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