Nate Burrell: Meet the Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

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What makes a professional photographer as opposed to an amateur?

I'm not exactly sure that there is a definitive measure(s) that determines what is professional versus amateur; it's pretty relative, just like trying to define what is good or not so good art. With that said, however, I do think there there are certain attributes that help show that a photographer has more experience and understanding than some of his or her peers. Things like being able to consistently deliver high quality images that accurately portray the concert or scene, understanding how to conduct yourself respectfully to the performers and the other photographers you are shooting with, and being able to adapt any venue you are shooting and come away with a set of quality's those types of things I think may set some photographers apart from others.

Photo by Nate Burrell
Photo by Nate Burrell

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 shot Iggy and The Stooges at Austin City Limits Music Festival earlier in 2012 and it was something else I must say. Knowing that Iggy is not afraid to ruffle feathers and push the limits a bit, but also realizing he is no longer his younger self, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was in the pit with 40 other photographers and we all got filtered to one side of the stage and had only two songs to shoot, so we were literally stepping on, over, and around each other trying to get our shots. This particular image captured Iggy trying to incite mayhem from the crowd. He had just finished running across the stage and stopped just to my left and began taunting the folks in the front rows- yelling that they should be kicking down the barricade and storming the stage. He was preaching and pleading and shouting and swearing; just absolutely challenging a younger generation to break the rules ...It was rock and roll.

Photo by Nate Burrell
Photo by Nate Burrell

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Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill is editor at large for the Riverfront Times and he demands to be taken seriously, despite all evidence to the contrary. Follow him on Twitter at @rftmusic.
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