If you’ve followed Country Outfitter on any of our sites, for even the smallest amount of time, you’ve likely noticed we have some of the coolest photography on the web– ecommerce site or otherwise. That’s because we have two incredibly talented in-house photographers on our team. Recently, one of those talented photographers, Jeremy Scott, won top prize (the cover photo!) with his submission to the “Official Willie Nelson 2014 Calendar Contest,” which produced the Willie Nelson 2014 Calendar. The contest was put on by Nelson’s team and features photos submitted by fans from across the globe.
We asked Scott a few questions about the contest and his photography for a small glimpse behind the scenes at Country Outfitter.
Where was the photo taken?
The photo was taken at The Eureka Springs Auditorium on October 29th 2005.
What equipment were you using?
I was using a Canon 60D digital SLR camera.
How’d you get such a cool photo?
I was given a photo pass to the show by the promoter of the Eureka Springs Auditorium. My tips to any other photographers is you really have to have a good music photography portfolio built up before you can shoot professionally at a show like this, then show it to the promoters and owners of the venue and then ask very nicely. It also helps to offer them a few free prints. These days you often have to be affiliated with a publication of some sort. This is not the type photography you can do from your seat on the 20th row. You really need to be right up front.
What other artists have you taken photos of?
I have photographed hundreds of well-known artist and you can see many of them on my website www.photosbyjeremyscott.com.
A few of the more noteworthy ones are Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Les Claypool of Primus, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Guy Clark, Toby Keith, Phish, Widespread Panic, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Alabama Shakes, Steve Kimock, The Black Crowes, Montgomery Gentry, Luke Bryan, Big and Rich, and Charlie Daniels.
How long have you been taking photos?
I have been taking photos since I was in 10th grade. I have been doing it professionally since I was a sophomore in college when The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette hired me as their youngest full-time photographer ever. I started doing music photography in 1997, the same year I was hired by the Gazette.
Congrats, Jeremy! We sure are proud to have you on our team!