Bluesfest is coming soon!
For many years I have covered Bluesfest, some Jazzfest and Tulip Fest. This year I have not pursued the work and it’s a bit of a relief.
Nothing bad happened. I started shooting Bluesfest in 2002 and had reasonable success selling Bluesfest imagery through agencies, magazines and newspapers. My work appeared in local media and as far away as the LA Times.
The trouble was:
- restrictions were getting more strict
- competition was tight
- budgets were small
- there are often young photographers willing to do ANYTHING to get in the media enclosures
- Large supply of photographers
- Small demand for imagery
My time invested was extensive. My rewards were moderate.
Would I shoot more concert work and festivals? Definitely! If the rewards were appropriate.
Gaining access to shooting a popular event is relatively easy if you’ve done your legwork and have a strong body of appropriate work behind you. Making a significant living is more challenging. It requires:
- good people skills
- business skills
- appropriate market
What am I going to do with all the time I used to spend shooting Bluesfest? Work on projects that provide greater rewards.
… And, perhaps, catch a show from the crowd.