Behind the camera: Sylvia Borgo

SylviaBorgoWho are you? Sylvia Borgo. I live in San Diego, CA and photograph concerts (obviously), take portraits of musicians, and interview bands.

How did you get started? I got started in photography a long time ago. I’ve been shooting since about the age of 14. I loved architectural photography and wanted to document the beautiful and busy city of Los Angeles where I grew up. Later, I started my own family/child portraiture business (Sylvia Borgo Photography) because I noticed I was really good at putting kids at ease and coaxing families to have fun and enjoy a portraiture session. But my true, true, true love lies in music photography. I have always loved music, attending live concerts, following the careers of bands I like. So, getting into music photography was a very obvious and rewarding choice!

What’s in the bag?

  • Nikon D700
  • 35mm
  • 50mm
  • 85mm
  • 70-200mm
  • extra battery
  • cleaning cloth
  • pen + notepad
  • hair-tie
  • gum

Which photographers do you admire? I am a big Beatles fan, and it was the B&W, photojournalistic shots of The Beatles that gave birth to my love of photography in the first place. I’ve been incredibly inspired by the work of Henry Grossman and Harry Benson. I also have to mention Robert Freeman, Bob Gruen, and Linda McCartney.

Your top 3 tips for music photographers?:

  1. Be polite to everybody – other photographers, the press rep. for the venue, the security guards, the fans, etc.
  2. Know your stuff – your camera, the band your covering, the venue, the name and number of the on-site contact person.
  3. Support local music and photograph at smaller venues to cover your city’s bands.

My favourite shot is? It was really difficult to choose my fave picture! Ugh! The agony! But, I finally came to a decision and I’m submitting this picture of Mutemath from December 2011. It was the first time I saw the band live and I didn’t know what I was in for. Paul Meany and crew are exceptional performers! Every shot I’ve ever taken of them explodes with charisma and energy. I shot it with a 16mm fisheye lens. I not only love Meany in the foreground, but I love how King and Mitchell-Cardenas are rocking out in the background.

How can we find out more about you and find more of your work:

Do not use these photos without express permission from Garcia Borgo Photography

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