Meet Your NYSMusic Staff: Photo Editor and Writer Kathy Stockbridge
Kathy Stockbridge, staff writer and photographer for NYSMusic since 2013, always knew that music was an important piece of her soul and a part of who she was. It was inevitable that one day she would marry her passions for photography, her skills in writing, and her love of music and people into a creative outlet of this kind.
From her earliest memories she was exposed to an eclectic catalog of music genres. Introduced by her grandparents to some of the greatest Big Band musicians such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and Duke Ellington, these became the catalyst of her love of music at an early age. She was further subjected during her elementary school days to the music surrounding her in Murfreesboro, TN, a small community 30 miles south of the home of country music, Nashville, TN. Country music greats such as Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Charlie Pride, and Glen Campbell to name only a few made their mark on her and instilled in her a love of all things country and blue grass. Her music catalog continued to grow in the 70’s and 80’s with the greats of rock and roll such as the Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queen, Aerosmith, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Journey, and so many more too numerous to even list here. It was this melting pot of music that now enables Kathy to approach each show with a working knowledge of their origins and appreciate them to their fullest.
Currently living in Rome, NY, Kathy began her own business, Flashback Photography, seven years ago, and has specialized in music and event photography for the past four years. As house photographer for several years for The Stanley Center for the Performing Arts, Kathy was able to hone her skills in music/event photographing while capturing some of the most amazing talent from Broadway shows, to Symphony Orchestras, concerts, and events of all types. As a freelance photographer, Kathy has also covered several festivals over the years, worked with the New York Harness Racing Association, worked with local pageants for Miss New York/Miss America, and covered national musicians from all over the world. Her work has been featured on several websites, utilized for music cd’s and posters, and most recently as the cover shot to the NY State Sire Stakes Stallion Directory for 2014.
A graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University, Kathy’s formal training in Criminal Justice and Psychology have allowed her to work within her community for the last ten years to bring about positive changes for those in need. She currently is working with the Rome Housing Authority as a Tenant Relations Assistant, Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator, and Housing Inspector. Her passion is to bring opportunities to others by improving their quality of life through education, financial security, and life skills development.
Kathy’s main love however is her family. A single mother with four children ranging in ages from 30 to 17, grandmother to four ranging from ages 9-2, and proud parent to two dogs, she rarely finds herself bored as her home is the home away from home for everyone around. When she’s able to find some free time you can find her running (okay she calls it running….others may categorize it as a brisk walk), hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the outdoors in the Adirondack Mountains every chance she gets. Born and raised in the midwest, you’ll find that Kathy’s allegiance lies with her beloved St. Louis teams, most especially her Cardinals!
Kathy’s life long dream would be to travel the world and photograph as many cultures and sights as she possibly can. Her musical bucket list is long and extensive, as you can only imagine. However if she was to choose only a few shows she would die to cover, it would include Sting, Phil Collins, Pete Gabriel, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Keane, David Gray, One Republic, Lifehouse, George Straight, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., among others. How can she only choose a few to see when music photography is her passion in life?
Whether it’s a huge national act with thousands in the audience or a piano bar performer pounding the keys for a few at the bar, it doesn’t matter to Kathy as she loves being in that musical moment, and capturing the effect and energy surrounding a live show. Music photography is not what Kathy does, it’s who she is.