Keith Urban portraits and live show
Back in March Keith Urban made a flying visit to London which he had not done for close to a decade. His fans queued around the block in the rain to get the hottest country tickets in town and I was asked to go along to shoot exclusive portraits and BTS stills of Keith around show time. It was a real treat to work with such a great crew and he couldn’t have been nicer. As often in the case I do wish we’d have had more time but its crazy to see what you can achieve under time pressure. I sometimes beat myself up for not doing this and not doing that but if you work around music and big artists you also know you have make the best of the time you do have. I really hope I get to work with Keith again but I should also say his full time photography crew do some incredible work.
It’s something I see more and more, artists now need to have constant content for their socials and phone camera’s don’t always cut it. I’m not sure where the lines in content and artwork sit right now but it is fun seeing things develop. The full time crews with artists are incredible at what they do and know their craft inside out so keep a look out for credits where people get them.
I often hear from my photographer friends music isn’t what it used to be, fact is I’ve heard that from the very start and from photographers I admired before I knew I could be a photographer. The industry constantly evolves, it can be quite frustrating but so long as you are able to change as a photographer and still create beautiful imagery then hopefully with the right patience we can all benefit.
Look after your fees though. This has always happened but I hear it more and more now. Photographers charging nothing to ‘get in’ with an artist or brand. I’ve done it so i’m aware of the hypocrisy in the sentiment but I say this with experience. It never really pays in the end. One day you’ll need someone to pay you money so take care of that today so we all have something tomorrow.
Hopefully you can all take this the right way and I should point out that Keith Urban and his label are a dream to deal with. They pay what they should and respect the art and skill it takes to create under huge pressure. Most people are but keep a look out for the clients who don’t. We as photographers and image makers are all at the mercy of peoples slipping attitudes to photography and video content. If you don’t know what you should charge or need help with usage then email photographers you know, email me and i’ll happily give some advice on how to cost your time. There’s no one way to deal with this, it’s extremely complicated which makes existing in this business very hard so let’s make it more fun.