Music photography has been around since the advent of the music industry. If anyone is lucky to be alive since it will be an invaluable experience to witness the transition and evolution of capturing concert moments.
It may be a new trend to the commoner but for avid enthusiasts, the art of music photography has been relished by many. One uncanny photographer caught our attention. Meet Charlie Peacher.
Please tell us about yourself. Your journey, when did you start getting into photography?
My journey started in a Maryland suburb called Bel-Air. I got my first camera about 12 years ago but it wasn't until I could drive (around 16 or 17 years old) that I sat down and really took photography seriously. I've always wanted to be a professional photographer but didn't have the means to actually fulfill that goal. I was always inspired by different artists of all types..not only photographers. I was always amazed at surrealism art and how an artist can bring an entire world from their imagination to life. The city of Baltimore and the people in Baltimore is definitely where I get most of my inspiration from.
I've always wanted to be a professional photographer
What were the challenges you faced in pursuing a passion for music photography?
In all honesty, I don't consider myself a "music photographer" I consider myself an artist, and professional photographer when it's all said and done. When it does come to music photography and that world..the biggest challenge that I've come across is trying to find the clients that respect 1. You 2. Your work 3. Your time. There are way too many people that will try to use that corny "It's for exposure" line. Never fall for that sh*t. Stay true to yourself and know your worth.
What's your typical day like?
Usually trying to organize my schedule, shooting, editing, etc. As I get older I realize how important balancing out time for yourself is. I always had people in my ear when. I was younger saying if you want this dream you have to do whatever it takes. Just don't forget to get a good night's sleep in the meantime or you'll turn into an anxious zombie.
My number one goal for a 5-year plan is to have my own studio. I've always admired Cam Kirk in Atlanta and what he has done with his studio and the culture that surrounds it. Think that is truly a beautiful thing to integrate not only the photographer but artists of all different types and make a studio in Baltimore more of a creative space. Another goal for the next five years is just staying ahead of the turns in this tricky craft. Things change every day and there's always someone doing it better. I know there's a lot of people that say "I don't let other people influence my work" but at the same time if the public doesn't like your work then you have no customers.
What's your playlist like while capturing the next big moment in music history?
I usually don't listen to music while shooting unless it's a studio shoot. The last couple times I was in a studio setting, the last three were for album covers. If I'm shooting the cover of an album or song or whatever..usually I listen to that album to get a feel for what the photos should look like. I try to make their vision come to life the best way I know how.
I love taking photos underwater
Who do you look up to?
I have a lot of random heroes. Growing up, Steve Irwin was my all-time favorite role model. When it comes to photography, Jonathan Mannion was a big one. I was definitely a fan of Jackass and how fearless those guys were (when I was younger I didn't realize half of them were on drugs) nonetheless, still fearless. I also look up to anyone that goes out of their way to do any type of good deed. I also look up to my friends that have stuck by me even though I may not have been the best friend these last few years.
His message to aspiring music photographer? "Be humble. Stay true to yourself. Make time for yourself. I'll never forget the first time someone randomly coming up to me in a bar and showing me that the background to their phone was one of my photos, I had no idea who they were but that was definitely a huge reminder of why I got into photography in the first place."Follow Charlie Peacher: