My work in publishing has often included photography. But when I started shooting live music in 2014, that's really when I became serious about it. I haven't always thought of myself as a photographer, but I could take pretty good photos, and really loved cameras. It just didn't click for me (pun intended) until then. A few years ago, wanting to take better photos (after going to a show and taking some crappy grainy photos of a band I really liked) I bought a better DSLR and a 50mm prime lens so that I could maybe do it some justice. Low light photography (shooting without a flash) has it's particular challenges, and some specific equipment & settings requirements - but I found that I had an affinity and feel for it. My grandfather was actually a photographer and did some pretty artsy things back in the day but I didn't catch the bug from him, I kind of wandered into it on my own.


(Gramps' Double exposure somewhere in Europe in the 50's.)

I LOVE live music. As a musician myself, as fun as it is to play, it's just as rewarding to capture a shot with a great camera: with just the right light, at just the right time - and with just the right settings. The best part is just being really immersed in the experience. 

I also love to travel to interesting places in the world and take my camera with me. I'm inspired by, and drawn to remote, even weird locales - and love to try and convey what I feel there in the images I capture. 

REAL DE CATORCE, SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO

Naiya Cassidy - Design / Illustration / Photography

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