Becoming a Personal Photographer ft. Conor McDonnell (Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding)

Becoming a Personal Photographer ft. Conor McDonnell (Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding)

This week we welcome Conor McDonnell to the bus! I have known Conor for the past ten years and seeing the accomplishments he has pulled off both professionally and personally are nothing short of impressive. In this episode, we talk about what it takes to go from touring with an artist – to working with them on a very personal level. Touring is already personal, but being the guy who goes with them to private events, parties, and everything else – that takes a true connection. We very much limit our conversations to his jobs within the music industry – but I would encourage you to check out his portfolio for some amazing images in other areas as well.

In this episode of the Don’t Shit On The Bus podcast we will learn:

• How Conor became a person photographer
• The importance of always learning
• The significance of reading rooms
• How to become more than a photographer to an artist

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(00:00) Intro
(02:11) Patreon
(03:02) Conor gets on the bus
(05:45) How Conor got into photography
(10:20) When Conor started touring
(11:52) When Conor met Calvin Harris
(14:10) Being able to read the room
(15:07) Being more than a photographer
(19:15) When Conor knew he made it as a photographer
(20:38) Conor saying yes a lot early in his career
(24:04) Roadblocks switching between photography styles
(25:43) Working with managers
(30:13) Different music genres operate their own way
(31:49) Being a personal photographer for Calvin Harris
(34:15) Creatively collaborating with Calvin
(35:13) Learn as you go
(37:00) Staying humble
(40:34) How to not be seen during a concert
(46:07) Wrap up notes
(46:20) Shower Shoes

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Edited & Produced by Connor Gaskey