In ‘Photographers Exposed’ we will get to know the people behind some of the most amazing photos. In this seventh edition we are proud to announce the official photographer of Tiësto: Jordan Loyd!
Who? Jordan Loyd
Your Job? Professional photographer
Years of experience? 7 years in business
Other hobbies/jobs? I’m an outdoor person; I love hiking, camping, fly fishing and skiing.
Favorite Quote? “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller
What was your first gig as a photographer?
My photography career began in the action sports industry. I live near some of the best ski resorts in the world and my early shoots focused on park riders at a couple of local mountains. I was first introduced to the music industry by shooting at Beta Nightclub in Denver, Colorado.
What’s the most beautiful location you’ve visited for your work?
I’ve had the unbelievable opportunity to travel all over the world capturing shows – I try to see as much of a location as possible, even though I’m often there for a short period of time. I don’t think I can narrow it down to one place, but a few locations that come to mind include: Paris, Cape Town, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, and Montreux.
You work as a photographer for Tiësto, how did you get in touch?
After I dove into the music photography genre, I started focusing on covering major music festivals across the United States. One of the main festivals I worked for was Electric Zoo – some of my images sparked a conversation which lead to a couple of test shoots at a few concerts. The rest is history, as they say.
Which gallery makes you proud the most?
I have a couple galleries that will always be special to me. I shot Beatport’s Beach Party in Miami during Miami Music Week in 2011. That was really one of the first times I traveled for a music-based photography event. I believe it was three days, I learned so much and didn’t really sleep for the entire time I was down there. I highly underestimated the time it would take to get gallery recaps out same day, especially when I was shooting all day for three days. I was so tired, I don’t even remember the plane ride home – the flight attendant had to wake me up and tell me to leave the plane! The gallery I’m probably most proud of would be Tomorrowland 2013 with Tiësto. It was such an awe inspiring location, stage, production, and crowd. It is stressful trying to capture the feeling of a show that large in a time period that small – but I was really happy with how everything turned out. Here is the link: http://goo.gl/S8ov8n
What is the craziest thing your lens has seen, but shouldn’t be visible for the outside world?
I’ve seen some pretty crazy things at festivals, but those memories / images are tucked away never to be discussed, nor seen!
What is the most memorable thing that happened during your work?
I’ve had a lot of really memorable things happen to me during my photographic career. Some of the ones that really stand out include: traveling to incredible locations across the world I never thought I would visit, features by major outlets like the New York Times, Rolling Stone, ESPN, MTV and more. Also, flying over EDC Las Vegas in a helicopter at night – I could make that trip every day and never be bored. The combination of the Las Vegas Strip and EDC with all the lights is truly something else.
What is your favorite lens?
I think this is a split between my 14-24 f/2.8 and my 70-200 f/2.8. The 70-200 f/2.8 is such a workhorse-type lens that excels in almost any situation – it is the quintessential glass for music photography, weddings, action sports or anything else you throw its way. I love the 14-24 f/2.8 equally though – it is an incredibly sharp wide angle lens and is perfect for capturing the energy of the crowd, a stage, or an artist performing.
Show us three of your favorite photos and tell us a little about it, why are these photos so special for you?
^ Las Vegas Strip 2013 | EXIF: 1/40 sec. @ f/2.8, ISO 2200 | Nikon D4 | Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
This first photo goes along with one of the memorable moments I mentioned above. This was my first time headed to EDC Las Vegas, my first time in a helicopter, and it was just a breathtaking view.
^ Tiësto @ Ziggo Dome 10.18.13 | EXIF: 1/640 sec. @ f/2.8, ISO 1600 | Nikon D4 | Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 14–24mm f/2.8G ED
The second photo is one of my favorite moments at a show – the energy of the show was amazing and I loved capturing this moment where Tiësto jumped up on the decks in front of thousands and thousands of screaming fans.
3) Skrillex @ Red Rocks 08.09.12 | EXIF: 1/200 sec. @ f/2.8, ISO 1600 | Nikon D3 | AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
This last photo of Skrillex is another favorite of mine because it was one of the first major shows I photographed at Red Rocks, a one-of-a-kind venue near where I live. The atmosphere, crowd, and moment all come together within this image.