This year has been so. freaking. awesome. I’ve taken a lot of time to myself, experimented with some creative ideas, and have been able to do so much. 2016 has FLOWN by. One of the highlights was being able to shoot my first big festival outside of Warped Tour. Hangout is a 40,000 attendee festival right on the BEACH in Gulf Shores, AL. I was shooting for Alternative Press, and worked closely with a couple of the artists also. More on that later.
I went down with two of my closes friends. We camped, had some beers, and made a ton of friends. Seriously, everyone was so nice. When we woke up on Friday our tent was flooded, the festival was postponed, my phone was submerged under water in the tent (somehow it survived, thanks Steve Jobs), and lightning struck 30 feet away. It was crazy, but we embraced it soaked to the bone and had a great time until they opened the festival.
The first live artist I shot was BORNS. He absolutely killed it.
Alison Wonderland was cool to see
I didn’t have time to shoot Walk The Moon (very bummed about that), but this is what the VIP area looked like while they were playing.
So this was pretty cool. I got in touch with The Chainsmokers and spent the night documenting them. There wasn’t too much going on before the show so I only shot a few photos. Each night they make a new set which I was really impressed by. They were working hard on getting the perfect set down… and they did.
EDM jump shot… check.
Daya came out to perform “Don’t Let Me Down” and NAILED it! After talking to her I can say that she’s a sweet girl and has a bright future. Again, everyone was super nice at this thing. It was great.
I think he knew this guy but I’m not sure… funny either way.
Holy what I shot The Weeknd. Abel told everyone about the storm ruining his personal production the night before. His team apparently wanted him to pull out of the festival, but he used standard production and stuck around. Glad he did!
SATURDAY – It’s. So. Hot.
(I mean, way too hot)
I’ve been listening to Magic Man for a year or two now, and they were super fun to shoot. I was the first person they saw after waking up, and were down to try out some grassy photos!
(Yes, thats THE BEACH in the background!)
Met with one of The Griswolds dudes and had a great time. We were in a media area, and there was a sand dune near us so we took advantage of it.
I’ve shot X Ambassadors a few times, but wow there set was great at Hangout. Nothing like staring right at a crowd that big.
The Neighbourhood. Great show.
Shot during Portugal. The Man
Ok… Cage The Elephant. What a show. Repping my home state Kentucky.
I think after this shot Matt picked me out from all of the photographers and started working the camera for me. It was pretty cool. Artists will do this occasionally but there was something different this time. For the first three songs he would pay attention to where I was and make sure I had the shot. I was thankful because the photo below is a result of it. He saw me run to one side of the stage, he ran too, jumped down, and I had my camera 10 inches away from the mic. Literally.
I was so close that I had to quickly switch to manual focus.
Calvin Harris was slotted to close the show on Saturday. Unfortunately he got into a car accident in LA the night before and had to cancel. To my understanding is that he’s ok which is great. Just a little banged up.
Now on the bright side… Panic! At The Disco got the surprise of closing out Saturday. I’ve never seen anyone enjoy playing a show as much as Brendan did that night. He was so genuinely ecstatic and happy to be headlining such an incredible event. It really showed. An hour of an awesome show ending in fireworks was the perfect way to go out.
SUNDAY – Time To Chill And Go Home
This was our last day. One of my friends had an allergic reaction while camping and we took her to the ER in the morning. She was ok but we decided it would be best to leave that night before the last headliner (Florence + The Machine) and go home. This translated into a really relaxing and easy day of shooting just a couple of shows. Essentially rest after pure chaos.
VIP beyond VIP
This is part of the artist compound where everyone stays before they play a show. There was so much cool stuff like a teepee, giant chess, beach access, amazing food, but I didn’t want to invade anyones privacy by snapping photos. Just imagine this photo turned into an entire fun hang area for all of the artists.
I started the day off by meeting up with a great band called POWERS and snapping some photos!
Fetty Wap (sometimes you just want that ONE shot from a show)
This place was awesome.
Had to get the classic crowd shot
Canon 17-40 mm f4.0
Sigma Art 50 mm f1.4
Canon 70-200 mm f2.8