I’ve never been to a Halloween concert before, so I’m super excited! I always love looking up to see what bands dress up as at the their shows for Halloween. I’ll be going with my twin brother, and his girlfriend. We were going to go as a group costume, but life got in the way and we aren’t prepared and it’s only 2 weeks away. I can’t wait!
AP Magazine just released a fun article yesterday about haunted venues in America. The Congress Theatre in Chicago was one of the venues on the list. It just so happens that I’ve been backstage at this venue to photograph an Australian band called Miami Horror, so i figured why not do a throwback thursday on it. I was 21 years old and just starting out i was still shooting in Jpeg (I was so naive). This was a pretty cool experience for a 21 year old After I got done shooting the first three songs of their set the guy that I was working for got permission from the band to let me take some pictures side stage. I was so nervous, because the crowd was so large. When I was backstage I felt like I shouldn’t have been back there like I was breaking in or something. Haha. I got the shots which are terrible!!!! Oh also, I got paid in beer for taking the pictures that night. Haha
Here’s a couple that I’m almost too embarrassed to put up, because of how horrible they are!
I let the band take pictures of me sometimes. haha (There’s a reason I stay behind the camera)
On my way to photograph and interview The Shakes and Rumbles. You will love these guys! I’ll post a photo later tonight.
1. Loose Leaves -Bright Eyes
2. Naive -The Kooks
3. Drunk In Amsterdam -Thieves and Villains
4. Stop Or Go -The Pigeon Detectives
5. A Summer Chill -This Is Ivy League
6. A-Punk -Vampire Weekend
7. Middle Management -Bishop Allen
8. Kill It -The Cinema
9. Holidays -Miami Horror
10. West Coast -Coconut Records
11. Sleeping In -The Postal Service
12. Seaside -The Kooks
13. Shatterday -Vendetta Red
14. Pa Pa Power -Dead Man’s Bones
15. Undercover Martyn -Two Door Cinema Club
16. Somebody That I Used To Know -Gotye
17. I Will Follow You Into The Dark -Death Cab For Cutie
18. Picasso -The Cinema
19. On My Mind -The Sunday Drivers
20. Saint Jerome -Coconut Records
21. Believer -American Authors
22. Hey Little Sister -The Postelles
23. It’s Almost Halloween -Panic! At The Disco
I was 21 years old when I got my first photo pass. It was for All Time Low they were one of my favorite bands at the time, so it was a pretty big deal. I should also mention they were/are my twin brother’s favorite band and he was at the concert with me. In typical twin/sibling fashion I wouldn’t shut up about how close I was going to be to our favorite band. I’m sure I sounded like a broken record, but this was the first time I’ve ever been better (for lack of a better word) at anything than he.
This was my shinning moment to prove I was serious about taking photos of bands. My starting point in a career which I thought I knew everything about. (Reminder: I was a naive 21 year old) Like an idiot I thought it was so dumb to photograph in RAW so I shot in jpegs instead. This probably means nothing to you, but to a photographer it’s the biggest rookie mistake there is. I repeat if you’re starting out as a concert photographer do yourselves a favor and shoot in RAW, then thank yourself later!
At this concert I also brought along my 35mm film camera just to see if I could photograph bands like they did back in the day. That was actually a pretty cool idea I had. Unlike the idea of only shooting in jpeg. I will write about this in a different post for a later date. Here are a few images of All Time Low. The first one is me trying to be artsy, and the other is an image from my film camera of Alex Gaskarth
If you were listening to your iPod and someone took out your headphones would you be embarrassed by what was playing if they put them in their ears?