Nicci Allen is a photography/graphic design major who has been an active and involved member of the music scene since she was a teenager.
Whether it was bartending concerts at The Pearl Room, being an involved member of the Girls of Metal, booking and promoting local shows and benefits, attending festivals and supporting artists of every genre, or DJing and writing her own music, Nicci has always made music a staple in her way of life.
Matthew Belter started viewing life through the lens in high school and continued that practice during his more than 20 years in retail. Executive roles for a variety of companies provided him with the opportunity to travel the country. Now he specializes in live concert photography, as well as portraiture, landscapes, and sports. Live music has long been a hobby, and he appreciates the challenge of representing the raw joy, focus, determination, and effort he sees on stage.
A music lover since the age of ten, Marc prides himself on an appreciation for diversity. From jazz to metal, country to hip hop, EDM to funk; he lives and breathes live music. Attending a handful of music festivals a year throughout the Midwest as well as concerts nearly every weekend, Marc passionately believes in music’s power to unite and inspire. He has been a musician for over a decade.
Favorite artists range from Muddy Waters and Miles Davis to The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, to Nas and A Tribe Called Quest. Current favorites include St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Snarky Puppy, Zac Brown Band, G-Eazy, Logic, and Lotus.
Cindi Jean Huang is a photographer, video editor, video colorist, and musician. She discovered her love for media arts in grade school when she found herself driven towards video presentations over power points and poster boards. It wasn’t until she was a year from graduating into a life of accounting that she became conscious of her passion. Rerouting her trajectory, she has since graduated film school, established her own media company, and has been shooting concert photography since mid 2015.
My passion for live music started at a young age, with my first concert that I can remember going to being Anthrax. Since, I have been to hundreds of concerts throughout the years and music has always been a large part of my life. I can remember when I was younger flipping through pages of music magazines, such as Hit Parader, just to look at the pictures of the people I idolized so much – I would say that has the biggest impact on how I developed my style of concert photography. While concert photography is my primary focus, I also “dabble” in other aspects of photography such as portraiture, weddings, etc.
My passion for concert photography began when I attended my first show at the age of 17, watching the 69 Eyes and Cradle of Filth perform at the “Irving Plaza” in New York City. It was also the first time I purchased my first compact camera so that I’d be able to relive that night through the images. The love of music and concerts would have me waking up early mornings, even skipping school at times so I could be first in line, in order to take decent photos of the musicians and hopefully catch a guitar pick from the guitarists. But it wasn’t until 2014 that I was fortunate enough to purchase my first DSLR camera and given the opportunity to photograph local bands. Whether it’s a house show, bar show or a well-known venue, if I can bring in my camera, I’ll be there!
Janelle Rominski’s favorite place to be is in the photo pit. She has been to over 500 concerts and loves the feeling of being close to so many talented musicians and taking quality photos of their shows. She began her passion of “rocktography” and show reviews as soon as she could drive herself to concert venues.
At the age of 16, Janelle began working as a street team member for several record labels and music promotions companies, which lead to concert photography opportunities. Her passion for rock concert photography has taken her all over the United States and she enjoyed photographing Disturbed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Halestorm and Adrenaline Mob in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
With an entirely open and unbiased obsession with music, Dan decided to take the opportunity given to him to share his thoughts for On Stage Review. Having been to hundreds of concerts of a variety of styles and genres over the years, he’s no stranger to live music. He has been playing bass guitar for over twelve years now and has been dabbling in vocal work, drums, and piano for almost as long. Growing up listening to metal and industrial then transitioning into jazz and classical, and now having a particular love for funk or anything that grooves; his perspective comes from a well-rounded musical background and some amateur experience as a musician.
I’ve been a fan of music for as long as I can remember. I was introduced to hard rock and metal when I was in high school, but eventually developed a taste for other genres as well. I loved going to concerts and seeing the artists perform, so it made sense that I would want to capture those moments when I picked up a camera and started learning photography. I’ve been shooting shows since 2010 and will happily shoot anything from rock to country, metal to reggae. Just put me in the pit and I can shoot it!
Nick Torelli is a Denver based photographer and has been a professional photographer for 8 years now. Nick is an avid concert goer and lover of all types of music with bias towards the funky and creative artists. Nick is a creative photographer that goes above and beyond to get ‘the shot’. Nick captures the passion of people when performing by trying different things and pursuing all angles. Nick has been known to drive all night to make a concert 12 hours away. Concert photography is in Nick’s blood, his dad was a professional concert photographer and has shot for the Allman Brothers Band, George Harrison, The Grateful Dead, Leon Russel and many more.
As an avid music-lover my entire life, I really dove head first in hard rock and hair metal in the 1980’s when I attended my first concert, Ozzy Osbourne, when I was just 14 years old. From then on, I attended concerts on a regular basis and skipped school, as needed, so I could wait in line, with film camera in hand, to be front row at the local general admission shows held in Green Bay, Wisconsin in attempt to witness a great show and capture a photo or two of my favorite artists.
I always enjoy meeting fellow music-lovers and sharing stories so if we should meet in the future, chances are good that I will either have a camera or guitar pick in hand. I hope you enjoy my work!