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Meet Dan Garcia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Garcia.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
While in law school, on whim I decided to also pursue a career in music photography. I was able to “fake it till I make it” and secured photo credentials for Lollapalooza in Chicago. The month leading up to the festival I taught myself how to use a professional camera and my first time taking photos professionally I took photos of artists like Outkast, Eminem, Lorde and more. From there, I hit the ground running and made a career out of it, traveling across the country and working music festivals like Lolla, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. I got to the point where I could comfortably quit my career in law after graduating and I never looked back. Through work, I’ve met artists like Taylor Swift and have experienced some amazing shows throughout the country.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It was definitely very risky quitting a career as a lawyer. Although I wasn’t practicing law for long, it’s scary to pay so much money for an education just to switch careers in a field where I was self-taught. Although I don’t regret graduating law school and it actually works its way into my photography from time to time.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
While I do a lot of real estate photography and sports photography, music photography is my bread and butter. I travel to about 5-10 music festivals across the U.S. in a given year and shoot an even greater number of arena and theater shows throughout the entire year. To get into a great law school like the University of Wisconsin I always had to be good at what I do, but photography was the first time where I didn’t only feel like I was good but I was one of the best. Photography, especially music photography is definitely my calling. I think what sets me apart from others is my critical thinking I use to make sure I get the shot.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
YouTube tutorials generally are great for any photographer (new or old). They have taught me as much (if not more) as any photo class could.

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