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Brian King of Japandroids performs at the Bowery Ballroom in New York on June 27th, 2012.

I’m standing just in front of the stage and I feel the moment coming.  I release the shutter button and I think, “YES,” along with a few other inappropriate colorful metaphors. “I got it.”

As a photographer, this is the moment I love and cherish; it gives me goosebumps and sends a shiver running through my spine.  It’s that perfect moment that all photographers seek.  That moment when all the emotion, power, and feeling of the situation in front of you is sucked into the vortex of your lens and placed into a beautifully composed photograph.  The transition of this moment to the picture is vital, especially with music photography.  The photographer was there, feeling the magic happen, but the goal is to make the viewer of the photograph, who wasn’t there, get that tingling spine feeling.  It’s the greatest dilemma: how to capture the feeling of sounds into a still image.  I think it takes lots of practice, a sharp eye, and a little skill, but mostly, luck.

Check out a collection of live music photos put together by Rolling Stone, The Hottest Live Photos of 2012. It’s a large collection of some great musical moments. This is my ode to those photographers, taking hundreds of photos at a concert just to get that one that will knock peoples’ socks off.  These photographers nailed it. They captured the moment, and all those feelings came rushing through the picture.  Check out a few of my favorites below.  I guarantee you will get at least one goose bump from these.


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Madonna performs during her “MDNA” tour at Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 31, 2012.

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Usher performs at HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London on June 11, 2012. (Rolling Stone)

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C.C. Deville of Posion performs at the after party of the premiere Warner Bros. Pictures Rock of Ages at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles on June 8, 2012. (Rolling Stone)

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Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England on May 29 2012. (Rolling Stone)

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