Concert photographers love their photo passes. Not only are photography credentials for live music hard won — but photo passes serve as prized keepsakes that nearly all music photographers collect as souvenirs beyond the images they make at concerts.
I'm sure that every single music photographer has been asked “what are you going to do with that?” by a fan pointing to their photo pass. While a fan would prize a pass from their favorite band or artist, just about every concert photographer I know collects their passes. Here are a few ways that music photographers collect and display their hard earned passes.
This post was inspired by a simple question put to me in this first Tweet:
Organizing photo passes in binders is a popular option as well. If you've been shooting for year, it's not only a great way to organize your passes, but it ends up as an extremely impressive way of cataloging the shows you've shot as well.
I laminate the regular sticky passes and put them in a scrapbook. With the lanyard laminates, I will take it off the lanyard and put in the scrapbook. If it’s a favorite artist, I’ll print an image from the night and put it and the pass in a frame for my wall pic.twitter.com/vsQp4wQiJR
Passes framed or otherwise mounted is another popular way music photographers showcase their passes. I love the idea that some people have photos of their families framed and on the wall, while music photographers have their favorite passes up.
Favorite or most memorable tours from my first 5 years of touring (apologies to the ones that didn’t make it, frame would just end up being massive if I included them all). Framing up another 5 years this upcoming November. pic.twitter.com/k2vLXFqwac
Personally, I don't do anything fancy with mine, though after seeing all the great responses here, I feel like I'm slacking. For now, I honestly just have a box filled with all the credentials I've received since 2006. It's a bit of a mess, but going through it every once in a while brings back a lot of memories for me.
I save every single pass and credential I get. Yes, even the paper wristbands. Here’s 14 years of photo passes for me. pic.twitter.com/r2jRRuipGX
I know that for me, as a concert photographer, collecting photo passes is a way of looking back at all the shows I've covered and worked. While each artist might not be in my portfolio, it's special to be able to look back at all the all the shows like this, each represented by a credential — whether it's a photo pass, an AAA laminate, or just a flimsy paper wristband.