South Bend Commercial photography

Photographing Live Music at the Elkhart Jazz Festival | South Bend Indiana Commercial Photographer Brian Rodgers Jr.

In celebration of this years annual Elkhart Jazz Festival, I wanted to share some images that I shot at Elkhart Jazz Festival of jazz legend Tony Monaco and the Tony Monaco Trio. I had been hired to document the performance of this historic night and I think the shots turned out great! It couldn't have been a better evening, perfect summer temperatures, the smell of food, and the smooth sounds of jazz. I also think the fact that the stage was built in the middle of Main Street made for some really interesting and dynamic shots. 

Meeting Joel Grimes | Brian Rodgers Jr. South Bend Commercial Advertising & Product Photography | Digital Art That Rocks

Chances are, you've heard of Joel Grimes or the "Joel Grimes Look." And rightfully so, Joel is a pioneer in the photography industry and has created a look that just about everyone has tried to replicate at some point in their career. Joel Grimes is undoubtedly one of the hardest working photographers in our industry today. This is a guy who truly loves what he does for a living. He has had over 30 years of experience working as a commercial photographer and has on created some truly iconic images & worked on major ad campaigns. I was lucky enough to have to opportunity to meet him at a recent seminar in Indianapolis a few months ago. 

Joel's seminar was a full day packed with inspiring stories, photoshop techniques, and marketing advice. He was such as genuine guy. My goal is to be kicking as much ass as Joel does when I'm his age. Even with 30 years in the field, he's continues to try new things,  and pursue his vision as an artist. He's not afraid to explore and push the boundaries of what photography can be. Do you know why he works this hard? Because he loves what he does. Wouldn't the world be a better place, if everyone was doing what they loved for a living? But to get there, you've got to work for it, you've got to put the time into your craft.

Key take aways; Build a body of work consistent with your vision, be persistent, and work your ass off, great things will happen! If you ever get a chance to see one of Joel's seminars, I highly recommend it. You will be inspired to say the least.

Thanks for a great time Joel, it was a pleasure meeting you.


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