If someone asked me why I love to shoot live music… my responses would be wide and varied, but would probably start with: I’m a lifelong musician, have played guitar since 6th grade, love the rock show, and love the energy of live music. But from a photography standpoint, I love it because it’s unpredictable, and a hell of a challenge. You never know what your lighting is going to do, what the artists will do, what the fans will do, and you get to capture the essence of a raw experience.
This is why I love shooting The Dead Girls (kinda sounds bad… lol). Their live show is full of energy, intense, and always a challenge. It also helps that I’ve shared the stage via my old bands with the members in their previous bands (whether they realize it or not) .
Fortunately I had some time to play with the lighting from Steve Ewing prior to TDG, so it wasn’t too much of a challenge by the time they got on stage. My favorite part of the whole set had to be when guitarist “Cameron Hawk” hopped off the stage to shred in the audience. I had put the camera down, but ran back up in time to snag a couple quick shots. Awesome show as always!