From 1992 until 2008, Rachel Bleckman had one of the best jobs in the world: photographing musicians during live performances hosted by Jam Productions, Rolling Stone, Bill Graham Presents, and various other music publications.
At every show, when she gathered with the other press, those who had cameras would talk about their adventures in the crazy world of rock photography while waiting for their photo passes.
Finally, when it was just about show time, the photographers were ushered in to what is known as the “pit”–the space in between the stage and the front row. It was fair game at that point; it was up to each photogrpaher to vie for the best spots and figure out how to deal with unpredictable lighting effects. There were only two rules, both of which meant they had to be on their game to succeed in this business: three songs, no flash!
Born and raised outside Chicago, Rachel made the trek to the West Coast 17 years ago, settling in on Piedmont Avenue, and she has resided here ever since. Rachel’s photography expertise includes portraits, events, and corporate work. Most recently, Rachel has contributed her talents to Blue Door Beads by photographing a range of our beads & jewelry, which we proudly feature on our Instagram account and website! See more of Rachel’s work at www.rerephoto.com.