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Music in Focus: An interview with photographer Rosemary Vega

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Hello and welcome back to Music in Focus, a weekly interview series featuring a music photographer and their stories. I have contacted some of the best that I have seen or worked with in the photo pit, in hopes to inspire those out there to maybe pick up their camera and capture some amazing musical moments. In addition to finding out all about their gear and style, you will also get to check out some of their best work. If you like what you see, continue to the artist's personal sites and continue following their work.

This week we meet Rosemary Vega, a Los Angeles music photographer, and she has given a bio for her career thus far:

"I'm a recent graduate from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Photography & Imaging. I mostly shoot for an entertainment website I started with my sister, Hollywood Times Square. I currently also work at Variety, as a photo editor intern. I have a really awful obsession with "How I Met Your Mother."

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Website: rosemaryvega.com

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What was the first camera you shot concerts with?
What was the first camera you shot concerts with? Rosemary Vega

What was the first camera you shot concerts with?

What was the first camera you shot concerts with?

Ever? I'm not sure, I started stealing my parents cameras when I was 5, so it was probably a Canon film point and shoot. After that I borrowed my high school's Rebel. The first camera I could actually call mine was a Canon 40D.

What was the first show you shot?
What was the first show you shot? Rosemary Vega

What was the first show you shot?

What was the first show you shot?

The first show I shot with a photo pass was a band called Black Taxi in New York. It was for my first undergrad project at NYU.

Best show you've shot? Worst?
Best show you've shot? Worst? Rosemary Vega

Best show you've shot? Worst?

Best show you've shot? Worst?

Picking a best and worst show is really hard. There are a lot of shows that have been amazing, but I got horrible pictures. Or vice versa. I guess one time both came together was this past June. I photographed The Maine at the House of Blues in Anaheim. They're one of my favorite bands so I guess I'm kind of biased. As for the worst, it was a show I shot at the Bootleg in Los Angeles. There was no photo pit, the lighting sucked (more than usual for shows), and no flash was allowed.

Which do you prefer and why: Festivals or Shows?
Which do you prefer and why: Festivals or Shows? Rosemary Vega

Which do you prefer and why: Festivals or Shows?

Which do you prefer and why: Music Festivals or Shows?

I have still not had the opportunity to shoot a music festival, so I can't answer this question.

What one thing would you change about how concert photography is handled?
What one thing would you change about how concert photography is handled? Rosemary Vega

What one thing would you change about how concert photography is handled?

What one thing would you change about how concert photography is handled?

It's unfortunate that publicists sometimes give no chance to photographers who aren't working for a big outlet. Some great photographers might have a really difficult time getting access into shows at all.

Any must-do travel tips for photographers hauling gear?
Any must-do travel tips for photographers hauling gear? Rosemary Vega

Any must-do travel tips for photographers hauling gear?

Any must-do travel tips for photographers hauling gear?

I guess this tip is for photographers in general, not just for travel. Always have two hard drives, in two different places. If you're traveling keep one in your backpack, one in your checked bag, etc. Dump your pictures to both hard drives ASAP. If you lose your camera, you can replace it. If you lose your photos, you can't replace them.

Any advice for up-and-comers?
Any advice for up-and-comers? Rosemary Vega

Any advice for up-and-comers?

Any advice for up-and-comers?

Shoot anything you get access to. Even if you don't like the band, shoot them anyway. You never know who may blow up one day, and practice is practice, no matter how you feel about the people.

What would be your dream shoot?
What would be your dream shoot? Rosemary Vega

What would be your dream shoot?

What would be your dream shoot?

My dream would probably be to document a band tour and have it be published in Rolling Stone magazine. One day...

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