Little known fact: I have a ten year plan for my photography career. One of the items in my plan was to travel to Europe for work. Coincidentally, one of my nearest and dearest friends was getting married in Italy, and asked me to come shoot her wedding. So since she was covering the the flight, I decided to fly out a week early, and explore Europe.Read More
The Suicide Girls happened to be in San Diego while I was there covering Comic Con. Since I loved my photos from the last time I photographed them, I decided to go and photograph them again. The only problem was that there was no photo pit, which meant that I had to duck and shoot around a standing room only crowd. Overall it was a good way to spend an evening, and their publicist just asked me if I want to cover them again when they come to Denver.
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