May 2018 Meeting
Three Songs, No Flash: From Rock & Roll Fan to Rock & Roll Photographer
May 16, 2018 at 07:15 PM
Our May program will be centered around Event Photography, specifically concert photography. I "met" Paul Jendrasiak through Instagram. I started following him, since he was local; but I was intrigued by his concert images, since I too have done some event photography (though my focus has been on theatrical stage productions). So I reached out to him to see if he would share some of his expertise and images with GRCC members.
Photography has been a passion of Paul's since the day his dad, handed him his uncle's worn 1950's Pentax when he was 18. Through trial and error, Paul taught himself to create compelling images of the rock stars he revered when they took to the stage in West Michigan. From 18-20 years old, while working for Music Revue, Paul captured on film some of the biggest rock stars that came to the area: Metallica, Pearl Jam, Morrissey, Black Sabbath, BB King, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, ZZ Top, Tori Amos, RUSH, Pantera, Van Halen, KISS… Nearly 20 years later he began shooting again on digital for GRNow.com and capturing even more of the biggest stars visiting the area: Paul McCartnery, Elton John, The Black Keys, The Eagles, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Fleetwood Mac, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Alice Cooper, Kid Rock, Aerosmith. Paul says that photographing and capturing the energy of the bands and musicians he admired has been an amazing opportunity and was the closest thing to realizing his dream of becoming a rock star himself!
Join us at our May meeting to hear about Paul's journey with a visual presentation of the many Rock Stars he's photographed in Michigan over the last 25 years.
Guests are always welcome at GRCC meetings, however please be aware that there is a $5 per person charge for guests and non-members to attend the May 2018 meeting.
Paul Jendrasiak Biography
Paul was born and raised on the Southeast side of Grand Rapids, though he now resides in Grand Haven. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1990. When he was 18-24 years old, he interviewed and photographed rock stars like Gene Simmons of KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, Jon Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Van Halen Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and was the editor-in-chief for Music Revue magazine here in Grand Rapids. In the mid 90s to early 2000s he ran a successful search engine marketing company. In the early 2000s Paul co-founded the anti-spam software business SpamBully which was featured in WIRED magazine, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press. From 2012-2013 he hosted Sunday Morning Townsquare on WGRD, Channel 95.7, The River, and 98.7 and interviewed some of the most influential people in West Michigan. Currently Paul photographs bands and musicians performing at Van Andel Arena, DeVos Hall, 20 Monroe Live, and Meijer Gardens for GRNow.com. If you have seen the "Hello from Grand Rapids," "Hello from Holland," or "Hello from Grand Haven" postcards around town...those are the work of Paul Jendrasiak.
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- Meeting begins at 7:15 PM, introduction of visitors, new members, and announcements
- Social break with treats & 50/50 Raffle
- Monthly Competition
- End of meeting and cleanup