Looking Back on the Past Two Years

Reflecting on the last two years of my life is overwhelming. As a photographer I am incredibly lucky to be able to be able to look back on both my personal and artistic growth through photos of things and people I love. I am a firm believer that hard work can get you anywhere, but I am also sure that this would not have been possible without such supportive family, friends, and music scene. Thank you to everyone who has been there for me on this journey.

 

The Journey

2014

Starting in January 2014, I began the process of reaching out to artists trying to find someone willing to let me photograph their concert. I spent hours a night sending out my small portfolio only to recieve emails of rejection. Then finally I got a reply. Pentimento was able to accommodate a photo pass for their show at the Marquis Theater on February 7th, 2014. Of course upon arrival to the venue on that freezing Friday night there was a problem at the box office with my pass. To say the least I was pretty discouraged, but I was determined to change that with a few emails. Thankfully, I was able to catch their set and capture some photos that would become the foundation for my portfolio.

The very next week was when I met Shannon Shumaker. After months of online conversation I finally had the pleasure to share a real conversation with one of my biggest inspirations and sources of advice. That night Shannon offered me a position as a contributing photographer for a publication her and Dom Vigil were in the process of creating. That publication would come to be The Prelude Press.

 Shannon and I on the night we met!

Shannon and I on the night we met!

From then on I began shooting 2 to 5 shows a month for The Prelude Press and doing occasional interviews (see below). Without such a supportive crew backing me up that first year of music photography I would not be where I am today. Not only did I learn an incredible amount of knowledge on photography and the music scene is general, but The Prelude Press also gave me priceless opportunities to work with artists that I was passionate about.

Having the opportunity to cover Warped Tour in Denver was another really great experience for me. Warped Tour tends to be every music photographer's first festival because it provides great learning experiences in a pretty low risk setting. At warped tour 2014 I was able to photograph 19 bands which was exhausting, but definitely worth it. 

2015

In 2015 I began shooting for more publications which meant more shows. My goals for 2015 were to shoot as much as possible and try to master my gear and editing style. I can't really say that I was able to fully develop my photographic style in 2015, but last year definitely gave me a great foundation to find my style in 2016. My greatest gain in 2015 were the relationships that I was able to create in the music scene.

In April I covered 1000 Miles Of Fire's house show. Showing up to a stranger's home to take photos with a bunch of kids you have never met before is just as daunting as it sounds. However, that night I was the beginning of a great friendship with 1000 Miles of Fire and their crew. Through 1000 Miles of Fire I have had the privilege of meeting so many extraordinary individuals. Those three of whom are Ben Pisano (Corsicana), Michelle Svoboda (November Frequency), and Luisa Walker. I have compiled some photos of my favorite memories from 1000 Miles of Fire shows here they are:

Because I was attending more shows in 2015, I was able to form a great relationship with some of the staff at my favorite local venues. I want extend my gratitude to everyone who works at the Marquis Theater for putting on great shows that I always feel safe at. A special thank you goes to the manager Mandy for helping fix my credentials whenever there is an issue and to Astra for always keeping me company between artists! Even though small venues are difficult to photograph, covering a show at the Marquis theater is always so rewarding. The Marquis holds so many special memories for me.

I was able to cover my first show at Red Rocks in 2014 and ever since, I had been dying to go back. I am so happy to say that 2015 blessed me with the opportunity of returning to Red Rocks for 5 shows!

One of the greatest experiences of 2015 was being able to cover Riot Fest in Denver. Three days in the scorching heat photographing amazing artists is just as great as it sounds. Being able to cover a festival that isn't Warped Tour was very exciting and each night I was able to go home with photos that I adore.

Reflecting on the last two years of my life is overwhelming. As a photographer I am incredibly lucky to be able to be able to look back on both my personal and artistic growth through photos of things and people I love. I am a firm believer that hard work can get you anywhere, but I am also sure that this would not have been possible without such supportive family, friends, and music scene. Thank you to everyone who has been there for me on this journey.

Never in my life have I been more excited for what the future holds.