Audrey DUJARDIN / ShutterBLAST has been an active journalist in the music and metal scene since 1997 in various media such as radio, video, print, online and an active photographer since 2006. At that time the true passion for photography shifted our core competencies to a balanced product portfolio of text and image, offering now a broad spectrum of services.
After years of extremely dedicated hard work in the field of photography, we are proud to have secured a vast network of happy customers. Below you will find several testimonials of some of our satisfied customers, along with recommendations from our peers.
A foreword from a reference in journalism:
Carl BEGAI – Journalist at BW& BK and author of the book 'Fire and Fame'
Audrey Dujardin is an artist. Any moron can stand in a photo pit snapping pictures left and right in the hopes of catching a decent shot, picking and choosing from a memory card full of lackluster pictures after the fact and calling himself or herself a photographer. Even before the lights go down Audrey is in the thick of things, not because she has a job to do but because she wants to be there. In many cases she needs to be there, of her own free will. When the lights go down she watches the stage with an artist's eye, seeing the pictures she takes before and as they happen rather than keeping her fingers crossed. Beyond the concert hall Audrey is innovative and original, as seen in her Don't Say A Word features on ShutterBLAST.net, which are simultaneously thought provoking and amusing. Despite the professionalism, technical prowess and quality of work she brings to the table, however, Ms. Dujardin may be distressed to hear herself referred to as "sweet" and "warm-hearted", but these traits only serve to strengthen the belief that she has earned the right to succeed. Her passion for the job is a given; it's a word thrown around far too easily but I defy anyone to say it doesn't apply here. In a business polluted with fakes, leeches and wannabes Audrey is a rare point of light. I'm pleased to know her, work with her, and take the occasional elbow in the ribs for getting in her way while in the pit. Respect.
On journalistic work …
Louise Brown – Editor of TERRORIZER Magazine
Regular customer –Press photography, live photography, journalism
Why does Terrorizer use and love Audrey Dujardin? Well apart from crystal clear photos of an extremely professional quality she has the knack of getting under the skin of her subject. Be it a studio session or live shot she always nails the one photo with the band/artist smiling, laughing or with eyes gleaming. She is not a photographer in the voyeur sense, she seems to always know her subject and be able to engage with them through the lens. This is probably thanks to the fact she is one of the friendliest people in the whole European metal scene, so you know just before the gig she was backstage exchanging gossip with the band and through that they're going to give her the best shots, pose the most for her, make sure she hogs the eye contact, giving us pictures we use over and over again. Audrey is also ubiquitous. She is not at the show because you've asked her, she's at the show because she has a true passion for metal, so even when we've not commissioned a photo from her and quick email to ask if she has any live shots of x, y or z and you just know the answer will be YES!
Christian Hector – METAL HAMMER Germany
Regular customer –Press photography, live photography
Audrey is to be seen on almost every Metal concert in Munich – hustling around, taking pictures, talking to people. I discovered her talent to take outstanding pictures, while having a drink with her and some colleagues in an Irish Pub in Munich. There she unpacked some strange objectives and filters, which normally are used on film cameras and kept on explaining everything. I guess some of the guests there were pretty pissed by the flashlights she constantly blew into their faces. After that she did some small jobs for Metal Hammer and – what can I say – she didn’t let us down. Since then I was stunned over and over again by her photos. By now she did great stuff from AC/DC, Amorphis and Behemoth to Metallica, Mastodon or Life Of Agony for us – be it live shots or sessions. No photographer became one of the main photographers of Metal Hammer Germany that fast before! Ever!
On DVD and photo projects for bands…
Mathias Nygård – Founder and Frontman of TURISAS, Century Media
Regular partner – Production work on the Turisas DVD, press, live, tour, endorsement photography.
We've worked together with Audrey on various projects. She has helped us out with various photographic needs: live shots, portraits for endorsers, behind the scenes footage, and - having become a close friend of the band - also just being around with her camera handy to immortalise our off duty moments. Audrey also played a huge role in the making of the documentary on our 2008 DVD ”A Finnish Summer With Turisas” in which she was involved to lead and plan the contents of the interviews. Audrey took a lot of responsibility in the contents, came up with tons of great ideas, and was extremely dedicated to the project from start to finish. Whatever she picks up, she puts herself into it with such passion, that I never cease to admire her energy which appears to be endless. She's the Duracell Bunny on speed who can squeeze 30 hours into a day.
Sven de Caluwé – Founder and Frontman of ABORTED, Century Media
Endorsement photography and work on the official ABORTED DVD.
Working with Audrey was always a pleasure, she is very smart and professional. Everything we got from her (ranging from photography to journalism, endorsement photography, interviewing us for our official DVD) has been done with nothing but the strictest professionalism and a lot of enthusiasm and was delivered in time. I would definitely recommend anyone to do business with her.
On promotional photography …
Ben Pakarinen – Vocals and lead guitar COPROLITH
Official promotional photos, live photography.
Audrey was recommended to us by our manager Toni Törrönen last summer. We got money together and flew her in from Germany for the week end because we were very excited to work together with her. Once she was in Porvoo, she took live shots of Coprolith one evening and spent the whole following day shooting us in various locations. She was creatively involved in all stages of the photo session, from the concept to the location, make-up and poses as well as post production. Her appearance at our promo session even awoke the curiosity of the local press as a reporter from a Porvoo magazine then interviewed her and wrote a feature about the shoot the next day. We have used her photos for our record and promotional purposes and will fly her in to Finland again this summer for our new line up photos and recommend her further to our other projects.
Toni Törrönen – Promoter/Agent SSG Management Ltd. - Tampere
Official partner on various events. Live, press and promotional photography.
I booked Audrey Dujardin for two photo shoots in Porvoo, Finland.
The first one was a promo shoot for the metal band Coprolith. I decided to call Audrey because I like her way of working, professionally but still really as a free spirit. Her way of working is firm and she always knows what to do next even if she doesn't get any suggestions from the band or the management. Finally the promo shoots were exactly or in fact more than expected. She captured the essence and spirit of the band.
The second shoot was to get good live promotional photos for a total of about 9 bands during a 2 day festival in Porvoo, Finland. Audrey brings even the most uninteresting band to life during a live performance.
On Endorsement photography …
Merlin Sutter – Drummer of ELUVEITIE, Nuclear Blast
Live and Press Studio photography, endorsement and documentary photography.
"I'd say I'm speaking for the whole band when I say that shutterblast.net is the first place we go to after a show Audrey was attending. Her live shots capture the moments on stage and the energy we put in our shows in a way none of us have seen anywhere else, and since that energy is what we are all about we don't see the need to check out other photographers when it comes to live photography - if we are looking for somebody to work with in that matter Audrey is and will be the first choice for Eluveitie. Especially since it's not only the wonderful pictures in astonishing quality but also the person that's behind it that has always been welcome in any backstage area so far and always will be when we are around."
Christian 'Chrigel' Glanzmann – Frontman of ELUVEITIE, Nuclear Blast
"Photography and picture editing can be good and professional. In the better case it is good and professional, but it also becomes art. And this is exactly our experience of working with Audrey Dujardin. She definitely knows how to perfectly stage you and still capture 'the moment' and naturalness. That makes her a very good photographer.
But there are diverse very good photographers. What makes Audrey unique though is her creativity. Taking pictures is probably a little bit like translating a foreign text. You can translate it literally - but that's not always what renders the content the most correctly. Sometimes you'll have to find different paraphrases, metaphors or phrases to really reflect a foreign texts meaning. If photography is about to capture a moment and an atmosphere, you'll face the same challenge! And in our experience, Audrey masterly finds creative and unconventional ways to not just display 'matter', but also the 'soul of it'!"
Gary Holt – Founder and Guitarist of EXODUS, Nuclear Blast
Press, live and promotional photos, endorsement photos…
The difference between a crappy shot and a great shot is usually measured in nanoseconds, and Audrey somehow finds that right moment to take the shot, and she always seems to hit the target when other seem to miss. She also has a secret weapon some may be missing. It's called "talent". And she has it and lots of it. And she uses it to take live shots that I actually want for myself! Not the boring shit you see every day, but shots that capture the action and make you look like you were really doing something!
Martin Buus – Lead guitar MERCENARY
Endorsement photos for Ibanez Guitars
I guess photography is very much like playing the guitar. You can have the world’s most expensive guitar, amp and all the fancy pedals in the world and still sound bad. It all comes down to what you’re “feeding” your instrument with. Ultimately you have to consider your instrument – being a camera or a guitar – a tool. A tool you can use to transform your ideas into sound or photos. Using your equipment as just a tool, is what makes all the difference and Audrey understand this completely.
Audrey has a way of capturing the intensity of a live show meaning you can look at a photo and almost feel the sweat and headbanging and basically relive the show. This is a rare quality among photographers and is what separates Audrey from a lot of the photographers out there. Audrey is living proof that talent plus know-how is worth more than equipment.
On co-operations with Record Labels …
Jaap Wagemaker – A&R Manager, NUCLEAR BLAST Records
There are a lot of photographers out there , but if you want pictures that are beyond the ordinary there is no way you can go around ShutterBLAST! Not only armed with the right cameras, but also with the 3rdeye, Audrey is able to see the world through a different perspective. Knowing exactly what she wants, she has already the picture image in her head, only waiting for the right moment to come up and catch it. Everybody can take pictures, but to become one with the image, at that moment in time and place is like painting a picture with a camera!
Next time when you are looking for great pictures; live, studio or for promotional use there is only one address that comes to mind!
Jens Prüter – Head of Artists & Repertoire, CENTURY MEDIA Records
There are some people in the global metal village everybody knows and everybody likes. Because they have a great understanding of the scene, their aesthetics and their ethics. Audrey's one of them, offering great photographer skills, journalistic knowledge and a good sense of humour - something you need to stand a few days on tour with lunatics like Norther & Turisas. If I have the choice, I would always prefer a Dujardin with Audrey than a Breakfast with Hepburn.
what the other photographers say about Audrey…
Arto SOINI – Fetish and live photographer - Turku
Audrey stands out because of her amazing devotion and attitude behind the viewfinder. She’s a professional photographer with good journalistic capabilities and people relation skills. The first thing that stopped me when I got to know Audrey, was her knowledge about her equipment. I haven't met any other female shooter who knows exactly how to get the best performance out her lenses or purchase and build ad-hoc external flash & radio trigger systems on her own. I'd say that you can put any equipment in Audrey's hands and she'll be using it in no time to get the job done. Stay out of the way, when Audrey is in the pit!!
Razvan CHISU - Stock photographer – Munich
I've known Audrey for something more than a year and her photography for a lot longer. The most surprising thing about her is that she manages to make every shoot look different from the last, capturing the mood of each band as individuals. She has great skills in photography and post-processing and is able to get the most out of each situation.
What I admire most about her is the determination, passion and hard work she is putting into this, constantly being on the road shooting or in front of her Mac retouching. Audrey can make even the ugliest heavy-metal dude look good, which is a talent you won't want to miss :)
Caroline TRAITLER – Live photographer – Innsbruck
When I met Audrey a few years ago she was just starting photography and was very interested in learning how to improve every day and it was great to see that she increased the quality of her pictures with every new session and every new challenge. I rarely see photographers who really put so much heart and passion in their work and nowadays I really admire her photographs for their beautiful artistic approach.