The Power of Concert Photography

Aside from travel photography, capturing concerts is my passion. It’s also how I learned to master shooting in low light.  Over the past two years, I’ve photographed practically 90% of all reggae artists, as well as large events like the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival.

People often think you’re not enjoying the moment because you’re too busy photographing. But that’s so far from the truth, especially when it comes to music. In fact, there’s only one thing better than being at a live show: capturing it through a lens, up-close and personal. I feel the music, the artist and the atmosphere a hundred times more than when I’m just a spectator.

Besides, I’ve learned to dance and shoot. 🙂

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller. Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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