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Conversations with Molly Foster

Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly Foster.

Hi Molly, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for sharing your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I started loving photography when I was young, taking pictures of sports, my friends, or nature. With my love of music and photography, I took my chances with a friend’s band to understand how to capture this form of art with my camera during my First year of high school. Even from just a garage set with minimal lighting, I fell in love with it. After that, I started sending email after email to publicists, magazines, managers, and more until someone said yes. Modest Mouse gave me my first opportunity at Starlight Theatre in May of 2018. Once I did that, I knew I wanted to do it forever. The next day, I made my first website and photography Instagram to build my portfolio and have something to show people. In my 5+ years of photographing concerts, I’m still doing what I love and taking pictures for artists anywhere from fraternity friends and their bands to The Greeting Committee, Hozier, The Driver Era, and more!

Let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One of the biggest struggles with concert photography is getting in. Concert photography is not a smooth job or an easy path to take. You have to have the proper credentials at the right time and make sure you’re speaking with the person who can get you in. Most managers don’t reply until 48 hours of the show to if you are approved or not- but I think that makes it better! It gives a rush of adrenaline to know that you have been charging your camera all night preparing, and now they said yes!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in concert photography and especially in capturing artists. I am most proud of my dedication and passion for music and photography. I have been allowed to meet so many people, travel to new places, and see some incredible artists. The best part about concert photography is networking. After their set, I talked to other photographers, the managers, and sometimes the artists to learn more about their art and what life as a musician is really like. Nothing is better than getting your approval for a pass and then coming home after a show with new contacts, friends, amazing photos, and knowing you just crossed another concert off your bucket list all in one night!

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I was born and raised in Kansas City and currently go to school in Nebraska. As much as I love NE, I miss Kansas City every day. The people there are so kind and welcoming, and every show I’ve been to has made me feel appreciated as not only a photographer but a fan and a friend.

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