Spotlight on Lindsey Bates – Photographer Extraordinaire
Lindsey Bates, a Senior Associate in DHG’s Richmond office and a talented live music photographer, jumped at the opportunity to serve as photographer for DHG’s annual partner meeting earlier this year. In this spotlight, Lindsey talks about the experience and how her Life Beyond Numbers came full circle – mixing her passion outside the office with her work at DHG.
How did you become interested in photography? It was a complete accident! I was with my now husband at a concert and I had just gotten a really nice camera that I was excited to start using. I started playing around with it during sound check and the assistant program director at a radio station in VA saw a few of my photographs and asked if he could use them on the station’s website and social media channels.
Has live music photography always been your specialty? I’ve done a few weddings and senior photos for sorority sisters in college, but I’m just not passionate about that type of photography, my passion is in concerts. I love music, and now, I have a whole new way of looking at performances. From the lighting used to how a performer interacts with the audience, it’s really changed my perspective on the music industry in general.
Where’s the most unique place your photographs have appeared? A billboard in LA! My husband was a tour manager for a band on the Warped Tour in 2010. I went on tour with them and was taking pictures of the band We the Kings when a guy (Mike Posner) came out from backstage and leaped out into the crowd. Throughout the tour they were filming a documentary featuring 4 artists, some famous and some unknown, with Posner being one of the artists. The film crew was in need of a photo for the cover of the DVD, so when I posted the photo on social media with a hashtag, they found it. My photo ended up on posters for the documentary when it premiered at SXSW, and my best friend in CA saw the billboard in LA. It was up for about 8 months and I was able to see it in person!
Were you surprised when you were asked to be the photographer for the partner meeting? Yes, but I said yes immediately. I had never done anything like that before and I’m always looking for new challenges.
What were the highlights of the meeting for you? Being at Disney – you can’t beat that because I’m a Disney fanatic! And getting to meet the entire partner group. Everyone is really unique and fun to be around. It was truly an eye opening experience. It got me thinking that one day I would really like to be a partner at DHG because I could see myself fitting in so well.
What was it like to have your Life Beyond Numbers come full circle – mixing your passion outside the office with your work at DHG? One of the really unique aspects in working at DHG is that bringing something unique to the table isn’t a negative, it’s a positive. I never got that feeling during the interview process with any other firms. They would say, ok, that’s great, but how’s your photography going to affect you during busy season? When I interviewed at DHG, everyone I Interviewed with had gone to my website and looked at my photography before the interview – they had taken the time to get to know me and were so complimentary of my work.
How were you able to be efficient and manage client work and performance goals while being out of the office for the meeting? With the meeting being right after the September 15 deadline that certainly helped in that I was able to deliver on client deadlines before leaving for the meeting. I also let my team know well ahead of time and I assured them that I would always be available via cell phone and email.
Was there anything about the meeting that surprised you? I knew I would be nervous, but in the beginning I was a little more nervous than I thought I would be. I was a little intimidated with it being the first corporate event I had covered and I wanted to deliver quality work, especially with the leadership of the firm being the subject! I gave myself mental pep talks the first day – “don’t mess this up, don’t mess up!”