Concert Photography

Last week I had my first assignment for Cryptic Rock Magazine. While I have photographed many concerts, this was actually my first time taking pictures at the Marquee Theater. Even though I ran into some challenges with low lighting and color saturation, I really enjoyed taking photos at this venue. The biggest reason was that there was an area gated off just for the photographers and security. I have an expensive camera, and my biggest fear when I photograph rock concerts is that my equipment will get trashed or damaged from the mosh pit. When I’m photographing I have a tendency to be so focused on what is in my view finder that I’ll be completely oblivious to my surroundings. For each band, I had three songs to get all my photos, which proved to be enough time. In addition to taking photos my job also included writing a review for Red’s “Beauty and Rage” tour. You can check out my article and photos by clicking the link below. The above photos are of a local band called While She Waits. http://crypticrock.com/red-take-breath-away-marquee-theatre-tempe-az-6-4-5-w-adelitas-way-bad-seed-rising-mcclinton/

Scouting Locations

Typically, I’ll do a photo shoot anywhere. When you look at my photos, you’ll notice that I tend to get in fairly close to my subject so that you really don’t see too much of the background. It’s not really a conscious thing. It just happens. However, because I always want to push myself artistically, I’ve been adding different elements into the mix. For example, I really love location shoots. It’s tough and tedious at times, but I try to look at it like an adventure. When I find that perfect spot that tells a story or creates a mood, it’s an awesome experience. Recently, I’ve been scouting locations for senior/musician portraits. There are a couple of things that I’ve been keeping in mind when I’m looking for a location. 1.) Versatility (Are there different looks that I could get from one location?) 2.) Popularity (I love parks, but there are usually lots of people.) 3.) Will my model feel comfortable? The above photos are were taken at two different locations. The first photo was taken in downtown Phoenix on Grand Ave. and the second was taken in Tempe.  

Headshots

Since I was a kid, my parents collected movie posters and 8×10 headshots of the glamorous actors of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Elizabeth Taylor was my mother’s favorite actress. We had so many photos of her and other actresses, that we started referring to the rooms by the name of the actress whose photos plastered the walls. We had the Liz Taylor room and the Marilyn Monroe bathroom (People always took extra time in there). I spent my childhood surrounded by these pictures. Even now, when I close my eyes, I can remember the way the tilted their head, the shadows, the colors, the piercing look in their eyes. Headshots are fun for me because I don’t feel there’s a right or wrong way of doing it. I go with my instincts, and I also take chances or experiment. Most importantly, I have fun with it.

A Dose of Humor

Everyday I post on Instagram. As I was trying to find what I wanted to post, I came across this photo from a shoot I did several months ago. I related to this girl because, in the beginning of the shoot, she was really shy and not too comfortable in front of the camera. Towards the end of the shoot, however, she came out of her shell and we all started laughing and having a great time. It’s easy for me to take everything and anything too seriously. I’m very critical of my work because I want to continue growing as a photographer. But sometimes I need to just take a step back and remember to have fun. Photo shoots are a lot of work, but if the model or the client isn’t comfortable or isn’t having a good time, their discomfort shows in the photos. I’ve always been very uncomfortable having my picture taken. There are few photographers who made me feel okay to be in front of the camera and it’s their photos that I’ve always liked best. I’m grateful to those photographers. They taught me a valuable lesson. Life is too short not to enjoy the process. […]

ELEMENT A440 DOMINATE AT THEIR TOUR KICKOFF

This week I’m doing something a little different. Last Friday I had the opportunity to photograph Element A440. So today I’m  giving you a concert review for one of Phoenix’s recognized industrial metal bands. Element has been around the Phoenix music scene for several years, demonstrating a level of tenacity that would make most bands blush. I have seen a couple of their shows over the last four years, and, every time I see them, they somehow manage to push themselves musically and theatrically. When you see an Element show, you’re not just going to see a band. They pull you into their world; a world that is dark, sexy, and very bloody. Light-hearted Vaudeville-like acts added humor to an otherwise intense set. Where other bands have failed to intersperse such acts into their sets, these additional performers kept their acts short and sweet. The momentum continued with Halo’s screaming vocals and emotionally-packed lyrics, while his band mates, Graven, Animal, and Kat, captivated the audience with their playing as well as with their body language and spewing of fake blood. One of Element’s strength is their ability to connect with their audience. Halo was always near the edge of the […]

Landscape Photography in Jerome

Even though I’m primarily focused on photographing concerts, fashion editorials, and portraits, I still like to explore other types of photography. Every experience teaches me more about my camera and exposes weaknesses that I want to improve. As one instructor told me, “Photographers are always practicing.”