Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their spectacular photography. Best of luck to all ten.
Rocks Off: Tell us a little more about yourself. Trish Badger: I'm a native Houstonian and I've been a full-time photographer for four years. I absolutely love it and I can't imagine doing anything else. I have a deep passion for people and music, so that's the focus of my photography. I also love traveling, dancing and encouraging others to pursue their dreams.
What inspired you to become a music photographer? I come from a family of photographers but I never thought I was creative or artistic. I loved going to concerts, and would watch the photographers and dream of being so close to the action and capturing great memories from the shows. I finally decided to take a chance on myself and invested in my first DSLR camera in the beginning of 2008 and I've been obsessed with photography ever since. It's completely changed my life!
Do you prefer concerts or portraits? Why? This is a tough one. There's a bit more of an adrenaline rush when photographing concerts, but I love capturing people's personality in a portrait. One of the best things for me to hear is that someone loves a portrait I've taken of them.
What is your favorite camera(s) to use at concerts? How long have you had it/them? I almost always use the combo of my Canon 7D with a telephoto lens and my Canon 5D Mark III with a wide-angle lens. I've had the 7D for a few years and the 5D Mark III since last December. But I had several photos in my portfolio shot with a Canon Rebel XTi and a point & shoot.
What would be your ideal camera to shoot live music? Canon 1D X with all the L lenses!
Do you prefer shooting at small clubs, larger venues or outdoor festivals? Why? I prefer larger venues because they usually have the best lighting, but festivals are a ton of fun too. Some of my best photos are from FPSF.
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What is your best/hairiest photo-pit story? Probably photographing any band on the main stage at FPSF this year. The photo pit was muddy and crowded and the stage was really high. But it was still awesome because I was surrounded by friends and doing what I love!
How often do you make eye contact with the performers? Has anyone ever called you out onstage? I make "lens contact" with performers often, and thank goodness I've never been called out!
What to you is the most rewarding aspect of being a music photographer? Sharing photos with other music fans that appreciate them!
MEET THE OTHER FINALISTS
Come back Tuesday, when Rocks Off will introduce you to finalist No. 4, Julian Bajsel.
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