I started shooting when I was 16. I remember at that age all I wanted was to be a rockstar, tour the world, become friends with all these artists and musicians I listened. I would go to local shows as often as I could just to be another fan in the crowd, but knew there had to be a way to get more involved in order to really take my passion to the next level.
I noticed a lot of photographers coming to my local shows, getting access to backstage to shoot bands and get to know them and I thought to myself "What a great way to get to know more bands in this industry!" After that, I was driven to the craft. I saved up the money I got from my 16th birthday and every penny I had in my savings at the time to by my first DSLR camera. After that I just started promoting myself to local bands. I told them I'd shoot their bands for almost nothing in exchange for a guest list pass. That worked out really well for me for a couple reasons. One, free shows?! How cool was that! Secondly it gave me the opportunity to really get to know the bands I was working with and once that happened I began meeting their friends, who were also in bands, this is called networking.
I did this for years, and eventually got really good at my craft. It took thousands of bad photos before my work started to build a name for itself, and once it did, I became something I never expected after a couple years, my work was in demand. I began being able to make some money off of photography and invest whatever I made into upgrading my gear, and getting familiar with the video aspect of the media world as well.
Very long story short, I took every opportunity I could to jump onto mini tours, which turned into larger tours, which then turned into festivals, and everything kept snowballing over time. Never have I stopped networking, which is a big reason why I try to stay up on my social sites and meet as many new people as I can on a regular basis.
I'm currently touring full time now, bouncing around from festivals, International/US tours, international festivals and events around the states as often as I can. If you have any questions regarding media or any how-tos I would be happy to help you any way I can! You must know that I am self taught, meaning half of the time I can't explain why something looks good or works the way it does, but I know how to do it and that's all I need to know. Regardless I will try to be the best teacher and friend I can and am always happy to help you out. So email me if you ever need anything! Info@samshapiromedia.com
When I was starting out in the world of music photography, I had hundreds of questions, a lot of questions would stem from situations where I was in need of immediate help answering a question or using some sort of gear I’d never used before, and anytime I would reach out to fellow creatives or people for help, many times I would get no response or any help answering these hard to figure out questions. What settings should I be using for shooting “this” type of photography/videography? How do I get press passes to shoot these larger touring artists? How do I use (blank) and how do they effect my studio shoots?
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