Two weeks has passed since I photographed Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at KAABOO Del Mar. Two weeks ago, I made a fool out of myself dancing along to "You Don't Know How It Feels" in the photo pit. I vividly remember Tom Petty coming to the end of the stage and looking down on the crowd - seeing me being an idiot - making eye contact and laughing. I was able to capture this moment and his smile. I was so incredibly honored to photograph the joy that he was experiencing on stage. So happy to be there simply as a fan, singing along to every word, crying happy tears.
Two weeks later, today, he passed away.
Words can not express how saddened I am by this news. He was one of my favorites. One of the very few that made me really love rock 'n roll. One of the artists that my boyfriend and I bonded over. He was and forever will be a legend.
Rest in peace, Mr. Petty, you broke everyone's heart tonight.