This year was filled with learning experiences and challenges, and I’m happy that I persevered through it, because I feel like I came out stronger in the end and ended up creating some of my favorite photos to date.Read More
This show was interesting. I (still) haven't gotten my D700 back from the repair shop, so I shot this show with my significantly slower D5000, and man was that a workout. If anything, I'll be more on top of my game than ever when I finally get my camera back, haha.
But I made it work, and I'm incredibly happy with my photos from this show! Every Time I Die is one of my favorite bands to photograph because the Buckley brothers are just insane, so I was really excited about this one and thankfully, they delivered. The Ghost Inside can be a pain in the ass to shoot because Jonathan rarely crouches down when he sings, which makes for a lot of "up the nose" shots, but having shot them not too long ago at Warped Tour, I feel that I was pretty prepared for it. (Though I was really upset when he pointed right at me for a photo in between songs and my lens didn't focus fast enough. It was the worst.) I was also happy to have a chance to shoot Architects in a setting like Summit Music Hall, even if I didn't get as many great pictures as I would have liked.
I thought that Backtrack and Hundredth would be a challenge, considering that they're both hardcore bands, and we all know that hardcore bands thrive on crowd interaction and despise barricades, which Summit Music Hall has. But that being said, they were both super fun to shoot. Both vocalists spent more time in the barricade singing along with fans than they did on stage which made for some great shots. And it made their sets even more fun. I also love it when bands interact with me when I'm shooting, and Barricade definitely hammed it up for me, so that was awesome!
Anyway, I'm super happy with these photos! Enjoy!
I absolutely adore shooting letlive. Not only are they some of the best dudes in the world, they're also the most energetic and fun band to watch (at least in my opinion.) I've shot them at least 5 times and every single time is different. Every single time, Jason is doing something just as crazy - if not crazier - than the last, including jumping off of balconies, leaping into the crowd even before the first line of the first song or climbing up some of the sketchiest looking speakers and bars I've ever seen. I've seen him and Jeff leap into the drum kit at the end of their set, practically beating themselves up just for the sake of a great live show and I've seen Jason go just as crazy, even with a sling around his arm because he decided it would be a good idea to punch out a window at one of their previous shows.
Honestly, if you've never seen letlive. - even if you're not into their music - they're a band that I think everyone should see at least once in their life. They just put so much heart and soul into their music and live performances that it's impossible not to like them, and it's always an absolute pleasure to take photos of these boys.
On top of getting to shoot letlive. at their second date on this tour, I also got the chance to take photos of I The Mighty and Architects, who were a dream to shoot, and Glass Cloud, who are another one of my favorite bands to photograph. Honestly, if you have a chance to make it out to this tour, I highly suggest it. All of these bands are great.