MEET THE TEAM | ASSISTANT EDITOR, BRANDON SCHULZ

I live in Arizona. I love motorcycles and I ride a 2005 Harley-Davidson Dyna Superglide that I have put thousands of miles on. Before I got into photography I was going to college to become a marine biologist so that I could study sharks and help shark conservation efforts around the world. I have a beautiful wife named Dana and three amazing children named Kellin, Rowan, and Ashmore. I love to read. I enjoy cooking and coming up with my own recipes. I love horror/spooky things. I study and practice Stoicism. My favorite color is purple, and I love cookies more than any normal person probably should.

MSM: How did you get your start in music photography? 

BRANDON: I have always been an artist, but I never really considered photography because cameras were so expensive, and the digital cameras that we had weren’t very good. When phones started coming out with decent cameras I got myself an iPhone 6plus and it was having that camera in my pocket all the time that really got me into taking fun pictures and experimenting with photo editing. 

Anyway, my wife and I went to see Sleeping with Sirens in Phoenix, AZ. (We both love SWS, and actually named our first son Kellin) I had hung out with Kellin Quinn a few times before and my wife made me promise her that I’d take her to meet him. I was hanging out in the back of the venue when Kellin came out, and when he saw me he came to say hi. I introduced my wife, we took a photo together, and then just hung out for a couple hours. While hanging out before the show the owner of the venue joined us and he mentioned that he was short one security guard for the photo pit. I volunteered, Kellin vouched for me, and the owner went and grabbed me a security t-shirt. All I had to do was catch crowd surfers and I’d be able to enjoy the show from the pit. Sounded like a sweet deal to me!

During the show there weren’t many crowd surfers so I pulled out my phone and took a ton of photos and when I went to look at them later on I was blown away.

One of my favorite things about concerts has always been the energy that you can only get a live show, and here I had it in the palm of my hand! I felt like I had captured lightning in a bottle! That feeling was a better high than anything I’d ever experienced. From there on out I knew that I wanted to shoot concerts but I had no idea how. 

I started small, I got an intern position as a second shooter with a wedding photographer that allowed me to use his extra camera. I did that for about two and a half years before I finally got the money to buy my own gear. Once I finally had my own camera I took photos of anything and everything that I could. Landscapes, buildings, cars, models, my family, friends, but I still had no idea how to get into concert photography. 

Finally a small restaurant in town opened up and my friend uncle owned it. I asked if I could come down and practice shooting concerts. I did about three or four shows and then I used those photos photos to send to music publications and I ended up with MSM. 

Even though I’m finally a concert photographer I know that my learning will never end. Every concert is different. Every show I learn something new and I strive to find ways to improve. As long as my photos are better than the last concert I shot, I’m happy. Concert photography is by far the most challenging form of photography out there and I love that. For me this is far more of a journey than it is a destination. I plan to do this for as long as I possibly can. I love what I do and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

MSM: How long have you been doing photography in general? 

BRANDON: I’ve been doing photography for about 4 and a half years.

MSM: What’s in your gear bag? 

BRANDON: I shoot on a Canon 5D Mark IV. 

The two lenses I use for shows are a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 and a Canon 70-200 f/2.8. 

For other types of photography, I have numerous speedlights, strobes, softboxes, reflectors, led panels, and light tubes.

MSM: What advice would you give to anyone wanting to go into music photography? 

BRANDON: Don’t bother let the gatekeepers get you down, they are everywhere in this business.

Don’t be afraid to work for free while getting started, it will pay off in the end.

Make sure you talk to people at shows! 

Make friends, and network as much as possible!

Beyond all that, I’m a serious note: this industry can be hell sometimes, it can feel like there is no clear path forward, like you’re not valued, and it can feel like you’re not getting anywhere. But that’s OKAY! 

Don’t. Give. Up. 

You will find your way and things will work out if it’s what you truly want. You just have to have the courage to keep going.

MSM: Who would be your dream artist to shoot? 

BRANDON: This is a tough one. A short list would be: AFI, Ghost, Falling In Reverse, and Rise Against.

MSM: What is your favorite live show that you’ve attended? 

BRANDON: Hot Mulligan takes the cake on this one. 

PHE-NOM-E-NAL!

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