InFocusVisions Contributors

Fredda Gordon

Fredda Gordon, Rockstar Reporter and Photographer, is excited to have co-founded this site with Debra L. Rothenberg and loves contributing as much as publishing and editing. She is grateful to be able to help promote hard working artists and the writers and photographers who contribute to make this all-volunteer, money-free endeavor  successful. Fredda has been taking photographs for many years and loves shooting musicians on stage and off. Her long running project “Musicians Offstage” can be found on her website along with her other photographic journeys, video work and food projects.

You can see these and learn more about Fredda on her website, instagram and facebook. 

Website: www.freddaphotography.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freddaphoto/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freddag/

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Debra L. Rothenberg

Debra L. Rothenberg is one of the Co-founders of InFocusVisions and works as a Photographer, Photo Editor, and Speaker. Her first book, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN IN FOCUS, PHOTOGRAPHS 1980-2012 hit book stores in October 2013. The Wall Street Journal said it was one of “the best photo books for fall” and The NY Daily News called it “amazing” and it was #2 on the Amazon best sellers list for several months. It won a first place IPPY Award at the Independent Publishers Book Awards Gala in late 2013. Her second book, “You Don’t Have to Be Purrrrfect,” published in 2015,is a humorous photographic book, featuring her two cats and will teach people that daydreaming is fun, friendship is important, and that it’s ok to be different.

Bruce Springsteen chose 2 of her images for the covers of his live CD’s: “Brendan Byrne Arena at The Meadowlands in New Jersey, 8/5/84” and “LA Sports Arena 1988.” One of her images appeared on six Bruce Springsteen official tour t-shirts for his 1999-2000 World Tour.

She has gone on assignment to Haiti and Peru for cmmb.org, an NGO the educates women and children on healthcare, education and bettering the lives of themselves and their children, and has led 3 photo tours to Cuba along with InFocusVisions co-founder Fredda Gordon.

Debra has lectured about her career across the United States at the Apple Store, colleges, major camera stores (Adorama, Unique Photo, Bergen Camera among others), Libraries, Mohegan Sun, Lincoln Center, and for Women’s and photography groups and is available to speak for any event related to photography, celebrity and concert photography, or focusing on following your dream to attain your goals. Debra provides an entertaining slide show, shares interesting stories on how to develop a shot, and she provides encouraging remarks for budding photographers or anyone beginning a creative endeavor. Debra is best known for her presentation on her journey photographing Bruce Springsteen for over three decades, how her career developed, and how photography has changed and evolved through the years, and the story behind the photos of an American icon.

Her photography has been distributed and exhibited worldwide in galleries, newspapers, magazines, books, CD covers, and many web sites.

website:https://debrarothenberg.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/debrarothenbergphotography/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Debra-L-Rothenberg-Photography-49859873080/

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Rebecca Wolf

I have been an avid music enthusiast for as long as I can remember. Music fills my soul and I receive the greatest pleasure from experiencing instances of musical talent, skill and passion during live performances. Capturing these wondrous moments in my photography is a thrill for me at each and every show. I hope my viewers enjoy my results as much as I love the process. Rebeccawolfphotography.com

 
 
 
 
 
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Lori Schneider

I was born and raised in a small coal mining town in Northeast Pennsylvania appropriately named Minersville. I moved to NJ in the early nineties and am currently living in North Jersey. Always had a camera in my hands or nearby since I can remember. Always the one taking pictures at family events or when out and about. Self-taught, but still learning and always looking to improve. I can remember sneaking my point and shoot camera under my skirt for a Van Halen concert at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Waited 16 ½ hours in line to get tickets for that show back in 1984. Ended up with seventh row and some grainy Eddie pics, but that’s what happens when you must take a quick shot before security sees you and confiscates that said camera (which I still have to this day).

I am a published photographer. Engineer by day, wife, mother, dog mom and photographer all the rest. Currently I am a house photographer for a local venue and shoot private events. It’s great being able to connect with musicians on and off the stage and capture the emotion and special moments in my photography. Rock music is my favorite, but I listen to many genres. Live music, concerts and wildlife are my photography happy places. My only regret is that I wish I would have started this path sooner. But hey – better late than never to do what you love! Glad to be part of the In Focus Visions team!!!

Follow me on Instagram: @lorischneiderphotography (www.instagram.com/lorischneiderphotography) or send me an email: lorischneiderphotography@gmail.com.

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Ray Aponte
 
Ray Aponte is a born and bred New Yorker photographing the New York music scene. His passion is to capture those moments in a musical performance that draws the audience in. Over his long career in photography Ray has also photographed fashion, sports and editorial. Ray’s passion and insight into music translates easily into his photography.
 
 
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Carly Kutsup

Carly was born and raised in Garfield, NJ, constantly surrounded by creativity and music as both of her parents are artists themselves. She studied Broadcast Journalism and Journalism in college and worked in NYC for FUSE for a bit before becoming an Audio Visual Teacher for 12 years. When she wasn’t found in the classroom, most of her free time involved creating some form of art, whether it be websites, graphics, editing videos or photography and it still does. Attending live concerts has always been an important part of Carly’s life and she started videoing concerts back when she was in college. After having attended grad school and teaching Photography in Lawrenceville, NJ from 2016-2018, she fell in love with the craft and has made the switch from mostly videography to photography. She currently lives in Toms River, NJ and works as both an Instructional Designer and a Communications Adjunct Professor for the local college. In the evening and on the weekends, she freelances with conducting artist interviews and concert photography.

www.CreativeKolour.com

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Maria Passannante-Derr
 
Maria Passannante-Derr is a New York City and Asbury Park, N.J. based, live music/theatrical  photographer. See her work at Mpdphotography.net and mariapd_photography (instagram).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Becky Porter

Becky Porter is a Central Indiana based photographer who combines her diverse love of music with her love for photography, shooting anything from country music to alternative and metal.  Her list of artists include Elle King, Skillet, Pop Evil, The Struts, Nikki Lane, John Moreland, as well as several local acts, & more!    

You can find her on Instagram @bporterphotog

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Kim Palumbo

Kim is a New Jersey-based photographer specializing in concert, portrait, and corporate photography. Her work has been featured in multiple exhibitions across the U.S. and publications such as, Variety, The Courier Post, and Urban Agenda Magazine. She has been a photojournalist for several online music sites including In Focus Visions and Shutter 16 Magazine.

A mild-mannered corporate geek by day; in the evenings she can usually be found in dark clubs and theaters from Philadelphia to Asbury Park lugging around entirely too much camera gear and not nearly enough protective hearing devices. She thrives on the inherent challenges of concert photography and enjoys experiencing the symbiotic relationship between musicians and their fans. For her, it’s not just about listening to the music, but feeling it in her very core. She hopes that her photography conveys this sense of wonder and exuberance. 

When she’s not busy writing about herself in the third person, Kim enjoys snuggling with her house panther, Henry “Bear” Rollins, and drinking white wine. She’s passionate about photography, plays well with others, and is just a hoot when she wants to be. Hire her and follow along on all the usual social sites @Backstage_Bettie.

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Dave Nardiello

Dave likes to joke… During the Day, he sells drugs (legally) and at night he shoots rock and roll, Life is good! Dave is a freelance live events and concert photographer and the current house photographer at The Space in Westbury, Long Island. Having been a concert lover and photographer his whole life landing the house job at the Space led to opportunities he only once dreamed of. He often says….“Access is everything.” He has the unique ability to capture the emotion between artists and their audience that make the performance memorable. His goal is for the viewer to “feel” the performance through the lens. His Passion for concert photography has led to still photography work in other areas including: independent film, Portrait/studio work as well as landscape photography. His work can viewed @Davenard

 

 

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Sophie Neudert

I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I remember. I studied comparative literature, but photography is my passion. In summer 2018 I started taking photos at concerts since I love photography and I love music and I love people being on stage. I also work as an agency photographer and location scout and I write for a magazine. I do what I love – follow me on Instagram: @sophie_at_the_camera. 

 

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Darlene Cunnup 
 
Darlene Cunnup is a photographer living in Fort Mill, SC. She has photographed bands in SC, New York City, Pennsylvania, Greater LA area and Charlotte, NC since the 80’s.  Concert photography has always been a passion of Darlene’s, the energy, the music itself and the audience’s excitement drive her passion.  Every show is different and its a challenge to get great photos at some venues with lighting and access area but she loves a good challenge. Her photos have appeared in The Mill Magazine, in musicians tour guides, books and have been exhibited at the Loom Gallery in Fort Mill, SC,  WSOC Gallery in Charlotte,  NC and Libraries/galleries around Long Island, NY, and Pennsylvania.
 
When not photographing bands Darlene loves still life photography and travel/nature photography.
You can see her photos on blog photosbydarlene.blogspot.com

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Lydia Perez

Who am I?  Over the years I have learned that I am many things to many people.  I’m a Native New Yorker, born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen. By day I’m an executive for a Global Financial Institution and by night I am a Web Consultant/Designer that dabbles in Podcasting.  However, my Side Hustle and my HEART is PHOTOGRAPHY!  A tarot reader once told me that photography is my footing, it is what keeps me grounded and she was 100% right!  I am happiest and fulfilled with a camera in hand capturing moments that inspire, motivate and hopefully generates movement and feeling in you.

www.blueroseimaingation.com

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Saara Planting
Saara lives in Vantaa, Finland, Northern Europe. She is a data analyst during the week and a mother of a teenager. The rest of the time she is a gig photographer and that is where her heart lies.
 
Ace Mark (Bigelf, National Nightmare, Juniper Inc.) says “Saara’s pictures look great, I think that should be obvious for  anybody. But the thing that really fascinates me the most is that under  the surface, she’s somehow able to capture the moment; the movement and  the energy of the situation and pass that on her work. And that is a  true gift.”
 
 
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Jeff Ross

I picked up a Kodak Instamatic as an 8-year-old in 1973. Yes, it was all about pressing one button while trying not to fidget, but it opened a door for me. By age nine, I learned how to use my father’s SLR; flash, interchangeable lenses, adjustments galore! It was heaven. After teen years spent shooting for school yearbooks and college years shooting bands, including Bruce Springsteen twice in the 1980’s, inexplicably, I put the camera away.

After buying a simple point-and-shoot for my first European trip in 2008, I started generating some good concert shots, eventually borrowing or renting better equipment. Through a friend, I had a chance to shoot The Gaslight Anthem in 2009. My shots were picked up the next day for a lengthy feature. Following that, I bought my own rig and continued to shoot concerts regularly in Canada, Europe, and the USA.

My pictures have been used in numerous books, magazines, album artwork, artist websites, and online publications. Select high-quality prints are available on my website.

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Jini Sachse

Jini Sachse is a photographer living in New York City. Her love of photographing musicians  grew out of her lifelong love of The Rolling Stones. Jini studied photography at the International School for Photography in New York. Her photos have appeared in The Huffington Post and Burlington Now magazine, and been exhibited at Atlantic Gallery, Jadite Gallery, Queens Botanical Garden and Fountain House Gallery in New York, as well as Foto Foto Gallery in Huntington, NY, Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute, IN, The St. Louis Artists’ Guild in MO, The 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, and Meseo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba.

The fleeting nature of a musical performance is intriguing for Jini, and she attempts to catch such moments for posterity. Every performer is different, and every show has the unique potential to surprise and delight the audience.
www.jinisoxy.com and Instagram: @jsoxy 
 

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Nick Scalera 
 
Nick Scalera has been working as a freelance photojournalist for the past 10 years covering high school and college sports, theater performances, community events and concerts for print and online media outlets in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. He is very fortunate to have met many great people and cover interesting events along the way. For the past 21 years, he has been employed as a middle school Computer Technology teacher and really enjoy working with creative and enthusiastic students.
 
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