Looking back at 2013, I got a chance to photograph lots of great local talent from Chris Lay, Farnell Newton and Juno What?!. I have a few friends that play with The Blind Boys of Alabama that performed at Mississippi Studios. Two highlights for me was flying down to Oakland to work with the band Legally Blynd. It was such short notice but their tour schedules only allowed them to be together for that one day. Two of the band members tour with Rihanna and the other tour with Maze & Frankie Beverly. Thankfully I was able to get the day off to shoot their EPK. And we shot it at the same studio that both Tony Toni Toni and EnVogue recorded their albums. Lots of musical history there that’s for sure.
For the last 10+ years I’ve been attending India.Arie concerts courtesy of her musical director. I’ve hung out with the band, rode on the tour bus and chilled back stage. After a four year absence, India returned and toured the country in support of her new cd Songversation. I borrowed my friend’s 70-200 lens and shot four of her shows (Seattle, Portland, Anaheim and LA). Being on the road those few short days were brutal. Lack of sleep, I bruised both of my thighs, lost 2 contact lenses, a piece of my shotgun mic fell off. But it was fun. Met her new band members and crew and got some decents shots and footage.
Looking forward to shooting more bands in 2014. 🙂