Photography by Dave Kai Piper - Dave Kai Piper

Touring & Events

Why should you take me on tour?

I understand people and I take amazing photos. The unique environment of a tour is not for everyone. I understand the role & will ensure the job always gets done to the very highest level. 

Photographer on tour.

Having a photographer on tour has so many benefits. In this day and age of social media, feeding the PR machines is hard work. Having a huge archive of wonderful images that capture not just the on-stage performance but showcases the whole aspects of life on the road, touring are always a good idea. We would provide images on the fly that cover anything that is instant & time related plus build an archive & store for the future. My background as a portrait photographer blends wonderfully with touring photography.

If you have a VIP add-on for the shows - I am more than happy to help here too. If you don't have a full system/website for handling this. I can build an online shop/download system for you. 

Portraits.

Of all the genres I shoot, the direct portrait is my thing. I love good contrast and classic lighting. The Punk Rock Portraits Project grew out of my willingness to find a way to be a part of a world I love. I tried but failed to learn an instrument,  but I can use a camera.  

I am always looking for bands to photograph, either in my signature style or in a way to suit any editorial or art direction.

There is a full gallery of images at the bottom of this page.

Stix Zadinia

13+ Years of Experience
Understands Music, Social Media & Content Creation
Widely Published & Reconginesd Photographer
Published & Established Educator of Photography
Global Sponsorship Partners

"I have met a lot of pro photographers who claim to be good teachers and workshop leaders, but Dave is the real deal. As well as impeccable technical skills in portrait photography, he has a real knack of explaining stuff to a wide range of students etc, and is very patient and helpful. His professional work, meanwhile, is of the highest calibre."

 Geoff Harris, Deputy Editor, Amateur Photographer and former Editor, Digital Camera


Live Gig Photography.

This is where my photography journey started, in truth, I never really stopped photographing shows, I just become busier in other areas that my time was limited & focus was moved to other areas.

The thrill of capturing a live show is just as alive today as it always has been. So whether the show is heading a festival or a small venue intimate show - we have you covered.

We know that sometimes there is a super-fast turn around time due to the demands of social media, so, we will always have images to go live instantly after the show, cropped sized and ready to go. 


Dave Kai Piper

Tour Photography.

As mentioned, these days having a rounded set of content is essential for any band. The fans love to see how the whole show works and all the hidden stuff that happens. This is the sort of stuff that is perfect for Instagram, Facebook and lets the world really connect with the band.

Some bands prefer a more relaxed approach, which is awesome, and some bands have a tight structure around what goes out into the public space - this is awesome too. We understand all the details and requirements that having a photographer on tour entails - such as privacy and personal space. We know when to put the camera away just as much as when to capture those iconic moments. 

We are more than happy to help create images for personal needs just as much as the band & labels needs - just let us know what you want and we can arrange it for you!

Videographers/photographers that understand the look the artist is going for isn’t easy to come by, but somehow Dave figures out beforehand each tour’s vibe and adapts to it. There is not a single tour I wouldn’t put Dave at the top of the list when needing to make the band look as badass as possible.


Marc Kantor / Tour Manager


Video Services.

We don't advertise that we make videos openly on our core website, but we have found that they can be important to our clients. As a special exception, we are happy to produce some amazing stuff if and when the need arises. All the cameras we use are high-spec in terms of video and carry audio recording equipment too. Given the correct production budget & time, we can arrange anything from simple Instagram stories to full stage productions. 

Below are the 2018 & 2019 videos we put together for Old Sarum Tattoos at Download Festival.

Check out this compilation video that we made for Not Ur Girlfirenz when they went on tour with Bowling for Soup. We made a daily blog for them for each day of the tour then made this video with some footage from all 7 days. 

Graphics, video & editing was all done on the road as well as covering the live shows & VIP photos for Bowling for Soup.

Please get in touch.

Phone number: +44 7707915171

Email: Dave@davepiper.co.uk

Testimonials.

Videographers/photographers that understand the look the artist is going for isn’t easy to come by, but somehow Dave figures out beforehand each tour’s vibe and adapts to it. There is not a single tour I wouldn’t put Dave at the top of the list when needing to make the band look as badass as possible. 
Marc Kantor / Tour Manager

I have met a lot of pro photographers who claim to be good teachers and workshop leaders, but Dave is the real deal. As well as impeccable technical skills in portrait photography, he has a real knack of explaining stuff to a wide range of students etc, and is very patient and helpful. His professional work, meanwhile, is of the highest calibre.
Geoff Harris, Deputy Editor, Amateur Photographer and former Editor, Digital Camera

We have worked with Dave for many years and he’s been a huge asset to our business. His photography is first class and we use his imagery to demonstrate the quality of our cameras and lenses. We have also used Dave‘s services to run workshops to demonstrate our products to new customers. In addition to being an excellent photographer, he has great communication skills, is reliable and works very well under pressure. 
Paul Reynolds - General Manager Sigma UK

Fantastic photographer, made finding new ways of getting creative studio and equipment pictures easy, with fast turn around in editing.
UPRAWR Studios

Dave was great to work with-in the club, he captured the raw energy of the room exactly how we wanted it and delivered the finished video including edits before the agreed deadline. We look forward to working with him again.
The Asylum Venue

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