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Music in Focus: An interview with photographer Samantha Saturday

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Hello and welcome 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.

For our first entry, I'm going to introduce you to Samantha Saturday, a spunky and spirited Sac State alum who shoots any indie band worth their weight in plaided tears.

Samantha splits her time between Orange County and Los Angeles, capturing images of her favorite musicians. Yes, Saturday really is her last name. She'd love to hear from you so drop her an email (samantharae@gmail.com) or visit her at any of the following:

Website: samanthasaturday.com
Facebook: facebook.com/samanthasaturdayphoto
Instagram and Twitter: @samsaturday
Flickr: flickr.com/photos/soviette

CLICK HERE to start the Q&A or click on the photo to the left!

What was the first camera you shot with?
What was the first camera you shot with? Samantha Saturday

What was the first camera you shot with?

What was the first camera you shot with?

The first camera that I shot a concert with was a Nikon D40. It was my first digital camera and could not handle low lighting at all, but I did the best I could.

Best show you've shot? Worst?
Best show you've shot? Worst? Jesse Seilhan

Best show you've shot? Worst?

Best show you've shot? Worst?

This is a tough one, because there are so many different types of “best”! I’m going to have to say !!! (chk chk chk) at the El Rey because their energy was intense and it lasted the entire show. Nic Offer knows how to work the crowd like nobody I’ve ever seen. Some people got so crazy that they were literally wringing sweat out of their shirts after the show. Every single person there was dancing the entire time.

What was the first show you shot?
What was the first show you shot? Samantha Saturday

What was the first show you shot?

What was the first show you shot?

If memory serves me right, the first show I ever shot was Reel Big Fish at my college (CSU Sacramento).

(Note: She may or may not be in this video of that show)

 

Which do you prefer and why: Festivals or Shows?
Which do you prefer and why: Festivals or Shows? Samantha Saturday

Which do you prefer and why: Festivals or Shows?

Which do you prefer and why: Festivals or Shows?

Well, I've really only shot smallish, mostly local festivals, but they are definitely my favorite. Packing my day with as many bands as I can and spending the day with my photographer friends is always a treat. The challenge of seeing and shooting as many bands as possible is fun. Also, I’m a bit of a workaholic, so I love having days worth of photos to sit down and edit. Sitting in a coffee shop, headphones on, editing my shots is my second favorite thing to do (after taking the photos, of course).

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

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

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

Really the only thing I would like to see changed is communication regarding restriction of usage of your photos. Sometimes you’ll show up at a gig and they’ll ask you to sign a photo release, which might be standard or might be pretty harsh. Knowing those limitations beforehand is always beneficial to all parties involved.

Any must-do travel tips for photographers hauling gear?
Any must-do travel tips for photographers hauling gear? Samantha Saturday

Any must-do travel tips for photographers hauling gear?

Any must-do travel tips for photographers hauling gear?

I haven’t really travelled long distances with my gear, but I’d definitely say put a lot of thought into what you’re bringing and why you're bringing it. Sometimes I like to just take a prime lens (probably a classic 50mm) and see what I can do with it. If you’re travelling it doesn't hurt to get travel insurance in case something gets stolen. It will help you be more comfortable with shooting out in the open.

Any advice for up-and-comers?
Any advice for up-and-comers? Samantha Saturday

Any advice for up-and-comers?

Any advice for up-and-comers?

Don’t get discouraged or intimidated by other photographers at shows. Introduce yourself, make friends. It can be a huge help to know other photographers and generally, if you are just starting out, they are more than happy to give you a few pointers. If I ever get nervous about shooting something or feel like I don’t belong, I just remind myself that I’ve come a long way and all photographers had to start somewhere as well.

What would be your dream shoot?
What would be your dream shoot? Samantha Saturday

What would be your dream shoot?

What would be your dream shoot?

Since I started shooting shows my goal/dream has been to go on tour with bands to document it. There are a few I have in mind but I’m pretty superstitious, so I’d rather keep them to myself, just so I don’t jinx it! Seriously though, the live show is just such a tiny part of the world of music and I want to be able to capture every miniscule aspect of it.

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