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Photog Friday: Meet Josien, Jenny, and Mia

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!

Josien Van Oostveen – @josinematography

The Faim
The Faim – Photo Credit: Josien Van Oostveen
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls – Photo Credit: Josien Van Oostveen
Idles
Idles – Photo Credit: Josien Van Oostveen

What inspired you to pick up a camera?
After being stuck in uni studying subjects I didn’t really care about, I needed a creative outlet. I knew I was very drawn to visual design, and with a camera I was able to be in control of what I wanted myself and other people to see.

What was the first event you shot for?
I still can’t believe I get to say this, but my first event was New York Fashion Week. I’d been shooting small uni projects when suddenly I was given the opportunity to document the backstage process of one of NYFW’s biggest shows. I had no clue what I was doing but had the time of my life, and got to dance with some pretty big names at the afterparty!

Words of advice:
Never stop learning. Follow photographers you love on social media and look at things that inspire you all day long. That’s how I learned to develop a sense of things that I like and don’t like visually, which is a very underrated but highly important skill to have when shooting and editing! It sounds so simple but just knowing instantly if something looks good or not is, to me at least, one of the key features of being a (good) photographer.

Jenny Bergman – @thesecretbureau

Nate Leavitt
Nate Leavitt – Photo Credit: Jenny Bergman
Screaming Females
Screaming Females – Photo Credit: Jenny Bergman
Carissa Johnson
Carissa Johnson – Photo Credit: Jenny Bergman

When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
In junior high school, when I poured over my father’s Encyclopedia of Photography from the 80s (which is sitting on my bookshelf right now).

What is the most important thing about photography that you have learned since you started?
I don’t have a lot of patience for traditional photography as it has been defined by white men. Forget perfection. Capture the truth of the moment. And the difference between a good shot and an excellent one is understanding light and how to manipulate it to serve the story you want to tell.

Words of advice:
Shoot shoot shoot. The quality of your equipment doesn’t matter. Just shoot. Images captured with a plastic toy camera can still be magical. Keep shooting. Mastery comes with practice and experience, not the amount of money that you spend on gear. I’ve made some incredible work with the bare minimum of just-ok equipment. What’s most important is connecting with your subject and telling their story with light, styling and color.

Mia Al-Taher – @mianaomephotography

Judah and the Lion
Judah and the Lion – Photo Credit: Mia Al-Taher
The High Divers
The High Divers – Photo Credit: Mia Al-Taher
Blue October
Blue October – Photo Credit: Mia Al-Taher

What are some photography goals of yours?
I would love to have a showing of my work some day and be able to tell a story by combining my music photography with concept photography as well as my work I capture on film of just everyday life. I hope that my spirit shines in all styles of my work and it all connects somehow.

If you could shoot any band/artist, who would it be?
Paramore. I love their essence and music and would love to capture their live show.

Words of advice:
Create for yourself. Only yourself.