This post is going to be a little bit different than normal and all the others I’ve done. This past Sunday was the second time seeing In This Moment and I could go on and on about how good they are (they were), and how excited I’ve been to see them (very) ever since the last time I saw them. But doing that would be just stating the obvious and repeating myself. In This Moment were just as good as last time, probably ever better as they seemed to have upped their game in their visuals department. The sets, effects and outfits were top notch, and outside from what I would assume was a malfunction that didn’t allow balloons to fall during “Whore,” everything else was executed to perfection. I apparently have a knack for catching these guys on last dates of tours too. Closing dates for tours always feel extra special, this show not being an exception, so I’m perfectly okay with that.
New Years Day deserved a longer set time. I will admit to not knowing a lot of the band’s songs before hand, but eight songs was a criminally short amount of time for them to be up on stage for how good they were, and in the days following this concert I’ve listened to a lot more of their songs and really wish I could have seen a bunch more played. Like “Anthem of the Unwanted,” “Death of the Party,” and “Last Great Love Story” to name a few.
No, what I really want to do this post instead is thank everybody that’s been involved and helped me over the past two years since I’ve starting doing concert photography.
I want to first thank Tim Phillips, a fantastic photographer and friend, for being the person to finally push me to get my first DSLR camera. I honestly hadn’t gotten it with the intention of shooting concerts when he talked me into it, it was more I didn’t want to get the camera and then not use it for long periods of time, so concerts was an idea to potentially fill that time. It’s crazy when I sometimes think back at all the bands I’ve covered since. I still have some white whale bands I want to shoot, like Avenged Sevenfold and Between the Buried and Me, but to be able to say I’ve shot big bands like Green Day and Deftones, as well as my absolute favorite band Trivium three times, it makes me happy (to say the least).
Thank you to In This Moment for not only being fantastic showmen/showwomen and musicians, but for instilling your rules that allow photographers to be able to shoot your whole set in the pit. The amount of goodwill you guys show towards us with just that is amazing and it doesn’t go unappreciated. I know I wouldn’t have gotten my favorite shot of the night which is my favorite of all time now if I had to leave after the usual third song.
I’ve talked to other people about this, but what’s been real cool to come about while doing concert photography is all the bands and band members I’ve been able to meet and get to know. I can honestly say that everyone I’ve met has been wonderful people, so thank you to those of you. Everyone in Trivium, Against the Current, and especially everyone in Throw the Fight, Stitched Up Heart, and now New Years Day. Keep being wonderful.
Thank you to all of the press contacts and people that I’ve worked with that have helped me get into all the shows I’ve been too. There’s been a lot of you whom I’m incredibly grateful for, but Amy, who helped with this show and countless other, thank you especially. I know I’ve said it countless times in my emails, but thank you for everything you do and have done. None of these shows I’ve covered would have been possible if it wasn’t for you and I appreciate you so much for that.
And finally, thank you to all of my friends, especially lately. I feel like I can be sometimes annoying when I show all my new pictures I’ve gotten, but sometimes it’s hard for me not to get excited and want to show everybody and anybody. It’s been a rough while for me lately, but thank you to those who have stuck by me and shown they care and that I matter. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have some of you guys in my life.