Local photographer David Konieczko is booking bigger and better gigs thanks in large part to the power of social media and word-of-mouth.

And to keep up with contacts and to further promote his work, Konieczko has added to and updated his photography page on Facebook.

“A larger audience who wouldn’t normally see my work now can with just a simple post on Facebook,” he said recently. “Just in about a year-and-a-half I’ve done some pretty amazing shows in that short time.”

The gigs he’s booking are getting bigger, with bands and rap artists  – like The Rival Sons, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5 9 – whose names are gaining recognition outside their devoted followings. He said capturing these shows in pictures is the perfect storm of bringing together two of the things Konieczko loves to do most besides spending time with his son.

“I’m a huge music fan and photography fan so put those together and you have the ultimate job,” he added. “I’m thinking positive everyday and busting my butt off trying to get gigs, (and) so far its paying off.”

This weekend he will photograph stand-up comedian Pauly Shore, the first time he’s been called to shoot a stand-up show.

“I’m excited to meet him and hopefully he doesn’t pick on me while I’m taking his picture!!” he posted on his Facebook page. “Thanks to Martin Karpinski and Steve Hawkins at the Route 20 Outhouse for letting me in the door.”

Shore is playing the Route 20 Outhouse, 14001 Washington Avenue. The show starts at 8:30, and tickets are still available.

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