Backstage Portrait Shoot With Melanie Martinez

I have concluded that I thoroughly enjoy photographing artists that I enjoy listening to. Maybe I am just an over obsessed fan boy that found a career to quench my need. This is a possibility, actually I think it is reality. Regardless it enables me to create images that mean something to me. In order for it to mean something, I have to connect with it somehow. I met Melanie while I was out photographing Lindsey Stirling. I had never heard of her prior but my friend on the tour said I had to meet her and that her music rules. Talked to her for a few minutes, watched her live show and I was sold. I honestly get so nervous going up to an artist after a show and asking to take their portraits. I know how much the artists I have worked with for years dislike it, but I had to try with Melanie. We were in a sick location and she looked so rad. I went up to her and said something across the lines of “Good show… question, don’t kill me, can I take some portraits of you? Is that your vibe? I know you just finished a show, but we are in a nice location” . She said sure and I was relieved and stoked. it worked, and I don’t think she hates me for asking her which would ultimately be the worst outcome. In total the shoot took about 2 minutes. Shot with the Canon 5d Mark III and Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 lens. Natural light.

Adam Elmakias Photographing Melanie Martinez Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Photographing Melanie Martinez Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater – photo by Svetlana Joukova

Adam Elmakias Photographing Melanie Martinez Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater - photo by Svetlana Joukova

Photographing Melanie Martinez Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater – photo by Svetlana Joukova

Melanie Martinez Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Melanie Martinez Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Melanie Martinez Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater by Adam Elmakias

Melanie Martinez Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Melanie Martinez Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater by Adam Elmakias

Melanie Martinez Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater by Adam Elmakias

Backstage Portrait of Melanie Martinez at Red Rocks Amphitheater

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POSTED BY Adam Elmakias

Adam Elmakias is a music photographer based out of San Diego, California. He spends most of his time doing stuff with cameras. Adam wrote this himself, not someone else. I am Adam.

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