Kenny Williamson: Meet the Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

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Photo by Kenny Williamson

What makes a professional photographer as opposed to an amateur?

Instinct, timing, patience to wait for the shot, respecting the artist, and the fans in the front row to not be a distraction. But the # 1 separation is probably what images we choose to show. Regardless if I shoot 50 or 300 images of a single performance, I will show only 10-15, sometimes less (is more).

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Photo by Kenny Williamson

Pick one of the photos you've submitted and tell us a little about it: Where was it shot, who is featured and (most importantly) how did you capture it? We'd love to hear logistical description or technical breakdowns or whatever else you want to tell us.

I have shot this band several times, nothing is predictable with these guys. Prior to their set, lead singer 'Moon' told me he was going to do something that will blow people's minds. All he said was he was going to surf the crowd on a red sofa. Not knowing exactly what to expect, I positioned myself in the pit as always, thinking when this happens, he'll only go out about 10 feet. About the third song, the band played 'Put Your Hands On Me', and sure enough, Moon mounted a red futon cushion, and proceeded to float atop the outdoor crowd approximately 75 yards, the whole time singing, not missing a single beat or lyric. I think I covered a quarter of a mile running to each end of the crowd, side to side, front to back, capturing different angles from this great moment. The shot you see, was at the beginning and was one of the first shots from the sequence. I leaned over the pit rail, near the stage, to give the illusion I was in the crowd to show that perspective.

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Photo by Kenny Williamson

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