Asbury Park Surf Music Festival

This weekend was the amazing Asbury Park Surf Music Festival presented by Hi Tide.

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2017 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU

This last weekend I was invited to come shoot the Marina and River stages of the XPONENTIAL Music Festival hosted by WXPN FM out of Philadelphia, PA.

Unfortunately due to some scheduling conflicts I couldn’t make the full festival but I’m still very excited about the acts I did get a chance to shoot.


Foxygen
Sure I had heard of this band from the Google Home commercial so my interest was peaked.  To put it short the absolutely blew me away.


Dave Hause & The Mermaid
Philadelphia locals absolutely killed it.  I was new to these guys but I am so stoked to follow them as they make their way back to the Theater of Living Arts on December 2, 2017.  Please go check them out.



Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Jazz isn’t my specialty but good lord do I appreciate it.  These may be some of the most talented musicians I’ve seen live in a long time.  They played two sets the same day and brought a ton of energy to both.


Rhiannon Giddens
What a captivating voice singing some of the most emotional and thought out lyrics.

 

I’m always looking to shoot more live music.  Please contact me if you’d like me to come shoot your show.

F*ck it. It’s Friday!

Well if today wasn’t one of the longest fucking weeks of my life.  Between being sick, having my bathroom flood, smashing my shin because of ice and more, I’m ready for the weekend more than ever.

I’m not typically one who looks forward to a certain day of the week because I try and make the most of any given day.  But today I needed to start off with a kick.  That’s right.  Give me the boss. (Press Play)

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band – Out In The Street (September 9, 2016 Philadelphia, PA)

I’m astonished it’s taken me this long to write about Bruce Springsteen.  Possibly the greatest walking human being to ever exist.  

There are times, I need to jump start my mind into realizing that there are so many good times ahead and most days I do that with music.  Today of course I kicked it back to one of the greatest nights of my life.  Seeing Springsteen front row two nights in a row was an experience I will NEVER forget.  Even better they record every show. I hope you’re enjoying this great blue collar anthem of his.  

Check out some great iPhone shots I was able to capture from that most memorable night.

My Start in Live Music Photography.

I love music.  Who doesn’t?  Live music is one of my favorite forms of art.  It has been since I first saw Incubus many many years ago.  As I started getting into photography more and more I thought it would be cool to shoot shows for a number of reasons:

  1.  Maybe I could start snaking into show for free (Turned out to be true)
  2. I could capture some awesome images and gain priceless experience. (Also true)
  3. Perhaps one day I’d make some money off of it. (Thanks to Drum Magazine Also True)

Live music photography is unique in that they do not allow flashes in, what can be, a very dark setting.  So you’re set testing the trust test of your camera’s ISO capabilities as well as the largest aperture you can find.

So started sending out credential requests to every show I wanted to see on behalf of the University I was enrolled in.  Being as I was a paid campus photographer it wasn’t hard to get the credentials I wanted to for all of the bands that I loved.  Thankfully Flickr never deleted my account so I came across some oldies that I thought I would share.  #TBT

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