Jessie Lau

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

By September 26, 2017 Concerts

Sorry sorry sorry this happened almost a year and a half ago and I’m only posting these now I AM SORRY OKAY LET’S GET TO IT. I’m trying to remember my process that day but it’s been a while so I’ll have to guess what I was thinking from these photos (but isn’t that what photography is all about).

I want to say I had fun shooting this set, but I honestly don’t think I had fun at the time. It was a challenging set, where I probably panicked more in my head than “had fun”, but I did enjoy myself in the way how all (music) photographers love to be put to work. Anyway, I was out of my comfort zone a little bit because the band played on a larger stage and drew a bigger crowd than their usual shows. I’m not complaining, that scenario required me to shoot differently than I normally do!

For example, because the venue’s bigger, it was the first time where it made sense to use the telephoto 70-200mm for close ups and I absolutely LOVED how they turned out (and I think the band did too!) I usually shoot in front of the stage at smaller venues, and occasionally from the back to get some crowd shots. But for this show, there wasn’t a photo pit or ample space for me to move across the front of the stage, so I roamed around and held up my camera with the telephoto for some Hail Mary shots, which surprisingly, came out much better than I expected. The band had a lot of fun performing and the audience gave off so much energy that at one point I decided to just shoot on stage, and I think that was the first time I shot on stage and I didn’t trip over anything so everything was awesome. Since I shot these photos differently than I normally do, I was inspired to experiment with the editing (that basically means I really went with the VSCO presets).

Pre-show

As performers, the band get put up in a hotel room for the weekend so we hung out there before they played.

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Phoebe doing Lauren’s make up, Phoebe just moved to Japan

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Helping Aleksei out

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

MOOD

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

I think this was when Dom started posing for me

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Typical Tyson

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

This was taken in pitch darkness with a flash on second-curtain sync and I was surprised that it turned out this nice

Show Time

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Every set I try to get a full band photo and I am still not sure how I pulled this Hail Mary off

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Whoa oh time

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Post-show

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

This is Jill

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

Red Handed Denial at Anime North 2016

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