17 Photos of 2017

Well it is the end of another year. 40 shows, 3 festivals, and some thousands of photos later....here are some of my favorite shots from 2017.

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mewithoutyou l February 19th, 2017 l Showbox SODO l Seattle, WA

Mewithoutyou is one of the best live bands I will ever see in this lifetime and getting to photograph them is always an honor. The amount of passion and soul each member of the band puts into their performance is something I will never be able to describe, but was able to capture in this series of photos of vocalist Aaron Weiss during a raw and vulnerable moment during their set.

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Circa Survive l February 19th, 2017 l Showbox SODO l Seattle, WA

If there is anything you need to know about me, just know that Circa Survive is my favorite band. Each time I have seen them, I have been left in awe of the musicianship each member displays onstage. While most photos I have taken of Circa Survive over the years (whether decent or awful) have been some of my favorites because I love this band so much, I am particular proud of this moment I caught during their set earlier this year.

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Set Your Goals l March 26th, 2017 l SO WHAT?! Fest 2017 l Dallas, TX

Set Your Goals is one of the first bands I ever photographed back in 2008 so getting the opportunity to photograph them again during So What?! Fest was something that made me really happy, almost as happy as Matt looks in this photograph. This shot was snapped as the crowd sang the words to "Mutiny!" back to Matt, his expression giving enough explanation as to how much warmth and support Set Your Goals has been given upon their return back to the music scene. 

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Every Time I Die l March 26th, 2017 l SO WHAT?! Fest 2017 l Dallas, TX

Photographing a band during a lightning storm in the middle of Texas is probably something I will get to say I only did once in my life. This was a shot I didn't know I had gotten until I sat down and uploaded everything to my laptop. With the chaos that ETID brings mixed with the overflowing pit of photographers while lightning struck not far from us, I remember walking away from the pit defeated that I hadn't gotten any good shots only to find out I had captured some of my favorites this year.

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Bring Me The Horizon l April 1st, 2017 l WAMU Theater l Seattle, WA

Bring Me The Horizon has been a bucket list band of mine to photograph for years now and they certainly didn't disappoint this spring. I captured this moment early in their set that night at a moment where Oli Sykes dropped to his knees, waiting for his cue to begin singing again. With all of the screaming fans and flashing lights around him, this was a rather quiet moment in the night I was able to catch.

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Bring Me The Horizon l April 1st, 2017 l WAMU Theater l Seattle, WA

Here is a complete opposite moment I was able to catch during BMTH's set that night. The production of this tour was something I had never seen before and allowed for the perfect mix of colors, graphics, and emotions to be snapped during the band's performance.

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Thursday l April 16th, 2017 l Showbox SODO l Seattle, WA

I didn't know too much about Thursday before their show this spring, but ended up walking away a big fan after capturing this moment of Geoff Rickly. He ended up being a big fan of the photo and it's one of my favorites from the night.

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The 1975 l April 30th, 2017 l WAMU Theater l Seattle, WA

The 1975 is another bucket list band of mine for the past few years. This, in my opinion, is kind of the quintessential 1975 moment you hope to capture during their show - their rectangular logo hanging in the air with the I Like It When You Sleep... pink color illuminating vocalist Matt Healy. It's simple in a lot of ways, but still holds true to the band's image we have all become familiar with.

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Blessthefall l June 16th, 2017 l Vans Warped Tour l Seattle, WA

Blessthefall takes the cake as my favorite band I photographed this year. Whether you like their music or not, you cannot deny the energy they bring to each of their performances. Taken during the opening day of the 2017 Vans Warped Tour (and the very last one to happen in Seattle), there are so many photos from their set that I enjoyed, but here is one that the band seemed to really like and used on their socials the next day.

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Boston Manor l June 16th, 2017 l Vans Warped Tour l Seattle, WA

This was one of those "I got this shot and I know I am going to love it" type of moments during the chaotic Warped Tour day. All of the photographers that were in the pit had left after the second song, leaving me alone to capture this rare and raw moment from vocalist Henry Cox during their debut Warped Tour set this past summer. Henry liked this photo and Alternative Press liked it enough to publish in one of their issues this year. 

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Blessthefall l June 17th, 2017 l Vans Warped Tour l Salem, OR

This photo encompasses what Blessthefall is all about on Warped Tour. At the beginning of every set, vocalist Beau Bokan runs onstage and sprays the photo pit and crowd with water, a carefree moment I wanted to make sure to capture on the second day of Warped Tour.

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Stick To Your Guns l June 17th, 2017 l Vans Warped Tour l Salem, OR

Stick To Your Guns was a wildcard band for me this year that I ended up loving. While I have a couple different photos from their sets over the first two days of Warped Tour that I am really proud of, I am stoked on the composition and energy of this photo that really encompasses the energy and passion the band puts into their performances.

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Creeper l June 17th, 2017 l Vans Warped Tour l Salem, OR

Creeper's become one of my favorite bands over the past two years so to say I was stoked about doing a shoot with them this summer would be a huge understatement. I not only love the way the portraits came out with the band, but am incredibly happy to report that these are some of the nicest people I have come across in the industry.

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Knocked Loose l June 17th, 2017 l Vans Warped Tour l Salem, OR

As the very last set I photographed at Warped Tour this year, I was very bummed when my camera started to malfunction at the very start of it. With the shutter barely working and with me turning my camera on and off with each photo I snapped, I somehow managed to capture this moment of vocalist Bryan and the hundreds of fans that swarmed the stage to watch them close out day two at Warped Tour. 

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I, The Mighty l July 15th, 2017 l Portland, OR

I got the opportunity to document one of I, The Mighty's days in the studio this summer for Equal Vision Records. If my memory's correct, I think this was almost a "posed" moment where Brent was trying to make it look like he was having fun tracking his guitar parts even though he had finished it all weeks ago, but Chis ended up walking in, causing the moment to turn candid as he made fun of what Brent was doing. 

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PVRIS l September 1st, 2017 l Bumbershoot Festival l Seattle, WA

PVRIS was on my list of bands to photograph this year and I was fortunate enough to photograph them at Bumbershoot this year. While the stage was as tall as I am, proving to be a challenge for all of the photographers in the pit that day, I was able to stand on my tippy toes and capture this moment of Lynn behind the piano as the band began playing "Heaven," a track off of their newly released album. 

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The Shantics l November 3rd, 2017 l London, England

I ran around Hammersmith in London with some of my friends in The Shantics and took some promo photos of them this past November. While I didn't think this set of photos from the day would be my favorite, I managed to capture this candid moment of them while messing around in a phone booth I have become quite fond of. 

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. 

Capsize

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).