Interview: Music Photographer Adam Elmakias

By January 10, 2016Interviews

AEHi Adam. Thanks again for agreeing to be interviewed. We last spoke just over 18 months ago, back in April 2014, where does the time go? Thank you, for having me again my photographer friends.

What have you been up to since we last spoke? I just went and checked my travel dates, to jog my memory. I did tour consistently for most of the time, with a few different artists. I learned a lot about myself and have used this info to help change what I am doing with my business.

I was also able to sneak in a good run on Warped Tour where I had my own merchandise tent and led my “anyone can be a photographer workshop” every day. I have really been enjoying teaching as of late and wanted to get into it a bit more. Workshops are difficult but I have been practicing them for about five years now, off and on… and I think I finally have gotten the hang of it. It was very refreshing to connect with young, excited photographers. I am still convinced I learned more from them than they did from me. In total I had just over 500 people attend, across 27 dates in 20 or so different states.

How does the format work during your workshops? Is it for beginners and hobbyists or do you provide workshops for ‘more advanced’ photographers? As of now I am starting at the bottom and working my way up. Mostly beginners, but I did get a few photographers who were more experienced and still said they benefitted from the workshop. I am going to take some time early next year to become a more well-rounded teacher before I move forward. There are a lot of things I need to learn, to a more technical degree, before I start teaching it. I definitely want to establish a way to simultaneously learn and teach because one without the other really just doesn’t make sense.

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How can people find out more about coming to one of your workshops? It’s so guerrilla right now. I honestly just post about it on my socials and my travel dates, and people show up. I am looking into doing some things with creativeLIVE and Kelby soon, so hopefully that helps. Let’s see how it all comes together. But until then, best bet is to just follow along online.

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Your business and personal profile seems to grow from strength to strength. How are the lens bracelets and merchandise ventures going? Thanks, that’s cool to hear from an outside perspective. Awesome, it has really helped me learn a lot about the people who follow me. I feel like we connect on an everyday level when they are able to rep the merch always. They send me photos of themselves wearing it with their friends, at school, at concerts – honestly, it’s all just awesome to see. I recently came out with my first magazine that I am hoping to create more of. I already have the next two done, I can’t wait to release them*.

*Make sure you read all the way to the end of this interview where we are giving away 3 copies of Adams awesome new music photography magazine…

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We couldn’t help but notice you have started getting into video via your YouTube channel. You are sharing your journey with your followers and sharing some great GoPro footage during concerts, which is great for us fellow photographers. I originally started the video adventures so that I could provide it for the artists I work with, but honestly, it was just too time consuming to edit and I was missing some nice photos. So I just maintained it for myself. It’s been interesting. I have learned a lot about myself, but mostly I have been impressed with how much better it has made me at public speaking and articulating my thoughts on the fly. It’s a hard skill – for me at least – so I continue to struggle through vlogs to try and get better. It has also sparked my interest in teaching more. I always wanted to do it but never had the confidence. I have some plans for early next year that will realistically launch mid 2016, having to do with that.

The GoPro videos I have been doing for a while… I think three years. I have just learned some ways to make them better. I am glad people enjoy them. Hoping to keep that going as well. They might make you feel a little bit dizzy.

Have you started getting into music videos yet, or is this something you would like to get into in the future? Nope. I don’t really enjoy that kind of video. I have been to enough video shoots to know how much stress it is and I would never put myself into that situation.

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Are there any key learnings that you have taken over the last 18 months? More realisations. The biggest being that I should be actively learning new things every day and not just through life experiences. Like going out, reading and researching. I did it passively in the past but now I initiate it intentionally. The biggest struggle for me has always been reading people and/or their intentions. I really struggle with that. The music industry is riddled with ill-intentioned people, and I am just ignorant to that side of a person. I come from the Midwest and I was talking to my childhood friend – we just assume everyone has good intentions and would always just do the right things. That has been the hardest part for me, to come to terms with the fact that “hey, this person might have not done the right thing to me just now”. I hope that isn’t too dark, it’s just the reality of it.

Thanks for being so honest. You hear artists and bands get screwed over by people with their own agendas – It’s not surprising then that it goes all the way through the industry. You are welcome.

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As your profile has increased and you kinda have your own ‘celebrity status’ to think about too. Does this bother you and how does this affect how you go about your day job? I think that is a funny way to put it but I know what you are talking about. I would say I run into people a few times a month who know who I am outside of work, but it doesn’t happen that often, to be honest. It doesn’t really bother me, but it has helped me become better at shaving consistently and being more mindful of how I present myself. It’s not that I was lazy in the past – I just didn’t think about those things outside of when I was at concerts. At shows it’s a tad embarrassing when I walk into the photo pit and a bunch of people scream my name, but it’s also so nice. I love going to work and being able to hang out with a bunch of new friends, it’s comforting. In addition, they are super supportive and helpful. Like, if I want to go and shoot in the mosh-pit area at a concert, I have these massive men just guard me so I could shoot. I didn’t even ask, usually they just high five me and go, “dude I love your photos”. I love the community that comes to the concerts I work at. Good people. Thanks for treating me so well. I have to turn people down a lot at shows who want to take selfies because I can’t do it during the show – otherwise I would have to take pictures with everyone! In addition, the last thing I want is for the band on stage, that I work for, see me taking a selfie during their set, just seems like it would be very rude of me.

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Hot topics in our industry still seem to revolve around unreasonable rights-grabbing contracts and the issues around hobbyists working for free. Has your opinion of the music photography industry changed over the last 18 months? Yes, it has changed. But not in regards to contracts. I still firmly believe that if you don’t like a contract, don’t sign it, and go home. I know in some cases they are very unfair – and then, maybe, yes it can’t be worth it to argue it. But 99% of the time it’s just a photographer being way too dramatic online. I always tell the people I am teaching photography: you are a photographer; your job isn’t as important as some people want to think it is. I don’t mean that in a degrading way, I think everyone’s job is important! But let’s be realistic here; if you don’t shoot the show, no one will notice, and no one will care. The artists don’t really need you. I follow one of the most socially active and successful bands online, 5SOS, and I don’t think they post professional photos… ever. It’s usually blah iPhone photos and stuff they find online. It works amazing for them. I am not saying don’t do music photography because no one cares, just know your place and don’t act too entitled. Sometimes I take issues like this and instead of trying to change them, I just try to change my ways.

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We are in the entertainment industry and there’s always this kind of glossy cover over it that makes it feel more special, or more privileged than it really is. You could say the same for the artists and bands. At the end of the day we are all human – we have jobs to do, we get a kick out of it and then we go home. Agreed. Maybe photographers go through some sort of cycle. Often when I work with artists and they start out “small” and then grow to be quite “big”, I can tell when they go through this phase. A phase of “I have to act like a big band” is usually when artists get in trouble. Sometimes it’s public, sometimes it’s more on the backend, but eventually (and hopefully) they get a reality check at some point. We are all just trying to make a living and have a good time, no need to rough up other people along the way. The good ones eventually come back down to reality at some point and I try to meet them in the middle.

I honestly think it just comes down to the “power” people think they accumulate as they grow in popularity. I have seen this power used terribly too many times – to be honest, mostly by bands. You have the power to do so much good, yet you spend your time making security guards feel like bad people for doing their jobs or things like that. I just don’t get it. I tend to move on and not work with artists when they get to be too mean. It’s only a matter of time before they treat me not so great as well.

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There is no escaping the fact that there are some extraordinary moments or times when you get a shot that makes your day, or your year – that then transcends over to your followers and people love it. That’s quite a thing isn’t it, which makes the job a bit more important than you might think. You’re not just a photographer when that happens. I agree. It makes giving my life to make sure someone else can remember theirs, worth it. I think it’s sad, but I have noticed my photos mean most to people when the person in them is no longer with us. I have lost a few touring friends now – Tyson from Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Mitch from Suicide Silence, Jeff, our sound guy with A Day To Remember, and just last week my good friend Gavi, who was Lindsey Stirling’s keyboard player. I come to terms with these losses by digging up all of my photos and videos of the person and turning them over to the family. The response from the family makes me realise how important photos are to people. It has changed how I approach photographing everyone I see on tour, not just the band.

I want to be around when people are experiencing pure happiness. Usually this means playing their biggest show yet in London, or a surprise small show in their hometown, or hanging out with them on their wedding day. I just want to be the guy they are comfortable with having around during these moments. I do think we should come back to this question again next time. This is just my opinion right now, and opinions change, so please remind me in a year or two. Deal?

Deal.

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When we last spoke you had strong opinions on the importance of networking and establishing long-standing relationships. Do you still believe this is the key to becoming a successful music photographer? If you want to tour with bands, then yes this is important to do with the bands. However, on the other end of the spectrum – let’s say you are shooting the first three songs, five times a week at a local venue – you probably have similar relationships with publicists, venue owners, security etc. I honestly think it’s key to anything in life. Networking gets you hired, not a college degree. Unless you want to be doctor, then please go to college.

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Have you seen any difference in how music photographers work or go about their business these days? A lot faster. I love it. I think that most people shoot and turn around within a few hours of the show. Pretty rad. Photos faster. They really have to compete with cell phone photos because people just want the moment – they don’t honestly care how good the photo is. Of course a good photo is better, but a bad photo isn’t necessarily worse.

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One of the things we touched on when we last spoke was that more and more bands are going to be wanting their own photographers instead of hiring various photographers on the road. Do you still believe this is the direction that music photography is going? Yea, I have seen it now. Almost every band has their own photographer now. I have been asked by several bands to do full tours and such and I have honestly just had to say no. It has become way too time consuming for me and I need to allow myself time to learn and grow. When you tour as a photographer you are basically getting paid to participate in someone else’s life. I mean, it is your life – but you do not get to make any of the decisions on what goes on. You just go with it. That has been a really hard thing for me to do for an extended period of time. I say give it another 2 years and every photographer will have their own photographer.

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Has your photography style changed over time? What kind of photography styles are you really into these days? Yeah… it constantly changes. I am kind in a slump. Not a bad slump, just not super excited on anything. I am currently searching, or just shooting whatever feels good, mostly music but I want to start getting back into the studio more. I still love faces so much and I feel I haven’t really fully explored it. Shoots just make me really anxious so I am still working on that, or maybe they will always make me anxious. I used to be more in a rush to shoot and do more, now I am just kind of relaxing and spending a bit more time doing each thing I do. I feel I perform better when I am relaxed.

That’s interesting. Some people like to work under pressure. They get a kick out of the pressure and stepping up to the challenge. I guess it’s a creative, spontaneous thing – some people live off that. I’m surprised that you prefer to be relaxed – Is ‘Access All Areas’ Concert Photography honestly a relaxed environment? You make a good point. I mean, I guess it was very stressful at the start. It used to take me a few songs just to get over the fact I was shooting my favourite band from two feet away! Holy wow! I have not gotten used to all of the distractions and challenges of shooting a concert, it’s honestly very easy and, yes, very relaxing now. I wear earplugs, and when I hear a concert it sounds very similar to how my music sounds when I am wearing headphones and sitting in a coffee shop. I am actually doing that right now. It helps me enter this certain state of mind and relaxation where I can focus infinitely and do whatever I want. I have pretty bad ADHD, which I believe just helps me as a person to make sure that what I am doing is actually something I genuinely enjoy, because if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be able to concentrate. Thank you ADHD for being my bullshit filter. But really, I love shooting live concerts. I feel very relaxed, excited and 100% focused the whole time. I do zone-out sometimes but that’s just because I feel so inspired – I get random thoughts jumping into my head at different times and sometimes I have to stop and think about them. Sometimes the bands make fun of me, or wave at me because they see me day dreaming.

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Has anything surprised you about yourself over the last 18 months that you never thought you would say about yourself? I like to read. I have a girlfriend. I don’t think I want to tour forever. I am still bald. Honestly everything changes so much, it blows my mind. I am “getting older” now… Well, we all are, at the same exact rate, but honestly, just life impresses me every day. I am learning so much just by being home and doing my own thing every day instead of being on the road. I love being on the road, but I think it’s time to develop some other skillsets. I guess for about six years I just worked on photography and forgot about myself. Now I am working on myself and doing a bit of photography as well.

Sounds like becoming a teacher might be a thing for you in the future, Mr Elmakias? How does that sound? I’ll take it. I hope I can. I just want to make sure I am still learning as well as teaching. Please only refer to me as Mr Elmakias from now on.

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What are you most enjoying these days – official portraits, backstage candid’s or live concerts? I don’t know. I honestly don’t know right now. Is that okay? I am just figuring it out again. Sometimes this happens.

That’s cool. Sometimes it’s okay not to know. That can be quite exciting in itself. I agree. I never really know where I will end up or where this job is going to take me. It kind of makes me nervous, but at the same time keeps it so interesting. Just when I think I have it on lock something internal, or maybe external – changes it up a bit. I just try to accept it and move wherever it takes me. My dreams aren’t stubborn, just open to interpretation at any given point.

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Have you discovered any new hot photographers we should check out? Umm. I am bad in this realm. I have really been enjoying Josiah Van Dien, he does mostly video but he is on tour with Shawn Mendes and kills it. I love watching people’s paths. I always know that when someone’s early photography makes me feel kinda funny and off, but once they focus their style it’ll end up being amazing.

Mr Elmakias, thank you for your time yet again and sharing your photos with us. Until next time…

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Join the discussion 125 Comments

  • taylor says:

    it’s so beautiful. i need this so bad.

  • Thanks again for this! Good luck with the contest guys!

    ae

  • Elyana says:

    Really enjoyed reading this ! I always love to read interviews about the people that are behind the photos that you see all over artists’ social media, means a lot to know how much they care about their work 🙂

  • Maria Cintron says:

    ya gotta love the alien man.

  • Chloe El-Sayegh says:

    Great interview! Love Adam’s work, would love to win this!

  • Having been able to meet Adam, it’s super rad to also be able to learn from him. He’s right about the lens bracelet thing, I rock mine to every shoot. It’s like a little good luck charm!

    A lot of my style has been influenced by Adam, especially in my portraiture and in my attitude about the biz. I guess this kinda turned into a “thank-you” comment. Thanks Adam!

  • Lindsy says:

    Huge fan of his work. Really hoping I can attend one of his workshops sometime in the future. I’ve watched some of his YouTube videos and learned a lot from them. And I like that he’s okay with being uncertain with things, that’s something I struggle with constantly. Too much worrying about the future. Looks like I’ll be reading more interviews on here in the future. Thanks for sharing Adam!

  • Emma says:

    Interviews with Adam are so good all his responses are so genuine!!!! People could honestly learn so much from him just by reading this interview. Adam is so down to earth and you can tell he’s passionate about what he does and that’s so inspiring to people who want to pursue a similar career! Thank you Adam for being you and constantly being an inspiration! be your slef ✌️

  • Elyana says:

    Really enjoyed reading this ! I always love learning more about the people behind the photos all over artists’ social medias, and it is great to see how much they care about their work, since a lot of the time they aren’t given the amount of credit they should be receiving for the hard work they do. I truly believe Adam is one of the most influential photographers in the music indurstry, and his other work is just as incredible 🙂

  • Kerrie says:

    Such an amazing article! Adam has such a positive outlook on life, I hope get gets more comfortable with his ADHD. I love every photo he’s ever shot, the way he captures the light and movement in every shot is always awe inspiring and beautiful, I’ve been following his career for quite some time and I can’t wait to see where the future takes him further.

  • Sam says:

    I have learnt so much from Adam about photography that I am extremely grateful. He makes me want to become a better photographer and just up my game, even if it isn’t in music/live photography. Thanks Adam! Or should I say Mr. Elmakias

  • Jono says:

    Such a dope dude! Nice interview 🙂

  • Alex DiVerniero says:

    Adam is one of the coolest people in the business. I met him over the summer at one of his workshops during warped tour and listening to him talk made me feel more inspired than I ever have. His approach to teaching is well received (at least by me) and I hope to meet him again someday.

  • Sophie says:

    I love this! Everything is so true and down to earth. You’re the bomb, Mr. Elmakias.

  • Stephani Broder says:

    I would love one of these!!

  • Charlie says:

    Great, in depth interview, inspirational!

  • Matt Guevara says:

    Wow, sick interview! I’ve been following “Mr. Elmakias” for awhile now and I love his work!

  • Thank you for this interview with Adam. It’s always so interesting to see someone else views, especially when you look up to them so much. Adam always inspires me to be a great photographer, he brought my interest in photography to the next level. He inspired me to buy my own dslr camera and to pick up photography as a subject this year at school to further my knowledge. Hopefully this year i’ll be able to take more photos at school events and concerts. Although Adam’s photos are really fantastic, I think what really made me and many other people like him is his friendly personality and his positive attitude towards life (and his fantastic cat Mark). He taught me that you shouldn’t be scared to do something if it means getting the perfect shot and that the camera is just a tool, if it breaks, it’s okay. I had the pleasure of meeting Adam in person last year and he’s just as friendly and nice as he seems on the internet which is fantastic as some people put on an act when they are on the internet, but not Adam, he’s true to himself and that’s great. I can see why so many people would want to have him as their photographer, he’s a package deal, wonderful photos and a wonderful human being.

  • Luke Bateman says:

    Man, I really love Adam’s view on photography, not a single mention of gear, just straight up “my job is cool but it’s not perfect” that’s how I think everyone in this industry feels

  • Sam Lesser says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Adam’s magazine!

  • Caitlyn says:

    It’s always great getting an insight into the greatest photographers. Looking into their work but also keeping it real and down to earth is perfect.

  • Gabriel M says:

    This is amazing to hear from one of my favorite photographers! I’m trying to follow in his path. I want to be a music photographer for some of my favorite bands someday!

  • Cass says:

    Great read. Nice to see Adam’s honesty about where he’s at with his career and how he’s not 100% set on a path right now. When you make a goal and that’s your sole focus until you reach it it’s kind of hard to figure out where to go next. You want to keep moving the markers each time but figuring out what those markers are is the tricky part.

  • Jess Armstrong says:

    Always love reading Adam’s interviews, leaves me with so much more knowledge than before. Dude’s fantastic 🙂

  • Shira says:

    Amazing photos!

  • Jack Reeber says:

    Adam continues to inspire me through his life and photography. Awesome interview!

  • Jessica Marshall says:

    Honestly I like the way Adam is so open and Honest about his opinion on topics.

  • I discovered Adam last summer and have learned a ton from him already. I’m excited to see where 2016 brings him and I look forward to learning more and more.

  • Alex Reynoso says:

    I always really enjoy hearing his responses because it reminds me this guy is just a normal dude who just happens to take awesome photos. Always nice to hear a normal tone from a guy who such a huge following. There’s no show with him and that’s awesome to me.

  • Great interview with a really cool photographer…
    Keep up the killer work.

  • Mariah says:

    I love how this is both a serious and funny interview.

  • Olivia Zepka says:

    Adam is so down to earth and each interview I read that involves him just makes me appreciate him on a higher level.

  • A nice honest interview. Refreshing to read!

  • Ranty Tobing says:

    Ahhh! Just reading this interview I’ve learned about how photography impacts other people and the person behind the camera in another perspective. Elmakias my man, you’re such an inspiration! Keep doing what you do!

  • Christine says:

    Thank you for the interview! Adam takes such interesting photos and it’s just really cool that he takes time out to share with us what he’s learned and gives us all of these outlets that make it easy to do so.

  • yessss please!

    P.S. Adam is the coolest guy ever

  • Sophie_Charlotte says:

    Inspirational words coming from a guy in the business to a person who’s ambition is in your field. From the interview it proves photography is not just a job, but a passion and eye opener into the music world. It shows how far you’ve ventured and how much I would like to follow your footsteps in the seeable future 🙂

  • Roos holvast says:

    I love how I always get inspired by a dude who’s shocked by the fact that he is still bald

  • Hayley Edwards says:

    I’ve seen Adam shooting at like 3 different shows but never get a chance to talk to him before or after.

  • Kim Goh says:

    What started off as an enjoyment of concert photos quickly became awe and admiration for Adam’s work. I am a fan not because he takes photos, but because he is pretty dang inspirational and he has a dope cat and he has such a good attitude and mostly because he’s bald. He is the reason why I pick up my camera to shoot at concerts I’d much rather chill at and the only one whose tweet notifications are always worth it. I hope you never stop being bald and clicking the shutter(‘:

  • Rachel says:

    I really enjoyed this interview. I love Adam’s work and being able to hear more about the person behind the camera and their perspective on life is always exciting for me. Knowing a bit about who they are helps add character and insight to their art.

  • Ludovic says:

    Thanks a lot for this great interview, Adam appears to be a great person, and his work is just awesome. Keep on bringing the good stuff !

  • Emma Tranter says:

    Thanks a lot for these tips and inspiring stories! I am a young music photographer from Malta and following his images on facebook and instagram really helps me brainstorm new ideas and new ways to look through the camera! What I love about him is that he is humble and always ready to listen to his ‘fans’ to help out in any way he can. Thank you gig photographer for this interview. One of you best to day, keep them coming!

  • Ana says:

    what a pro omg Adam you’re great

  • Leah says:

    I love everything Adam has done and have bought some of his photographs before. They are amazing

  • Clarissa Baker says:

    Great interview. Always looking forward to seeing Adam’s work!

  • Nayelli Abarca says:

    LOVE ADAM AND THIS INTERVIEW.

  • Maribel says:

    It’s always very refreshing to read what Adam has to say about what he does. Thank you for doing this interview with him. What a great person to read about!

  • Zoe H. says:

    I am DEFINITELY not a professional photographer, but I love this guy’s works. Every picture is dramatic in its own way, and he seems to use only the best of equipment for the occasion. I could study his pictures for hours on end.

  • Fernanda says:

    I remember meeting Adam back in 2014, at Warped and I thanked him for his job and he was just so chill and nice. I like the fact that he connects us with each band in so many different ways and it’s all through a photo! Lovely interview x.

  • Alissa says:

    Adam is such an incredible photographer and artist. One of my life goals is to meet him in person (hopefully at an ADTR concert)! Keep up the great work 🙂 Also very excited to see what is inside the magazine!

  • Hannah Vorndran says:

    This interview was so great!! The magazine looks so good as well, I’d looove to win one 🙂

  • Kirsty Graham says:

    Great interview, I’m such a fan of his work!

  • Kirsty says:

    Great interview, I’m such a fan of his work.

  • Sarah says:

    Neato. Way to go, AE.

  • Melanie Barrientos says:

    This interview was great! I have been- and still am- a fan of him and his work! He has such a character and he inspires me to become a better photographer! What better way to do the things you love and capturing them on camera? I was so close to tell Adam this at Warped Tour! Before my eyes, he had walked by me!! It’d be pretty rad if I can get a chance to meet him… He’s a cool dude and so is his cat. 🙂

  • Nikki says:

    I love how passionate Adam is about his work. Definitely super inspiring. I wrote a practice college application about him cause I had to write about somone I admire and couldn’t pick Mark.

  • Melanie Barrientos says:

    I have been a fan of Adam for quite some time now, and his photos are amazing! I don’t know, but this interview was still very helpful. I really hope I can attend one of his workshops. Adam has such a character and he inspires me to become a better photographer. He’s a cool dude and so is his cat. It’d make my life complete to learn from Mr. Elmakias! Such inspirational words coming from a person you really look up to. I really wish I would have gone up to Adam and say “hi” or something when I saw him at Warped Tour, but I am an awkward person. But maybe next time I can do it over again. (:

  • Conny says:

    I’m a big fan of Adams work. He inspires me a lot even though I don’t shoot live music per se. His portrait work is as amazing as his live stuff, I’ve been meaning to get Adams magazine but I am broke because of uni. Design school final projects are expensive as fuck.

  • Michelle Souza says:

    My favorite part of this whole interview was that Adam is so real about everything. He said things that maybe people wouldn’t expect him to say, and he’s being totally honest about it. I could definitely see him teaching, he has that teacher-like personality to him.
    I think it’s wonderful how many people have been inspired by him and it’s amazing how he’s doing things he wants to do, like putting together his own magazine, how cool is that!

  • Zoe Martin says:

    How crazy would it be to have ADAM. ELMAKIAS. AS A TEACHER. I’d hang on to his every word omg. Wonderful interview, I’m always blown away by Adam’s work.

  • Nikki Zurick says:

    I love how passionate Adam is about his work. Super inspiring. I had to write a practice college application essay about someone i admire and wrote it on him. Only cause i couldn’t write about Mark. But I’d definitely still write about you on a real essay, Adam. Lots of love and keep working hard, man. 🙂

  • Mikaella Brown says:

    I’d just thought I’d say what a huge inspiration Adam is and how much of an impact on my life,he is the whole reason why I want I want to be a music photographer and how much I want to follow in his footsteps and be as great as him and I always watch all of his interviews and follow him on the socials and I must he is a great human,he’s so nice and care free and down to earth and I think that’s so remarkable,photography has always been about capturing the best moments we seek and making them last for as long as we can because our time is limited on this planet and I think that is exactly what he’s done,I love his work and I enjoy it and I only hope he could teach me someday and we can be the best aliens of all time,Adam if you ever come across this comment know that I love you and I hope to make you proud some day xoxo-Mikaella B.

    And if anyone wants to take a gander at my work please go follow my photography on instagram @mikaellaspics,I post almost everyday and I’d greatly appreciate it

  • Wade Benton says:

    Great Interview! I love you work so much (:

  • Nicole says:

    Hmm, I’m kind of feeling lucky. Winning things is fun, especially when things is Adam’s magazine. Well it’s worth a shot

    P.S this was a great interview, good read.

  • I thought I’d say how much Adam has made impact on my life,he inspires me so much to becoming a music photographer and be as great as him,this was a great interview,he’s an amazing human and his work is incredible,he took the means of photography put it out there the best way possible and has made some amazing work,I only hope to follow in his footsteps and make him proud someday, Adam if you ever come across this,I love you and can we be friends?And teach me your amazing ways?Thanks for being the best teacher I know,words can’t explain how much I love you xoxo-Mikaella B.

    If anyone wanted to check my amateur work then please go follow @mikaellaspics on instagram,it would be greatly appreciated

  • Mikaella Brown says:

    Omg I didn’t mean to leave two I’m so so sorry

  • Paulina Nakagome says:

    This just inspires me to get more into nature photography, and possibly to try more types possibly! I am so excited for the future now oh my gosh!

  • Brittani says:

    I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Adam. He’s an amazing, inspirational photographer! His work has inspired me to pursue my own interests in art and photography and this was a great article to hear his inside perspective on the industry and how you can always continue to learn.

  • Brittani says:

    I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Adam. He’s an amazing, inspirational photographer! His work has inspired me to pursue my own interests in art and photography. This was a great article to hear his inside perspective on the industry and how you can always continue to learn.

  • Amazing photos! I bet the magazine will be awesome too!

  • Maria says:

    Pleasure to read, pleasure to see Adam’s photos. I can 100% relate to “time for yourself” right now, so I understand. And again I was convinced that no matter what you’ve already achieved it’s really important to continue to learn/ educate yourself whether at home, with friends, in the streets, travelling or going to college/school/university. The point is not to stop. Thank you ^^

  • Paula Miles says:

    Adam is one of the reasons I pursued concert photography as a career. I’ve looked up to him for years and his work always blows me away. I hope to one day be as good as him

  • Svetoslav says:

    paper print always show more!

  • Yan says:

    Adam was inspiring when I first staged out with gig photography. I fondly remember his YouTube tip on how to use one of the rear buttons instead of the shuttle to focus. Greatest tip ever! Nonetheless, great fan of music and photography. Hope to get a book as well 🙂

  • Eric Frahm says:

    Would love to take one of his workshops… to learn and hopefully hear some war stories…

  • Roxy says:

    Would love to win Adam’s magazine

  • Monique M-13 says:

    Another great interview. Nice to hear the inside story of a person who is doing a great job. Very inspiring in all the aspects.
    Much respect for Adam and his work! \m/

  • Braden Bygrave says:

    Really enjoying Adams pictures and his thoughts of everything, I feel we have some of the same thoughts. Hopefully one day I can meet him. I love meeting other photographers with lots of expereince!

  • Love your perspective Adam, as a concert photographer myself, I really enjoyed the interview and would love a copy of your book.
    You are absolutely correct when it comes to networking, I have learnt to be fearless in my pursuit of work. As a result I have made so many friends that have my back and know that I will deliver. So work comes easy, but I strive for bigger and better things. I have my goals and dreams, slowly I am achieving them.
    But I also find inspiration from other photographers, others push me keep my creativity strong and ensure that while I do have my own style I never become generic.

  • Flo Funez says:

    Adam, you are such an inspiration to me. I hope one day I’ll be a music photography just like you. Thank you for being such a friendly and humble person. I hope one day I get to meet you and we can talk more photography. Don’t ever change. You’re awesome 🙂

  • Izzy Matias says:

    This is such an inspiring article! It makes me want to pursue music photography all the more. Thank you for this! 🙂

  • Robbie Clark says:

    Good read. Amazing photos as always. Keep killing on the road dude.

  • Eva G says:

    Wow. Every interview I have read Adam is always so down to earth! Amazing photos and great interview 🙂 Hope to meet him one day.

  • Liz Vanlaningham says:

    This was such a great read! I met Adam at a Warped show and I can honestly say that he’s the most humble, down to earth person I’ve ever met! He was so sweet and just really easy to have a conversation with! I’d love to have one of his magazines, all of my fav bands are featured in it 😉

  • Tamara-Jayne says:

    Adam is literally my inspiration; I’ve been int photography for a while now, and in 2014 finally got the chance to photograph my first gig. Looking forward to the day I finally get to meet him!

  • Iona says:

    I’ve always thought Adam was such a genuine and lovely guy, but reading this proves it even more. He honestly sounds like the most caring guy you could ever come across. Not to mention the amazing work he does and the work he inspires me to do.

  • Kayleigh says:

    this was a great interview with adam!! everything i have read and seen of adam he seems so down to earth and humble.. i would love to meet him and talk to him about photography as he is so passionate about it!

  • Kayleigh says:

    this was a great interview with adam!! everything i have read and seen of adam he seems so down to earth and humble.. i would love to meet him and talk to him about photography as he is so passionate about it!!

  • Vanessa Alcocer (: says:

    Photography not only shows others point of view or feelings. It makes you relate to others with just an image. Adam is honestly in my top list of favorite photographers. I love how he can take one picture and yet still make it look different. And also the way he talks about his job is like he’s actually living the life pretty much any other photographer wants. Stay cool Adam. We your fans will always be here for you. Stay cool Adam

  • Malia says:

    Hi. That’s it. Just ‘hi’. I don’t really have much else to put in this comment. Hey. Have a nice day.

  • Julia de Jonge says:

    According to some tag acc I should be in a band with him

  • Love Adam’s work! Makes me want to pick up a fisheye soon…

  • Loved the interview, it’s nice to see photographers becoming more and more recognized! One of the sweetest dudes I’ve ever met, I’m learning professional photography this year and he is such a huge influence. Love it!

  • Sarina says:

    This is an awesome interview the interviewer and Adam both had great questions and responses. I learned a lot from this interview and would love to get one of his magazines to learn more from that as well.

  • Maddie says:

    Great read! Adam is such a wonderful influence and always keeps me inspired with my photography and art!

  • Gina murphy says:

    Loved the interview! great work, love Adam’s photography “

  • Zara Paton says:

    Hey my name is Zara and I’m currently studying photography at school, I’ve wanted one of these magazines for ages! But I’ve never had the money at the time, I think it would really help me improve my photos. I also learned at lot from this interview both from the questions and responses, thanks!

  • Amber Bomar says:

    Extremely well-written, Elmakias is an extreme artist to his photos…much love!

  • Diyana says:

    Loved the interview! I’m hoping that one day I get to chat /interview Adam and thank him for inspiring me to pursue my love for photography! I almost had the chance at Reading festival but I saw him for a minute and then the security guard blocked my view.
    It’s a beautifully written post!

  • Sarah Wilson says:

    What a great interview, Adam is by far my favourite music photographer and I love the way he goes about his work! I love his honesty and it is very interesting to get a small insight into the way his mind works.

  • Laura says:

    Wow just wow, I’m always amazed by your work, you show the true passion through the musicians eyes and soul. Your photos make me feel like I was there with the crowd and I think the world is forever proud of you and can’t wait to see more and more.

  • Karalyn Hope says:

    I am super excited for his future work! I do also hope that he will be able to teach and expand photography. He has inspired me to take photos and to never stop.

  • Adam is awesome. He is one of those few professionals in the industry that actually tries to help others achieve success as well. Very awesome! Great Article.

  • Caleb Cook says:

    Thanks, Adam! Love your work and learn a ton from you.

  • Laura Fields says:

    Thank you for inspiring people and uniting them with your work of art, as much as the bands do. You show a true work ethic and human side of yourself that a lot of people don’t have and a number of younger generations probably don’t know about. You have true integrity and thank you for sharing so much of yourself and what you love. God Bless

  • Lauren says:

    Would love to own this magazine, Adam was one of my first and main inspirations when I first began taking photos. His work ethic is inspiring. also super cool interview I liked it!

  • Lore says:

    It’s a dream to become a music photographer and slowly but surely i’m getting there step by step. Thanks to Adam, who is the best inspiration for it!

  • Kirsten says:

    So great! Adam is so inspirational, he’s the reason I’m now a photographer and know what I want to do with my life, and I’m so grateful for that

  • Souza Loy says:

    This was an excellant read and the first time I’ve heard of Adam. Now I can add him to my list of music togs whose work I admire. Thank you.

  • christine says:

    Why am I just readin this right now?? I haven’t been online for days (accidently liked someone’s tweet, and had to deactivate my twitter) Now am back!

    Anyways, lovely article! Enjoyed reading it. Its nice to have you interview him 18 months later. I mean indirectly, he makes one especially an artist reflect on their work done in the past months. Its nice to see how far he has come.

    From his words you can tell he has been humble and brave.

    I wish he would have mentioned/been asked the greatest challenge he has faced in his career that really tested his morals, ethics and integerity. Just a suggestion, it would have been nice to read what he learnt and how he overcame the challenge.

    Totally unrelated, can I please catsit Mark?? And why did Mr. Elmakias give Mark just one name? Not to be that guy, but my cat has a first, middle and last name!

    • gig-photographer.com says:

      Many thanks for your comments Christine. We are getting great feedback and it’s much appreciated. That’s a great question – we will certainly ask Adam when we catch up with him next time.

  • Daniel says:

    Great interview! Love your work Adam!!

  • Nico von Niederhäusern says:

    Thanks for the great Interview! Looking foreward to the next one… And yes I would love to have a copy of the magazine! 😉

  • Kate says:

    He’s my favourite photographer and my biggest inspiration. I need this magazine in my life 🙂

  • Shark says:

    Big thumbs up for this article.

  • Katie says:

    I’ve lived watching Adams work grow and change over the past year or so. I’m hooked.

  • Katie says:

    LOVED!!! (#$@&%$# autocorrect!)

  • Janna says:

    I love Adam’s work. The fact that’s he’s self taught really inspires to continue to improve my own photography.

  • Elyse Konowal says:

    I love Adam and his work and I really enjoyed reading this!! 😀

  • Casey says:

    I loved reading his perspective on touring and how it isn’t as glamorous or as controlled as we think it is, yet he still loves it and that shows his passion for photography and the fans.

  • Casey says:

    Beautiful interview. I love how passionate he sounds without over-glorifying

  • Elbert says:

    Very cool interview.
    Would love to see a creativelive class by Adam

  • Amy says:

    Adam is such an inspiration, his work is amazing and he’s genuinely such a nice, down to earth lil man.

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