Plain and simple, concerts are my favorite thing to photograph. For that reason alone they have their own page on my site. The first major artist I photographed was grammy award winner Lauryn Hill. I’ll never forget the nerves, the excitement and the uncertainty of what it meant to photograph a concert. That night I only had her first song to photograph. After my time was up, smiling ear to ear, leaving the front of the stage, the rush I felt was something I wanted to replicate.
Around the same time, I was doing some work with WAAF, the rock radio station in Boston. A few months later I was asked to cover the Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat. That was my first rock concert photographed. All this did was further secure my love for concert photography. It’s like nothing else I get to photograph. The rules are very straightforward and usually consistent across the board. First 3 songs(sometimes less), no flash, from the photo pit.
“The photo pit” The space between the crowd and the stage. Heavily guarded by security. We get corralled in and out like sheep. The energy is magnetic, the pyro is stifling, the music is pounding, the lights are sporadic. It never gets old. I don’t need to act like “I been there” before. I’m excited, and I let my fellow counterparts know it. Most cases they share the same sentiment as I do. We get to photograph some of our favorite artists of all time.
Find the light and anticipate the musicians movement is the key to producing compelling concert images. My list of bands photographed is extensive. Photographing Metallica, my favorite band of all time, was pinnacle. But my biggest aha moment came when photographing KISS. Gene Simmons in full costume and paint, pointing, tongue hanging out, glaring at my lens. I fondly remember lowering my camera for a bit to soak it in, and Gene acknowleded me with a nod and I went back to work.
A photographers perfect scenario, fog, backlit, and only red light for the 2 songs you get to photograph for.
Meghan Trainor called me "legendary" on here IG... it was a great day!
The little bursts of pyro, made for a great expereince photographing Distrubed at the DCU.
The Paradise proposes many challenges for concert photography... im very happy with how they came out.
I have photographed the Dropkicks many times before, tonight was the first time On St Patricks day... and the whole vibe at the House of Blues was amped up.
A show I will never forget photographing... 1st song from the soundboard, 2nd song(3 mins long) from the pit
Meek Mill at the Tsongas Center
Mumofd and Sons performing at Wachuset Mountain for Karson and Kennedy's 10 year anniversary with MIX.
Brent Smith's vocals within a Fenway Park suite in front of 24 people backed by guitarist Zach myers is a perfomance Ill never forget.
Eddie Vedder and the rest of Pearl Jam rocked Fenway Park, such a great show.