I wish I could narrow it down more, but I feel like 2016 I grew a lot as a photographer. I started shooting for two publications, I started branching out into writing, and I taught myself (and still am) most of my post-processing skills inside and out. I am insanely excited about where 2016 took me, and even more excited to see where I go in 2017. With that, these are (in chronological order), my favorite show shots of 2016. XX.
Sorority Noise || Double Door
This was the first "good" jump shot I ever took, and it was during one of my favorite bands' sets, shot from the crowd.
Citizen || Double Door
Editing shots from Citizen's set at Double Door was right when I began to get the hang of altering hues, saturation, and luminance, so I was stoked to be able to try those out with good lighting.
The Used || House of Blues
This is a re-edit of an older shot, because at the time this was taken, I wasn't as good at manipulating red lighting. Now that I am, I love playing with funky colors.
Movements || House of Blues
About a month prior to taking this, I saw Movements play a set to 100 kids in a church rec. hall, where maybe 15 kids knew the words. Seeing them open a sold out show at House of Blues and hearing the crowd sing along every word was phenomenal.
Pierce the Veil || House of Blues
Pierce the Veil has had my heart since eighth grade. My inner middle schooler was shook when I got this shot, and I remember being a freshman in high school and having shot very similar to this set as my phone wallpaper. Maybe someday some kid will have one of my shots set as theirs, you know?
The Word Alive || Warped MKE
I was so excited to shoot The Word Alive, but I dreaded editing their set because the sunlight during the set was so bright I was afraid none of my shots would come out. I stumbled upon this one literally yesterday (yes, December 30th, six months later), and fell in love with it.
The Color Morale || Warped MKE
Do you hear that? It's the sound of me screaming, because I finally got a good outdoor shot where I enjoy the colors and it doesn't look bland.
Vanna || Warped MKE
Again, all of my shots from Warped MKE felt like they were going to turn out awful from the sunlight. But I recently learned how to work strong lighting to my advantage, and I loved this one of Davey because of the detail.
Capsize || Warped MKE
I adore Capsize. They're one of few bands during which I will actually set down my camera and get in the crowd and go nuts. But before I set down my camera, I got this one of Brian, and I am thriving off of the expression on his face and the attention to detail in the shot. I'm insanely proud of it.
The 1975 || House of Blues
I got last minute approved to shoot The 1975 over the summer at their Lolla aftershow. Unfortunately, however, I sprung an ungodly amount of money for the ticket, in hopes that I would get to experience the incredible lighting design everyone is always talking about. Instead, I shot them with house lighting, which didn't seem the best when I was originally processing the photos. However, since November I've been trying to teach myself as many new editing styles as possible. I'm really excited, because I turned this shot from purple and pink flat lighting into what looks like some funky film.
The 1975 || House of Blues
This is another shot I love, mostly because it looks like grainy vintage film, which is very unique and I feel suits the band's sound pretty well.
Being As An Ocean || Bottom Lounge
I'm in love with this shot for a handful of reasons. 1. Being As An Ocean was the first band I ever shot, my junior year of high school. 2. Seeing how far I've come as a photog and how far they have as a band was pretty cool. 3. My sweet friend and one of my many inspirations, Rosario Gutierrez, lent me her prism to try out throughout the night. The things it did with the light-rays in this shot saved my soul. 4. I learned how to use the tone curve!
The Amity Affliction || Bottom Lounge
This show was the most iconic and wild show of my life. I met my favorite band (TAA), I cut my leg and pants open on a rusty nail mid-shoot (and kept shooting... the entire set...), got some shots I fell in love with, and got a guitar pick. So here's a fav of Joel Birch.
The Amity Affliction || Bottom Lounge
I took this side-stage standing under the speakers while I had a paper towel pressed to my bleeding leg as I held a prism up to my nifty fifty, and it is somehow my favorite shot of the night (and possibly the year).
Parkway Drive || House of Blues
This show was utter chaos. I went straight from work, it was pouring rain so terribly we had to pull over on the highway, we were running terribly late, and I didn't plan on knowing a single soul there. Somehow, I got there and ran into another of my favorite people/photogs, Christian Sarkine (peep his work it's iconic), made it in time to catch all the openers, and got this shot that, with the help of split toning, went from solid red to a wild sunset of colors. It was pretty fantastic.
The Hotelier || The Metro
The first time I saw the Hotelier was at The Metro in 2014, and I knew a good two songs. I didn't shoot their set, and I didn't really sing along. Both of those changed. When I saw the Hotelier this time around, I could barely keep my composure between belting out lyrics, snapping shots, and twisting around a prism to get some cool reflections. Needless to say, their nice lighting set-up didn't hurt either.
Joyce Manor || The Metro
Their set was definitely the opposite of a Constant Headache... (ba-dum-tss). Good lighting, a crowd that was vibing, it was fantastic.
The Plot In You || The Emerson
My final show of 2016, and one of my most interesting. One of my friends talked me into driving down to Indianapolis the night before my most critical final exam to shoot The Plot. TPIY is one of those bands that I always miss when they come through the area, so I had to take the chance to see them. I talked one of my friends into driving, I left work and went straight down to Indy during the coldest and most stressful week of the year. It was so cold, actually, that my camera battery died about 2 songs into The Plot's set. But somehow, with only my 50mm lens, for one or two songs, I snagged this shot with some really pretty lens flair, something most people dislike, but I adore. And I also got to see a few friends from out of town. So it was a lucky night.