Let's Do A 2018 RECAP!!
Can you imagine another year come and gone? Jeeze, I feel old. Anyway, I'm seeing a lot of rad '2018 Recap' blog posts going around by photographers I know, and they always make me envious. So, I took a few minutes to go through my 2018 archives and saved images, and was actually pretty impressed. SO I WANNA SHARE THEM WITH YOU. Let's go!
Starting off the list of 'cool things I captured in 2018' -- we gotta go with my first set of the year. I knew it was going to be a good year when the first show of the year started out so killer. My first concert of 2018 was Joe Perry's album release!!! Not only was capturing Joe Perry rad, but he had some friends show up that BLEW MY MIND. I thought I was going to just photograph Joe Perry; but I walked away with images of Joe Perry, Slash, Johnny Depp & Robin Zander. Goals achieved.
Throughout the year, I had great opportunities to collaborate with numerous local bands; 14 different bands & musicians, to be exact! One of those rad bands that I worked with is Villains in Vogue. With ViV, I captured 11 of their live shows!! Actually, if you check out this page of their website, EVERY-SINGLE-IMAGE is one taken by me. I'm so freakin' honored. Also, these guys are killer and always put on a great show; I always get incredible images from it, so I'm not complaining at all.
For 2018, I photographed 2 major festivals; shout out to KAABOO Del Mar & Stagecoach! I had the honor of photographing KAABOO Del Mar last year - which is where I was able to capture pictures of Tom Petty right before his passing, but I was asked to come back to KAABOO Del Mar again this year. Of course I said yes! This year, there were two major highlights: one was my first Foo Fighters show. I probably took over 500 images of that set alone and walked away with 50+ amazing photographs. Dave Grohl is just incredible and such a crazy energetic performer - definitely a bucket list performance for me.
Second highlight of KAABOO Del Mar was standing in the crowd to see Robert Plant. Sadly, I was unable to be in the pit for this icon, but I was able to take these images from the crowd and watch his set as a fan.
My other festival this year -- Stagecoach -- was a huge honor for me for two reasons: one, I love Palms Springs and the desert and love every excuse to get out there, and two, this was my first jump into photographing country. This was me putting my toes in the water for the country market...starting that out with STAGECOACH?! Literally the biggest country music festival?! Some of the bands I was able to photograph were: Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osbourne, Walker Hayes, Brett Young (pictured below), Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Jake Owen, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Brice...and don't forget the classics: Molly Hatchet, Gordon Lightfoot, Tanya Tucker. I'm still shaking over how cool that weekend was! See all my images here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3
Another fun festival moment was at iHeart Radio's ALTerEgo festival show. I, honestly, hate all the images I took of this festival because I had to shoot from the 'soundboard' - which happened to be on the opposite side of the stadium from the stage. I simply do not have the gear required to shoot these shows (GOALS 2019), but either way, I enjoyed being there and covering the event. But during Mumford & Son's set, Mr. Mumford himself, Marcus Mumford, ran through the crowd and right in front of me. And accidentally tripped on my gear, sorry!, I captured it all on Snapchat. Watch it here:
Ok, I mentioned five things and this blog post is already getting too long, so I'm gonna stop writing so much and list my other honorable mentions for 2018. First up, I finally was able to photograph Panic! at the Disco and Brendon Urie. My 13 year old self is still screaming in excitement about this. 13 year old Boston also screamed about being in the pit for All American Rejects.
Franz Ferdinand was on my 'must shoot' list for about two years now. They put on a killer show and are so energetic, that I knew I wanted to capture them. This show meant a lot to me simply because I was able to bring a +1 and enjoy the show with my boyfriend (who is also a fan) after I photographed the first three songs of their set. Best date night ever!
Billy Idol was one of the first musicians I photographed, back in New York City. I was so excited to capture this idol (pun intended) again this year!
Also in 2018, I was able to photograph a lot more mainstream artists, diving more into rap & pop genres. This is QUITE a change for me. I still struggle with capturing a single lead singer. I got used to framing my images around having instruments in the frame, and that's simply how I've been shooting for most of my professional career (as I shoot mostly rock!). Framing singers in a way that's flattering and that you can see their face, sans microphone, is something I'm still working on. But I'm loving a lot of these images from this year!
Other honorable mentions: Warrant & Jonathan Davis. Warrant, because, I mean, who doesn't wanna hear "Cherry Pie" live? And also I love '80s hair metal than I love my cat. That's probably an exaggeration, but you get the point. And also, Jonathan Davis of Korn because I've been asked to cover one of their sets SO MANY TIMES, and it just never worked out. I finally got to check that off my list this year.
With my 'specialty' normally being in classic '80s rock, I had a lot (A LOT) of people tell me that I should check out a band called Greta Van Fleet. They were on my radar for a while, and I liked their style a lot so I was waiting for the chance to photograph them. I was finally able to do so at a tiny, intimate night at The Grammy Museum. They killed it, and I took over 1K images of their set, simply because I could not stop myself.
And to wrap it all up for 2018, getting to photograph the Hoff as well as the incredible John5 in the same night at Strange 80s 2 was pretty awesome. (Full set of images + some other cool celebrities can be found here.)
Ok, so to sum up the longest blog post of my life, in 2018 I photographed OVER 90 INDIVIDUAL LIVE SETS! And I'm so proud of where 2018 took me. It was a lot of work, a lot of long, late nights editing, and a lot of pictures captured, but SO WORTH IT. Each year I grow more and gain new skills. I try new and different gear. Sometimes I struggle and sometimes have sets that I hate how I did. But each one helps me figure out what to do better next time. And every time, it's a hell of a good time.
I can't wait to see what 2019 has in store. Happy New Year everyone!!
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