The Artist Feature Fridays series spotlights artists, crafters and designers who I really admire! This week’s featured artist is the multi-talented Virginia Kamenitzer. Virginia is a photographer and co-owner of Paul Vincent Studios in Hoboken, NJ. And I know she didn’t mention it in her interview… but I need to tell you that Virginia’s also a bad-ass singer!
I love art..seriously. I am not trying to be cheesy, but I really do love it. I love making it, I love watching others make it, and I love to provide an environment for people to be creative.
That was it for me. Anything that could possibly bring me closer to living in a mystical land makes me happy. ( If you haven’t had a chance to meet me yet, talk to me about Muppets, Jim Henson, and anything Dark Crystal related.. I get giddy)
From that point out I photographed everything I could, but my other love suddenly parralled my new love. Music. I really learned my craft photographing live music, bands, making cd art, and working on artist development. From there I began to shoot for publications and find myself front row at MSG, PNC, the Tweeter Center etc. shooting my 3 songs while smiling ear to ear.
Now I shoot everything from rock to fashion, stills to commercial work. I am currently co-owner of Paul Vincent Studios and Gallery and have been working with Paul Vincent and Tara Thurber to create a creative environment and up and coming art gallery.
Care to share any tips you’ve learned along the way with other artists?
There are a couple things I learned being a girl rock photographer I can share:
- Use the fact that you are a girl sparingly. I actually apply for passes as V.Kamenitzer to hide my gender. I’m not ashamed, I just realize it’s male based industry. Batting your eyes doesn’t get you anything.
- Don’t let anyone at MTV try and muscle you out of a good shot just cause they think they are fancy.
- Every photographer in the pit is there to catch an image, make sure you keep true to your vision and style and don’t let others around you influence you too much.
- Don’t use your 3 songs at MSG to test some new technique you read about.
- Have as much fun as you can in the craziness!!!!
Share the love – who are some of your favorite artists?
I have 2 artist that influence things I do :
Recent Indie Artist: Laura DeSantis-Olsson
Take a look at Virginia’s work at the following sites:
You can even see some of her pics on my band’s site. 😉