Warped: San Antonio

Day 2 of Warped 2016 saw us in San Antonio Texas. It was a decently rainy day. I slept until 4pm or so and then walked around and caught a few bands while dodging raindrops.

Warped: Dallas

Dallas Texas was the first date of the 2016 Vans Warped Tour. The first show is always fun. I get to see a lot of old friends and catch up after a year or two of not seeing them and this show was no different. Here are the pics from the first show, enjoy.

My work and my life in 2016

Here is a sampling of some of my best work from the past year. This is by no means Everything, as a matter of fact it doesn't include ANY live concert shots. These are all shots that me and the person involved collaborated on to create. There is some nudity involved, as a matter of fact there's a nipple in the very first post. These shots are almost all done in controlled situations where I am controlling the light. There are a few here and there (maybe three) where it is all natural light but for the majority of them I am manipulating the light myself to achieve the desired effect. I hope you enjoy these images and the many more to come over the new year.

Lisa January 2016 Buffalo NY

Lisa January 2016 Buffalo NY

First shoot of the year in my house in Buffalo NY. Had been wanting to shoot someone in the shower for ages and finally did. Definitely going to do more like this.

Darksiders January 2016 Los Angeles CA

Darksiders January 2016 Los Angeles CA

Drove cross country to California from New York and met up with Aaron and my friend Dorian in LA. Did a quick little shoot with Darksiders while my friend Dorian was getting herself ready to shoot.

Dorian Dane January 2016 Los Angeles CA

Dorian Dane January 2016 Los Angeles CA

Dorian has been a good friend of mine for years now. We always try to get together and shoot when we end up in the same town. We had a super small window to work with this day but we got some great shots anyway!

Laia Gore March 2016 Sarasota FL

Laia Gore March 2016 Sarasota FL

Laia Gore is a fellow photographer, her and her boyfriend Nathaniel came to meet me in Sarasota before we went for dinner I had to get her to pose for some photos for me at sunset. I normally won't center my subject in my photo like this but it worked perfectly for this shot!

Matty Mullins Indianapolis IN March 2016

Matty Mullins Indianapolis IN March 2016

Had the pleasure of getting together with my friends Jill Justus and Matty Mullins in Indianapolis to do a fun portrait session in March while I was traveling from Florida to Minnesota with the tour I was on. Jill Justus is an amazing photographer in her own right. Definitely look her up and check out her work, she did the makeup on Matty here.

Garret Rapp March 2016 Rockford IL

Garret Rapp March 2016 Rockford IL

After getting together with my friends in Memphis May Fire in Indianapolis I headed up to Rockford IL and hung out with Garret for a few days before finishing my trip up to Minneapolis MN. We shot this in a local hair salon in Rockford on a day when they were closed for business. I used a photo of a burning print of Andy Biersack and Juliet Simms for the double exposure effect in this photo. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Alexis April 2016 Apple Valley CA

Alexis April 2016 Apple Valley CA

When my tour got out to California I met up with my friends April and Alexis and we took a drive up to the desert to shoot at sunset. While April put on a big old ripped up wedding gown Alexis danced around in this red dress as the sun fell low in the sky on a beautiful April spring day...

April E. April 2016 Apple Valley CA

April E. April 2016 Apple Valley CA

My friend Alexis is actually in this photo as well. She is hiding under the train of the dress fluffing it up for the photo. (I guess you could call her a fluffer...) This is probably my favorite image of the year. There's something about it that's just magical.

Alexis April 2016 Apple Valley CA

Alexis April 2016 Apple Valley CA

One of my favorite things to photograph are nudes in nature, one of these days I want to get together with a model and travel up the coast in California and then hit a bunch of the national parks out west. I should finally get around to that this year.

Krystalyn April 2016 Malibu CA

Krystalyn April 2016 Malibu CA

A few days after my shoot with April and Alexis I drove back down to LA. I was supposed to shoot with all three of them at the beach but April couldn't make it due to medical reasons and Alexis got a last second modeling job in LA. It ended up being just me and Krystalyn, we got some badass shots anyway and an evening at the beach in California is a good evening no matter what.

Alexis June 2016 Los Angeles CA

Alexis June 2016 Los Angeles CA

Anyone who is familiar with my work has seen photos from my "MILK" series. I rarely get to do them outside of my home in Buffalo NY. I rented a studio in LA shortly before Warped Tour started this year and did a set with Alexis. My good friend Alex came down to the studio and did the pouring for me. For those that don't know where my inspiration for this photo series came from there was a photographer named Irving Penn who used to shoot for Vogue that did a piece called "cult creams" for them. It's a totally different aesthetic but was the inspiration for this series.

Micky June 2016 Dallas TX

Micky June 2016 Dallas TX

The day before Warped Tour began I got my friend Micky Knox to come through. She's one of the most badass women I know. I set my flag up in the parking lot in front of the trucks and we had ourselves a little photo shoot. This was my first shoot with my new Canon 6D and I was using the lensbaby composer 35mm lens. It definitely has an interesting effect but I'm not sure I'll use it too much.

Keith Buckley July 2016 St Louis MO

Keith Buckley July 2016 St Louis MO

I wasn't going to include any photos from Warped in this as my criteria was only photos from organized shoots where me and a person or persons got together just to shoot and I lit the shot myself. I lit this myself but it was super impromptu after Keith's set but the emotion and warmth of this one is so compelling that I made an exception. 

Kristen July 2016 Bonner Springs KS

Kristen July 2016 Bonner Springs KS

Kristen had asked me to shoot her in her bikini way earlier on Warped tour and there weren't many more days left to get it done. We got together in Bonner Springs as the last bands were playing for the day and shot. We got some guys from some of the bands on tour to put holes in the caps of a few water bottles and spray water at her for this shot, was definitely a fun shoot, and kudos to Kristen for coming out in that skimpy bikini to shoot in the bandwagon/bus area. That had to take a lot of self confidence!

Brittany Andersen August 2016 Buffalo NY

Brittany Andersen August 2016 Buffalo NY

Brittany Andersen isn't your typical "model" type and that's one of the things I love about her. It's nice to shoot someone that doesn't fit your typical "model" mold. We got together shortly after Warped when I had a two day stay at home and met up on the waterfront in Buffalo to shoot at sunset before heading to my house to do a "MILK" photo set.

Brittany Andersen August 2016 Buffalo NY

Brittany Andersen August 2016 Buffalo NY

My second "MILK" shoot of the year... It took forever to set up another one... Brittany brought her friend Emily along and I got some shots with her as well. She's another "not your typical model" type. (Which made me very happy.)

Emily August 2016 Buffalo NY

Emily August 2016 Buffalo NY

Emily was a total doll. We did some shots of her and Brittany together too but I figured I would include one of each of them individually. It was so refreshing to shoot with her and Brittany and we will probably be working together again real soon!

Craig Owens October 2016 Detroit MI

Craig Owens October 2016 Detroit MI

I Spent all of September on tour with a band called Umphrey's McGee when that wrapped up I did a one off "show" in Toronto for a "League of Legends" video game tournament. When that was done I had a few days in the Detroit area and got together at the recording studio to hang out with my friend Craig Owens and shoot a few photos. I used my lensbaby lens again. I'm at odds with myself over whether that was the right choice or not but I love this photo anyway.

Domino October 2016 Madison WI

Domino October 2016 Madison WI

I started touring with a Broadway production of Cinderella in October, the second city we visited was Madison WI. Me and Domino had tried to get together the year before when I was in town with another show but our plans fell through. This year when I came to town with Cinderella we were able to make it happen. It being so close to Halloween we decided to do some shots with fake blood. I put the fake blood in a spray bottle and spritzed it all over her body. The first "bloody" shots we did she was wearing a tank top then we did a few nude photos. I like the way it ended up spattered on her face and not on her chest because of it.

Fay October 2016 Montreal QC

Fay October 2016 Montreal QC

We had just finished Shooting Fay with some over sized vampire teeth that made her look more Werewolf like. I had her take a quick walk back and forth on this little path in this park. She didn't really want to she was cold and raining. I'm not 100% haopy with the shot, I know we could have done better but I feel like we still did good enough to include the photo here. Fay is an amazing makeup and sfx artist you can find her on instagram as @cagedinpurgatory give her a follow!

Bataia and Lindsay November 2016 Indianapolis IN

Bataia and Lindsay November 2016 Indianapolis IN

I had a few weeks where I had nothing going on photography wise then I picked up one of my best friends Bataia on my way to Indianapolis. We got to do a couple photo shoots that week and I shot my last two concerts of the year. Bataia works at a haunted house every halloween and has a knack for special effects makeup. When we got to Lindsay's house she decided to do a big wound on her neck, once she finished it I shot a bunch of photos of just Lindsay then the two of them together. Bataia has a special place she goes when you get her involved with some special effects makeup and it's truly a sight to behold. One of my most fun photo shoots ever.

Bataia November 2016 Indianapolis IN

Bataia November 2016 Indianapolis IN

On the second to Last day we were in Indy me and Bataia got a hotel room to shoot in. She thought I was crazy having her shoot with pizza and liquor but we ended up getting some pretty rad shots out of it. It was casual and fun which is all I could really ask for.

Bataia November 2016 Indianapolis IN

Bataia November 2016 Indianapolis IN

We shot a few more things around the hotel room and finished with photos in the shower. This edit is "dirty" as in I added scratches grain and focus effects after the fact. Bataia does such a good job modeling. I really hope she pursues it more this year she is one of the most talented models I know and has a really great look.

De Reichle November 2016 Buffalo Ny

De Reichle November 2016 Buffalo Ny

After I dropped Bataia off in West Virginia I went home for Thanksgiving. While I was home I got together with De and her husband Corey to shoot photos. The very first "MILK" shoot I ever did was with De in the basement at her house. We have turned it into a yearly tradition at this point. De always complains and says it's the last time, then we end up doing it again the next year haha. I look forward to it every year, the two of them are truly two of my favorite people in the world.

Dorian Dane December 2016 Austin TX

Dorian Dane December 2016 Austin TX

A little after Thanksgiving I found myself in Austin Texas with Cinderella. My friend Dorian happened to be in Texas at the time so we decided to get together to shoot some photos. I got a room at Hotel Casulo in Austin, they have some really interesting room layouts. The bedroom in this room has a window between it and the bathroom. Dorian is standing in a really big Jacuzzi for this shot. By this time we had put so much soap in it to make bubbles that I'm surprised she was even able to stand up. I liked shooting from the bedroom into the bathroom like this, it gives the photos a surreal feeling like you're not seeing a photo that was taken but almost like it's a photo of a television screen that she is trying to come through.

Miranda Eliot December 2016 Orlando FL

Miranda Eliot December 2016 Orlando FL

I had the pleasure of getting together with Ashley Whitmer and Miranda Eliot in Florida a few weeks ago. We wandered around and took photos of one another. This was with my Lensbaby lens, that's why the edges of the frame have the crazy bokeh effect that they do. Miranda is one of my favorite photographers, you should definitely check out her work. Any time I'm questioning a photo she's one of the first people I go to to ask for help. (I didn't question her about this one and she hasn't seen it and she will probably hate it...)

Bryan Lay December 2016 Melbourne FL

Bryan Lay December 2016 Melbourne FL

This ended up being my final shoot of 2016. Bryan just dropped an ep, you can search him under B. Lay. I met Bryan years ago on Warped tour when he was performing with Falling In Reverse. I thought Bryan was Ronnie's bodyguard for the longest time. (someone had told me he was...) I later found out he was a musician in his own right, it's been really great to have made such a good friend on Warped and to watch him grow as an artist over the years. This is for sure one of my personal top ten photos of all time. I don't feel like it quite fits with what Bryan is currently going for but for me it's special. 

Shooting Disclosure at Madison Square Garden

The disclosure tour was one of my favorite tours I was on this year. It ended at one of the most legendary venues in the world. I never thought I would have the chance to photograph anything at Madison Square Garden but Disclosure gave me the opportunity and it was a dream come true! Here are a bunch of photos from it, thank you so much for checking this out!

Edits... Juliet Simms w Andy Biersack

Sometimes I get carried away with editing and create many multiple versions of the same photo. These were all done using a combination of Lightroom with Nik Analog effects pro and Nik Color Effects.

The Devil Wears Prada Buffalo NY

My friends in The Devil Wears Prada came through town on May 3rd so I headed out and snapped a few pics. Big thanks to Jeremy and the rest of the guys for being so cool. I got a photo signed for a fan while I was there, I like to do nice things for people. (Not that I am going to go getting things signed for everyone, this girl just stands out more than most fans of most bands to me... I'd love to get all the things signed for all the people, there's just too many of you.)

If you haven't caught the tour yet they are playing the whole "Zombie" ep at every date. As much as I dig the Zombie ep my favorite song from The Devil Wears Prada is Mammoth off of Dead Throne. Thankfully they've played it all three times I have caught the Zombie tour. I posted a live video of Mammoth below to go with the photos. No, I didn't take the video... The show in Buffalo here was actually in a WAY smaller venue too, anyway, I'm totally not a writer so I'm going to stop now... I suggest clicking play on the video and spending the next three and a half minutes perusing the photos and pretending you're there.

#Warpedwednesday

Here's a nice little selection of 2013 Warped Tour photos to brighten your day! Enjoy!

BVB Chicago

I woke up and walked into the venue as Black Veil Brides took to the stage this day... Here's a full gallery of Black Veil Brides photos from the Chicago stop of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. Hope you guys like!

The Word Alive from the Hartford CT stop of Warped Tour 2014

It's funny, shit gets so crazy on tour. The drives started getting a LOT longer right after I shot this in Hartford CT. I ended up forgetting to edit this set and just recently found it while doing a little digging through my Warped archives. It made me kind of happy, it's probably my best set of Word Alive photos, hope you all enjoy.

Camera and lens question from @colewilquet

Hey Sedition, my name is Cole Wilquet and I Am a aspiring music photographer. I have a few questions. I'm in the process of buying a Nikon D3200, the camera comes with a bundle. A 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-200mm f/4-56 lenses. I've heard these are really bad and will effect my pictures (just what I've heard) and was told to buy a nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens. What are your thoughts on that? And I want to go on tour with a band. How do I achieve that? Do you get paid? And im looking for a mentor to help with future questions, do you know anyone (or your self) who would be interested in helping a new photographer out?

 

Hi Cole! Thanks for writing. Picking your first camera is hard. I went with Canon as I personally like the Canon menu system better than the Nikon menu system. For a starter camera the d3200 is a great choice. (Well, pretty much any modern dslr is a great choice these days...) There is nothing wrong with the lenses themselves in that bundle, the problem comes when you try to shoot in low light with them. The aperture just does not open up enough to let in the light you need in a concert situation. That's not to say that those lens are unusable. This shot of Jefferey from Capture The Crown was taken at f5 1/640th of a second at iso 3200 with a similar canon lens to the 55-200 you listed above. https://flic.kr/p/qSp6jV You will want a "faster" lens than those though. The 35mm 1.8 would be a great choice to start out with. (Faster means a wider aperture which means a lower number which means it lets more light in to the camera's sensor...)

 

As far as going on tour with a band goes, there are hundreds of other photographers that want the same thing and it's a hard thing to achieve. If it's something you really want to do though your best bet is to learn a different skill that is more useful to a touring band and to do photography on the side. I've never had a band hire me on as a tour photographer (I have had some offers to drive for bands though I have had to turn them down due to other prior commitments with my current driving job.) Sure lots of people may love my work but it's hard for a band to justify the added expense. Especially when like I said, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT WANT TO TOUR AS WELL. Build relationships learn useful skills and one day you should be able to achieve touring though. All it really takes is hard work and perseverance it could be years but if you really want it you can make it happen.

Magda

Hi,

I'm an aspiring photographer and saw your post on Instagram about question for your blog and would love to ask you 'how did you get started in photography especially music/concert photography?'

Thanks

Magda (@missspookiness9)

 

Hi Magda! Thanks for writing. I have been touring with music tours for years. I've always been into art and photography was one of many artforms that interested me. I bought a film SLR years and years ago when I was on an early Fallout Boy tour and had a lot of fun with it. Unfortunately that camera got stolen and it was YEARS before I finally invested in a new camera. I finally bought a Canon T1I 5 or 6 years later right before I went out on Warped Tour and started taking some photos again. I took a few photos here and there for the next year or two. Finally in the summer of 2012 I started getting more serious about photography. I tasked myself with taking one good photo a day over the course of Warped. I succeeded though I don't really like those photos anymore. (except this one. I love this one. Taking Back Sunday is performing, this is at the 2012 Warped Tour in Pomona CA. I have no idea if the photo is going to show though, I'm new to this.) After that summer I went back to school for graphic design. I did one semester at that time and then went back on the road during the coming winter. I did a lot of work with models until the 2013 Warped Tour came around. Then in my free time at work I took a bunch of photos. Eventually people started catching on and my instagram started getting a lot of followers! It was overwhelming. (still is) That's the short version of how I fell into music photography. It's not a job for me yet but if I'm lucky maybe one day!

From Bailey.

Hi I'm @this_war_is_yours on Instagram,
I really love your photography (one of my favourite photographers by far) :o
I was just wondering how you got into music photography? Whether you took any courses or had to start in photographing other things before working up to music? I'm definitely considering music photography as a possible career and I honestly have no idea where to start

Thanks :)

 

Hi! Thanks for writing. I have actually been working in the music/entertainment industry for over ten years now. Back in 2004 I was working as a freight driver for a company called US Xpress, on one of my off days I was at Warped Tour and ran into a guy that was driving for it and talked to him about the job, got the info for the company called them up and have been driving  entertainment ever since. The photography came later. I've always been creative though. I went to the Art institute of Pittsburgh back in 1999 for graphic design and have done two semesters of it at other schools since. As far as photography goes I have no formal training though my history in art/graphic design has definitely been very helpful with my photography. Thanks for writing I look forward to hearing from more of you and doing more of these in the future!