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Life & Work with Taline Qutub

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taline Qutub.  

Hi Taline, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My story of how I got into concert photography came out to be very organic and spontaneous. It stemmed from a photography course I’ve taken in my sophomore year of college to knock a few credits out of the way (had no prior experience or interest in photography). A few months into the course, I began to enjoy shooting nature, landscapes, and candids of people! 

Once the photography course came to an end, I didn’t stop shooting. I still went around scenic nature spots and was shooting around. However, I was getting bored of just shooting nature. I felt that if I stuck with a spectacular niche, it would get me even more driven to be inspired by the hobby! 

While having that in the back of my head, I came across a video on my YouTube Feed on “How To Get Into Concert Photography.” It seemed something that looked exciting because I am a concert junkie myself. To discover that I could combine my two favorite things which were concerts and photography, it was a no-brainer that I should give it a go! 

After watching video after video on how to claim photo passes for shows, I managed to land my first gig! The musician was an old friend I went to high school with, and she had been pursuing music since then! 

I asked her if I could come by to shoot her show for free, and she said yes! This opportunity not only got my start in music photography but is where I found my passion. 

Everything went up from there! I got to shoot my favorite artists/bands, meet new photography friends, contribute to a music magazine, interview artists, and much more! 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I would say the process was smooth for me when it came down to the progression I made within a year of pursuing concert photography. 

Most concert photographers usually start out locally for an immense amount of time to build their portfolios before they shoot their favorite artists. I managed to jump a few steps to only shoot twice locally, then land my first big band, “Misterwives.” 

It’s definitely not going to be sustainable or easy in the long road, but it’s a challenge I’m willing to take! 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I shoot concerts when I get the chance too, and portraits! I typically connect with the artist’s publicist to get photo passes and coverage on their show to feature in a music magazine I work with (Ascribe Magazine). 

I’m proudest of the time I got to shoot my favorite artist, Yungblud. By posting the pictures I shot of him, my photos went viral for the first time on Instagram! His fans liked my work, and it was spreading like wildfire! 

As a creative myself, it was the best feeling to have my work be recognized and favored by a lot of people! 

I think what sets me apart from others is my youthful personality. As we grow up, we tend to try to keep our inner child alive. I try to bring people back to that state with my work. 

I like adding some fever dream-like element into my edits to pull the viewer out of reality into one that is dreamy. 

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
My advice is to show up! By attending shows, I got to meet my creative tribe. Connecting with other photographers has led me to develop bonds and form genuine relationships with people who have the same goals as me! 

Especially in the digital age we live in, we have social media and that is another advantage for creators to find people to reach out to! Hit them up with questions, and always stay curious! 

What has worked for me was to be in touch with people who are in it for the same/ similar aspirations. We grow by collaborating, sharing tips, and referring to one another! 


  • Portraits: $250 | 25 edited images
  • Concert: $150 | 25 edited images

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Taline Qutub

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