Gone too long

Just a quick note to say I am still here.  I have been gone from updating my website for far too long.  I have been shooting some amazing bands and festivals including Las Rageous, Rock Into Spring, and Scars and Stripes.  The bands include Art of Anarchy, Buckcherry, Sick Puppies, Hellyeah, Eagles of Death Metal, Anthrax, Mastadon, and many many more.

I will be updating this site now, but always check out my Instagram for more photos and my facebook page.

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Parkway Drive

I just photographed Parkway Drive last night and I just have to say WOW.  It has been a long time, too long since I've seen a show this angry and aggressive from the crowd and I mean that all in a good way.

The venue was small but Parkway Drive brought it like I haven't seen in years with confetti and smoke and lights.  The crowd was on 11 from the very beginning.

It was aggressive. Getting kicked in the head and all but it was great. 

Stay tuned for the full review and shots.

People always told me I couldn't be up front or I'd get hurt. My advice if people tell you that don't listen.

I am in a marathon. 4 shoots in 5 days. I love my life. Stay tuned for more.

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New Projects

I feel like I am stuck on repeat but it has been a very busy few weeks.  I have been doing some photo shoots for local musicians and their promo shots.  In addition to that I have picked up two more publications that I am working with MonkeyGoose Magazine and Volume 11.  Both of these allow me the opportunity to shoot and review shows and do album reviews.  In the past 10 days alone I was treated to a show review of Bear Hands and three new album reviews from Crobot, As Lions and The Devil Wears Prada.  So great to be able to hear these songs and do the reviews. Branching out.  I am excited to work with these publications in addition to my others.  Stay tuned for more to come from these.

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Warped Tour

It's been a busy few weeks.  A lot of personal project photo shoots going on so I haven't blogged in a while but I wanted to take time to write about Warped Tour which came through Las Vegas August 9th.  I was excited to get press access for this major event despite the fact that it was going to be really hot.

If you haven't been to Warped it is a challenge because bands are playing at the same time and they only play 30 min sets.  There is roughly 70 bands so you try to shoot as many as you can and you run from stage to stage, but it is an experience.

At the Hard Rock this was indoors and outdoors so it was more of a challenge navigating the crowds.  Thankfully as a photographer we could get past the lines, except the one time security insisted on using the metal detector on me.  Pretty funny since I was carrying tons of camera gear.

The biggest challenge I faced was just realizing I was not going to get to shoot everyone I wanted.  I missed Mayday Parade, Every Time I Die and Whitechapel.  But I got to shoot some that I really wanted to and ones I have wanted to shoot for a while including Motionless in White, Less Than Jake, and Yellowcard.

The surprise of the day for me was Cane Hill.  Wow they were amazing. I was disappointed I had to leave early to go catch another act.  

Busy pits, long days carrying all your gear in excessive heat but it was worth it.  Below are some shots from that day.

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Return of the Dreads Tour

I was lucky enough to shoot the Return of the Dreads Tour last night with Korn and Rob Zombie.  Not only are they favorites of mine but they put on amazing shows. Each different but each very visual in their own way.

Pretty sore today. A huge pit gets pretty crowded when you add about 12 photographers, as many Security and the VIP fans.


Me I work out of a camera bag and do lens changes off to the side. Some photographers have multiple cameras and lenses on them which is just a different way of working. I am too short to make that work for me. 


As crowded as it was everyone worked well together. Plus since I was the shortest in the pit others kept saying they could shoot over me so I didn't need to worry about getting in their way. Being short has it's perks. All in all it was a great night and good group.


It's interesting to see how bands treat the photographers.  3 songs is standard. In This Moment is letting photographers shoot their whole set. Then you have the other spectrum where Manson only allows 1 song and an unnamed front man on the Warped Tour currently basically attacking photographers telling them we should be grateful he allows us to shoot him.


Korn is a blast to shoot and Fieldy always plays to the camera for me.


I can't wait to go through the photos of Korn and Zombie.


Quite a night!


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Busy Weeks

It has been an incredibly busy couple of weeks with loads of shows to shoot.  Each one was different and great in it's own way so let's recap a few.

Hed PE was the first up and I just have to say wow. Not only was I amazingly lucky to be given full access to shoot, which allowed for some very unique shots, but they are always a blast live. A strange mix of rock and gangsta rap and reggae all rolled into one bundle.  It was a great night and there were some amazing bands that opened for them.

From there I went to two tribute bands, tribute bands you say? Yes, Mechanical Manson and Zombiewood. I had seen a few different tribute bands lately and I wasn't impressed they weren't trying to become the band in any way. It was completely different for these two. Zombiewood looked the part and sounded great they even had the robot etc. Mechanical Manson transported me right back to Marilyn Manson in the Antichrist superstar days. I wished I was able to shoot more than the three songs for both these bands. All I can say is WOW. These guys really have it down.

Last night was The Raskins opening for Ted Nugent, sure I got to photograph Ted too, but The Raskins really impressed me.  We did an interview prior to the show and the brothers were so nice and the interview went well.  I look forward to reading it when it comes out. Their live performance was energy filled and their New York sound was on full display. A mix of originals and classic punk covers and I was hooked.

There have been a few other concerts that I have worked in between and I also managed to jam in some travel and nature photography as well.  Stay tuned for a post about that but right now, enjoy some of the photos from these shows.  Remember more photos are on my social media pages and my Snapchat is the behind the scenes.

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Hellyeah and Carmine Appice Signings

Local record stores are amazing in more ways than one. Not only are you supporting a local business, but you're supporting the local music scene. While our Zia records is a bit of a small business chain they are everything a local record store needs to be. They support the music scene in a variety of ways including in-store appearances and signings. Last weekend they had two; Carmine Appice was signing his new book Stick It and two days later Hellyeah did a signing before their show.

I was lucky to be able to go to both.

Carmine is a legendary drummer with a long and storied history having played with over 20 groups and influencing many of the newer breed of drummers including Dave Lombardo, Richard Christy and Tommy Lee to name only a few. He was in town for a King Kobra the following night. He was a very genuine person that was a pleasure to talk to.  While I cannot claim to be a huge lover of his bands, I know his work within the music industry and I respect him. This signing only increased that respect.  That was Friday night.

Sunday brought Hellyeah into the store. The turn out was huge.  Sure Vinnie Paul and Chris Brady live in town, but this was a larger than expected turn out for me. Prior to the signing beginning fans were told the band would only be signing their new album.  This didn't end up being the case. They signed posters, guitars, drums and all sorts of items which pleased the crowd.

Hellyeah is described as a supergroup with members including the above mentioned Paul (Pantera and others) Chad Gray (Mudvayne) Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) and Chris Brady and Kyle Sanders. But still they took time to interact with the fans and even made one small girls day. She was so excited about the whole experience. This so often is not the case with these groups. I have been to too many of these events where these big bands just rush through and sign. This was not the case with either event and the fans weren't disappointed.

So where's the photo of me with these people? I don't have one. I don't take them. This is strange to many people but that is not what it is about for me. For me being able to shoot and talk to these people is what I want. I have those memories I don't need an autograph.

So get out there and support your local scene on all levels, not just your favorite venue, support all the music venues, but also do not forget your local music stores because they bring you these events that you wouldn't get otherwise.

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Prong Play Las Vegas

Sometimes you just need to listen to some loud angry music. After navigating parking and Fremont street Saturday night that was me and Prong was just what I needed. Prong came to the Las Vegas Country Saloon and true to form at this venue there were a variety of local bands opening. On this night it was local bands Meade Ave, Thrill Killers, Protest and Nebula X joining the bill.  I only caught the last two but I am sure I will see the others in the near future. While I love this format giving local bands a chance to open for national acts four acts makes for a long night.

Prong is a three-piece metal/thrash metal band that originated in New York City in 1986 currently they are in their third rebirth. Everyone is familiar with their song Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck so I wasn’t sure if the crowd was going to be a bunch of people just waiting for that song. It wasn’t.

Tommy Victor, Jason Christopher and Art Cruz hit the stage with a burst of energy shortly after 11:30 and did not slow down throughout the night. They have just released their 12th album X (No Absolutes) and featured a few songs from this album including Ultimate Authority and Sense of Ease. These tracks and this album exhibit traditional Prong thrash riffs and melodic grooves. With twelve albums to draw from the set was eclectic and high powered with songs like Revenge….Best Served Cold, Beg to Differ, The Power of the Damager, Rude Awakening and of course Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck.

The heavy riffs pounded through the venue and it was a straight forward high energy set without a lot of time spent on conversation. I hadn’t seen Prong in quite a while and they did not disappoint, they were consistent as ever and delivered a set that left the crowd wanting more but at the same time feeling like all their favorites were represented. The crowd knew all the songs including the new material. 

Prong rocked this venue and the people who were there to see it got to see a pounding set of loud aggressive music that delivered classic Prong along with the new tracks. If you have a chance to see this tour do not pass it up, just bring earplugs.

Music is the Greatest for of Magic

Recently I was talking to a friend about music and they commented that I really know my stuff. I do but I tend to forget that sometimes.

For me music and concerts has always been about so much more. It's the feeling and the whole experience. I gravitate towards music with thought provoking lyrics. Don't get me wrong those suggary pop songs have a place. Mainly for me when I just want to drive, sing along and smile, but other than that I like songs that make you think. Some of my new favorites like Highly Suspect, Smashing Satellites do this along with my old favorites Manson, Korn and so many more.   

I don't stick to a particular genre but I do avoid country. Typically  

In this recent conversation we were talking grunge. Not everyone's thing but I did love a lot of it. We talked about why some people just can't cover thee songs. I explained that while many of them may not have been the greatest singers these songs were written from a deeply emotional place, often tortured and those frontmen, the Vedder's, Weiland's, Layne's, Cobain's etc lived that emotion. Watching them perform these songs you felt the pain and emotion behind them at times it was like watching a breakdown or therapy interchangeably. It was captivating and someone just singing that song loses the connection. It's enjoyable to hear the song but it is missing something and for me that something is very important.

One of my quotes on my page is "Music is the greatest form of magic" from Marilyn Manson. It is one of my favorites it speaks to what you really get when you get and understand the music. Sure concerts are a good time but it is so much more. 


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Black Carpet Event

It was another busy weekend for me here in Vegas. I planned on going to four events. The weekend started on Thursday night with the Grand Opening of DJ Ashba's first retail store. I was set to photograph the black carpet event. 

This was a star studded event with a variety of local and national attendees including Vinnie Paul, Christian Brady, Stryper and Eli Roth to name a few.  Local bands were well represented as well with bands like Desire the Fire, Winters Call, and Crackerman in attendance.

After the grand opening the party moved to the lounge for the after party which was equally well attended.  

Check out some of the photos below.

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Three Shows, Three Days - Been There Done That

Well this seems a bit redundant. Yes I went to a marathon run of shows again. This time all for fun, but three shows in three days was calling my name and I didn't take one photo the whole time.

It is no suprise I am a big fan of live music and I like to support the local scene. Sometimes this means seeing a local band and other times it is supporting a smaller local venue with national acts both equally important to me.

So this weekend I went on another marathon run. This began with The Saints of Las Vegas at the Palms Casino.  The Saints are a local band that I had not seen before, but I had seen certain members in their various other projects.  This was a free show and it was very well received. Two hours of covers played to a full house on a Thursday night.

Friday was going to be more difficult since I had an early commitment, but not matter how tired I was I was determined to make it to (Hed)pe and Powerman 5000 at the Las Vegas Country Saloon.  This show was only $15. You can't beat that and I keep preaching to people that they need to go support this local venue. Not only do they get national acts at a very reasonable price, but they have local bands open for them. I have discovered many new bands that way.  The main acts of the night didn't disappoint. (Hed)pe's frontman met all the fans after and visually and energy wise Powerman 5000 never disapoints.  With that I was done for another night.

Saturday had a variety of options for me. I could go to an old standby venue to see some local music that I really do love or I could try something new. Up for a challenge I went to see Darby O'Gill and the Little People playing at O'Sheas Casino. Darby O'Gill is an Irish band as you might expect, but they mix in modern songs with an Irish twist including accordion and fiddle like Lorde's Royals, Sweet Child of Mine and a personal favorite of mine The Devil Went Down to Georgia. While I have seen them before it had been a long time so it was well worth it.

So that was the weekend. Three very different shows at three different venues. I will continue to say you need to support your local musicians and venues wherever you are. I spend entire trips discovering new bands and new places. I highly encourage you to try it. Don't be afraid of something different or new people just go. You might really be surprised.

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The Hardest Thing for Me

I just did the hardest thing. For me it is the hardest thing I ever do. What is this? A difficult shoot? A marathon? No. Removing images from my website. Why is this so hard? Well each image means something to me in one way or another and some of them are friends. So why do it? There was getting to be too many images on my site and I need to focus on the best work and to be honest some of these shots, while fine were just not comparing to my more recent work.  This is to be expected. People progress with their skills, but my website is not the place to show that progression. You can see more of that progress on a social media feed.

So I did it. I removed images and added some more, so it is probably the same amount of images, but the ones now more closely represent my current abilities.  It is still difficult. Especially if they are images of friends, but friends understand this is my business, just like it is for many of them.

I am never fully satisfied with my website and I will continue to tweak it. In fact I am thinking of possibly freshening up the layout. Keep growing and evolving right? Evolve or die. Stay tuned for more to come.

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Social Media Versus Website

People ask me a lot why I put so many more images on my social media, especially Facebook and Instagram then I do on my website.  Well to me that is simple.  Only 1-3 shots from any given show might make my website but social media I am free to share a lot more.  

Recently I shot Queensryche.  I sent 30 final photos to my magazine for them to select, this is way more then I usually pull but I was so drawn in by the colors of the show I pulled a lot of extras.  Of these I think two went to my website.  The remaining are still good, they just weren't the ones I selected as the best but I knew people would want to see them so the go up on social media for people to experience.  Hence my social accounts are always going to have a lot more images then the website.  They also get updated more often.

There are links to all my social accounts from this page so please go check them out and give them a follow.

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LA, Hollywood and Santa Monica

You have to just live life and be fearless. So on a whim the car was loaded and a road trip taken to LA spending most of the time specifically in West Hollywood and Santa Monica.  Now I love LA and Hollywood and roadtrips are fun to me. Driving with great music and just enjoying the trip. If you have a chance take a roadtrip with a good group of people it will be a blast. There was no set plan for this trip which is how I operate moat of my trips and like the others this was highly enjoyable.

West Hollywood was a blast. Always fun to be in places like theRainbow, Roxy and The Whisky.

The only goal I had was to get to Santa Monica for sunset and I achieved that. I took a bunch of photos with a lot of variety and they have been very well received.

I will be spending a lot more time in LA coming up. This trip helped me realize that. Get out there take a trip go alone or with people. 

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Three Songs and Out

When you shoot concerts you typically get three songs and that is it.  Occasionally I see other photographers sneaking shots after the three songs but I never do that because I respect the fact that I got the access to shoot the show and I do not want to bend the rules.  Usually I am fine with three songs and out but on certain nights I wish that rule wasn't in effect.

This happened to me recently shooting the band letLive who was opening for Killswitch Engage and Rise Against.  The front man of this band was so dynamic and absolutely everywhere from the crowd to climbing the stage I wish I could have shot more of him.  His constant movement made it a challenging shoot but it was a performance I will remember for a long time to come.  

letLive was the first band of the night and the crowd was still very good sized. Those who saw this band really got a great show.  I got shots I like during the three songs, but I will still wish I could have shot more just to capture these moments.  Oh well no matter what it was an excellent show to shoot and a band I definitely recommend checking out.

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And then it happened

I have been away too long. I have been shooting a lot recently and I have shot some of my favorite shows I can remember recently.

Over the past month I have shot a variety includingScott Weiland, Sepultura, Hemlock and Korn. All these shows were great but Korn and Hemlock were two of my favorites. One I am really happy with the photos and two the shows were just exciting.

Both coincidentally were out for their 20 year tour, really 21 years but who's counting.  

Hemlock has a new album which they are supporting. I have to say I am really enjoying the album and their set was a mix of the new songs and old favorites. 

Korn is playing their first album in its entirety along with a handful of other songs as an encore. I was intrigued going in because this album is dark. It was performed flawlessly and the emotion is there. Plus having all the original members except David makes this more special.

Both shows were high energy. Unfortunately they were both at the end of their tour so you can't catch them, but watch for them to return.

Watch my Facebook and Instagram for more shots from these shows.

 Hemlock - Chad Smith

Hemlock - Chad Smith

 Hemlock - James Gelber

Hemlock - James Gelber

 Hemlock - Jezy Ward

Hemlock - Jezy Ward

 Korn - Jonathan Davis

Korn - Jonathan Davis

 Korn - Munkey

Korn - Munkey

 Korn - Jonathan Davis

Korn - Jonathan Davis

Still Life or Die Trying

Today I set out to do some still life photography.  This is not an area that I normally do so it is a bit of a challenge.  Why do I do this?  One I like to keep challenging myself and two I joined a local camera group and this is a goal through this group.  Let me explain.

In this local group there are monthly contests.  I began entering because the feedback is good and it helps you improve not just by receiving feedback on your images but by listening to the feedback on the others.  There are fourteen categories to enter each month and you win ribbons based on your score and ranking, the judging process is rather complicated in the beginning but once you get the hang of it there is no confusion.  Again I enter for the feedback, but there is a large prize if you win 10 blue ribbons in individual categories.  Now I currently have 8 categories covered, but I normally enter in the same 7 categories.  So now that I am so close I want the big prize.  I need two blue ribbons in any two of the following categories, Creative, Still Life, Nature and Wildlife, Commercial or Portraiture.  

So I do not do portraiture as this category is set up so that is out.  I tried a bunch of infrared because I think that is what I will do for creative and now I am just working on Still Live, Nature or Commercial.  Today was Still Life.  I had a couple of different setups and for my first attempt they are not bad, but they are certainly not ready for the contest.  I will work on these more and see what happens.

I will continue to challenge myself and keep trying different things.  I will eventually get those remaining two blue ribbons.  I will push myself out of my comfort zone and it will help me be a better photographer.  My two best still life images are here for you to see and let me know what you think.

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KISS Night Las Vegas

Every year in Las Vegas there is a charity event called Kiss night in Las Vegas. It is put on by various musicians in order to support music in schools. This is a very worthwhile program and the night is entertaining sealed with Kiss music.


I will be the first to admit I am NOT a Kiss fan. I never have been but I can respect and admire this event. Huge crowds are in attendance and the venue is at capacity shortly after doors open. There is a donation at the door that benefits the charity and a raffle with some amazing prizes including guitars and autographed merchandise.


This is my first year attending this event and I had the opportunity to take some photographs. Well it's always a challenge to the crowd it was definitely something worthwhile and something I will do again hopefully. The wide variety of local and national musicians and the crowd make it an exciting evening. I heard people saying that they look forward to this event all year and they are sad after it is passed because they know they must wait until next year to see it again. This was the fourth year that they have done this and if the crowds and the attendants were any indication it is sure to continue for quite a long time. People traveled from out of state to attend the event overall I would say Kiss nite in Las Vegas was a huge success.


Why Can't I Get Access

Lately I have been around a lot of aspiring and current concert photographers.  I am hearing one complaint over and over, "Why Can't I get Access." Access isn't easy to get you do need to be in with someone and even then you aren't guaranteed access.  Concert photography is something we do simply for the love of it.  The pay is low, a lot of times it is last minute notice, you carry tons of heavy gear around and stand waiting to be ushered in and out of the photo pit and that doesn't even cover the various items that get thrown on you up there.  Is it worth it?  Absolutely if you have the passion for it.

Me I will shoot anything I can including bands I have never heard of or bands I am not a fan of. Sometimes this allows me to be introduced to a great band and others I don't have this experience, but I was able to shoot and that is what matters.

I shoot small venues and big and each have their own challenges.  The small places without the photo pits you need to fight through the crowd to try to get a shot.  The big places the stages can be very high up which you have to watch your angles so you don't end up with all up nose shots.  I prefer having access to the photo pit for the space at least but aside from the height there are other issues.  Every pit I am in lately has one person with an iPhone.  That is frustrating, not that you can't get photos, but they really aren't going to be the same.  Another show a friend of the band with an all access pass wanted to stand in the pit.  They have the right, it would just be easier if they waited until the photographers three songs were up.

To me all the benefits outweigh any challenges.  I find it a privilege to be able to shoot these shows and therefore I will jump through any hoops that are put in front of me.  I won't complain about a venue or the access.  Until my next shoot.

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