So last night Jesse Lawson (ex Sleeping With Sirens) posted one of my photos from their sidewave last year on his Instagram. Ridiculously stoked on this!!
So it’s been a while since I posted on Tumblr so I thought I should give you all a bit of an update!
I finally have a website!! I was using this blog as my website for a long time, but I finally have an actual website! I’ve posted a fair few photos on there, some old, some new so check it out and let me know what you think! www.renaeeganphoto.com
After a loooong dry spell in the shooting department, I finally have new stuff to show you guys! I shot Story Of The Year a week or two ago in Sydney and it felt so good being back in the photo pit. They were supported by Sydney locals Sienna Skies and The Sweet Apes and you can check out my full gallery over on The 59th Sound’s website!
You may or may not be wondering what the hell I’ve been doing with myself over the past few months, and even if you haven’t been, I’m gonna tell you anyway! Back in February, I hit the books again and started studying a Cert 3 in Music Business, which I’ve just recently finished and will be going back in a few weeks time to do the Cert 4! You might be thinking, ‘why is she doing that? Isn’t she doing photography anymore?’
Of course I’m still doing photography, but seeing as I’m a music photographer, what better way to get into the industry than by learning all the ins and outs of the industry and how to work in it!
Well that’s about it for now friends! I’ve been pencilled in for a show at the end of the month so I’ll keep you guys posted on that one. Thanks for sticking by me all this time!
Stay gold! x
Shooting this beauty for The 59th Sound on Friday night! So excited to get back into the photo pit after a 4 month dry spell!
Someone managed to get a shot of me getting these shots of Jeremy a few weeks back at their sidewave.
There’s nothing more exciting than photographing not just one of your favourite bands, but one of the bands you’ve wanted to photograph since you picked up the camera.
Huge thanks to Conner Gervaise for the shot!
Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember at The Roundhouse in Sydney earlier this week! Easily my favourite band to photograph!
© Renae Egan
Shot for Australian Musician Network
Today is a great day! I’ve just been approved to shoot the Mayday Parade/The Story So Far/Real Friends and A Day To Remember/The Ghost Inside/I Killed The Prom Queen sidewaves! Very very exciting stuff!
I’ll be shooting for Australian Musician Network, so be sure to head over to their Facebook and give them a like! www.facebook.com/AusMusicianNetwork
And if you see me around at either show, come say hey and get a crowd shot :)
I’ve just set up a new Facebook page with a small change in the name and a new logo! Head over and give it a like! Hoping for bigger and better things this year!
I seen Paramore tonight and their light show was insane. You Me At Six supported and there aren’t any words that can describe how incredible they are. I have so much, probably too much, love for these two bands.
First show of 2014 down and it was one of my favourites of all time.
When starting out as a music photographer, shoot as many local shows as you can so you can get to know your camera and all it’s capabilities. Make a Facebook page where you upload your photos and people can see and like them/your page. Promote that as much as you can. Post the link on every social networking site you use, get your friends to share your page. Anything to get your name out there so people can see your work. After you’ve shot a few shows, are comfortable with what you’re doing, confident with your work and feel like you’re ready for the bigger shows, apply as a contributor for music websites. Australian Musician Network, Tone Deaf and The 59th Sound are all great sites, and I’m sure there’s other sites that you may know of that I don’t!
It’s really hard to get paid in this industry. You won’t get paid for shooting for websites. Your best chance is to build connections with bands in your local scene. They may not pay you to begin with, but once they start getting bigger, they might start paying you. Even if they don’t though, they could always help you out by getting you photo passes for bigger shows that they play. It’s all about who you know when it comes to that sort of thing really.
I started out in 2010. The first show I ever shot was Tonight Alive’s first ever headline show. From there, I shot all of their Sydney shows for the next year or so. Some required passes, which most of the time Jenna was nice enough to help me out in getting those. In 2011, I started contributing for FasterLouder and was shooting for them every so often. It was hard for me to get a lot of shows because I was only 17 and for a lot of show you had to be 18+ for OHS things. In 2012 I signed up with The 59th Sound and had begun shooting fairly regularly for FL. I’d also started studying my Diploma of Photoimaging and it was the best thing I’ve done. I know so much more now, things I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t studied. That is what really helped me in becoming a better photographer. Towards the end of 2012 I signed up with Tone Deaf, who I have shot most of the shows I have for. They’ve been really good to me. March this year I signed up with Australian Musician Network and they’ve been amazing. The heart and soul of their publication is Australian music and they do a lot in terms of our music industry. They’re very easy going but extremely hard working.
It hasn’t always been easy. I’ve gone through a few dry spells where I wouldn’t be shooting for months, but that wasn’t through lack of trying. There’s a lot of photographers around nowadays and sometimes you don’t always get what you apply for. Don’t get disheartened, it’s only fair that everyone gets a chance to shoot. That was my mistake. I got disheartened and it really got to me and there have been a few times I’ve actually thought about quitting and doing a tourism course. But photography, concert and portraiture in particular, is my heart and soul and I’ll keep going until I can’t go no more.
I hope this helps! Sorry for the essay, once I start talking about something I love, I can’t stop til I’ve said it all! Haha
Let me know if you wanna know anything else :) xx