Well, not a great track record of updates, but it’s been a wild ride over this last year and concerts had definitely been put on the side burner. But I guess I might as well start somewhere and it seems like A post is better than NO post. Anyways, here’s the rundown of 2019 so far.
I didn’t find myself that drawn to this year’s Winter Jam iteration, but the nice thing about having 10 bands on the lineup is definitely that there’s bound to be something to latch onto (I’d say it was Ledger and Rend Collective for me).
Another bit of enjoyment I get every year is seeing how they redesign the stage setup and trying to figure out how to best shoot it. This year featured a 360 stage (think a circle on the center of the floor that the crowd sat around), which mean a good view for fans everywhere, but definitely meant rolling the dice on choosing where to shoot from.
The in-store side of things tend to slow down as summer approaches, but featured a Dawes acoustic set (the 3rd time I’ve gotten to shoot them at Vintage Vinyl!) and a fantastic performance by local band Spectator.
If you’ve followed my Instagram feed, you’ve known that I’ve been helping out Joy 99.1 / Boost 101.9 FM more over the last few months with concert photography. Back in February, they hosted a weekly Sofa Series, featuring artists in a more “storyteller” format and I jumped in for the evenings with Francesca Battistelli and Blanca. Churches aren’t my preferred venues to shoot in (everyone sits and the stage is far away, so you stick out like a sore thumb upfront), but the trade off is that these tend to be pretty intimate sessions to be a part of.
Boost 101.9 held their 5th annual birthday bash and brought in the Unashamed Tour. This was any Reach Records’ fan’s delight, with a showcase of the current lineup. Possibly one of my worst nights this year from a shooting perspective (brought all the wrong lenses and never really finding a spot to comfortably shoot), but it was a great night of hip-hop and artist collaborations.
Rolled into the Casting Crowns tour not having heard any of their music (same with openers Austin French and Zach Williams). But I always love getting opportunities to shoot Q&A or other informal sessions between bands and fans, so I jumped on the chance to shoot the night for Joy 99.1 FM.
One perk of my previous job was racking up travel benefits, so with Hillsong United’s tour not hitting STL, I decided to cash in a few points for a quick day-trip to Chicago. The crew definitely didn’t skim on the visual budget, with a fantastic overhead screen used in different ways throughout the night. Shooting was limited to side of the pit and back by the secondary stage, so pack your long-range lens if you’re headed out to shoot any of the remaining dates.