Behind the camera: Jake Gravbrot

Who are you? Jake Gravbrot, 31, Seattle WA. I’m a long time hairstylist that has worked very closely with many bands over the past 10 years of my career for photo and video shoots, while also cutting hair for touring bands. Because of my close access, I took up photography as a hobby to help creatively inspire me beyond my “day job”.

How did you get started? I began shooting for bands I was closely attached to, building up my portfolio, building my website, and then really going after work with artists who I hadn’t worked with before.

What’s in the bag? Nikon D700 w/ battery grip, Nikon D7000 w/ battery grip, 2 Blackrapid straps, Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 & Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8. Oh, and lots of CF/SD cards.

Which photographers do you admire? For music, Todd Owyoung, Lance Mercer, & Graham Lee. Local photographers I love are Sarah Lovrien, Mike Monaghan, Brian Oh, & Paul Marsh.

Your top 3 tips for music photographers?

  • Crank your ISO!
  • Know your controls like the back of your hand so you don’t miss a shot.
  • Always be courteous of the crowd and of fellow photogs, while respectful of the band you’re shooting.

My favourite shot is? When shooting The Used, who are absolutely incredible to photograph live, I caught guitarist Quinn Allman mid strum, with some absolutely perfect lighting. Amidst a flurry of movement, this had to have been my favorite shot of him during the show.

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

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