Make Beautiful Music with Beautiful Music Photography Today

Make Beautiful Music with Beautiful Music Photography Today

It’s photography Saturday and time to get out and get creative with the camera. This week I want to focus on music photography. There are many ways to photograph the subject of music. Not only do I love to photograph people playing and people with their instruments, but I also love the beautiful craftsmanship of fine musical instruments.

playing the piano, music photography

I was originally going to blog about something else today, but last night was my daughter’s last band concert of the year and that got me in a music mood. I am a passionate supporter of school music; you can read more about school music and me here. So today’s blog post can wait for next week.

I have dozens hundreds of music-related photographs in my files, but here are just a few that happened to be handy. That first one up there, I took at a wedding reception. The bride wanted something special for her reception music and her very talented grandfather honored her by providing the ambiance for the evening. You don’t have to get the whole instrument or even the whole musician in to tell the story.  I think getting close and focusing on the hands sometimes can really tell more of a story than a whole person.

baritone saxaphone, music photography

I’ve spent a lot of time with the high-school band kids over the years and so I’ve created portraits of more than a few. I think my favorite senior portrait sessions were nearly always with the band kids. They liked to have fun, they loved featuring their instruments and they nearly always played for me.

grunge rock guitar, music photography

Of course, not all my band kids were marching band members. Some had a focus on other instruments. Get creative.  When you’re photographing a musician, you already have a subject who understands creativity.  Try some different poses and lighting, as well as some creative aftereffects.

In the summertime, all along the 16th Street Mall in Denver, there are old pianos. Most are playable, though some are not. But you can almost always find someone sharing their talents in an impromptu recital along the mall. I really enjoy still life with instruments. I have photographed all of our instruments and a few borrowed ones as well. I’ll have to pull more out of my files to share.

marching band

As a band mom, I’ve photographed many a marching competition. This is still one of my favorite pictures.

fun with music, music photography

What’s the point of having your own band kids if you can’t have a little Photoshop fun with them? This one is actually three separate images but it was a ball to both photograph and process.

electric guitar, music photography

Another guitar-playing senior. . . .

the cellist, music photography

String instruments are not only beautiful works of art, it is art to watch a great cellist in action.  This is from another wedding.

violinist, music photography

And, finally, one of my favorite musical senior portraits.

I admit, I might have an advantage as we have enough musical instruments in our house to start our own symphony (a dozen or more, at last count), but I’ll bet if you look around, you’ll be able to find some music-related photography. Whether it’s a still life of an instrument, a portrait of a musician or some great shots of the parade passing by, go out create some beautiful music photography today. I’ll be posting some additional music images on Marie Leslie Media’s Facebook page this weekend, along with more tips on how to get great music images.

5 thoughts on “Make Beautiful Music with Beautiful Music Photography Today

    • May 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Thanks, Dale. It’s an ongoing series for me. I’m looking forward to some new music photography over the next few weeks.

  • May 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I agree – the photo of the man’s hands on the piano speaks volumes. All of the pictures are great, as usual. As a former band member myself, I especially enjoyed them and look forward to seeing more of your stash!

  • May 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    These are amazing photos Marie! My dad was a jazz man, and that first photo of the hands on the keyboard really reminds me of him.

    • May 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks, Helena. I love that one, too. I actually love to photograph people’s hands. They tell such wonderful stories–and without the faces, it is so easy for the images to remind us of someone or something significant in our own lives.


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