letlive. @ The Marquis Theatre, 4/25/14
So, I lied. I know that I said these photo are in no particular order, but I definitely saved the best for last. This photo of letlive. is easily my favorite photo I have ever taken. EVER. Normally, I say that after a show - I'll be going through my photos and look at my boyfriend and go "these are the best photos I've ever taken" and then a few months later I shoot another show and that same thing happens. I suppose that's a good thing, as it means I'm always growing and getting better, but even now, eight months after this photo was taken, I can confidently say that this is still my favorite photo I've ever taken. Hell, it might even be my favorite photo that I will ever take.
Some people may argue and say, "But Shannon, what about this photo? I think this one is better!" and that's cool, but this is my favorite. Maybe it's because I love letlive. or maybe it's because Jason is one of my favorite people to shoot (and one of my favorite people in general), but I like to think that it's the emotion on Jason's face in this photo and the incredible show that led up to this exact moment.
If you've ever had the pleasure of meeting Jason Butler, then you probably know why everyone loves him so much. This man is so genuine - he cares about his fans so much, and it's not just an act. It's not about making money or looking cool. It's because he's a good dude, and I feel that this photo encompasses just that. This was taken during the last few seconds of the last song of their set (it was Renegade 86, if I remember correctly) and fans had stormed the stage to sing along with the band. It was the perfect ending for their set, during much of which fans kept jumping on stage to hug Jason while he performed. (and he never once turned one of them down.)
I think this is my favorite photo because it captures who Jason Butler is as a person and it captures what letlive. is about, and every time I look at it, I'm reminded why I keep shooting shows. It's for moments like this - moments that make me passionate about what I do and remind me why I keep doing it.
Thank you, letlive. for igniting that passion every single time I look at this photo and every time I get to photograph you. Here's to an incredible 2015. <3