Do you love seeing your favorite band or singer dressed up, made up, and looking poised? Or maybe you prefer seeing them in action, with guitars and microphones in their hands? Or those caught-of-guard, behind-the-scenes shots? Whatever you prefer (and it could be all three!), you probably haven’t realized the work that goes into those photographs. It takes more than just someone holding their iPhone and pressing a button.
Music photographers are underrated yet vital elements of the music scene. They do the promo shots, the editorials, the album art…If you’re a newcomer, choosing the right music photographer can be a make-or-break situation. The more professional and clean your shots look, the more serious others – fans and executives alike – will take you.
At IndustryMe, we want to recognize these talented individuals, so we’ve brought you five music photographers to look out for.
Tobi of TKNBYT
Tobi’s interest in photography began in 2015 upon becoming the photography manager of Trident Media. After that, he began shooting plenty of music-related subjects and events. He photographed Latitude Festival 2015 and the Forum Hertfordshire, where he got the chance to photograph artists such as Katy B and DJ Fresh. From June to October 2016, he served as the official photographer and videographer for DJ Arun. Currently, he partners with Sony Music UK’s RCA Music Group, working specifically with ZieZie. His live shots from festivals as well as his portraits capture an interesting side of the musicians we love. His portfolio can be found here.
Courtney Francis is a music and portrait photographer based in London. He has worked with artists across a variety of genres, taking their portraits in interesting locations. His shots range from being clearly posed, with subjects appearing serious, deep in thought, to more casual glimpses of artists, laughing and appearing as their natural selves. Some of his subjects have included Stormzy, DJ Snips, and J Hus. Courtney Francis’s portraits manage to capture artists’ and musicians’ true forms. His portraits can be found here.
If today’s alternative rock is your thing, Whitney Newell is the photographer for you. Some of her subjects have included popular bands such as Pierce the Veil, Bring Me the Horizon, and Twenty-One Pilots. Newel is a contributing photographer for Alternative Press, so you might recognize some of her work. Her work generally focuses on photographing bands in their natural habitat: on stage and touring. Check out her work here.
Women who wield cameras create magical work, and Charlotte Patmore is no exception. Based in London, Patmore has photographed artists like Charlie XCX and Kate Nash, leading to her becoming a force to be reckoned with in the photography scene. She has been granted the opportunity to go on tour with plenty of the musicians she shoots, which allows her the opportunity to get beautiful behind the scenes shots. At the same time, her editorials are second to none. Samples of her work can be found on her website.
Based in New York City, Chris Owyoung shot his first concert back in 2006. His work can be seen in popular publications like Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Country Weekly, and he has worked with record labels such as Universal Music Group and Interscope Records. His subjects span across music genres: from alternative rock legend Perry Farrell to vocal powerhouse Adele to country mainstay Jason Aldean. His shots are natural and truly capture each artist’s vibe, no matter how posed or carefree the shot is. For samples of Owyoung’s work, go to his website.