If you’ve come to our concerts you’ve probably seen a tall man, all in black, taking photos with a really staunch looking paparazzi-worthy camera. Those of you who come early see him all over the place — on top of chairs and benches, and practically in our faces. He’s almost disruptive. Except he’s not, because he’s there by invitation.
Meet Jim King, VCS’ photographer of choice. We’re quite used to him. And we’re much too busy polishing notes during sound check, which is usually when he arrives on show night. Once the music starts, he’s so discreet you don’t notice him either.
There is a family connection if you’re wondering – his daughter is Kristy King, a second soprano, and a frequent soloist. (Blonde, beautiful voice, hits all those high notes often, you know the one.) Which is how VCS and Mr. King crossed paths.
Mr. King now takes all our pictures. And boy does he make us look good! All those watermarked pictures on our facebook page are Mr. King’s. (As opposed to the, um, not so great ones we take on the fly with our iPhones.)
By the way, did we mention that Mr. King does not do this for a living? He’s an engineer, who happens to like taking very good pictures.
Pictures of VCS are up on Mr. King’s site. They’re wonderful moments of our concert – from set-up to soundcheck to performance to ovation. He’s been photographing us for years, so there are a lot, starting with the most recent ones from “Opera for the People” at the end of last season. We invite you to take a look.