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 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

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.

aren't you such a catch

what a prize... ("Over It" by Ok Go)

OK Go returned to the 9:30 Club for a homecoming show for lead singer, guitarist, Damian Kulash.  One of the more fun shows I've shot in a while, thanks to 2 rounds of confetti in the first 3 songs!

For those of you who don't know, I have a little photo essay project going on called Life of My Chucks.  I've started taking picture of punk rock shoes too.

Click here to see the full set.

I know you'll get me right

"Get Me Right" by Dashboard Confessional.

Sorry for the lack of posts, been busy getting back into the swing of life.  Anyways, back in early December I had the opportunity to photograph one of my favorite bands, Dashboard Confessional, during an intimate acoustic performance at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD.  You can view the gallery here.

Aside from getting to meet the band, have my photo passed signed, score a guitar pick, and see them for the very first time live, there was one moment in the set where lead singer, Chris Carrabba, used me as his example during a story.  I nearly fainted... anyways, after searching YouTube, someone managed to record it. Check it out.


Meet Me On the Equinox

by Death Cab For Cutie

I'm trying to figure out who *sparkles* more: Tyson Ritter or Edward Cullen?

I had the pleasure of photographing The All-American Rejects last week and was rather taken back by all of the glitter dawned by lead singer and bassist, Tyson Ritter.

I also happened to catch the next installment of The Twilight Saga, New Moon.  Lead vampire, Edward Cullen, is notorious for sparkling like diamonds in the sunlight. Now I wonder who has more sparkle.

Don't make me choose!

Mess of Me

(by Switchfoot)

In celebration of their new single, "Mess of Me," Switchfoot has sent links to fans via Twitter to share world wide.  I received a message from the band this morning and will be hiding this CD with the mp3 and a folder of my Switchfoot photos in DC tomorrow.  Be on the look out for location via!

All the small things

(by Blink 182)

Yesterday I was at FreeFest, which was one heck of an experience.  I had a great time at the festival and it was a wonderful opportunity to photograph so many high profile bands like Taking Back Sunday, The Bravery, Jet, Weezer, and Blink 182.  It was, however, a tough shoot.  

There were about 30 photographers in a very confined pit, making mobility impossible, so you had to hope you were in a lucky spot.  By the time Blink came on, our 2 song set (not the regular 3) was cut down to 1.5, which for my group (they ended up splitting us up), was a curtain drop, an intro, and part of "What's My Age Again."  Translation? 50 frames.  I think I walked away with maybe 5 decent shots.  I left the pit feeling rather defeated.  I take my time at any show seriously and I was disappointed, actually, beyond disappointed.   Anyways, here they are.

Dare You to Move

(by Switchfoot)

I photographed Switchfoot last night.  They have got to be another one of my favorite bands to shoot.  The show up at Ram's Head in Baltimore, MD was pretty crazy.  Frontman, Jon Foreman, ascended to the second floor balcony and proceeded to sing from the steel structure.  Despite security freaking out, Jon decided to return to the stage by descending down the steel column.  Don't believe me?  Check the video.  Photos too!

My Sacrifice

Like A Storm at the Nissan Post Pavilion in Bristow, VA(by Creed)

I had a bunch of people make some remarks to me about going to Creed last night.  Honestly, I could care less what they think about Creed, it was a pretty cool show.  I really enjoyed photographing them and Like A Storm-- though I only was allowed one song for LAS (Thanks LiveNation...)  Such high profile acts are great to shoot because their stage set up is of a higher quality, meaning more lights; and well, more lights means better shots. One of the cooler things I got to experience last night was photographing pyrotechnics.  Usually such things happen outside the first three songs, but not this time.  It was insane!  Photos to come!

Take another picture with your click, click, click, click camera

("Click, Click, Click, Click" by Bishop Allen)

This has got to be the coolest short film I've ever seen and it just so happens to include the three loves of my life: photography, music, and Rome.  Check this out, it's called "Notte Sento" by Urban Team and it was shot with 4,500+ still frames on a Canon 30D. Insane.


Notte Sento from napdan on Vimeo.

Just another old Sunday...

...a few more hours til it's Monday ("Happy Someday" by The Plain White T's)

I think I've recited those lyrics just about every Sunday for the last 8 years-- yes, that would make me a Plain White T's fan long before ABC Family ever found them, and certainly way before Delilah ever came into fiction.  I was obsessed with them in high school, and more so with the fact that no one knew who they were.  It came as a huge surprise hearing them on the radio for the first time only a few years ago. 

Anyways, the reason for this post is that finding music videos on TV is almost impossible-- unless you happen to be watching VH1 at like 5 AM on a Sunday, like Today.  "Hey There Delilah" by the T's just so happens to be one of my all-time favorite videos.  I really enjoy the artistic direction of it.  Certainly something different. Check it out.

Plain White Ts - Hey There Delilah