Welcome to Photog Friday! Every other week, we will be featuring some of the amazing photographers of Girls Behind the Rock Show. Please note: submissions are open intermittently. Want to be featured? Keep your eyes peeled in the group!

Rebecca Potzner – @beckuhbeck

Hey Violet
Hey Violet
Twenty One PIlots
Twenty One PIlots
Paul Van Dyk
Paul Van Dyk

What inspired you to pick up a camera?
I’ve always been intrigued with photo taking since those disposable camera days. There’s something so special in capturing a moment you can hold in your hands forever.

If you could shoot any band/artist, who would it be?
I would love to shoot Greta Van Fleet or some of my favorite classics like Van Halen.

Words of advice:
Lift each other up, share tips and tricks, shoot the smaller shows, and don’t get too focused on how everyone else is taking or editing photos.

Cassandra Popescu – @casssie_andra

Alvvays
Alvvays
RALPH
RALPH
Aurora
Aurora

What are some photography goals of yours?
I’d love to go on tour or start taking more portraits to improve that aspect of my work!

What is the most important thing about photography that you have learned since you started?
How to think on your feet in a busy pit to get the right shot and make it unique. Also – colour correction!

Words of advice:
When you start, don’t compare yourself to others in a negative way. Instead, try to turn your comparison into admiration and think about how you can learn from the photographers you admire. Be willing to work hard and be nice to the other people in the pit. Music photography scenes are strong communities with people who will be willing to help you learn. Don’t be afraid of saying hi and making new friends at shows.

Ana Santos – @acsantos

In This Moment
In This Moment
AFI
AFI
Panic! At The Disco
Panic! At The Disco

When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
The idea started lurking in the back of my head sometime during my college years as I started to take more and more photos of friends, and during my travels. But it wasn’t until 2010 that I took the plunge to invest in more formal training, and started to try booking models and eventually did some work for a high school friend’s band. That’s where the idea really took hold.

If you could shoot any band/artist, who would it be?
I must say that I’ve been pretty lucky, and have had the opportunity to photograph a lot of my favorite bands in the last several years. A lot of the huge-named bands I’d in theory love to photograph are a soundboard shoot, which kind of diminishes that desire to do it. Recently, I’ve gotten into the Russian band Bi-2 and would totally be stoked to photograph them if they come back to the US.

Words of advice:
You’ll always be your own worst critic, and that’s okay. Keep going. Then look at some of your early work and see for yourself just how far you’ve come.