Over a year ago, I did a post on some concert photographers I admire, and while I still adore each and every one of them, I think it’s high time for a part two. I like all of these photographers for different reasons, and all of their work is very different. Each has something that makes them stand out above the rest for me. These are some of the people that make me excited to check my RSS feed.
Ok, so this about a week late… sorry, I had a TON of pictures to go through! But, some good came of all the time spent going through images… I didn’t realize what a crazy year 2009 had been. One could even say it was jam-packed. I apologize in advance for the length of this post…it’s hard to narrow down a year with so many spectacular events!
In fact, some numbers for this year:
-78 shows (+ uncounted rehearsals, recordings, etc)
In no particular order, here are some of my favorite things of 2009:
I’ve shot some incredible bands:
I’ve done a bunch of backstage work (which I absolutely love doing, and want to continue in 2010):
I shot Mayhem Fest for the second year, and it remains one of my favorite festivals to shoot:
I shot all five nights of our alternative stations’ major year-end concert, Twisted:
I went to SXSW for the first time (although I still haven’t edited most of the photos… whoops):
I saw Metallica for the first time. Also a first, I photographed a show with a point & shoot (oh LX3, how I love you):
After many years of being frustrated, I think I might have finally learned the timing for capturing the jump shot:
I shot a stage adaptation of one of my favorite records EVER, Ludo’s Broken Bride:
I did some behind-the-scenes stuff on a major label video shoot:
And somehow, I managed to squeeze a few band promos in there:
Thanks to all the bands, publicists, and friends who have been wonderful thoughout this year!
Wolfgang Schaefer opened up the Snowsera/We The Living show at Subterranean. Not knowing a thing about Wolfgang Schaefer before he took the stage (aside from the fact that he had a cool name), I was pretty impressed. A singer-songwriter, it was just him and his guitar onstage. His songs were good, his voice was great, and he had a fantastic stage personality. At one point, someone yelled for “Freebird” (they always do), and Wolfgang threatened to play the whole thing, but to do the guitar solo vocally. It was a vicious threat. (more…)
This post came about randomly. As all concert photographers do, I take a lot more pictures than I post. I generally try to cull images down to a handful of the best shots of each performer, so I have a nice mix that is representative of the band. Well, as I was going through my shots from Summerfest and House of Blues, I had a hard time of getting rid of pictures of Brett. It seemed that in each one, he was making a face, especially in the Summerfest pictures. And not just a “drummer face” but a face. Even backstage at House of Blues.
I realized that these faces needed their own blog time, as a tribute to the very energetic Brett 🙂 (more…)