Event date: August 11, 2016.
It's been a while since I've posted. Life has gotten a little hectic with taking photos and trying to catch up with editing them all, but last night was all kinds of epic and the shots were good and easy to get ready, I had to post them up right away.
Anyway, April O'Neil was hosting another After School Special event with hip hop artist YNGNFRSH scheduled to perform, and of course I came by to support her. I came more as a friend than a photographer, but when YNGNFRSH hopped on stage, the club got lit. I swapped lenses from capturing cute portrait stuff to throwing you into the whole atmosphere of the night.
After the show April and her friends decided to do some karaoke near by. I didn't have anywhere else to put those photos so they're here too.
Show dates: May 27 and May 28, 2016
I've been a fan of the emo genre for ever since my friend first turned me to it back in the early 2000s. It's been such a trip to see this genre grow and change in the past 16 years, and one of those changes is the evolution of the band known as The Used. It's been about 15 years since their self-titled album and a few years shorter from their In Love and Death release. To celebrate the releases, they had a North American two-night tour where they played both albums in their entirety.
I had the fortunate opportunity to photograph their sets and be a part of such moving and powerful evenings. Night one, they performed their first album, interjecting anecdotes and footnotes about some of the tracks and life in general, and doing the same on night two with In Love and Death. Fans cried and sung their hearts out to these bonafide legends, while receiving a beautiful intimate performance that was more than appreciated and cherished by those in attendance.
And now, photos. I also included a Spotify Playlist of the first two albums to listen to while going through the photos.
Shoot Date: March 31, 2016.
On the night of March 30, I get a message from Rian asking if I was available the next morning. I actually had nothing planned, so she suggested we go out and do a random dance shoot. I'm always game for random things, so I agree. Then I'm told she wanted to do a video shoot. It's been a while since I've done something like this, but I am always down for the cause.
She drives over to my place we meet up and do some shots here, then we move on to Chatsworth where we hike a bit up the Santa Susana Pass until we find a nice spot.
From then Rian pulls out some improv interpretive dancing, which I record. Everything movement was spontaneous as we worked off each other's ideas and movements. End of the day we played with my pets for a bit before she went off to work.
Knowing who I am, if I just let this video sit, I would never work on it. So I'm here to present to you, "Dancing Weather."
Show Date: October 3, 2015
When I heard that this show was going to happen, I jumped on the chance to photograph it.
How could I not? The line-up consisted of just about every band I sung my heart out to in the early 2000s (and today), and there was no way post-high school me would let today me miss this.
So I packed up the car full of friends who wanted to cry with me, and made the two hour drive down from The Valley to Hollywood to San Bernardino so we sing sad songs at the top of our lungs (I still haven't fully gotten my voice back yet.
While down there I even got to hang with the kids from Emo Night LA, who had their merch booth with amazing apparel that epitomized the way we all felt that day (feel free to check them out). While I got there a little late, I still got to take some fantastic shots, which I hope you'll enjoy.