Last year I photographed a lot fewer shows than I normally do, and this year was even less. I think that at some point in 2015, I decided that concert photography was not even a challenge for me anymore and got bored with it. Another thing that didn't help was that my focus started to drift towards wedding photography and personal projects. Around April or May of this year something reinvigorated me, and by the end of 2016, I completely fell back in love with it. The highlights for me were getting picked up by Riot Fest Chicago to come photograph for them, and also shooting Big Gigantic in Philadelphia. Somewhere along the way I realized that it kept me sane, and helped to balance out everything else that I was photographing. With that said, here are some of my favorite concert photos from 2016.
As some of you know, I got my start in concert photography thanks to a personal invite from Mumford and Sons to photograph their show a few years back. Check out that story here: http://petapixel.com/2015/01/29/chance-encounter-helped-launch-concert-photography-career/.
I had just finished photographing the biggest gig of my career thus far, which was Riot Fest Chicago. So coming back to Denver and shooting the band that gave me my start, made me realize that things had pretty much come full circle for me. Driving to the show afforded me time to reflect on all of the things that I have accomplished so far in such a small amount of time. I then realized that I had already finished pretty much everything on my ten year career plan, except for two things. Now I'm working on a new ten year plan.
The only thing that sucked about shooting this show, was that the photographers were only allowed to shoot from one side of the stage, and not allowed to cross-over. I think I chose the best side. Here are the pictures.
A Day to Remember
Fitz and The Tantrums
Me First and The Gimmie Gimmies
Motion City Soundtrack
Tyler the Creator
Death Cab for Cutie