Click Click Click Click

by Bishop Allen

Right before tour I decided to pick up a fun camera for the road, so I got the Fujifilm Instax 210.  It's a great alternative to discontinued traditional Polaroid instant cameras.  Oh, did I mention it looks like a space toy? Anyway, with so much going on, it was hard to take photos daily, but I did capture these shots. Enjoy!

Bus 10Giant... uh.. TX

Pierce The Veil (Charity Bowling Tournament)blessthefall (Charity Bowling Tournament)


Acoustic Basement (Charity Bowling Tournament)Matt Lillard + Fat Kid Movie (Charity Bowling Tournament)

Of Mice & Men (Charity Bowling Tournament)We The Kings (Charity Bowling Tournament)

Bayside (Charity Bowling Tournament)Every Time I Die (Charity Bowling Tournament)

Yellowcard / All Time Low (Charity Bowling Tournament)New Found Glory (Charity Bowling Tournament)West Palm Beach, FLAmanda, Bethany, and IDay Off, San Diego Zoo, Polar BearDay Off, San DiegoDay Off, San DiegoDay Off, San Deigo
Ryan Key, YellowcardYellowcardYellowcardSean Mackin, YellowcardJosh Portman, YellowcardSt. Petersburg CrowdTour Photogs (Adam Elmakias, Me, Matt Vogel, Tom Falcone)Day Off, Vegas, Tour Rookies

The First Single

I can't stand to think about a heart so big it hurts like hell...
by The Format

NYC Soundscape - Acrylic on Canvas

It's becoming very apparent that I become most creative when my heart really aches... If I could sing, I could only imagine the songs I'd write-- instead, I keep my mind and hands busy.  After a few days of emotional turmoil, here's my latest piece, NYC Soundscape.  It's inspired by my love for architecture and music.

Contemplating doing a full city series-- DC, LA, Chicago, Rome, London, etc... we'll see if I have time. 

Always Summer

by Yellowcard

Exactly one year ago from this very day, I was named the 2012 Monster Energy Pit Reporter for the Vans Warped Tour.  

I'll never forget that day, anxiously sitting on my couch with my roommate, continually refreshing VansWarpedTour.com to see who was chosen. Just after 1 PM, the post we had all been waiting for finally went live and I learned that I had landed the gig of a lifetime.

I spent seven weeks on the road this past summer, hitting 51 cities across North America while documenting one of the most intense summer music festival tours around.  You can watch all of my ‘Pit Blog’ videos HERE and below you’ll find just a few of my favorite photographs from this unforgettable experience.  

I am truly thankful to all of the wonderful people I met during my trip, especially Kevin Lyman for giving me such an incredible opportunity. The memories packed with laughs, stories, jokes, and of course the seemingly endless footage (hours upon hours of raw video footage, and over 20,000 photographs) will certainly carry a special place in my heart.

I’ll be posting more in the coming weeks, but for now I will leave you with these:

Shirts For A CureJordan Pundik - New Found GloryBert McCracken - The USedJonathan Vigil - The Ghost InsideJacky Vincent - Falling In Reverse Ryan Key - Yellowcard Michael Farr - MusiCaresCharlieAdam Lazzara - Taking Back SundayMatty Mullins - Memphis May FireBeau Bokan - BlessthefallYellowcard

The Best Deceptions

by Dashboard Confessional

This time last year I posted this photo for the Focus On The Grimm project.  I think it's about time I explained the shot...

My talented friends with 40/60 Photography launched a project called Focus On The Grimm a few years ago-- the idea was to encourage photographers to put together images inspired by the Grimm tales. (This was before NBC's Grimm and ABC's Once Upon A Time even existed-- for the record.)  By the time October of last year rolled around, my life was going through another series of changes-- jobs, homes, relationships, etc.-- so having had to battle an array of emotions it was time I finally found a way to express them.

The tale of Snow White, and the scene where the evil queen stares into the mirror...

One day when the queen asked her mirror, "mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all?
It answered, "You, my queen, are fair; it is true. But Snow-White is a thousand times fairer than you."

With everything that was going on in my life at the time, I felt like the Queen-- full of hate, jealousy, resentment, and vengeance.  When I looked into the mirror most mornings, despite how I felt on the inside, I still had to carry myself as the girl my mother had raised-- sweet, loving, strong, and compassionate like Snow White.

So when I moved into a new apartment, I found myself with a blank canvas, and set up a makeshift studio in my unpacked living room (and kitchen). Using a boomed Alien Bee 600 with diffused beauty dish, Nikon SB600 with white umbrella, and a 48" reflector, I shot two separate self portraits and composited them in Photoshop.

 

Check out the full final composite on my 500px HERE.

Monumental Holiday

by Dead Sara

So a a few months back I flew out to LA for the first time to shoot the Vans Warped Tour Kick Off Party.  The night included performances by Forever Came Calling, Matt Toka, Dead Sara, Yellowcard, The Used, and Falling In Reverse.

Since I'm leaving for tour this week, I figured it'd be a good time to blog a few of those shots! Enjoy!

Stand Too Close

by Motion City Soundtrack

It's becoming quite apparently that after some sort of emotional event, I am my most creative.

I've been working on building a board on Pinterest for decorating my room for the last 8 weeks.  Now that I've decided on wall colors it was time figure out what would go on them.

After a simple Pinterest and Google search of 'Wall Art' I came across photo transfers to wooden blocks that looked pretty cool-- but wood blocks would be difficult to mount.

So I thought about it, and I've been wanting to do something with canvas for a while-- last year I bought 3 large canvas, printed off some large photos and planned on decupaging the images on... but then I realized I could probably do a photo transfer like the wooden blocks on canvas.

This one of Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack with lyrics to their song "Stand Too Close" came out much better than expected! So much so, when I posted the image on Twitter, Justin asked me about a print of it! Crazy.

Rather Be Alive

"Rather Be Dead" by Refused

It's been nearly 15 years since Refused last played live.  On Sunday April 22nd the Swedish hardcore band took to the stage at Terminal 5 to perform in New York City for the very first time.

While I cannot claim to be part of the Refused era (I bought the tickets as a gift for someone else), seeing the show reminded me of why I love music and why I love shooting music.

To see a venue packed to the brim with people who have been waiting over a decade to see their favorite band live is a unique experience.  What made the night even better, was the band genuinely seemed just as excited as the crowd to be there.

Throughout the night, lead singer Dennis Lyxzén expressed his gratitutde and reminded us all of the importance of music, regardless of taste, time, and tempo-- and that Refused would rather be alive.

The performance was so captivating, I returned to Terminal 5 to photograph the second sold-out show. Scope the photos below.

 

California Here We Come

"California" by Phantom Planet

Holy cow! I'm headed to Los Angeles this week for work with the Vans Warped Tour.

This is so crazy... The reality of being this year's Monster Energy Pit Reporter hasn't quite sunk in... it still feels surreal.  On the plane, however, I did have a minor freak of "oh my gosh this is really happening!"

Kind of awesome. Kind of nervous. Many photos to come.

Follow my mobile uploads on Instagram-- user: awphotographs.

Will You Be My Valentine?

"Valentine" by The Get Up Kids

(I couldn't resist setting this shot up this morning. Those earrings sparkle!)Okay, maybe at 24 I shouldn't admit that I've never had a real Valentine.

Sure when I was kid, I got Valentines at school, in high school my parents would buy me a card, and through college good guy friends (usually with girlfriends) would give me something nice... but truth be told I never had a true Valentine.

Yesterday, that all changed.

Chocolate, roses, jewerly, and dinner.  Sure it sounds like a clichè Valentine's Day, but for someone who has never received such things, it was absolutely perfect.

Do It Now, Remember It Later

(By Sleeping With Sirens)

It's been a while, but today was no ordinary day... Out of hundreds of applicants, I was chosen to be the official Monster Energy Pit Reporter for the 2012 Vans Warped Tour!  I am so honored and so excited to hit the road next summer and document the experience!

Here's my audition video that caught the Warped Tour team's eye!

and here is my official announcement video from today!

Dreams

(by We Came As Romans)

One of my dreams as a photographer is to be published in a national publication.  Since I started shooting shows, I've always hoped I'd make it into the pages of one of my favorite music magazines, Alternative Press.  

For the last 3 years I've worked really hard to impress the editors at AP and hopefully land a spot in print.

Well, that day has finally come.  You can check out my shot as a poster in the June 2011 issue of Alternative Press magazine on newsstands now!

Absolutely surreal. 

Worker Bee

(by Motion City Soundtrack)

I'm glad 2010 is over. I just felt like I didn't live at all this past year, and things are going to change for 2011, for sure.

Don't you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone... -Inception

 

Crazy Train

(by Ozzy Osbourne)

DC was all abuzz this weekend as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert managed to gather an estimate of over 200,000 people on the National Mall for the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear.

The masses flooded the metro systems to see the 3 hour event that included music performances by The Roots, O'Jays, Ozzy Osbourne, and even Kid Rock.

My roommate and I fought our way through the crowd, but once we realized that halfway through the mall, you couldn't really see or hear anything, we headed into the Newseum and watched the event unfold on the massive jumbo-tron... and we even made in appearance on the broadcast in the last 10 minutes! Score!

All In

(by Lifehouse)

Truth be told, with all that has happened in the last year, I have unfortunately found myself passing on concerts to photograph.  It's been weird to see something I love and enjoy so much pass right on by. I have, however, ahd the opportunity to shoot some really great shows, and Lifehouse at the DAR Constitution Hall was certainly no exeption.

Bryce was even kind enough to take a picture of our shoes after the show for my LIFE OF MY CHUCKS blog!

 

We're gonna stay 18 forever

 

"Soco Amaretto Lime" by Brand New.

As you can see, I have been broadening my horizons in the photography world.  I was approached by a coworker a few months ago about doing her younger sister's senior portraits.  I was flattered by the offer and excited to shoot something different.  Here are a few shots of Leanne.

Come pick me up

by Ryan Adams.

Sorry it's been a while since I've posted any updates.  Since I was hired at Outerloop Management, it's been hard to find time to get caught up on photos.  Anyways, I will try to sooner rather than later.  Anyways, one of my good friends from college, Matt, is headed down to Nashville to pursue a career in music and asked if I could do some portraits before he left.  Here are a few frames from that shoot.

It's time for a love revolution

"Love Revolution" by Lenny Kravitz

As part of my pseudo 365 project, I took this Adam Bouska inspired NOH8 photo.  Many photographers in the LA area will be offering up free portraits for the NoH8 Campaign.

DC will also be having their annual PRIDE parade tomorrow in Dupont after "Soccer in the Circle." Show your support; love is equal.