On the Road again, a Story about Musicians from a Photographer’s View

“Turn the Page” by Bob Seger.
Story by Rina Marie Braley-Yanko
Rock Legends Photographers

Disclaimer- this story is not about any one artists, but it is probably true of most!

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Turn The Page


Devon Allman goes backstage to try to cool off during a performance in the hot sun with no stage cover.

Every time I start to charge camera batteries and gather my gear to shoot a concert this song plays in my head. Sometimes I will even sing it out loud, sometimes it comes naturally, and sometimes I have to put it on my check list. Once I grab my camera bag the weight of the gear reminds me of the words written and sung by a great musician and artist. The artist I’m about to shoot may be living this song’s words. He may be missing a lover, numb from the amplifiers still ringing in his ears from the night before, or lack of sleep from nothing familiar for days except airport terminals or the smell of the diesel coming from the tour bus.
“Here I am
On the road again
There I am
Up on the stage
There I go
Playin’ the star again
There I go
Turn the page”

I have to be prepared that I might be photographing you on what may be your ‘Turn the Page” day. If it is, you will still greet me and the fans with an exuberant smile, allowing me to capture a few photos as you stop and shake hands just as you get off the bus. You will politely say no, you don’t have a sharpie to sign a cocktail napkin as you notice off to the side the your merchandise table sits with memorabilia to be sold and signed. You also notice that the person responsible for your pay to perform is nowhere to be found.

You keep smiling as you are lead to a six foot table with no chairs for an unorganized meet ‘n’ greet where folks pass right by your merchandise table full of shirts, 8×10 glossy’s and CD’s, but have the nerve to ask if you they can get a picture with you. They hand their cell phone to their friend that does not know how to work the picture process of that phone, so you wait while the line is getting longer. Finally a click, and there goes another blurry photo that will spread all over social media not capturing your best features. In the corner of your eye you see all kinds of food and beverages that you desperately need for fuel, but won’t get a chance to get until it’s probably too late… and you wonder , how did all these folks get back stage passes?

As a photographer that is supposed to photograph you with the fans during the meet and greets to promote the band and venue it is really difficult knowing that the page has turned for you. It’s hard to capture your genuine smile with your best features when they are covered with sweat in the shade and you are about to go on a stage with hot spotlights making the heat index 110 degrees… just like you did the day before in another town.
You do it, giving it all your best. Your best is what the fans get at a live show because you won’t let them see the exhaustion, but I do! I just patiently wait for that second wind, which is your passion that kicks in when all the attention is on you during your guitar jam, drum solo, or building your strength to get out that last high note. I saw one drummer rip off his shirt and pour a bottle of water over himself which was very sexy, and the fans were going nuts. What they didn’t know was that he had heat exhaustion and had to stop himself from throwing up. I was at another show where the performer was doing a duo with the lead guitar and sax and again the fans were going nuts, but the sax motioned for the guitar to take over as he went behind the stage to throw up from the heat. The Fans never notice, but I do. I keep my camera down or focus on the lead jam and the crowd response with their hands in the air having the time of their life at your concert.
Turn the page
End of part 1
Stay tuned for part 2

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How to Hire a Great Wedding Photographer

How to hire a great WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

First of all let me start by saying that most brides make hiring a wedding photographer much harder than it really is! There are thousands of great WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS just waiting for your call!

How much experience do you actually have hiring a


We hire hundreds of WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS across the country every year. We edit hundreds of thousands of WEDDING PHOTOS taken with every brand of camera and lens combination by professional WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS. We consider ourselves very qualified to post on this subject.

Most WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS tend to label themselves with a style such as “photojournalistic” that means next to nothing to the average person who hopefully will only hire a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER once in their lifetime.

Here are the things we look for will help you when you need to hire a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:

  • A professional camera with at least 16 mega pixels (less than that and your low light photos will probably be grainy)
  • Extensive knowledge of their camera
  • External flashes
  • Quality back-up cameras
  • Have done at least 100 weddings
  • Knowledge of dealing with every lighting situations
  • Lenses for both close-up and large group shots
  • HD video
  • Several batteries
  • Back-up camera cards
  • Personality
  • Ability to manage people
  • Ability to handle all of the “what ifs” that can happen at a wedding

Then we visit their website and Facebook accounts and carefully look at their photos from a professional point of view. It is amazing how many so called “professional” photographers will put low quality photos on their websites as featured photos. We also check references for brides they have photographed and check with several online sources to see if any complaints have been filed.

All “professional” photographers take good photos! If they have a good camera and know how to use it properly the results should be acceptable. The key to having great WEDDING PHOTOS is all in the editing, which is why we personally edit the WEDDING PHOTOS taken by the WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS we hire.

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I’m going to start with a real life destination wedding that happened today.

The players

  • A wonderful couple from 2 states
  • 70 very nice guests from 2 states
  • A pastor from another state
  • A local wedding staging company (decorated arch and chairs, table for sand ceremony), let’s call them Weddings on the Beach
  • A local WEDDING DJ

The Schedule

  • Bride arrives at office of Weddings on the Beach at 12:00 PM
  • WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER arrives at 12:30 at above for before photos
  • WEDDING DJ arrives at beach site for prelude music at 12:45PM
  • Processional starts at 1:00 PM
  • Bride walks down aisle at 1:02 PM
  • 15 minute ceremony
  • After wedding formal and posed photos from 1:17 to 2:15
  • Bridal party and guests arrive at reception  at 2:30 PM

Here’s what really happened

  • 12:15 PM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER arrives at office above. Office is locked and nobody is there
  • WEDDING DJ AND PHOTOGRAPHER wait until 12:35 PM, still nobody there so they head to wedding site at the beach across the street
  • 12:37 PM nobody at the site has a clue about anything and nobody can reach the bride or bridal party by phone
  • 12:45 PM wedding stager gets a call from bride and goes back across street to let bride in, photographer goes too with instructions to call WEDDING DJ when bride arrives and to have bride call 15 minutes before she’s ready so WEDDING DJ can start prelude music and ushers can seat the guests.
  • 12:50 PM bridesmaids arrive at wedding site and state that the 1 hour and 30 minute drive actually took 2 hours and 20 minutes because of traffic and that the bride was leaving 10 minutes behind them
  • 1:10 PM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER calls WEDDING DJ and says bride has arrived and will call back to give 15 minutes notice

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