Josh Chaikin – Big Cheese/Principal Photographer
Josh has a camera and sort of knows how to use it, sometimes he gets lucky and actually gets things in focus. He also used to be a professional magician, and has earned himself the nickname “magic man” with venue security. His photography has been featured in M.U.M. the official magazine for the Society of American Magicians.
josh [at] photosfromthepit.com
Kyle “Speedy” Scranton- Word Jockey (Retired)
Kyle has no bio. Seriously, it’s like a medical condition or something.
Dallas Hessel – Word Monkey
Dallas is a former guitarist for a shitty metalcore band in Kansas City, and still enjoys playing guitar, and drums, but more to annoy his wife and pets. At the shows, he kind of just wanders around, and scribbles in a notepad. He might actually be illiterate. If the reviews were about the venue bars rather than the shows, his content would probably be better.
Carrie-Anne Pollard – European Correspondent
Carrie-Anne really likes music, and really likes photos, so she found a way to combine them both. She also really likes tea (English, duh!) but hasn’t quite figured out how to integrate that love into the industry yet (it’s an ongoing work in progress)…but, fortunately, the mountain of Yorkshire tea certainly does have its use during the editing process!
Nici Eberl – European Correspondent
Nici writes stuff and shoots bands, but in the U.K.
Christi Vest – Contributor
Ex-Singer, Ex-Corporate Whore turned full-time mommy by day, and concert/portrait photographer by night. Her superpower is blinding enemies with her extremely white legs, shooting shows, and making sure she get home in time to make breakfast, lunch, or dinner. She is a proud Texan who hates the heat, dislikes the rodeo, and will never wear cowboy boots – go figure. She never thought anything could be more exciting and more of an adrenaline rush than when she was onstage singing..then she shot my first band.
Joel Barrios – Contributor
Joel is a Miami based software developer, website designer, and photographer originally from Havana Cuba, who also happens to be a music lover. When he first picked up a camera, he found something he always felt was missing in his life – a creative outlet to express himself in ways other than using words. On his own words: “We live on an extraordinary planet, an entire world full of unique people and cultures, filled with epic landscapes and stunning architecture. Is through photography we can render those fleeting images permanent and makes memories tangible. Photography is definitely something of a magical invention — it’s an art form”.
He enjoys many types of photography, and is constantly trying to educate himself. His passion for music has driven him into concert photojournalism, but he looks way beyond that. Joel has a great eye for details, capturing the moments you might have missed even if you were at the show, his photographs will make you feel like you were part of the audience.
His shots have graced countless online articles, as part of his press and photo coverage for music festivals like Cruise to the Edge 2015, RoSfest 2016, Morsefest 2016 and ProgPower 2016 to name a few. His work has been also featured in the prestigious UK magazine Prog. Joel also frequently writes concerts and albums reviews for several web-magazines like Rock at Night, Photos from the Pit and The Prog Report.
Richard Bolwell – European Correspondent
Richard is a freelance concert photographer based in the UK. Richard shoots for many publications, agents, management, venues and directly for artists and bands themselves.
Working in the hospitality industry from leaving college until his early 30s and having little time to enjoy the music he loved, Richard grew increasingly frustrated at the lack of opportunity to see bands perform live. Richard bit the bullet and jumped head first in to the industry.
Photography for Richard, was a relatively recent discovery and it was through another musically related project that he purchased his first DSLR. Over the past few years Richard has honed his craft in this challenging field and now enjoys traveling the country visiting many a town a many a venue.
Along the way Richard has delved many relationships and met many people he now call friends. Richard enjoys nothing more than travelling the length and breadth of the country photographing the music he loves. Have camera, will travel!
Anya Svriskaya – Contributor
Anya shoots bands in NYC.
Jordan Vittitow – Contributor
Jordan writes stuff, and shoots bands, in Kentucky
Allison Hade – Contributor
Allison writes stuff, and shoots bands, in Milwaukee.