Tell us about yourself
My name is Georgia, i’m a Wirral based photographer. I work full time as a Digital Media & Communications Consultant at hi-impact media. At hi-impact my role is pretty diverse as a photographer, videographer, website designer, graphic designer and social media marketer. Outside of work, i’m a big fan of the pub (who isnt?) going to see live music with good people and hanging out with family and friends.
When did you start photography and where has your journey taken you since?
I started photography when I got my first camera at 15. I started by photographing my local area and friends who would let me take their picture. From that, I took up a photography A Level in 6th form and later went on to study BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice at Univeristy of Westminster.
After university, I did a couple of months as a backpacker around Thailand where I photographed as much as I could. I moved back to my family home in the Wirral and started work at hi-impact. I wanted to bring my passions of photography and music together so I got in touch with local magazines and asked if I could shoot for them. I’ve now shot over 350 gigs in the past few years and built the Community Interest Company – Shout About It. It’s super rewarding to create something that brings people together in a positive environment.
What is your favourite thing about music photography?
I absolutely love meeting new photographers, seeing other peoples work and getting inspired by them. I also love being able to be right at the front for some of my favourite bands/artists, I mean who wouldn’t?
What is your least favourite thing about music photography?
If you asked me this a while ago I would have said the 3 song rule but that doesn’t really bother me anymore. Not gonna lie, I hate waiting around in between sets. It also really annoys me when it becomes a massive struggle to collect your pass or security treat you like you’re the worst and send you all over the place to get somewhere.
What has been your biggest learning curve since starting gig photography?
Learning not to take 2000 pictures at every gig. Don’t get me wrong, for bigger gigs I still panic and take tons, but i’m working on taking the time to look at each shot as I take it and not over shoot because it makes the editing process so much longer.
Do you build relationships with bands/artists you shoot? If so tell us about them.
Absolutely. I love photographing people several times and trying to get to their gig whenever they’re in town. I shoot a lot of promo’s for people which is nice to build a relationship with them. I photograph a lot for a band called Brothers Of Mine, we have a great relationship and it’s nice to work so closely with them.
Many photographers spend a lot of time shooting for free, do you have any advice for people just starting out?
I’d say shoot as much as you can. Out of 350, i’ve been paid for one gig which isn’t cool. When I first started out i’d shoot at all hours of the day and meet rushed deadlines for publications but i’ve learnt to only take on work that i’m passionate about. Also, be realistic as to how many gigs you can shoot a week and don’t let people make you feel guilty for not being available all the time.
Choose 3 of your favourite music photographers and a bit about why you like their work?
This is a tricky one! Managing Shout About It, I get so many amazing photographs sent over that I probably couldn’t choose 3. I do follow someone on instagram called Bjorn Osslon, their work is absolutely incredible and I get so much inspiration from them. I’m also a big fan of local photorapher John Johno, his work is always amazing.
What are you looking forward to at this years festival?
I mean, realistically I work on this festival for 11 months of the year. It’s alongside a full time job and i’m constantly working all hours of the night so i’m really looking to see it come to life again. I’ve really tried to build a bigger festival this year and I can’t wait to see everyone who’s playing and meet all the photographers i’ve been chatting with.
Tell us a bit about the work you have chosen to exhibit?
I’m still deciding haha. I’ll probably go for a mix of photographs from bigger concerts to small local gigs.
What are your hopes for the future of music photography?
I hope that photographers are more respected by the industry. We’re there to do a job and most of the time it’s unpaid so just be nice.
What is your favourite way to share your photographs and why? E.g. Twitter, Instagram etc.
I only really put photographs on Instagram, I try to put them on Twitter too. I kind of just abandon facebook when it comes to posting gig photo’s.
What do you think makes a good gig photo?
I love seeing really colour photographs. Whenever i’m shooting i’ll focus on catching as much colour as possible. There are so many other things and a lot of photographers are great at catching their own style.
What are your plans for the future with music photography?
I started a project a couple of months ago called ‘Making Music Merseyside’ where I photograph musicians in my local area. Not just live but also when they’re writing, recording, practicing etc.
Find more of my work on http://www.georgiaflynn.com
See you at the festival!