John Shearer has always been deeply influenced by the arts. Fueled by a mentor relationship with the iconic rock photographer Jim Marshall when he was still in college, he now specializes in entertainment portraiture, backstage coverage, and live-music photography; working alongside a wide variety of artists, record labels, brands and publications.

Whether he’s shooting album covers, documenting concert tours, or photographing talent at major awards shows—from the Grammys to the Oscars—his focus remains the same: relationships. Shearer believes that at the crux of great work is creative collaboration and trust; which both his images and his long-standing clients (Bob Dylan, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, among others) speak to.

He recently moved from Los Angeles to Nashville, where he currently holds the role of Nashville Bureau Chief for Getty Images. When he’s not behind a camera, he is spending time with his wife and two children. While based in Nashville, John’s work takes him all over the world.