If you type "concert photographer" into Google, the first match you'll find is New York-based music photographer Todd Owyoung. Traveling from Boston to New York to the UK to Miami to shoot shows and capture bands' portraits, Todd's work has appeared on the pages of publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Billboard, Q, Entertainment Weekly, Alternative Press, The Wall Street Journal, and Harper's Bazaar.
Upon graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Visual Design, Todd's first passion was with drawing before turning to photography to expand his skill-set. Saving to buy his first Nikon FM3A, he took his camera abroad to Europe and fell in love with taking photos.
But as an avid music-lover, it wasn't until 2006 when Todd decided to mix his passions for music and photography. After bringing his camera to a concert on a whim and shooting throughout the performance, Todd loved the high-energy experience of capturing live music. He started searching for more opportunities to do the same and the following week arranged his first photo pass for a concert he had tickets to attend.
In 2007, Todd created the blog ishootshows.com to showcase his work as a music photographer. But as his portfolio and list of potential clients grew, it was clear he needed a system that could support his work and make it easier for clients to access. After a glowing recommendation from his brother and fellow music photographer Chris Owyoung, Todd turned to PhotoShelter.
"I started using PhotoShelter and was totally sold," said Todd. "Previously, I was uploading images to various services and clients and at multiple resolutions for any given show. For me, PhotoShelter realizes the "holy grail"" of having a single image upload. Now, I have a centralized online archive that I can easily upload to, and from there I can deliver images directly to clients, create private proofing galleries, send my photos to Facebook and Twitter, and more."
Todd also uses PhotoShelter to serve all of his blog's images, which allow every image to link to his full archive. "When I started, there were very few music photography blogs out there, so I wanted to contribute to the conversation and share my knowledge. Through his site, Todd provides photographers with tips, reviews, advice on equipment and photo technique, and how-tos, including one on Becoming a Concert Photographer.
Today, Todd's clients include American Express, Clear Channel, Wrangler Jeans, Atlantic Records, Universal Music Group, and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Many clients find Todd via word of mouth or by Googling for a concert photographer, which quickly leads them directly to his site.
Todd has photographed everyone from Aerosmith to ZZ Top, and everyone in between. Every show and tour is different, and provides a unique challenge.
"If it rocks, I want to shoot it. Every genre has its own rewards and challenges, from country to hip hop to metal to pop."