Almost exactly three years ago, I was gifted a Nikon D3100 for Christmas. In the past three years it has seen an incredible amount of moments. It captured memories that will live in high school yearbooks and social media for years to come. It has also helped me find a passion that has led me to where I am today. Even if I had to, I couldn’t tell you how many thousands of pictures have been taken on that very camera.
I’ve done a lot of growing since 2010, and after looking at my Flickr account, I started thinking that my concert photography has come a long way. The very first show I shot after I got my new camera was for my friends in My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure at a church basement in Pittsburgh. This picture was one of my favorites for a long time. I thought I was so artsy and cool with the backlighting/shadows/classic Megan tilt. Looking at it now, I realize how much I just wasn’t trying. I was pointing and shooting without really thinking about the lighting or composition.
Fast forward three years, and I’ve been given the opportunity to shoot a lot more shows than I ever thought possible. Ever since I started, I’ve loved concert photography. When I first started, most shows I shot were with My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure like the ones above. With their (and a few other bands) encouragement, I decided to take it further and start working with publications. Once I moved down to Nashville, I knew that it was something I wanted to do a lot more, and that’s exactly what I did.
By the time I started shooting for others, I knew I needed to learn more. I started working on shooting in manual mode so that I had complete control over every picture I was taking. I started looking to other photographers for inspiration. I did my homework and started working my hardest to keep getting better and better.
This past year I’ve gotten the opportunity to take pictures of some incredible artists, including a few that I’ve listened to for years. When I saw this picture of The Dangerous Summer, I saw how different my photos were. I’m not sure if anyone else would see a huge difference, but to me it’s really signified how much I let myself change in order to get better.
For me, the moral of all of this is that change is good, and I don’t just mean my photography. Growing up, as scary as it is sometimes, is an incredible journey. I’ve spent the last year and a half in Nashville really searching for myself. I don’t think that I’ve completely found myself, but I really do believe I’m getting closer. I’ve learned a lot about who I am, what I stand for, who my true friends are, and what I’m capable of. I’ve discovered what in my life I absolutely love and what I’m still kind of iffy about. But what I’m most excited about everything is that this is just the beginning. There’s so much more life that is going to happen, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic that’s what I have to look forward to. I know that the road of life isn’t perfect, but it’s the only life that I have. I plan on making the most of it by following my heart and doing what I love.