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Jeremy Saffer to offer 'Capturing Music' photography workshop in Chicopee

Jeremy in a photo shoot with Clown from Slipknot.
Jeremy in a photo shoot with Clown from Slipknot.
Danny Worsnop

A couple of years ago, a friend told me about a photographer who was looking for people with tattoos for some photo shoots. I am definitely not a model, but I thought it would be fun so we went up to meet him. This photographer turned out to be none other than music photographer Jeremy Saffer.

Jeremy Saffer offers "Capturing Music" Workshop
Jeremy Saffer

If you don’t recognize the name, you are still probably familiar with Jeremy’s work. It’s been on the cover of (to name a few) Outburn, Metal Maniacs, Resound, Harcore Ink, Hails and Horns, and Decibel. In 2009, Jeremy released Bring the Noise, a limited edition of never-released photographs. His photos have featured (where do I even begin?) Slayer, Skipknot, My Chemical Romance, All That Remains, Iron Maiden, Dani Filth, Misfits, Jeffree Starr, Henry Rollins, Dimebag, Megadeath, Dimmu Borgir, Murderdolls, Mastondon, Robert Englund, Danny Trejo . . . It completely cracks me up that I can actually add myself to that list (Jeremy also does weddings--see gratuitous wedding photo in the slideshow).

Jeremy has been photographing bands since he was in his teens. His accomplishments at such a young age are astounding. But that’s his story to tell, and if you’d like to read more about it, check out the interview we did here.

Recently (this week), Jeremy was named VIP for DYNALITE Dynamic Lighting. You can find him featured on the company’s home page. From the August 7 press release:

“DYNALITE is proud to announce our newest DYNALITE VIP in JEREMY SAFFER. Jeremy’s work is outstanding and once we talked to him it was an easy decision to have him join the DYNALITE family of VIP’s,” states DYNALITE Inc. National Sales Manager Jim Morton. “His work is on the edgy side of music photography and shows a side of the music world that you normally wouldn’t see. He captures the feeling and emotion of his subjects giving the viewer an insight into their world. Beside his music photography, Jeremy’s portrait work stands alone in capturing his subject’s personality. His understanding of lighting completes the story that his subjects look for in their images.”

If I had to choose one thing to say about Jeremy’s work, and this definitely includes my engagement and wedding photos, it would be exactly what this quote says. He doesn’t just capture an image, he captures the emotions and the story behind it.

Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what Jamey Jasta from Connecticut’s own Hatebreed has to say:

Jeremy has a great way of showing who his subjects really are, his photos speak to me and I admire his work and all that he captures with his lens.

Jeremy shoots from angles (both physically and mentally) that create photos that, well, I can’t even explain. Just look at them and you’ll see what I mean. I guess in this case, to be completely cliche, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Anyhow, I’m not just writing to gush about Jeremy’s work or what a great person he is, although I could. I’m writing to tell you about a semi-local event that you may want to take advantage of.

Jeremy has been holding music photography workshops “in and around” his Chicopee, Massachusetts, studio for a while now, and has one coming up September 22 and 23. This, however, will be the last one he offers on the East Coast.

“Capturing Music: A Music Portrait Seminar with Jeremy Saffer” is a two-day seminar/workshop on “the business of music photography.” The class will cover getting published, booking shoots, lighting and editing tutorials, the chance to watch a live band photo session, and then a chance to do your own shoot with the bands. The participating bands will be announced in August, but judging by Jeremy’s resume, whoever does come will be quite impressive.

From the official website:

This seminar/workshop will focus entirely on doing portrait work with musicians. It will cover the process from setting up the photo shoot, scouting locations, posing, different types of lighting and lighting equipment for different situations, shooting endorsements, promotional images, CD layouts, Magazine layouts, as well as taking you through the process of what you do AFTER the shoot, invoicing, getting repeat business, etc.

The first day will be the seminar day, where all of the above is taught in the morning, as well as an ALL NEW extensive lightroom and photoshop post processing tutorial… then in the afternoon YOU will be doing mock-photo shoots experimenting with different types of lighting equipment, lighting set ups, poses, etc.. I have also expanded the music photography business section even more, and will also include private portfolio critique for those who want it.

The second day will be a hands on photo shoot of special guest bands done first by myself, so you can see me work a real life situation photo shoot, then its your turn! you take over and do a real photo shoot with the band in various locations.

This is your chance to learn how to shoot with a real accomplished and experienced photographer. This is not a workshop on how to post iPhone photos to Facebook and call it a photo shoot. Think of it as your backstage pass in a private studio with state-of-the-art professional equipment.

So if you are local to Chicopee (and since it is such an easy drive from anywhere in Connecticut you are local), and are interested in music photography, you want to look into this, I promise you. It is a fantastic opportunity and the last chance to catch it on the East Coast.

Tickets are $300 a piece, which is ridiculously low for such an opportunity. Discounts are available for Hallmark and return students. There are only ten spots available and they are open to interested photographers of all ages.

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