I'm a self taught freelance concert photographer.
I went to my first Punk show in 2005 and took my Dad's FinePix E500 with me, just to document my night out, and grabbed a couple of shots of the bands. That Christmas my parents got me a FinePix S5500, so throughout 2006 and 2007 I started going to a lot more concerts and taking a lot more pictures.
I went to the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in 2007 and got a AAA pass through a friend, so managed to get into the press pits and got some great shots, still using that compact camera. Through the photos I took that spring and summer I had shots used in Distorted Magazine and managed to get my first press pass for Cock Sparrer in Wolverhampton and then for the SpeedFreaks Ball 3 in Hemsby.
Christmas 2007 my parents got me a Canon EOS 400D with 18-55mm kit lens, although I didn't take it out to a show until March 2008. Took me a little while to work out how to make it take the shots I want, but with trial and error I got there. Over time I added a Sigma 28-300mm zoom lens and a Nissin Speedlite Di466 Flash.
Recently I had my camera bag with all my equipment stolen, but have managed to replace everything (on a budget), although instead of the Sigma I picked up a Tamron 18-250mm zoom lens, which means I won't need to swap lenses over mid-set (win) although I will lose a little length. I also have a Jessops 360AFD Digital Flashgun.
I'm now one of the official photographers for Rebellion Festivals (see my stuff for them in here http://www.flickr.com/photos/35060667@N02/collections/), and have had my photos used in fanzines, on CD covers and I have been asked to collaborate on a UK Subs fansite calendar. I've also done a couple of promo shots for some smaller bands.
I would love to be able to make concert photography a profession, but at the moment it is still an expensive hobby.
I have upgraded to a Canon EOS 60D
Have added Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Lens to my kit