I will follow this band for the rest of my life. As someone from Seattle and as a band also from Seattle, there is a connection I have with Death Cab that I don’t have with any other artist out there and getting the chance to not only see them live, but also photograph them is always a pleasure. They were the first band I ever photographed when I moved to London in 2015 and continue to hold a special place in my heart.
The Neighbourhood has been on my bucket list of bands to photograph for years and I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph their gig last week in London at the O2 Academy Brixton. The set was everything I expected it to be and was the perfect show to kick off 2019!
A lot happened this year so photography took the back burner for a while and I didn’t photograph nearly as many concerts as I wanted to. Fortunately, the end of this year brought along some of my favorite photos I’ve taken to date so here is a quick recap of a few of my favorite photos from 2018.
LIGHTS l Seattle, WA l The Showbox l February 2nd
Lights is still one of my favorite artists to photograph after all these years and this tour proved to be one of my favorites of hers to photograph so far. The lighting set up was incredible and her new set of songs allowed for an energetic performance that was both enjoyable and exciting to capture.
James Bay l Seattle, WA l The Showbox l March 25th
This was my first time photographing James Bay and he did not disappoint. I was honestly expecting a pretty quiet set to shoot as I figured he didn’t move a lot of stage and was pleasantly surprised by the performance and captured this photo that James ended up liking as well and shared it on his social media a few days following the show.
Kate Nash l Seattle, WA l The Showbox l April 5th
This was also my first time photographing Kate Nash in efforts to photograph more female acts in 2018. While my other photos from the set are bright in color and feature a very energetic Kate, I really liked how this one turned out. It has a simple composition, but you really get a sense of the happiness Kate has while performing on stage. I also can’t resist a good black and white photo.
Camila Cabello l Seattle, WA l Paramount Theatre l April 10th
This was probably one of my favorite sets to shoot this year. All of the photographers were expecting to shoot soundboard and ended up being let into the pit last minute. I knew Camila was going to blow up this year so getting the opportunity to photograph her right before she opened for Taylor Swift this summer and became a mega star was amazing and I am really happy with how this image turned out (and how most from the set turned out as well).
Boston Manor l London, England l Electric Ballroom l September 22nd
Boston Manor’s one of my favorite bands to photograph and have helped me capture some of my favorite images over the years. This was the first show I photographed since moving back to London and I honestly captured some photos I am going to be proud of forever. It was also the biggest sold out show Boston Manor has played to date and it was amazing to be part of the night in some way. Vocalist Henry Cox has a stage presence unlike anything else in punk music right now and always keeps me on the edge of my seat when I am photographing him.
The Story So Far l London, England l O2 Forum Kentish Town l October 6th
The first time I photographed The Story So Far was in 2012 during the Suppy Nation Tour. It was the night I fell in love with The Story So Far, the night I took one of my favorite photos of Parker and the last time I ever took a photo of TSSF and enjoyed it. I have photographed them multiple times over the years and have never been overly impressed with what I captured so I didn’t necessarily go into this London show with high hopes. I was definitely wrong though and ended up taking my favorite photos of them to date, including this Liam Gallagher-esque photo of Parker.
The Story So Far is easily one of my favorite bands and getting the chance to photograph them for the fifth time in my career was an honor especially since it has been two years since I last saw them.
Proper Dose, their brand new album, is the only album I have been listening to the past few weeks and can already say it’s probably my favorite piece of work they have released yet.
I am pretty sure Knuckle Puck has surpassed all other bands and is the act I have photographed the most over my career. It’s always so much fun getting the opportunity to photograph them and see them perform. I was also able to see Movements and their new album means so much to me and discovered Tiny Moving Parts.
I have moved back to London and am back shooting shows on the regular. My first show since the move was Boston Manor at the Electric Ballroom. I took some photos I am incredibly proud of while also having a lot of fun because Boston Manor’s news album is incredible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
The Thursday tour came through Seattle a few weeks ago and I was able to catch them along with Basement (one of my favorite bands) and Touche Amore!
I was able to catch the Mayday Parade tour in Seattle last week!
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?
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!
Circa Survive is one of my favorite bands of all time and getting the opportunity to photograph them again was incredible and honestly an experience I will never forget. In addition, Turnover, another one of my favorite bands, was an openers on this tour and it was great to see them again as the last time I saw them was in London around this time last year. Mewithoutyou's a band I have photographed before and they always bring one of the best live performances, this show in Seattle being no exception.
It was a great night celebrating 10 years since the release of On Letting Go. Figures crossed a Blue Sky Noise anniversary tour happens in the future!
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.
Pepper and Less Than Jake came touring through Seattle Tuesday, January 31st and here are some photos I snapped. All photos were shot on a Nikon D610 with a NIKKOR 35MM F/1.4.
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.
I caught ONE OK ROCK in Seattle this week at the Showbox SODO and it was the perfect first show to kick off 2017 for me.
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.