Who 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
- extra battery
- cleaning cloth
- pen + notepad
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?:
- Be polite to everybody – other photographers, the press rep. for the venue, the security guards, the fans, etc.
- Know your stuff – your camera, the band your covering, the venue, the name and number of the on-site contact person.
- 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.
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