My name’s Kayce, and I’m new to the world of professional photography. I’ve always loved taking and editing photos on my phone, but it wasn’t until recently that the idea of buying a camera came into mind.
My main motivation is to photograph concerts, as that’s what got me interested in the first place. In the summer of 2014, I started attending concerts more regularly than I ever had before thanks to the amazing time I had at Buzz Under the Stars Night 1 with Grouplove, Ms Mr, Smallpools, and Max Frost. In about mid-summer, I attended a concert with Junior Prom (playing with Bear Hands), and posted a picture of their live show. The band used my picture on their own Instagram account, and, even though I wasn’t notified or credited, it was the first time a simple phone picture of a band was used by said band. Though that concert wasn’t my catalyst, it was an important milestone for me.
The concert that really set everything into motion was early in 2015, the week before my 28th birthday. I saw Draemings and Night Riots at the Record Bar (my first concert at that venue!), and I took more pictures to share with the bands afterwards. Not only did Draemings use a collage I made for them, I also realized my adoration with attempting to get “that shot” of the bands that would convey the energy and feeling of their performance. I fell in love with both the Night Riots and concert photography at that show, and will be forever grateful to Draemings for being the first to credit my work.
A couple weekends later, I attended another concert (I’m officially addicted!) with SomeKindaWonderful. They rocked the stage, and ended up being the third band to use a photograph I took for them to share with their fans.
Though I haven’t photographed any bands in an official capacity or even with my camera yet, I have loved attending concerts with the power of an iPhone. I’m looking forward to my first concert with my Canon EOS Rebel T5, which I can only hope to be the band who inspired me to become a photographer, Night Riots.