Hey there! How’s it going? Thanks for coming to visit my blog! So, I’m a concert photographer based in Los Angeles, California. I like taking pictures of musicians, and I also really like cats.
But why do I have a blog? Well, let me tell you about it, but first, what’s up with the blog name? Ok…let me clarify…
functional [fuhngk-shuh-nl]: having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed
delusion [dih-loo-zhuhn]: fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact
For a few years, I was doing the photography thing. Portraits, headshots, engagements, weddings. I hated it. I was a functional photographer: I would take your picture and that was that. I was under the delusion that I would make a living or get famous just being your average joe photographer. I was so wrong and so unhappy.
So, I decided to make a change and I started only taking jobs that I was excited about. Which turned into photographing pretty much only rock ‘n roll concerts. Everything turned around for me. I started getting better at what I was doing. I started to learn so much, and I was getting job offers and bookings from people who saw my images and wanted me to make them look as bad-ass as whomever I photographed the week before. I was finally happy with my business and my work.
Now, I want to take everything I learned and share it with you. That’ll all be here (or on my YouTube channel, which is pretty rad by the way – you should totally go check it out). But I want to build a community and share the information that I struggled to learn about this industry. Music photography, photography in general, can be a cut-throat industry. I don’t want anyone to feel overwhelmed, confused, sad, or afraid of this industry like I was. There is room for everyone here, and I can’t wait to see you grow.
Now, let’s do this!
PS: That whole paragraph above about how I came up with the name of this blog is a stretch… I came up with that name one day, thought it would be a rad band name, and it stuck with me. So, I’m using it here. But I like my explanation above, so I’m keeping that.
xo – boston