As a young photographer in my early 20’s, I managed to get myself hired right out of school (graduated Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004) to be the tour photographer for the rock and roll powerhouse 3 Doors Down.
At the time I started touring, the band was just coming off of the release of their second multi-platinum #1 album and gearing up for a third. Although, less than a decade ago, it seemed like a lifetime ago because the entire music industry has changed since them. These were the days of big budget tours
with pyro, mutliple million dollar tour busses, huge productions, and packed houses every night…but things have changed things for EVERYONE in the music industry since the early 2000’s.
Being a fairly sheltered young kid from the Northern Virginia suburbs, joining a national tour with a big rock band for months at a time was an incredible eye-opening experience. I learned things on the road that I never would have learned on my own. In addition, the band would give me unprecedented access to capture nearly all aspects of their lives…the ups and the downs. This was a real gift for a young photographer.
Over the years the members of 3 Doors Down have become like family to me and I owe the big jump start in my early career to a #1 rock band that chose to believe in a go-getting young kid in way over his head. This gallery is dedicated to the band that got me started and my first years of touring with them…
It took me literally days to go over 50,000 + tour photos I took of the band in the early days of my career. You can see places where I was learning how to tell a story with a photo, but my technique wasn’t quite refined. Although, in the end, this was the best on the job experience a young photographer could get! This is not to mention the lessons I learned navigating-safely/avoiding the speedbumps and potholes of groupies, bodily injuries, drugs, alcohol, police run-ins, scary border crossings, racing supercars, dropping helicopters, etc… Overall I kept myself out of trouble [for the most part], but I will always treasure the lessons learned and the great memories.
Oh, and how did I manage to get this touring job in the first place? That, my dear, is an entirely different story. I’ll save that one for the book
A music video my production company, 8112 Studios, filmed for Ultra Records just debuted on the New York Magazine homepage today. The video features musicians Twista, Sidney Sampson, and guest star Rye Rye. We captured this video using the Canon 1D Mark 4 and the Canon 5D Mark 2 in Chicago and Washington D.C.
Had a shoot with this talented rock band in Kansas City a couple of months back for their album cover and press photos. We built that sign out of scrap wood and spray paint over a few beers. All in all, a good trip
Had a quick shoot with the “metal god” Rob Halford in New York City this week before he went on stage to do an amazing interview. Always an incredible feeling photographing a legend. You may recognize this same door in a few of my recent photoshoots. These shoots are being done for the same music client. Will show you what we do with all of the photos at the end of the year
As you may have heard in the news, some snow happened to make its way up the east coast this past weekend… you know, just a few inches. I took the photo above with my iPhone about half-way through the storm. By its completion, those cars were completely buried!
On Friday evening, before the snow began to fall, some good friends gathered at my home for a weekend snowed-in activities (cooking, 80s movies, filming, dog acrobatics, etc). It was a blast… kind of like freshman year of college all over again!
My good friend and talented musician, Stacy Clark, happened to be visiting from Southern California to have my video production company, 8112 Studios, film the music video for her new single “Touch and Go” off of her upcoming album. We shot all over DC this past week before the snow hit and the footage looks incredible! Cant wait to share the final video with everyone.
While snowed-in we filmed Stacy Clark singing a couple of her songs around my house as well, just for fun. You can check them out below. Look for the Touch and Go music video to be posted up soon!
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I photographed the band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in New York City for an iTunes exclusive album cover and associated marketing material for the client Apple. The album is out this week on the iTunes front page.