Stage Portraits

Stage Portraits

My Special Blend of Concert Photography is shooting Stage Portraits. I try to shoot the rock stars (subjects) as if it’s a portrait session, shot in my studio, except it’s all captured from the stage.

Although I use a digital camera these days, I still shoot as if I’m shooting with film, i.e. I will press the shutter when the right moment arrives. I do not chase the shots.

Savouring my Zen moment, I instinctively shoot my “One Shot, One Kill” style of photography. I never shoot in Burst (“spray and pray”) mode.

Sometimes, if the rock star sings a favourite song of mine, I will even, momentarily, put down my camera to savour the song.

It helps that I’m not a hired hand.

I want my Stage Portraits to count, to have Soul, to be Elegant and to have a sprinkle of Mystique. Yes, and to be Spontaneous.

Each stage portrait takes only a split-second to capture. That fleeting moment when the rock star and you connects and accords you with a kind “visual gift”. With the unspoken agreement that the visual gift is only yours if you’re able to capture it.

You know, instinctively, the rock star is visually according you with “something extra” in that split-second “blink and it’s gone” moment.

A closing of the eyes, a nice smile, clenching of the fist, kneeling down in submission, a finger pointing straight into your soul, turning around and striking a poignant pose, enjoying a little personal smile, savouring a reflective Zen moment, taking a break from singing.

I will now let my Stage Portraits entertain you – sit back and relax.

What follows are strictly loud, sweaty, riotous, chaotic, electric, heart-stopping stage performance images – no tame backstage or soundcheck images are included.

Enjoy The Show!

Taylor Swift

Beach Boys

Sir Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)

Lady Gaga

Slash (Guns N’ Roses)

Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)

Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)

Debbie Harry (Blondie)

Eric Clapton

Corrine Bailey Rae

St. Vincent

Minoru Niihara (Loudness)

Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)

Alice Cooper

Dame Olivia Newton-John

Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver)

Chris Martin (Coldplay)

Joey Jordison (Slipknot)

Bat For Lashes

Carlos Santana

James Hetfield (Metallica)

Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)

Lady Gaga


Engelbert Humperdinck

Barry Manilow

Sid Wilson (Slipknot)

Keith Flint (Prodigy)

Yngwie Malmsteen

Steve Vai

Joe Satriani

Jim Kerr (Simple Minds)

Phil Collen (Def Leppard)

Marie Osmond

Alicia Keys

Steve Lukather (Toto)

Nicole Scherzinger

Brandon Boyd (Incubus)

Lauren Mayberry (Chvrches)

Brandon Boyd (Incubus)

Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys)

Chris Lowe (Pet Shop Boys)

Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)


Stefanie Sun

David Crosby (Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates)


Bono (U2)

Brendon Urie (Panic At The Disco)

Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen)

Jimmy Cliff

Scissor Sisters

Sonic Solitude

Encore Image – Dame Olivia Newton-John“Embrace The Higher Power”