Last year I had the privilege of being a part of the official photo team for Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. During that weekend I had the opportunity to photograph some of my favorite bands, but I can say that one of the best performances of the festival was fun., who headlined the first night. After shooting all day in the July sun, their set energized me enough to drive back to Columbus after the day had ended.
This morning I woke up at 5 AM and I felt like there was something that I really needed to do. I got out of bed, started some coffee, and instead of working on the freelance design project that I have in progress, work for my full-time design job, or the much-needed update to my portfolio, I opened up Lightroom and immediately found this image from April 2013 that I had never released, along with a few others.
Everything in life happens for a reason, and while I thought that I had come to Columbus, Ohio last year by coincidence or circumstance, where I am right now is exactly where I am supposed to be. So I’ll just leave you with this: Where you are now in this moment is where you are supposed to be. Through your outlook and the choices that you make, you can make this moment in time the best that it can be. If you feel like things are going wrong, know that they could be paving the way so that the rest of your life can begin.
|-/ - family phøto. [original photo by @karasmarsh]
As always, thanks guys.
I can’t say that I began 2013 with any specific goals other than shooting my favorite artists, growing as a photographer, and ultimately shooting Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati. Those goals were not only achieved, they were far surpassed, and so much of it was thanks to the many amazing people I have met over the past year.
Not only did I shoot Bunbury, I was a staff photographer. I was also lucky enough to photograph Bled Fest, WMC Fest, CD102.5 Summerfest, Shaky Knees Music Festival, and Riot Fest as well as numerous other concerts in small clubs, outdoor venues, theaters and arenas. Beyond that, I was approached by radio stations, venues, and record labels to provide them with photos and promotional materials. I was published in AP Magazine for the first time (thanks Jamie Colletta, SideOneDummy Records, and Restorations), and had a photo turned into an official poster (with thanks to twenty one pilots).
With that said, here are twenty of my favorite images from 2013, in no specific order. These images were my personal favorites from concerts and events I hope to never forget.
[1. Passion Pit, 2. Minus the Bear, 3. 3. a shot of twenty one pilots from their largest headlining hometown show to date, shot to promote the live video of this concert, 4. Beartooth in Chicago, IL, 5. Jim James at Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta, 6. Davey Havok of AFI at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL, 7. Brand New in Chicago, IL, 8. Macklemore, 9. Band of Horses, 10. Muse, 11. Sirah, 12. Blink 182, 13. fun. at Bunbury Music Festival, 14. Hostage Calm at Bled Fest, 15. Grouplove, 16. The National, 17. Pierce The Veil, 18. Walk The Moon, shot for Mick Management, 19. Paramore, 20. Metric]
I didin’t realize how great this photo looked when I took it and edited it until I looked at it on my new monitor. Holy cow.
Currently going through last year’s photos in the impossible task of creating a top 10 photos list!
"I can hear you in the overtones, just an echo of the promise we made. Change the future, we can travel time. Or make us blind so we can never look back."