I’m Adam Kliebenstein, photographer from Hopewell, Virginia. More than anything I enjoy performance photography with the hopes of capturing a performer at his or her best, or as one fan of work says: “even when i’m bombing the pictures make me look legitimate.”
In my early 20′s I was an avid concert goer, that person who always wanted to be up front. From going to so many concerts and being near the photo pit I was always interested in seeing the shots that photographers were able to capture. My favorites being North Carolina based photographers, Josh Hofer and Paige Ramsey, both of whom were always cool enough to answer any questions I had about cameras as I was taking an interest in what would end up being a passion.
Though I wanted to primarily shoot the music scene, one day my good friend and aspiring stand up comedian, Jason Klingman asked me if I could take some photos at a local comedy show he Emcee’d, from then on I was hooked. Anytime I had the opportunity to photograph I took it…from the 3+ hour open mic marathons to the monthly shows in Richmond, VA. All those gigs have lead to opportunities to shoot the F-Bomb Comedy Festival, put on by Kenny Wingle. A four day comedy event featuring Whitney Cummings, Jon Reep, Doug Stanhope and the best up and coming comedians Virginia has to offer.
The past several years I’ve been a contributing photographer for Richmond, VA rock radio station, XL102. I’ve photographed meet and greets, interviews and performances of several top 40 artists as well as up and comers at Virginia venues such as The Canal Club, The National, The Richmond Coliseum and Rolling Stones magazine’s top concert venue in America, The NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia.
I appreciate everyone who has shown interest in my work and those who have given me the opportunity to photograph them in the past and I look forward to meeting many new people in the future.