Photog Friday: Meet Garnette, Astrid, and Emerson

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!

Garnette Ransone – @garnetteransonephotography

The Struts
The Struts – Photo Credit: Garnette Ransone
Spirit Animals
Spirit Animals – Photo Credit: Garnette Ransone
Barns Courtney
Barns Courtney – Photo Credit: Garnette Ransone

When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
About a year ago I decided I wanted to combine my love of music and my love of photography and try my hand at concert photography. I reached out to a couple bands who had local shows on a whim, and actually got approved. I have loved every second of every show I have gotten to photograph.

What are some photography goals of yours?
For this year one of my goals is to shoot at a large stadium or outdoor arena. For the future, I really hope to tour with a band one day. Even if it’s a tiny tour with a really unknown band, I just want to get that experience at least once.

Words of advice:
Do it! Even if you think you’re not qualified or you don’t know where to start, just grab a camera and try. When I contacted New Politics, I had never shot another show, and I didn’t work for a publication. I was just some random person with a camera and they said yes. Just reach out and see who will give you a chance.

I will say though, it’s easier if you are with some kind of publication, even if it’s small. I joined my college’s Her Campus team, and that has really helped bands feel like letting me take photos will also benefit them, because they’ll go into an article that will be seen by people.

Astrid Elstrom – @astridelstrom

New Years Day
New Years Day – Photo Credit: Astrid Elstrom
REYNA – Photo Credit: Astrid Elstrom
GGOOLLDD – Photo Credit: Astrid Elstrom

What is the most important thing about photography that you have learned since you started?
Besides literally having no clue about how a DSLR worked, and because I was so used to using point and shoot and phone, photography has oddly enough taught me a lot about self-care, like trying to avoid burnout by taking breaks, going out with friends, and realizing that I don’t need to shoot every show – it’s okay to just go to a show for fun.

If you could shoot any band/artist, who would it be?
I would LOVE to shoot Billie Eilish or Halsey.

Words of advice:
My advice to people trying to get into photography, and especially to high schoolers like me, is that your equipment does not matter, and you don’t need the most expensive camera and lens on the market – get yourself comfortable with what you have and then start building yourself up the ranks in cameras. Personally, I believe your lens matters more than your body. Also, if you’re just starting out and people are judging your photos, don’t listen to them. It’s easy to get caught up in negativity, but art is subjective. No one has an eye like you do, and you will get better as a photographer the more you practice.

Emerson Swoger – @sonnyfaithphotos

Aziza – Photo Credit: Emerson Swoger
Automagik – Photo Credit: Emerson Swoger
Fitz and the Tantrums
Fitz and the Tantrums – Photo Credit: Emerson Swoger

What inspired you to pick up a camera?
An antidepressant I was once on caused me to have memory issues, so I started taking pictures here and there of moments that made me happy so I could remember them. I realized what a love I have for photography and received so much positive feedback that I decided to pursue it professionally.

What was the first event you shot for?
I started by shooting my high school’s sporting events, but the first concert I shot was at Urban Artifact in Cincinnati, OH for a friend’s band called This Pine Box.

Words of advice:
Definitely go for it and always know your worth!