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Throwback Thursday (First photo pass edition)

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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 recorded, 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 

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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?

Brian Joyce of Major League
Chicago,IL
The Subterranean
6/7/14

Brian Joyce of Major League

Chicago,IL

The Subterranean

6/7/14

Cute Is What We Aim For
Chicago, IL
Bottom Lounge
2/9/13

Cute Is What We Aim For

Chicago, IL

Bottom Lounge

2/9/13

Throwing it back to 2010

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When I was 20 years old I thought I was fucking awesome as do most 20 year olds. Being able to meet one of your favorite bands at that age was even fucking cooler.

I met the entire band of The Maine in May 2010 at a Subway. When I think back on it, it still makes me laugh. My friend Jasmin and I drove from Chicago to Indianapolis. Before the show started we wanted to find a place to eat. Down the road there was a Dairy Queen, but that looked so shady. We decided against going there. There was a McDonalds across the street from the venue, but Jasmin hated Micky D’s so that was out of the question. As our options became fewer I spotted a Subway in this little run down shopping center and that was the winner.

Before we walked in we where talking about getting drinks so we could pour our alcohol into them and chug them down before we went into the venue. I open the door, and to my star struck eyes appear, the ENTIRE FUCKIN’ BAND. At this point we don’t know if we should act like we don’t know them. or go over to them. We acted as if we didn’t know them, because we were 20 year old hot shots.

While Jasmin was getting food I went to the bathroom, but didn’t realize you needed a key. Jared was walking out of the guys bathroom, and handed me the key I told him thank you and probably gave him the creepiest smile ever. Once I was done I walked over to where Jasmin was sitting. We didn’t know what to say to each other, because what do you do when the band you came to see is sitting two tables away from you? I told her “I’m going to ask them for a picture. I’m going to wait till they’re done eating then ask” she nodded her head in agreement.

I probably sounded like a fucking idiot, but I didn’t care. No way was I going to let this opportunity just walk out the door. When they were getting up to throw way their trash I said “uuuummmm, hey. We drove all the way from Chicago to see you guys. Would it be cool if we got a picture with you?” My voice was probably so shaky, but they said yes. They are honestly one of the most humble bands I’ve ever met. They didn’t make it weird that we were asking for a picture, they genuinely seemed thrilled that we even knew who they were. I also think they appreciated that we waited to ask them until they were done eating.

After I took Jasmin’s picture with them, Garrett says “I like your camera tattoo. It’s so detailed for how small it is. Can I see it?” Then the whole band gathered around me, and were looking at my little camera tattoo that I have placed on the inside of my index finger (the finger I use to take pictures. Shutter finger.) John noticed that I had a tattoo on my wrist and asked me what it said. I showed them my shaky wrist and said “It says ‘listen to music, make photography’” they all nodded their heads and John said “Right on.” After that they all said bye, and I can’t remember which one said it, but I thought it was so funny when they said “see you at the show” 

It was one of the most coolest experiences of my life, and I still bring this story up to people at bars, and parties they know who they are. 

-Michelle

I’ll be doing a Throwback Thursday on when I met The Maine when I was 20 years old….Stay tuned.

Sometimes when I listen to screamo bands I think to myself “chill the fuck out”

My adventure as a 24 year old drunk girl at a One Direction concert.

This picture was taken after the concert, and by that time I was sloshed. Let me take you on the journey of how I got to this state. Well, it’s pretty simple, beer. 

The plan was to drink on the train then grab a few drinks and some food before the show. My friends Megan and Kadyn missed the train, so my friend Anna and I decided to keep drinking. At Union Station (Chicago) there’s a few bar options. So naturally, Anna and I shared a pitcher of beer while we waited for their train to get in.  By the time we finished the pitcher their train was arriving, now at this point I’m pretty buzzed. I probably should’ve slowed down and stopped drinking until we got to Solider Field, but I’m 24 so I didn’t. All four of us girls took a shot of whiskey then started to make our way to the concert. We didn’t have any time to stop to get food. That was my other mistake, I didn’t eat anything.

Once we got to Solider Field I still had some of my vodka I had brought on the train, so we all pulled from this bottle then went into the stadium. I was lit by this time, yet still thought it was necessary to get a beer once I was inside. After getting our beers we waited in line to buy shirts. At this point I have no reconciliation of time and won’t for the rest of the night. What felt like waiting in line for only 10 minutes was probably close to a half an hour to 45 minutes. I’m pretty sure the mom’s in line were getting annoyed with us, because we were swearing up a storm. Examples “Fuck, I can’t believe we’re here” and “Harry Styles, God damn” After we got our shirts we took basic girl photos here’s one of them. (You can clearly see how gone I was. I’m the faux red head.) 

Megan posted this picture with the caption “Harry Styles obviously isn’t referring to us when he sings ‘you don’t know you’re beautiful’ oh, we know!”  haha! After this picture we headed to our seats, because 5 Seconds of Summer was starting. I love that 5 Seconds of Summer is on tour with One Direction. For the fact that 5SOS were just on the cover of Alternative Press magazine, and they’re on tour with such a huge boy band. It’s one step closer to breaking the stigma that comes along with genres. 

I remember some of their set, but not much I did snag a few crappy iPhone pictures. Just to prove I was there, and actually seeing them. Here’s one of them: 

Next is the part I don’t really remember which is the whole thing of One Direction’s set. I’m actually really upset with myself for getting so inebriated that I couldn’t remember little details of their set. I remember a lot of screaming and fireworks. I remember Harry Styles looking cute in all his hair changes (Long, wrapped in scarf, and in a man bun) 

This next part is debauchery at it’s finest. I couldn’t finish the rest of my beer, and in my state of mind I thought it was acceptable to lean down towards the 9-year-old girl next to me and offer her the rest of my beer. Her mom yelled “No!” which I agree with her, but I ended up putting the beer in the girls cup holder then whispering “it’s there if you want it” then went back to singing whatever 1D song was being performed. 

I’ve learned my lesson on never getting that drunk at a 1D concert ever again. Although, it did help me from becoming annoyed by all the little girls and their screams. 

xx I was just trying to up the punk at One Direction. xx 

From what I remember and the pictures I had a blast, I recommend going to see One Direction at least once in your life. All the video’s I took are solid evidence these boys are amazing performers. Here as some cruddy quality photos I took of the boys. Enjoy! 

-Michelle 

Free Music Monday

Sorry I didn’t have time to write about my drunk One Direction experience today, but I will write it tonight then post it tomorrow. Here are some links to free music!!! 

The Fratellis released a free EP you can download Here

One Direction also released a free song you can download Here

Lovely breakfast with the boys this morning. Later tonight I’ll post what it was like being a 24 year old drunk girl at a One Direction concert. Hilarity ensues.

Lovely breakfast with the boys this morning. Later tonight I’ll post what it was like being a 24 year old drunk girl at a One Direction concert. Hilarity ensues.

I took some shots of my friend Danny’s band Kavalier over the summer. This is one of my favorites. Check his band out Here 

I took some shots of my friend Danny’s band Kavalier over the summer. This is one of my favorites. Check his band out Here 

Music is Music

Don’t be that asshole who belittles someone’s music taste. We’ve all got different taste in music, and that’s what makes it so wonderful. No one has the exact iPod just like no one has the same DNA besides identical twins, and even then they would still have different things on their iPods (very cool!) It’s called in iPod for a reason, if it was to be shared it’d be called a Wepod. We’ve all been the victims, and we’ve all been the bullies at some point in our lives. Once people can let go of the stigma that comes with some bands and just enjoy the sounds of the song. That’s when we’ll all be better off. I don’t really care if the band didn’t write their own songs, or they had help writing their songs. People, these are jobs to help the musicians write the best song possible. Sometimes it’s better to work with others who don’t share the same idea’s as you. Trust me it opens up your creative mind to places you’ve never thought of doing or going. We as a group need to just stop judging people on their music taste (unless they like Nickleback, then you judge the fuck out of them.) All jokes aside lets just enjoy the music that puts us in great moods. 

Judging the lighting I’m sure you can all guess what Petty was playing. #AmericanGirl

Judging the lighting I’m sure you can all guess what Petty was playing. #AmericanGirl

July
Chicago, IL
The Subterranean 
6/7/14

July
Chicago, IL
The Subterranean
6/7/14

Some cool jamz!

Some cool jamz!