Recently I had the chance to work with the guys in Jash and the Winos, man was it a blast! For those who don’t already know, last month I started offering a new service of recording live videos for bands. For only being my second show trying my hand at this I think the videos turned out great and they will only keep getting better. At this show I decided last minute to set up a third camera at the back of the room to grab another angle, and it worked out perfect. These three videos are my first real taste for what i’m going to be offering to local and touring bands. If you like what you see send me an email and we can chat in detail about getting something together for your band!
Last week I had the pleasure of filming the guys from The Spanish Flies for my first ever Live Performance video. This is something I had dreamed about doing for a while now and its amazing finally seeing my dream come to life! As this was the first time doing something like this, I feel it turned out great but there is definitely some things I need to work on. This was my first time using a gimbal in a concert concert setting, so there is a few times where it got a little shaky, but I mostly got the hang of it.
When I see a lot of live performance I find them all to be very static and boring. I want to give bands something everyone will enjoy that has great quality video and audio, and not just your tripod at the back of the room type stuff. Keeping in mind this was my first time doing something like this, let me know what you think, and if you interested in having something like this done with your band, get in touch and we can chat in more detail!
Earlier this week I had the great pleasure of photographing hip hop legend Snoop Dogg for 104.9 Virgin Radio Edmonton on his Puff Puff Pass tour at Rogers Place. Sporting an Oilers jersey it felt right at home for the performance at the home of the Edmonton Oilers. His opening acts Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G, Kurupt, and Afroman helped get the sold out crowd pumped for him to come on stage. This was the first I have had such a well known hip hop/ rap artist in front of my camera and have to honestly say it gave me a little bit of a new found liking for the music. Drum machines I will forever hate, but its really neat to see someone be able to keep a beat without a bunch of other musical instruments on stage with them. As well with then name of a tour like Puff Puff Pass, its pretty neat to see people keep a beat like that when they are properly as high as a kite. Here are my photos from the show and I hope you enjoy them!
On Thursday night I had the pleasure of photographing the Arkells at Rogers Place for radio station 100.3 The Bear. Edmonton was the first stop on their 2019 Rally Cry Tour, originally scheduled for February 7th they were great sports and give that day after Justin Timberlake had to reschedule his Edmonton dates last year. This is the first time I’ve seen the Arkells live and had the chance to photograph them. I can personally say they were a blast to photograph and think it really show though in the photos. Here are my photos from the show and I hope you enjoy them!
First blog post of the year! Blogging is something I plan on doing a little more frequently so I hope you enjoy them! As well every once and a while i’ll giving my thoughts on some equipment i’ve tried out for concert photography.
On Wednesday night I had the pleasure of photographing The Trews at local concert venue the Starlite Room for radio station 100.3 The Bear. As this was my first show of the year I decided I wanted to try something new, and try out a camera I had never used before other then farting around with it at my day job. My camera of choice for that evening was the Fuji X-T3 with 18-55mm Lens and the Fuji XF 50-140mm f2.8 OIS WR telephoto lens. This was the first time I’ve used a mirror-less camera in the real word, and have to say I enjoyed it. I have never really been a fan of EVF (electronic view finders) so I don’t think i’ll be switching to a mirror-less camera anytime soon, but shooting with the X-T3 wasn’t all that bad. It wouldn’t be my first choice for low light and concert photography, but it would make a great over all camera for someone who is shooting a bit of everything. I did find that with the EVF was rather grainy at only Iso 2500, so it was a little hard to see what i’m shooting compared to my DSLR. Keeping in mind its a little LCD screen and that gain in the EVF doesn’t affect my picture quality afterwards I was pretty happy with the photos that came out of this camera / lens combo.
Shooting with a new camera I made the rookie mistake of forgetting to check if my computer could handle these new RAW files. I had my backup laptop with me and wasn’t able to update my software that evening, but luckily on the X-T3 you can convert in camera to high resolution JPEG so I still had great usable images. I edited them the way I normally do and am pretty happy with the results that came from this camera. Here are my pictures and I hope you enjoy them!
Holy shit! I still can't believe that I had Alice Cooper in front of my camera! On August 23rd I had the great pleasure of photographing the one and only Alice Cooper at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium for radio station 100.3 The Bear. I have to definitely says this was one of the top photo experiences that I've had so far. This was my first time seeing him perform live and being able to take photos of it has me beyond words. I have been a fan of Alice Cooper since I was 11 years old and this has been the first at it actually worked out to see him. Only had to wait 15 years, but it was well worth the wait. Here are my photo's from the recent show, I hope you enjoy them!
This week I got a double dose of Sebastian Bach catching him at both the Red Deer and Edmonton stops on his tour. For those who don't know Sebastian Bach has been my favourite singer since I was 12 years old, i'm now 26 haha. While I was in Red Deer I decided to do the meet and greet, I had met Sebastian a few years ago but I had something that I really wanted to show him. He has already seen my youth gone wild tattoo like his but I wanted to show him my Alberta licence plate that said 18 and Life on it. He loved it. Sebastian put me on the guest list for the Edmonton show, how cool was that. How often can you say your favourite singer put you on a guest list. Here are some photo from the recent show in Edmonton I hope you enjoy them!
This show was one for the books, what a killer line-up! On May 20th I had the pleasure of photographing Slayer with guests Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth & Testament for radio station 100.3 The Bear.
A full house of fans got the chance to see Slayer on their sold out farewell tour that stopped in Edmonton at the Shaw Conference Centre this past week. I've been fortunate to have photographed three out of the five bands before and seen all of them perform in the past. Like with many other shows I look forward to being able to photograph the bands in the future. With Slayer I'm very happy I've seen them three times in concert and had the pleasure of photographing them twice. Here are my photos from this I hope you enjoy them!
Thaw At The Shaw 2018 w/ Shinedown, In This Moment, 10 years & One Bad Son @ Shaw Conference Centre - March 29th 2018
What a great night this was to say the least! Who doesn't enjoy getting to spend family day with your metal head family and friends! Radio station 100.3 The Bear had me out photographing the Killthrax Tour 2018 consisting of Havok, and co-headliners Anthrax and Killswitch Engage.
This was the first time I've had Anthrax in front of my lens, but I've been lucky in the past few years to have photographed both Havok, and Killswitch Engage. I had an amazing time at this show running to friends I hadn't seen in a long and as well hearing the bands play and getting to photograph them. Here are my photos from that show I hope you enjoy them!
In the past 10 years I've had the chance to see Avenged Sevenfold numerous times in concert but on February 15th was the first time I've had a chance to photograph them. Radio station 100.3 The Bear had me out that night capturing the photos of these guys.
A7X was one of the first bands that got me hooked on concert photography. When I was just 16, an old friend of mine photographed them at an event called taste of chaos. I just thought that was one of the coolest things getting the chance to see a band up so close in person and photograph them as well. Years later I now get to photograph bands all the time as part of my job as a photographer. If there is something that you really love and want to do it, go for it! You never know where life if going to bring you!
Here are the photos from their recent perfomance here in Edmonton on February 15th at Rogers Place. I hope you enjoy them!