I had the privilege to interview photographer Jen Strogatz. She has a passion for music and photography since a teenager and combined these two passions with her work. Read the interview to find out more!
Tell us about yourself and what you do
I’m Jen Strogatz and I have been a photographer for over a decade. I specialize in live music, portrait and commercial photography, but also have a background in event and fashion photography. Besides my photography business, I work as the Assistant Editor for an entertainment website where I cover press for concerts, music festivals, events and interviews with musical artists.
After being asked for help with the branding of a number of the artists I’ve worked with, I decided to launch a business that basically encompasses all of the things that I do and am now able to offer a full-service management, development, marketing and PR consultancy to the artists and brands who need our help.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I am inspired by Mary Ellen Mark because she made a significant impact as a top female photographer in our society and I admire her work greatly, as well as look up to her as a leading role model in my own life. I’ve also always been inspired by spiritual and personal growth leaders and gurus. One of them being Gabrielle Bernstein, who I find extremely inspirational and empowering.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
One of my greatest achievements has been successfully launching and running my music photography business, and now, the LCJ Group. More significantly, though, I would say that my greatest achievement has been breaking free from the mold and just following my heart in doing what I love to do. I never imagined myself having a mundane career and I have worked very hard to do just the opposite. Although it is challenging, I follow my instincts and just trust that my intuition will guide me in the direction that I’m meant to go in.
Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
To break into concert photography, the best step would be to contact your local media outlets. You may have a better chance getting press passes shooting for smaller local media outlets. If you see a specific concert or event you’d like to cover, pitch it to one of them! In the meantime, wander around your city with a camera and build up your photography portfolio with a variety of subjects and high quality files. If it’s something you are passionate about, go after it!