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Behind the Scenes Video with Bon Jovi

September 13, 2010 by David Bergman

Patrick Hall and Lee Morris from Fstoppers.com recently produced a cool video about me and my work with Bon Jovi.

I was able to get them backstage at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey and they even got a few words from Jon Bon Jovi himself (watch all the way through to the end!).

You can read Patrick’s story about the making of the video on his site.

I suggest you turn up the volume and click the four arrows in the bottom right corner to watch full screen. Use headphones if you’re in the type of office environment that frowns upon loud music blasting from your desk.

(If you subscribe to my blog via email or RSS feed and don’t see the embedded video above, click the title of this post to open it in your browser.)

Big thanks to the band and management for allowing this video to be produced. Also to Patrick and Lee who did an amazing job!

You can see more of my Bon Jovi pictures and purchase prints at TourPhotographer.com.

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  • By Dustin Stone on September 13, 2010

    Makes the stuff I do with my church and a few local bands look lame:)  Very awesome and inspiring work!

  • By Boris B on September 13, 2010

    What is the white thing on the front of your lens that can be seen in most of the video?

    Thanks alot for taking the time to make this video and release it. It is appreciated.

  • By Brad Moore on September 13, 2010

    Dude, you are absolutely SICK!!! Amazing video, and you do a kicka$$ job with everything you touch. Love it!

  • By David Bergman on September 13, 2010

    Boris, it was a GoPro HD video cam. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get Lee and Patrick in the band’s dressing room, so I taped that on to get some video footage. Turns out I got them in, so we didn’t use much from that cam - only a clip or two.

  • By Tommy G. on September 14, 2010

    Loved the video. And as always, amazing stuff, Dave. There is no one I’ve found that that can shoot a live concert like you can.

    Hope you and your family are doing well.

  • By Joe Sankey on September 14, 2010

    Amazing work, beautifully presented.  Brilliant.  Shame you don’t have enough gear, though… 

    Related question - when flying, what do you pack in?  Checked?  Shipped?  Getting ready to deal with that myself, and trying to figure out if I need pelican cases or something else.  Thanks!

  • By marimuluvsbj on September 14, 2010

    Awesome video!!! I was in New Meadowlands Stadium on May 26, 27 and 29…Those shows were so amazing!!!! By the way, did you hand your picture books to Bon Jovi? I wanna get it, too!! How can I buy this?

  • By Lidano on September 14, 2010

    hy!
    how can I buy the book of photos of bon jovi?
    thanks

  • By David Bergman on September 14, 2010

    Joe, I did a blog post a while back about packing for football:
    http://davidbergman.net/blog/what-its-really-like-to-shoot-for-sports-illustrated/

    Lidano and marimuluvsbj, the photo books were just special gifts for the band. However, all of the photos in the book are available as prints at http://bonjovi.tourphotographer.com.

  • By Joe Sankey on September 14, 2010

    David - Thanks!

  • By Margaret White on September 14, 2010

    David… love the video… and love your photos! Rock On!!! smile

  • By Kelly DeBardelaben on September 15, 2010

    (((((((((David)))))))))))

    Can’t tell you how proud I am to call you a friend! smile

    Keep up the great work!

    XOXOX

    Kelly D <>< smile

  • By Dawn Lewis on September 17, 2010

    Awesome David!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • By Mike VanKirk on September 17, 2010

    Amazing video!  I love your work…very inspiring!

    Thanks

  • By BLOGitse on September 17, 2010

    Great to see how passionate you are. You really love what you do…with your heart & soul.
    Thanks for sharing this!

  • By Patrick on September 18, 2010

    Hey David

    I really love your work. It must be so great to take photos directly on the stage of Bon Jovi. Really cool stuff.
    Thank you

  • By Steve on September 19, 2010

    Hi David!

    Great vieo from FStoppers and behind the scenes.
    I noticed you had a GoPro attached to your camera with the wide angel lens. Cool idea. Do you use this for documenting with video or is it snapping pictures with an inverval?
    Cool thing. Can you give a comment on this, and what you use it for?

    -Steve-

  • By David Bergman on September 20, 2010

    Steve, I taped the GoPro HD video cam to my lens hood because we weren’t sure if Lee and Patrick would be able to go in the dressing room and I wanted some video footage in there. Turns out I got them backstage, so they didn’t use much of that footage – only a clip or two.

  • By Maru Malacari on October 14, 2010

    Loved the pics and the video!

    By any chance, did you come to the show in Argentina (3rd October)? I would love to have the pictures from this show! It was the first time I saw them live and they rocked big time!
    Love the band soo much!
    Thanks for sharing your amazing work!

    Cheers

    Maru (from Buenos Aires, Argentina!)

  • By teresa nichols on October 14, 2010

    Great work

  • By Seth Cohen on October 15, 2010

    Great Video.  My 18 month old was dancing in her highchair the whole time.  I guess she’s a Bon Jovi fan!

  • By Scott Jason on October 16, 2010

    David you are the man!!! Congrats a thousand times over!!!

    -Scott

  • By branko on December 07, 2010

    hi david!
    what a great feeling!!!watching this great job you did!!!
    one more time let people understand that sport photographer can do so many amazing things.
    say hello to al bello,i was chasing him as a photo manager at 2004 olympics on catwalk at boxing venue.crazy story.
    as bon jovi coming in athens next summer maybe we see you here.
    in any case,take care and keep rock and roll !!!!!!

  • By Marni on March 04, 2011

    David
    Great behind the scenes video-Great glimpse of how its done! Wow! Thanks for sharing how you make it happen. Maybe I will see you in Chicago in action?!I found myself and my friend in 2 of your photos from Toronto, Feb 14th. What a treat! I will be purchasing those, plus a few more. The best gift really is offering these photos to the fans. The artistic quality is captured and thats what the fans are after! Thank you so much!

    Marni

  • By Patty Mills on May 18, 2011

    I’ve watched this awesome video several times.  Thanks for all the interesting and informative pointers.  Do you know if audience members are allowed to bring in their dslr cameras to the shows?  In the video at 8:00, I saw a lady standing beside you with what appeared to be a dslr.  I’d LOVE to be a guest photog during the show in Memphis tomorrow night, 5/19/11, even if just for a couple of songs.  We have nosebleed seats almost behind the stage that really put a cramp in my picture taking style as I pretty much watch concerts through my viewfinder (but oh the memories from hundreds of pics/vids!)  Once before during a Keith Urban concert, sitting in almost the same location, the security guy (camera nazi) threatened to take my camera from me twice. I’d really like to be able to use my camera from way up there without disruption.

    I realize this is extremely short notice, but if you could comment on whether or not the band has a camera policy about dslrs, I’d appreciate it if you could let me know so I’ll know whether to bother bringing it with me or not.

    Thanks so much - I’ll be looking for you in the crowd!

    Patty

    P.S.  In case you’d like to give a 2nd shooter a chance, I’ll be rockin’ in the rafters in Sec 205, Row M, seat 21 or 22! :~D

  • By Paulo Bico on May 30, 2011

    You are an inspiration to me, I saw this video about 8 months and today I am shooting one of the leading bands in Portugal. Does not compare to Bon Jovi, but maybe one day I’ll be by your side to shoot, maybe:) if you have time for a look of my website like your opinion. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    Thanks,

    Paulo Bico

  • By Marthe & Trude on June 17, 2011

    Hi David!

    Hope you caught some great pictures in Helsinki as well. We googled you and found your amazing site! To bad you didn`t get Jon with the lunar eclipse. I suggest you go further north next time you are visiting Norway. The moon is amazing in winter and the northern lights are unbelievable when you are out of light pollution from the cities.

    Again, you`re amazing. Guess there will be some Bon Jovi orders from your site smile

    Best regards,

    The long legged sisters in Oslo wink

  • By ocserver on July 11, 2011

    i’m happy i stumble upon your site! i watched the video and listen to your advices. great photographer, great words.

  • By Dustin Finn on July 15, 2011

    OMG… So I’m watching the video and I see that you did exactly what I wanted to do… I just got a GoPro camera and the first thing I could think of was to put it on my camera during a wedding… - insane…

  • By Karen Clemente on July 18, 2011

    David,

    Your work leaves me speechless. I am a fairly new DSLR photographer and I love to shoot sports etc. I’ve even tried a couple of performances. It’s hard work and you inspire me to keep learning and pursuing my dream. You have my dream career and I can only hope to be as good and as successful as you are.

    Do you have a studio collection in New York? My husband is currently in Afghanistan, but we are hoping to move to the East coast next summer. I would love to see more of your work that doesn’t reach a magazine cover. Computer screens can never do photos justice. Up close and personal I believe is the key.

    Good luck with your next adventure. You’ve certainly been on one with Bon Jovi. Looking forward to seeing your photos from the Mannheim concert that I attended.

    Sincerely,

    Karen

  • By marianna on October 27, 2011

    great job!!!!!!  I love this video and your photos David!!!  You are amazing!!! I wish I could take so beautiful shots!

  • By Jacques Mouchet on December 25, 2011

    Hi Dave,
    For a long time french Rock show photographer, what you did with Bon Jovi, second US band I love the most after Bruce Springsteen & His E. Street Band is just a DREAM. As you told us, all your dreams can come true with patience, dedication and… Time. I would like very much to talk about your experience in the magazine I created 3 years ago MADE IN USA magazine a bimonthly magazine dedicated to Country Music and all things coming from USA a country that I love so much! Congratulation for this video and pictures you share with us!... How jalous am I winkMerry Christmas and Happy New year for you, and the one you love!
    Jacques

  • By KATHY on January 02, 2012

    I WAS THERE MAY 26 2010 IT WAS AWESOME THE NEVER LOOKED HOTTER LOL ITS MY FIRST CONCERT OF BON JOVI AND TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM BUFFALO NY TO SEE THEM JUST LOVE THEM FROM 1983 AND JON IS AMAZING AS USUAL TALK ABOUT HOTNESS OMG   KATHY

  • By KATHY on January 02, 2012

    DAVID AWESOME VIDEO THE SHOTS U TAKE ARE AWESOME THE SHOTS WERE CYSTAL CLEAR AWESOME PHOTOS U ROCK SAY HI TO THE BAND AND KEEP THE GREAT SHOTS COMING LOVE THEM



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