Dream of going on tour? We created the Available For Tour Dad Hat with all aspiring concert photographers, musicians, managers, and crew members in mind.
100% cotton twill
Unstructured, six-panel, low-profile
Tri-glide buckle closure
Hat Sizing 6 5/8 – 7 3/8
Sizes (US) OSFM
Have you ever stood barricade at a live show and wondered how the photographers in the pit got access? I definitely have. I would see women my age with camera equipment very similar to my own capturing once in a lifetime moments of bands that I love. And it led me to think, “If they can do it, I can, too”. It’s just a matter of how. Determined to find out, I eagerly went home and did my research. After hours and hours of reading blog posts and watching Youtube videos, I kept running into this stumbling block– how am I supposed to build my concert photography portfolio without experience?
To obtain approval to photograph a live show, you first need a way of showcasing you’re abilities to the magic photo-pass gods and prove to them that you’re deserving of the coveted photo pass. So let’s get this straight… In order to receive a photo pass, you need a portfolio. In order to build a portfolio, you need high quality photos. In order to capture high quality photos, you need to use professional equipment. In order to bring your professional equipment into the venue, you need a photo pass. And that brings us back to square one. See the dilemma?
To me, it feels a lot like needing experience for a job that you can only get from the job itself. This catch-22 makes breaking into concert photography feel like an impossible dream. But I promise you, it is not at all impossible! I built my entire initial portfolio without ever having professional experience, and it granted me the honor of receiving my first photo pass. If I can do it, you absolutely can, too.
You don’t need to be a seasoned pro to create an impressive portfolio. With dedication, a few key strategies, and a bit of creativity, I whole-heartedly believe that you can and will turn your dreams of becoming a concert photographer into reality. In this blog post, we’ll take an in-depth look at the practical steps you can take to build a standout portfolio from scratch that will open doors of endless opportunity for you.