2017 Vans Warped Tour

I was able to cover the first two dates of Warped Tour this summer in Seattle and Salem! Here are some of my favorite shots from the two days! 

Catfish and the Bottlemen

I drove down to Portland, Oregon over Memorial Day Weekend to catch one of my favorite bands Catfish and the Bottlemen. It's always a treat getting to photograph them! 

The 1975

I have a "bucket list" of bands/artists I would love to photograph someday and The 1975 were on that list. I was fortunate enough to cover their show in Seattle this past Sunday and was able to cross their name off my list! 

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Moose Blood, Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor, and A Will Away in Seattle

Straight off the plane from Dallas, I got to see Moose Blood, Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor and A Will Away play The Crocodile in Seattle. Could there be a more stacked lineup? 

Signed to Triple Crown, if you haven't listened to A Will Away yet, now is your time to do so. They are an incredible group of guys and their new album is one I can't stop listening to.

Signed to Triple Crown, if you haven't listened to A Will Away yet, now is your time to do so. They are an incredible group of guys and their new album is one I can't stop listening to.

Boston Manor's one of my favorite bands and their latest album is still something I listen to on the daily. They are unforgettable live and put on an energy-filled show that everyone needs to see.

Boston Manor's one of my favorite bands and their latest album is still something I listen to on the daily. They are unforgettable live and put on an energy-filled show that everyone needs to see.

Both Moose Blood and Trophy Eyes have been gaining in popularity over the past year and for good reason. They make such good music and have such a loyal fanbase around them. 

Both Moose Blood and Trophy Eyes have been gaining in popularity over the past year and for good reason. They make such good music and have such a loyal fanbase around them. 

Favorite Images of So What?! Fest 2017

I flew out to Dallas last week for So What?! Fest with Catalyst Publicity Group and here are some of my favorite shots from over the weekend! 

Capsize Capsize is one of my favorite bands to photograph because they are so high energy and unpredicitable. 

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Capsize is one of my favorite bands to photograph because they are so high energy and unpredicitable. 

Envy on the Coast I had never seen Envy on the Coast before and had heard so many different things about them so I was so stoked to be able to catch their set. They definitely didn't disappoint.

Envy on the Coast

I had never seen Envy on the Coast before and had heard so many different things about them so I was so stoked to be able to catch their set. They definitely didn't disappoint.

Every Time I Die Forever one of my favorite bands to photograph. They are always such a tricky band to shoot, but the final images are always so rewarding. 

Every Time I Die

Forever one of my favorite bands to photograph. They are always such a tricky band to shoot, but the final images are always so rewarding. 

Knuckle Puck I have had the chance to photograph Knuckle Puck a few times over the past few years and they never disappoint. 

Knuckle Puck

I have had the chance to photograph Knuckle Puck a few times over the past few years and they never disappoint. 

Set Your Goals I am so so happy Set Your Goals is back and playing shows again. They were one of the first bands I ever remember photographing when I first started shooting shows and I have been so lucky to have photographed them twice over the past year!

Set Your Goals

I am so so happy Set Your Goals is back and playing shows again. They were one of the first bands I ever remember photographing when I first started shooting shows and I have been so lucky to have photographed them twice over the past year!

Turnstile I have been waiting YEARS to photograph Turnstile and am so happy I got the opportunity this past weekend. They were everything I hoped they would be and are a band I hope I get to photograph again soon.

Turnstile

I have been waiting YEARS to photograph Turnstile and am so happy I got the opportunity this past weekend. They were everything I hoped they would be and are a band I hope I get to photograph again soon.

Too Close To Touch and Waterparks @ Seattle's El Corazon

The Too Close To Touch and Waterparks co-headlining tour came swinging through Seattle last week. Much to my dismay, Creeper was unable to make the show due to van problems so the show went on with the two headlining bands. Despite the bump in the road, both bands put on amazing performances.

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AFI @ The Showbox

I caught The Chain Gang of 1974 and AFI last week in Seattle and it was quite the show! I had photographed TCGO1974 earlier last year when they opened for The Naked and Famous and it was my first time ever photographing AFI!

It was clear fans had been waiting a long time for AFI to travel through Seattle - the energy was high and fans sang along to every single word that night. 

Here are some of my favorite images from the night.

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Seattle Women's March 2017

Thousands turned up in support of one another this weekend in Seattle. I am so happy to be from a city that is one of the most progressive and accepting cities in America. I spent hours at the march, snapping over 700 photos and videos, and here are a few of my favorites from the day.

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Favorite Images of 2016

42 shows, 3 festivals, and approximately 20,903 photos taken over this past year. Here are some of my favorite photos from 2016.

Citizen - The Dome Tufnell Park - London, UK - January 30th, 2016

First time seeing this band live and I didn't realize I had captured this shot until I got home to do some editing. I became fans of both Turnover and Citizen at this show. 

LIGHTS - The Ace Hotel Shoreditch - London, UK - March 16th, 2016

Lights is one of my favorite musicians to photograph and also interview. This was my fourth time interviewing her over the years and every time, she is just more and more lovely. I snapped a couple of photographs of her to go with the interview and this one ended up being my favorite (and her's too!) The Ace Hotel's dining room lighting was working in my favor that day. 

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LIGHTS - The Hoxton Bar & Grill - London, UK - March 16th, 2016

This show was in an incredibly small room and I spent most of the night trying to dodge heads and get some good shots of her. Someone ended up leaving the crowd during her encore and I snagged the perfect spot, snapping this image in the last minute of her set.

Seaway and Knuckle Puck - Sound Control - Manchester, UK - April 4th, 2016

After less than four hours of sleep and traveling from Liverpool back to London then to Manchester (shout out to my travel buddy Emily), this shoot happened for the cover of Stitched Sound. After managing to get all of the guys together, I shot this in the upstairs venue of Manchester's Sound Control using only what the house lighting had to offer. It was a wild experience (the trip and the whole day itself), but I managed to walk away with some photos I am proud of, fans appreciated, and the bands loved. 

Saosin - O2 Academy Islington - London, UK - April 30th, 2016

Anthony Green is one of my favorite musicians and it was amazing capturing this shot of him during the first day of Saosin's UK tour. At first, I hated the red coloring of the image and almost made it a black and white photograph, but I love the red more than anything now.

Catfish and The Bottlemen - Electric Ballroom - London, UK - May 25th, 2016

After chasing this band for years, I was able to photograph them on one of my last day's in London. They are one of my favorite bands (if not my favorite) and this image perfectly captures the energy Van McCann brings to every performance. This venue always had the best house lighting.

Twenty One Pilots - WaMu Theater - Seattle, WA - July 18th, 2016

I had never listened to Twenty One Pilots before this show and was blown away by not only their set up, but their extremely dedicated crowd of fans that were at the show. It was a tough show with some difficult lighting, but I really love this image I captured.

Set It Off - Vans Warped Tour - Portland, OR - August 13th, 2016

You gotta have a good crowd/musician Warped Tour picture, right? Love how this one turned out.

Vanna - Vans Warped Tour - Portland, OR - August 13th, 2016

Vanna is a band I was looking forward to shooting at Warped Tour and while most of the photographers went to photograph Waka Flocka Flame at the same time, I made a good decision of going to Vanna's set. They put on an incredible show and were one of my favorite bands I photographed that day.

Melanie Martinez - Bumbershoot Music Festival - Seattle, WA - September 2nd - 4th

She's a musician I have wanted to photograph for years because of her whole persona and stage set up. So glad I managed to get this shot.

Death Cab For Cutie - Bumbershoot Music Festival - Seattle, WA - September 2nd - 4th

Death Cab's one of my favorite bands and I was so excited to photograph them again this year. They had such a wonderful stage and light set up and after a long weekend of festival shooting, they were the perfect band to close out the weekend for me! 

Tyler, The Creator - Bumbershoot Music Festival - Seattle, WA - September 2nd - 4th

This might be my favorite photo I took all year. I had been waiting so long to photograph Tyler and he was easily one of my favorite artists I photographed this year. I was so stoked when I captured this shot and it is one that I am really proud of! 

Machine Gun Kelly - Showbox Sodo -Seattle, WA - September 27th, 2016

I had no idea what to expect when going into this show and I left with some of my favorite photos I've taken at a show (I got some great crowd shots of MGK) especially this one. As soon as he lit up, I knew I wanted to capture an image like this one and am so happy with how it turned out. MGK even said he liked it, too! 

Yellowcard - The Showbox - Seattle, WA - October 26th, 2016

This also might be one of my favorite photos I captured this year. Yellowcard is a band I will always hold close to my heart so photographing them for the last time was definitely bittersweet. The image before this is Sean pointed his bow at me, but for some reason, I love this photo a whole lot more. The composition and framing around his face just really struck me and is an image I will always love.

Sum 41 - Neptune Theater - Seattle, WA - October 29th, 2016

Sum 41 was one of my bucketlist bands to photograph and the second I snapped this shot, I knew it was going to be one of my favorites of the night.

The Struts - The Showbox - Seattle, WA - November 7th, 2016

The Struts were another bucketlist band of mine to photograph and am so glad I got the chance to do so this year. They are definitely a band that is going to make it big in the states this next year! Gotta love a good eye contact photo, am I right? 

Tonight Alive - Showbox Sodo - Seattle, WA - December 1st, 2016

Tonight Alive's one of my favorite acts to photograph and this was an image I wasn't sure if I had gotten or not at the time it was captured. I am so glad I did and happened to be dead center at the right time to capture this moment! 

Sleeping With Sirens - Showbox Sodo - Seattle, WA - December 1st, 2016

Shout out to SWS for having the best pyro/lighting set up of any other band I photographed this year. This was the third or fourth image I had captured during their set and is definitely one of my favorites. It was an unexpected surprise I didn't discover until I got to editing, but I love the color, the pyro in the background, and Kellin's smile. (the fans liked this one on social media, too).