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Dominique Benedict
Dominique Benedict
Dominique Benedict is a photographer based out of Arkansas. You can see more of her work on Instagram at @dominiquesphoto.

Riverfest returns for a 41st year in Little Rock, featuring Highly Suspect, Margo Price, Young Thug and more

Last year, everyone was under the impression that RiverFest was going to be a thing of the past. Luckily, a new team saw the potential to turn it around and bring it back better than ever! The 41st annual RiverFest in Little Rock, Arkansas marked its return with a diverse lineup. Highly Suspect, The Lacs, and Young Thug were amongst the performers of the weekend. Continue Reading

Stone Sour bring their classic sound to Little Rock, with ’68 and Palaye Royale

Legendary rock band Stone Sour played in Little Rock, Ark. on Friday May 11, 2018 at the Metroplex Live, and brought with them two of the most refreshing bands in new music at the moment. Continue Reading

Bon Jovi’s This House Is Not For Sale Tour packs the Verizon Arena in Little Rock

On the evening of March 20th, 2018, Bon Jovi’s This House Is Not For Sale Tour stopped in Little Rock, Ark. to play to an absolutely packed Verizon Arena. Opening the show was local rock act deFrance. Continue Reading

Nothing More kicks off tour with a sold out show in Little Rock (with The Contortionist)

The first weekend of February was a great one for Little Rock, Ark.! After the Avenged Sevenfold show on Friday night, Nothing More graced the city with their unbelievable talent Saturday, February 3rd at the Metroplex Live. Joining Nothing More on this tour are KIRRA, Big Story, and The Contortionist, all whom put on incredible live performances. Continue Reading

‘The Stage World Tour’ Hits Little Rock with Bullet For My Valentine, Breaking Benjamin and Avenged Sevenfold

On the evening of February 2nd, 2018, Bullet For My Valentine, Breaking Benjamin, and Avenged Sevenfold performed to a packed Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Ark. Continue Reading

Out Came The Wolves, Palaye Royale and Crown The Empire play a sweaty, sold-out show in Dallas

Dallas, Texas in late July, the 29th to be exact, is arguably one of the absolute hottest places in the United States, and that just so happened to be the date of Crown The Empire’s current Summer Tour that I got to catch. Out Came The Wolves, Palaye Royale, and Crown The Empire sold out a small, relatively new venue in Dallas called The Dirty 30, and not so lucky for anyone there, the air conditioning in the venue was probably the worst that I have ever experienced. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Interview: SoMo on his new album, The Answers, his songwriting process and deciding what to cover

Multiplatinum Dallas-born R&B singer and songwriter SoMo released his second full-length, The Answers, in March and is currently touring in support of the release. His three-month tour is taking him around the country to perform hits like “Just A Man” to swarms of screaming girls (and some guys, too). Continue Reading

1 year ago

Tutorial: Do’s and don’ts of photographing a show from the photo pit

So, it’s your first time shooting a show, and you don’t want to majorly mess up. We’ve all been there! Some of us were lucky enough to have someone there to help along the way for the first show, but most others do not have that luxury, so here are our tips of how to prepare for your first time in the photo pit.

DO know the photo policy. Most venues and artists have the basic “first three songs, no flash” policy when it comes to shooting from the pit. There are still venues out there that may allow more, or less, so it is important to ask when you arrive to be sure. If you are shooting directly for the artist, rules differ a bit, and you will be granted more access than the other photographers.

DON’T have a flash on your camera. Even though you’ll be hard pressed to find an artist that allows flash, photographers still sometimes will keep their’s attached. You won’t look cool for having a bigger camera body – you’ll just look like you don’t know what you’re doing.

DO be respectful of the people around you. Photographers are more like a community than anyone else. Do not lean on other photographer’s shoulders to balance your camera, and do not push anyone out of the way if they are in the spot you want to be, and be sure to try to duck down if you are passing in front of someone shooting. Remember that everyone there is doing a job, and everyone there has a common goal of getting that one perfect shot. Do not jeopardize another person’s shot on purpose to get yours.

If you see this coming, get out of the way for security.

DON’T hang out in the pit if you aren’t shooting. If you have a photo pass and aren’t shooting, find a spot in the crowd and watch with the other fans. Pits are tight and hard to move around, so the less unnecessary bodies the better. At festivals especially, you’ll get glares and angry looks from people who are shooting if you’re in the pit just to get a great Snapchat or to dance.

DO move around and let other photographers shoot from prime spots. This one benefits you and those around you. A lot of the time, if a photographer has already gotten some awesome shots from their prime location, they will get themselves out of the way to allow other people that opportunity too. Keep in mind though, it is not cool to stay in one place the whole time. That takes the opportunity away from everyone else to shoot from that position. Get your shots, and go.

DON’T hold your camera above your head to take a photo when you are in front of someone. Not only does it block the view of the other photographers, but it blocks the view of the fans at the show too. There are some instances where it is necessary, but try to be mindful of who all is around you, and think of other ways you could possibly avoid it. Unless you absolutely have to, that is, so be quick about it if you decide you just need to get a higher angle.

Turn around a bit too. The crowd can be a great subject to shoot.

DO listen to and respect the crew and security. The crew and security guards at shows are some of the most important people at shows. They take priority over photographers any day. Crew members are necessary for the show to go on, and security guards are necessary to keep everyone safe and in a danger-free environment. Concert-goers safety is above taking photos at all times under every circumstance.

DON’T check your camera non-stop while you’re in the pit. Chimping, or checking your camera to see the shots you just too, should not be done in the pit. You have 15-minutes to shoot, and you’ll be surprised how many shots you miss while bent over checking to see if you caught a jump shot. Get your gear set at the beginning of the set and run with it. Check your images after your time in the pit is up.

DO exit the pit when your time is up. Staying after the time allowed will not only put you on security’s bad side, but make it seem like you don’t know what you are doing as well. Depending on the venue, you are allowed to shoot from the crowd, so take advantage of that! Just don’t ruin the fun of the crowd around you. Keep in mind that it is a photographer’s job to take photos of the natural environment around them, not to disturb and disrupt it.

This post was written for DominiquesPhotos.com. Read more of Dominique’s writing and see her photos here

2 years ago

Phantogram take on Little Rock with their highly entertaining show at the Metroplex

Just days after their massive television performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Phantogram visited Little Rock, Ark. for the first time. Continue Reading

2 years ago

Crowbar, GOATWHORE, Lillake, & Hell Camino rock out in Little Rock, AR

What do you get when a metal show is put on in Little Rock, Ark.? Mosh pits, smashed beer bottles, and rowdy metal-heads. Continue Reading

2 years ago
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