With 2009 just hours away, I thought I would share some of my favorite photos and moments of 2008. This is long (I mean, it’s a whole YEAR!), and in no particular order…
2008 was a pretty successful year, aside from rebranding my photography business, I also I did a lot this year that I didn’t originally set out to do.
For starters, I shot Mayhem Fest, a full day metal extravaganza. As a photographer who specializes in indie musicians, I usually wouldn’t have sought out a photopass to a festival that featured bands such a Dragonforce, Disturbed, and Slipknot. I had a blast though, and got some of my favorite photos of 2008 that day:
I also learned of an amazing band out of New York that is now one of my favorite bands to photograph – Semi-Precious Weapons.
I worked even more closely with Quietdrive – a band that I’ve known for several years, but this year, I shot promos as well as several of their shows. In December, I also got a request for a personal book comprised of Quietdrive images (which will soon be available for public sale), and have had several photos recently published in conjunction with their tour.
My two favorite tear sheets of theirs are the cover shot and the website splash page:
And so many personal favorite pictures:
In 2008, I also worked with Retna, which marked my first job with a wire service. I was contracted for a full shoot for an Ashanti/Hennessy event. It was also my first time doing “club shooting.” It worked out well, but I think I’ll stick to concerts!
But utimately, aside from all the cool bands that I’ve gotten the opportunity to photograph this year, I have had the most fun and made the best memories with my local bands:
(The boys of Last Fast Action never fail to make me laugh. This was taken at 2 a.m., after a small bar show in a town of 2,000, after they asked for my camera because they wanted to take promo pictures in the bathroom. Yes, alcohol was involved.)
And, of course, lots of local band favorites:
And a few more of my favorites are viewable below:
Finally, thanks to all of those who has inspired me, helped me, commented, pushed me, or encouraged me. You’re all amazing.