I'm Gemma Louise: a Manchester-based live music photographer, with a love for loud music of the metal variety.

I've always been incredibly passionate about my music, so I guess that's where my love for live photography began. More recently, I've been spending a great deal of time, building up my expertise in music photography, as well as learning from some amazing photographers along the way. I currently shoot with my Canon, my pride and joy and use a series of lenses from my Canon 50mm to my Sigma 24-70mm.

My aim has always been to capture the raw energy and intensity of live music in my work. It's bloody hard work at times, and things don't always go the way you want - especially when you're battling for position in a small photo pit with ten other photographers - or dodging crowdsurfers and bottles of wee. But, despite all that, I thoroughly enjoy what I do. I'm an extremely sociable gal, and love meeting other folk at shows and enjoy a good chat. 

Coupled with my music photography, I also interview and review a wide range of bands, which have included, UK rockers The Crave, Bombay Bicycle Club, Europe, Tinchy Stryder and Brootal Moose, to name a few.

I also have a close affinity with London (after living there for five years), and love going back to the big smoke - whether it be catching up with my buddies or a band or two. I moved back 'ooop norf' after finishing my Degree in Marketing and PR and currently live in central Manchester.

As you've probably guessed, I adore my festivals and managed to attend Download Festival, WOMAD, Sonisphere and Bloodstock last Summer, which was awesome! I'll probably do the same again this year, given that the line ups are incredibly impressive...

I'm a massive Dream Theater fan and one of my all time favourite moments of last year was meeting the lovely James LaBrie and the band during their Progressive Nation Tour. 

Apart from the photography, live music and festivals, I love reading a good Chuck Palahniuk book and a decent Chablis - but I'm also partial to a good old Organic cider too.

If you see me out and about at a gig, come and say 'Hello'.

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