Photog Friday: Meet Janelle, Morgan, and Heather Ann

Welcome to Photog Friday! Every 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!

Janelle Choiniere – @janelleno5

Dance Gavin Dance
Dance Gavin Dance – Photo Credit: Janelle Choiniere
Covet – Photo Credit: Janelle Choiniere
Hail the Sun
Hail the Sun – Photo Credit: Janelle Choiniere

What inspired you to pick up a camera?
Many things, but my good friend Alec Hartman the most. He had been doing it for almost his whole life. He was a nature and concert photographer. His photos were incredible, used on calendars and in magazines as well as politicians’ offices. He passed away earlier this month and I plan to use the inspiration I got from him now to its fullest potential, even when I want to quit.

What was the first event you shot for?
I used to bring my camera to friends’ birthday parties and such to do candid photos of people having fun, but my first concert was a local Providence band!

Words of advice:
Do some research, and then dive right the heck in! And most importantly – have fun!

Morgan Jones – @morganthemonk

The Weeknd
The Weeknd – Photo Credit: Morgan Jones
Paramore – Photo Credit: Morgan Jones
Migos – Photo Credit: Morgan Jones

When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
At about 19 is when I started pursuing photography 200%. I realized that it was my passion.

What are some photography goals of yours?
I want to document moments that don’t deserve to be forgotten. My goal every time I pick up a camera is to create photos that people can look at once and feel all the emotions and energy of that moment I captured.

Words of advice:
Do it! Start off with a cheap camera and work your way up. Photography is such a beautiful art to master.

Heather Ann Phillips – @heatherannp88

The Maine
The Maine – Photo Credit: Heather Ann Phillips
Circa Survive
Circa Survive – Photo Credit: Heather Ann Phillips
Walk the Moon
Walk the Moon – Photo Credit: Heather Ann Phillips

What inspired you to pick up a camera?
Just a love for music in general. I was never talented enough to play an instrument but have always wanted to be a part of the music scene in some way. Capturing musicians and fans just always feels so awesome.

What is the most important thing about photography that you have learned since you started?
Don’t compare yourself to others/don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s easy to get frustrated and feel like you could do/be better but try to stay out of that mindset. There’s nothing better than taking images you are proud of and getting positive feedback from others.

Words of advice:
Photograph anything and everything and find out what sort of styles you like and dislike. Having an expensive camera from the start isn’t a requirement so don’t get too hung up on gear. Don’t be afraid to talk to other photographers and ask for tips. Have fun with it!