Kenny Williamson: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

Mar 27, 2014 at 3:05 am
Maroon 5 - Kenny Williamson
Kenny Williamson
Maroon 5

Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten folks. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favorite concert photos while answering a few questions about their process and passion.

See also: The Ten Best Music Photographers in St. Louis: 2014 Nominees

Name: Kenny Williamson

How and when did you get involved with music photography?

In 2005, after the resident house photographer at Riverport Amphitheater [now Verizon Wireless Amphitheater] left, I was asked by someone that worked there that I knew if I would have any interest in shooting a show. I had no real photographic experience, but I love music. I was hooked immediately, and by 2007, began shooting virtually every show there -- and have been ever since. I was 45 years old when I started this adventure, purchased an entry-level digital SLR camera in 2007, and taught myself what I needed to know for this shooting environment. While this is a labor of love for me, I never take for granted that this is the best job in the world.

P.O.D. - Kenny Williamson
Kenny Williamson

What are some highlights of your professional photography experience?

I've been contracted by television networks, filming, then broadcasting from the amphitheater, as well as licensing images to biographical program broadcasts featuring artists I've shot. Brooks & Dunn featured one of my live concert images on a tour T-shirt, which was the first time they offered something other than a studio portrait or graphic design. I spent my Christmas vacation touring with Martina McBride in 2012. In fall 2014 and into 2015, Elton John will have eight of my images of him in his concert tour program.

Where can people find your work (exhibits, album covers, publications, etc.)?

My basement is the closest thing to an exhibit I can offer. Other than that, my website is the go-to place to sample my work.

ZZ Top - Kenny Williamson
Kenny Williamson
ZZ Top

What is your favorite part of doing music photography?

The challenge of trying to produce something different, and capturing that one shot that meets my expectations.

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