Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry and more at the Boots And Hearts Festi

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Doug Brown
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Re: Miranda Lambert
In reply to CharlesB58, 11 months ago

CharlesB58 wrote:

Doug, did you have any issues with Miranda Lambert's photo approval? An associate of mine covered her concert here about a month ago. He submitted 25 pics for approval and she approved only 12. Of those, only 4 were shots of her (the rest were crowd shots or back up musicians). That same weekend I photographed Paula Cole and only had to deal with the standard "first three songs and be discrete" rule.

We've been having a lot of discussion of late as to how some performers have become such Prima Donnas they make it extremely difficult for photographers. I know there are some rude photographers who can spoil a show for paying audience members, but don't some of these performerd understand we are helping their careers by providing coverage of concerts for their fans?
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At first both Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert were no photo / no video and we thought we'd all have an early day.

A couple hours before their sets those rules changed to the standard 3 songs policy from the media pit (which surprised me because a lot of female stars want everything shot from the distance of the sound board)
The Boots And Hearts publicist was working hard to get us permission and she was successful. However, for Miranda we were only allowed on one side of the catwalk, and were kept about 20 ft. back from the edge of the stage. There were no restrictions for Dierks show.

I have never submitted photos for prior approval, even though it has been in many written releases I've signed. Those releases are basically unenforceable and exist simply as a safety net in case something happens during the show.

If, for instance, Miranda had a an embarrassing wardrobe failure in the middle of the three songs, or if a photographer put a very unflattering shot of her out there (career suicide for the photographer, but I know one HELLO Magazine regular who did exactly that with Beyonce and hasn't worked in Toronto since) then by signing that agreement her management has some kind of legal comeback.
They can say the photo wasn't approved and threaten legal action.

As for submitting photos before publishing, almost all of the concert shooters here in Toronto completely ignore it, there are never any consequences.
It is ridiculous to approve photo agencies to cover your show and then expect that they will hold off putting the shots out there pending approval. The photo agency world is all about speed to market.

Same with media shooters. You'd blow everyone's deadline by insisting on that procedure.

Douglas Brown

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