in the telephone booth. I walked for hours and saw the world with my eyes and not through the screen of my phone. I used a real map instead of Google Maps and learned how to navigate both cities - well the best way you can in four days.

I was able to attend a few amazing speaker sessions by Elie and Ravie B. at Free Space in Toronto, they are both amazing photographers in their respective ways and they put into perspective the hustle you need to follow any dream and that success isn't overnight. 2018 has been an absolute dream, thanks to everybody who was a part of it.

Here’s to 2019 and the stories you will bring.

My Journey Into Concert Photography

Concert photographers, those people who are always at the front of the stage taking pictures for the first few songs of a concert. I started concert photography because I was a fan. Since I was about fifteen years old I would wait outside of venues to make sure I had a prime spot to watch a concert, most of the time that meant pushed up against the barricade or the stage. I always had a fascination with those people who would waltz in front of the barrier, take some photos and leave right after. Little did I know that would be me one day.

People often ask why I decided to pursue concert photography; I didn’t get paid and it resulted in many late nights spent culling and editing. Simple, I did it for the music. Every band I’ve managed to photograph were bands whose music I enjoyed. I tell everybody that if I wasn’t behind my camera I would be in the crowd. Everybody takes pictures at a concert, whether is from their phone or digital camera, my method is just a little fancier. 

As a photographer, I started on my high school yearbook - saving up months’ worth of paychecks to spend on my own camera and lens. It started as a hobby because I was able to capture moments that would be cemented on paper, now it’s a passion. As my parents say, it’s a hobby, but an expensive hobby. It’s not the camera or the gear that makes a photographer, it’s the passion and the ability of the photographer. For the longest time, I could only afford a simple camera and one prime lens (meaning I couldn’t zoom), this was a challenge that I embraced. How many could say they shot a three-day festival with gear costing less than $1000?

Being an independent concert photographer, working for your own blog means a lot of cold emailing and rejections. Once you’re about to feel down from all the no’s, the publicist of your favourite band will say yes and grant you with a photo pass. Knowing that you’re going to see your favourite band and you’re going to get some amazing photos out is why I do concert photography - to fuel the inner fangirl in me.