Gig Photography Manchester and beyond

Posted in GIG PHOTOGRAPHY on January 25th, 2013 by John Coxon

 

Click on this image of coronation street star Shibona , a great singer , to view a slideshow of examples of my work in this field

Click on this image of Coronation Street soap star Shibona , a great singer , to view a slideshow of examples of my work in this field

 

MUSIC GIG, STAGE PERFORMANCE & AUDITION PORTFOLIO PHOTOGRAPHY

@johncoxonmedia  also on Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT I  CAN DO FOR YOU AND THE BENEFITS I OFFER

I provide my clients, musicians , vocal  artists and actors and variety performers and their agents with live portraits  on site / on stage at gig venues and  or by appointment at their chosen locations outdoors for additional commissioned photo shoots intended for  audition portfolios and publicity material both in print and digital form. I will take a lot of photos and need a minimum of two hours to ensure that I cover all the angles and do the best for you possible. I am a highly competent social media and PR expert , a journalist and an internationally published author so I am well used to dealing with a range of media professionals, working to brief and deadlines , and supplying them with press releases , magazine features and news reporting and website content on my clients behalf and so that , combined with my photography skills means you and or your agent will not need to buy in those additional skills for  your marketing and PR campaign to help drive your career   forward.

I provide my  clients images for their official website or for social media use including setting up Facebook pages and Twitter accounts and providing background cover set up photos and wall uploads and technical support for website and social media including offering my knowledge  of on line PR and marketing to increase their reach and help further develop their careers. I can also design and produce proofs for publicity posters, fliers and business cards as well as bespoke stationery and merchandising, working with the artist helping them get their message across and promoting their brand. I will, after the gig, discus any further development and promotion ideas with you  and happy to take additional  bookings to extend your portfolio on request.

Bopy band "Avenue" , former Xfactor sucess until they were outed because of contractual management issues.

Boy band “Avenue” , former Xfactor success until they were expelled  because of contractual management issues.

My Credentials : I am a very experienced professional ( over three decades ) and what I call a polycentric photographer . This means I don’t specialise because a great photographer with my experience  brings experience the skills and techniques needed  and can apply those skills in any context, any subject to the same exacting standards. I cover a wide range of areas and subjects with equal skills  to a very high standard.. I don’t believe that people should have 15 minutes of fame in their lifetime  they deserve more– I treat all  people like celebrities whether they are famous or not . My job is a privilege I take very seriously.

Avenue X Factor Boy Band. a gig is more than just what an artist does on the stage and I am to capture the atmosphere as well to tell the whole story - here the lads autograph signing for fans.

Avenue X Factor Boy Band. a gig is more than just what an artist does on the stage and I am to capture the atmosphere as well to tell the whole story – here the lads autograph signing for fans.

 

What am I like and how do I work?

I am an open , highly  energetic, enthusiastic people person,  professional but discreet , have and use my sense of humour to put people at  ease. I am self-assured without being arrogant and thus can engage people and for example organise them into formal or informal groups . I am adept at taking high quality, positive,  natural looking portraits of people  whether formally or informally posed, as well as candid portraits . As a positive person I am also well disciplined and meticulous in matters of quality control and post production editing.  I am at your service to make images that show people at their best in a wide range of contexts.  (Magazines and papers don’t like unflattering images and neither would your family  and I only take positive flattering images.)

MUSIC INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

I am a musician and singer myself and play guitar and keyboards so I am used to working closely with other singers and instrumentalists and , with that insider knowledge plus my PR and media experience I am adept at spotting  PR opportunities  and following them up on behalf of my clients because as a journalist as  well as a professional photographer I am used to providing material for and  working with editors of newspapers and magazines getting shots which are great for press releases and other publicity forms . I tend in the main to work within but not exclusively throughout Greater Manchester but as an independent freelance it is rare for me to cover celebrity artists. This is  because in the main these days, the artists’  management  in order to maximise merchandising profits  almost always demand such Draconian terms and conditions and want copyright turned over to them .Gig photographers are forced to sign away their rights just to get  the chance to take perhaps  a three shots limit and then leave. I am not prepared to compromise my professional standards or  work under such restrictive conditions or as I see sell out my professional colleagues.

i enjoy singing and pakying to an audience so i do understand the perspective of musicians and vocalists and bring that to gigs. i never  understood stage fright - like photography it is self confidence, knowing what you are doing caring abotu what you are doing if you have found your own voice and trust it just as with the "eye" I have  for  images.

I enjoy singing and pakying to an audience so I do understand the perspective of musicians and vocalists and bring that to gigs. I never understood stage fright – like photography it is self confidence, knowing what you are doing, caring about what you are doing if you have found your own voice and trust it just as with the “eye” I have for images. Photography as with singing when you put yourself out their for an audience is a way of expressing yourself because above all you are driven to do as well as you can.

 

 

Terms and Conditions

I don’t give away copyright  to my clients but I do share copyright and this enables me to keep my hourly rate down to £40 an hour ( minimum two hours ) . (Where  a client wants my professional media support after the photo shoot ,for example dealing with the Press , content for website and social media a client , that is charged at a rate of £20 an hour. I expect to be recognised and credited as the photographer whenever my image is used on the internet or in other media and my preferred by line is my twitter name  @johncoxonmedia  . I also expect clients to protect  copyright  and thus include a disclaimer on website or social media sites where people can easily right click and download images. That disclaimer should read  ©All images are copyright john coxon photographer /+ artist name and cannot be used  or downloaded for any purpose without permission.

 

After editing my clients are given copies of all the original images at high resolution  digital files  on DVD. None of the images can be used or passed on to a third party for any  commercial or advertorial use without my consent and may be subject to further fees. Clients are responsible for making sure I am cleared to work with relevant access permissions and letting me know immediately on 07989 300 104 ( text or call me) if there are any problems or the gig cancelled.

 

My clients get original high resolution meticulously edited to be the best , on DVD - I also em ail images as jpeg attachment forn editorial use or if their is a media deadline obligation .

My clients get original high resolution meticulously edited to be the best , on DVD – I also email images as jpeg attachment for editorial use or if there is a media deadline obligation .

Footnote:

My business is all about communication, helping others with their images and media profile with ways to reach their market or target audience and supporting them also through my own skilful interpersonal reactions with people out there in existing and potential markets and audiences through images and words . My own internet presence and self driven and original proactively is considerable and I am sociable , energetic, supportive of others and all that output not only demonstrates my skills and services but also that I use media of all types effectively .

Coporate event - Tina Turner Tribute entertainer in role  and not merelyu holding stage and belting out pwoer ballads but interacting and evryone having a good time so , for promotional purposes I am  always looking for Pr opportunities that illustrate how each unique artist entertains - their style and the atmosphere they generate.

Coporate event – Tina Turner Tribute entertainer in role and not merelyu holding stage and belting out pwoer ballads but interacting and evryone having a good time so , for promotional purposes I am always looking for Pr opportunities that illustrate how each unique artist entertains – their style and the atmosphere they generate.

 

MY PR IS YOUR PR & YOUR PR IS MY PR what’s great for you is great for me and vica versa!

My view is that a person is in charge of their own marketing and PR – it is how you and  those associated with you are perceived in the wider public including outside your immediate target markets or audiences. I pull in considerable numbers of contacts , visitors and interest and am constantly active on the net adding content and communicating with others and I listen and am accessible and alwlays contactable  and aim to model effective on line behaviours to help drive my own business but also to show my clients, if they are not  experienced in this field that my support and advice.

 

 

That is founded on direct and long experience and consistent professionalism in the public domain. People are either too busy doing their thing  or lack the experience , IT competence and stamina to maintain a high profile without independent outside help .

Every one gets the five star treatmnent from me  celeb or even a monkey! If I can;t take images that help develop my reputation, how can i be of use helping others build theirs or a presence in the market place ?

Every one gets the five star treatmnent from me celeb or even a monkey! If I can’t take images that help develop my reputation, how can I be of use helping others build theirs or a presence in the market place ? You can’t fake it especially with the net and any fails or successes are going to be immediatley obvious , all the more reason why I don’t publish anything that would let anyone down or disappoint .

 

CONTACT ME-

You can contact me any time to book my supportive services . Here are my full contact details if you need to reach me but also to get some idea of how hard I work, the consistent quality of my work and the range of media I use on a daily basis.

Full contact details page.

How to FIND ME – My location & directions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I often cover corporate and other special social events which have guest speakers or musicians and vocalists as part of the entertainment hospitality and or a great DJ . Check out my coporate photography and related portfolios  via  the home page menus but also my PR photography to see examples of how I can help and have helped a variety of clients  you promote and market themselves and their business interests. Check out also my business Facebook and my Twitter  all of which are frequently updated with fresh ideas and further examples of my work . Feel free to leave your comments here below – they will not appear immediately as they have to be moderated.  Thanks.

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