Super Happy Photoshoot

Some friends of mine [Super Happy Fun Club] gave me a call and said they needed a quick photo for an interview in Rock Sound Magazine before they go out on a European tour with Madina Lake.  Wish I was heading out on that tour to shoot, but alas all I could do to help was the promo photo.  We ran around downtown Downers for a little less than an hour and got some good stuff.  We're going to set up another shoot with a little more time and planning for when they get back.

On the road again...

We got back on Sunday from a show in Puerto Rico and a show in Dominican Republic.  Both were great, the energy was intense and the driver got lost on the way to the Dominican venue so we got to see a little bit of the town.  Something I wish we got to do a little bit more often.  There was little security on the floor in DR so I had to stand on chairs and shoot from the front which was different.  I also had 2 people want to take my picture.  Pretty sure they don't really know that I'm the lowly photographer who just hangs out with people they'd want photos of. I'm going to try to keep this a little bit more up to date this time around as we'll actually have a minute or two of down time in which to do that.  Tomorrow we leave for the big leg of the South American tour.  Hitting some cities I've always wanted to go to but never thought I could actually see.  I couldn't be more excited and I'm just hoping that we have some down time to hang out.  Here's the list of where we're heading, after that I'm not sure...

10.23.10 Guadalajara , MX Estadio 3 de Marzo more info
10.24.10 Mexico City , MX Foro Sol more info
10.26.10 San José , CR Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá more info
10.28.10 Bogotá , CO Parque Simón Bolívar more info
10.30.10 Lima , PE Estadio Monumental more info
11.1.10 Quito, Ecuador Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa more info
11.1.10 Quito, Ecuador Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa more info
11.4.10 Santiago , CL Estadio Monumental more info
11.6.10 São Paulo , BR Associação Portuguesa de Desportos more info
11.7.10 Rio de Janiero , BR Est. Celio de Barros (Maracana Complex) more info
11.10.10 Porto Alegre , BR Ginásio Gigantinho more info
11.13.10 Buenos Aires, Argentina Estadio River Plate more info

Better late than never... Warped Tour 2010

So, as my Emarosa only post showed, I shot Warped Tour this summer and just got around to editing the photos.  I ment to do it on tour, but forgot the hard drive with those images.  So below are some of my favs as well as links to the full galleries.  Warped is always fun.  This year I went up to Milwaukee with my friend Carl and we did more hanging out than anything.

Alkaline Trio :: http://bit.ly/aGVUvU

AM Taxi :: http://bit.ly/9ibvGg

Every Time I Die :: http://bit.ly/dxWhPd

The Summer Set :: http://bit.ly/a1O1Iz

We The Kings :: http://bit.ly/chEEfn

On the road again...

Tomorrow I'm off to join the Jonas Brothers on tour as their tour photographer.  I'm really excited about the opportunity and being out creating images every day.  I'll be out for a couple weeks and we'll be hitting a bunch of cities around the country (and a couple in Canada).  Keep checking back for updates here and if you'll be out in any of the cities below, stop by and say hey.

8.7.10 Tinley Park , IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre more info
8.8.10 Noblesville , IN Verizon Wireless Music Center more info
8.10.10 Cincinnati , OH Riverbend Music Center more info
8.11.10 Burgettstown , PA First Niagara Pavilion more info
8.12.10 Bristow , VA Jiffy Lube Live more info
8.13.10 Hartford , CT Road Dogs more info
8.13.10 Hartford , CT Comcast Theatre more info
8.14.10 Hershey , PA Hersheypark Stadium more info
8.16.10 Newark , NJ Road Dogs more info
8.16.10 Holmdel , NJ PNC Bank Arts Center more info
8.17.10 Holmdel , NJ PNC Bank Arts Center more info
8.19.10 Queens , NY Road Dogs more info
8.21.10 Islip , NY Road Dogs more info
8.21.10 Wantagh , NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater more info
8.22.10 Wantagh , NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater more info
8.25.10 Boston , MA Comcast Center more info
8.26.10 Boston , MA Road Dogs more info
8.26.10 Boston , MA Comcast Center more info
8.27.10 Camden , NJ Road Dogs more info
8.27.10 Camden , NJ Susquehanna Bank Center more info
8.28.10 Atlantic City , NJ Trump Taj Mahal more info
8.29.10 Virginia Beach , VA Virginia Beach Amphitheater more info
8.31.10 Cleveland , OH Quicken Loans Arena more info
9.1.10 Clarkston , MI DTE Energy Music Theatre more info
9.2.10 Toronto , ON, Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre more info
9.3.10 Toronto , ON, Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre more info
9.4.10 Montreal , QC, Canada Centre Bell Centre more info
9.5.10 Daytona Beach , FL Ocean Center more info
9.7.10 Jupiter , FL Road Dogs more info
9.7.10 West Palm Beach , FL Cruzan Amphitheater more info
9.8.10 Tampa , FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre At the Florida State Fairgrounds more info
9.10.10 San Antonio , TX AT&T Center more info
9.11.10 Houston , TX Road Dogs more info
9.11.10 Houston , TX Woodlands Pavilion more info
9.12.10 Dallas , TX Road Dogs more info
9.12.10 Dallas , TX Superpages.com Center more info
9.14.10 Phoenix , AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion more info
9.16.10 Chula Vista , CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheater more info
9.17.10 Wheatland , CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland more info
9.18.10 San Jose , CA Road Dogs more info
9.18.10 Mountain View , CA Shoreline Amphitheatre more info
9.19.10 Irvine , CA Road Dogs more info
9.19.10 Irvine , CA Irvine Meadows / Verizon Wireless Amphitheater more info

Thrice in Chicago - 06/10/10

One of my favorite bands of all time is a band called Thrice from Cali.  Last April I as able to head out to the west coast to join them in the studio while they were recording their best album so far, Beggars.  They came through Chicago in June and I got some great shots.

Band Portraits - Embrace This Hope

Embrace This Hope came by for some band portraits earlier this year and I hadn't had a chance to share them until now.  Pretty happy with the way the outdoor shots worked out.
Tech specs indoor: 5dMkII, 24-70mm f/2.8, Calumet Travelights, ProFoto Ring Flash  Outdoor: 5dMkII, 24-70mm, Canon 480ex

SXSW 2010

Every March I do my version of spring break... Austin, TX for SXSW.  Friends from around the country all meet up down south for a week of music, food, and amazing times.  Here's a quick look at some of the images I shot this year.  The past years are all up on my main site don't be scene. Some of the bands I shot this year... Broken Bells, Maps and Atlases, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Children Collide, Johnny Craig (from Emarosa), The Cab, Ha Ha Tonka, Matt Pond, Metric, Muse, & Cool Kids

Local Show at Metro

It's been a while since I've been to a local show at Metro in Chicago with bands that are younger in the scene. These bands... A Kidnap in Color, The Highlife, Draft Week, Footlight Frenzy, and Indecent Exposure played some solid sets. I hadn't heard them before but they were solid. Here are some of my favs...

A few days with Thrice

One of my favorite bands of all time is Thrice. This year has been great because this spring I got to spend some time documenting their recording process for Beggars. And I headed out to a few of their headlining shows when they were around last month. These are some of my favorite pics from those days...

Beck's Music Export

I spent the 3 of the last 4 nights out and about in wicker park shooting for Beck's. They put on events where the bands playing were vying for a spot to open up the Beck's New Years Eve show (which I'm also shooting) with The Virgins, Airborne Toxic Event, and Mark Ronson. It was a challenging assignment because there were not many people around and they were looking for a lot of high energy shots. But I got some great stuff and it was a lot of fun. Here are some of my favs...

In the studio with Thrice

As you probably saw from the many tweets I posted in LA I recently had one of the better trips I've ever taken.  I flew out last minute for a trip to hang with my friend Carl and my new found friend Patrick at Bamboozle Left.  I'm pretty sure I'm over festivals.  Even with artist passes and free food and drink there is just too much going on.  But I did check out some bands I hadn't heard before that I liked (aka The Jakes).  Annnnnnnnd the highlight was prob meeting the guy who signed Radiohead and discovered Coldplay... crazy.

After Bamboozle I headed out to Orange to chill and shoot some stuff with one of my three favorite bands of all time... Thrice.  I've been chatting with their manager for a while setting up shows to shoot when they come through town.  I let him know I'd be out that way and I wanted to hang and shoot and they were down.  I went out to Teppei's house where they record in a home studio and hung out and shot photos and video for a few days.  First, what I heard, in it's very rough form sounds amazing.  I'm very excited for this album.  It's less programmed and polished and more groove and guitar driven.  It's going to pwn.  The first day they played a bunch of tracks and I shot video and photo and got some great stuff.  Day two they worked a LOT on mic placement for drums, but got some great tones.  Then started tracking.  I also sat down with each Dustin, Teppei, Ed, and Riley to do a little interview action about the recording process and stuff.  The next day was more tracking, lots of shooting with Dustin writing, and helping Teppei's kid dig for slugs and scare Dustin with them.  It was the break I needed, and it was really crazy to be hanging with them shooting.  The stuff came out amazingly, a few samples below.

Lucas Long

My friend Luke was looking for some new head shots for his burgeoning model/acting career so he swung by and we did a little session.  Some great stuff.  He's also in the band Ha Ha Tonka, go check them out. lucuslong_039

SXSW09

So this blog started about a year ago when I got confirmation for SXSW08.  In that time I've been slower than I wanted to be at posting updates but I've been at about one a week.  Expect that to step up this year.  I've got a lot going, starting with heading back to Austin in a few weeks to cover SXSW09.  It's an amazing time and I really enjoy catching up with friends from around the country at one week long party.  It's going to be sweet.

new 5d mkII

busted out the cammy for my first time at metro the other night (still waiting to hear on the house photog gig with them).  It's a pretty sweet little cam.  Shot everything at 3200 iso with the 24-70mm f/2.8L.  Not a big fan of the lens, but the camera is dope.  The files however are HUGE... 25mb each.  I could shoot about half what I normally would be able to since the files are twice the size and I'm only rocking 18gb right now.  Anyways, here are some favs from Ludo and Sing it Loud...

mr. ron robinson

Shot some photos with my good friend Ron Robinson this weekend.  He's working on some solo stuff and was looking for new promo shots.  Here are my favs...

Test time...

I've been talking the Metro for some time about a house photographer gig with them.  They're basically trying out photogs (not sure how many or whatever) but I did my test Friday night at The Fray.  It was a great show with some interesting lighting.  Tons and tons of lamps.  Check out some selects...

the young sea - promo

The other day I had the pleasure of meeting up with my friends in the band The Young Sea and shooting some photos for their upcoming release. They've finally decided to listen to me and are going to give away their music for free. They're going to do a track a month and try to do some cool stuff along with that. You should definitely give it a listen ( http://myspace.com/theyoungsea ). Here are some selects...

Music photography in Chicago

I LOVE Chicago, but shooting music (concerts and bands) in the city is quite the chore.  Sometimes I wish I lived in a minor market where I'd be the only photog.  A lot of shows these days are stacked with photographers.  Although with all that competition it forces photographers to really step up their game and deliver the best photographs they can.

SXSW d3

Soooooooooooo I'm back from SX but I'll be updating some things a little late.  Day 3 started out slooooow.  After 2 solid days of walking around, drinking, going to bed late, and getting up early for panels I was already exhausted.  And it seemed like they fucked something up and didn't book any solid shows for the afternoon.  So carl had moved into the driskil on 6th and we crashed there for a little bit before heading out.  I was trying to catch The Frantic bc I like them a lot and their label guy is cool.  I swung by their venue but I knew I couldn't shoot bc it was SO dark and Carl txted me and said Cool Kids' line was getting out of control.  So I rolled over there early. The thing about sx is you discover bands when you least expect it.  We showed up to cool kids and they were running late and there were still 2 bands before them.  The first of those two went on and it was AMAZING.  They're a band from the UK called Does It Offend You, Yeah?  And they kick ass.  You've got to check this video out:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIR5y9jksgI  they were amazing and really nice guys.  Prob my fav band of sxsw.  After them was Flosstradamous (sp?) and it was okay.  Then Cool Kids came out and owned.  These guys are from the Chi but i've never seen them before.  If you get the chance you should.  After that we talked out way into Paramore (carl didn't have a badge or wristband).  And then The Hush Sound (we had purevolume passes but it was at capacity).  I shot that and then went outside and at the bar next door was my second fav band of sx: Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip They're awesome.  Check em out.