David Heasley is a Columbus photographer that impressed me the very first time I was exposed to his work. His timing is impeccable. He consistently delivers photos that are full of emotion and depth. I especially love his coverage of local music events, I swear you can feel the music coming right out of the images.
I’ve had the privilege of meeting up with him several times as we both cover the local entertainment scene and on top of being an amazing photographer he is an overall nice guy too. He was gracious enough to grant me an interview earlier this summer.
Deb; how long have you been a photographer?
David: I started shooting in 2002 but consider 2005 when I started doing it professionally. That’s when I became the Assistant Photo Editor for The Lantern at OSU.
Deb: How did you get your start?
David: I started shooting sports and events in 2002 for Block O at OSU. I was doing their web site and event photos and then sports was kinda mixed in there. In 2005 I got my first SLR. While at The Lantern I started doing more theatre and concerts. In 2008 I started doing club/DJ photography for one of the promoters at BoMA and then Sugar.
Deb: What do you specialize in?
David: At one time or another I’ve done a little bit of everything. I do mostly things that move(sports, theatre, opera, concerts, events, etc) but I have done a few weddings and headshots and various other things. I always say if someone asks “have you ever shot ___” that I can always answer yes.
Deb: What is your favorite kind of event to photograph?
David: I think I prefer the theatre/opera stuff over the rest but I think it’s the balance in all of it that keeps me interested/sane. I love shooting sports and concerts but I think I get the most joy from seeing the finished product of my theatre/opera/stage photography.
Deb: What was your favorite shoot of all?
David: That’s kind of a loaded question but probably my favorite to shoot is Mr Fahrenheit and the Loverboys. It’s a Queen tribute band that features members from several local bands that come together 2-3 times a year to play.
Deb:What kind of equipment do you use?
David: I use all Canon digital gear. I started with the 20D and then moved to the 50D. I have some studio strobes that I use for my posed stuff(headshots, band promos) but they don’t see tons of action.
The impressive Mr. Heasley currently works with UWeekly as Assistant Photo Editor and Sports Photographer. He also works for PromoWest Productions as their house photographer for the Newport, LC, Basement and A&R Bar.
Make a point of checking out more of his work at http://www.cover-online.com/.
And you can always keep up with David on his Facebook Photography page at Facebook.com/CoverPhoto. If you would like to contact him to do a shoot for you, which I would highly recommend, you can reach him at
Photo.David@yahoo.com or David@Cover-Online.com.
This article ran in the Loud and Upfront in Columbus column in Out Of The Blue Magazine