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The Sky was on Fire

26 Sep

If you live in the bay area, you probably witnessed that incredible double rainbow sunset a few weeks ago.  I didn’t see the double rainbow but what I saw was spectacular while I was out with the horses.  Luckily, I had my camera in my car so I ran to grab it to snap a few photos of this phenomenal sunset.  This is what I saw.

The clouds were UNREAL.

It just kept getting wilder and brighter!

These are all real color, no filters…

Pretty amazing.

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Large city, empty streets

27 Jul

Last night on the way to a friend’s going away dinner, the streets seemed more quiet than normal.  Sometimes in one of the largest cities, you can have an incredibly peaceful moment.

Have a great weekend!

Spaces and Places

20 Jul

I find this city so inspiring in so many ways.  So many creative minds in one place.  I love taking photos of spaces and places all over San Francisco.  Below are two of my favorites lately.

This is Chelsea and my secret hide out.  When we are feeling a little overwhelmed at work we go to this spot and snack on ice cream.  I guess cats out of the bag now 🙂

Brie invited my over to her work office for a documentary night and I was in love with her company’s office.  It’s so modern and beautiful.  Not to mention, they feed their staff gourmet meals, host special nights (like the movie night we went to), and have a pet friendly environment – cute dogs everywhere!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Imagine Dragons

7 Jun

This band hasn’t even finished their latest album, Continued Silence, and they are already on fire.  The Las Vegas rockers have made an enormous impact with this EP and are hustling to finish it before they go on tour this fall with AWOLNATION.  Definitely check them out!  Here are some of the photos I snapped of them this past weekend.  It’s almost Friday!

Everyone sings!

Playing around with different focal points.

A man of many talents!

Fans were out in full support, it was so great to see!

I love these shots.

So awesome.  They were so grateful for the turn out and stayed to sign things and take photos with anyone who wanted to meet them.

Up until the morning hours, we are set free

5 Jun

As promised in my highlights post, I wanted to share more photos from each different set from the most amazing BFD this past Saturday.  I thought I’d start with one of my favorite acts from the day which was SF formed band, Geographer!  I can’t wait to catch this trio again.  I posted my two favorite photos of them in my last post but still caught many more of their set.  I’ll continue to post other band photos throughout the week 😀

Playing around with different angles.

Day time music festivals are so much easier to shoot than indoor stadiums.  The lighting is perfect and you don’t have to worry as much about timing, let alone fixing your f-stops.  I shot all my photos with a Canon 60D on Saturday.  Have a great day and listen to some Geographer to get ya through the work day 😀

What it feels like to really love music – BFD 2012 highlights

4 Jun

Well my favorite day of the musical year has come and gone over the past weekend with no let downs in tow.  Although I may be extremely biased, Live105 throws one of the best concert festivals in the Bay Area every June.  BFD is a day where a wide variety of acts, breaking and mainstream, come to showcase their music.  This BFD was a special one because the queen bee, Robin Rockwell who’s been making this festival happen for years, has left us for another life.  We all wanted to make her as proud as she could possibly be so we poured our hearts into making this one of the best BFD’s of all time.  The Live105 team gave 150% and there was nothing that failed to show that effort and love.  I was shooting photos all day and below are some of the major highlights of the day.

The doors opened at 11am and the first bands were to hit the stage at 11:30 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA this past Saturday, June 2nd.  There were lines of people waiting to get in right when the doors opened.

This was the crowd for one of the first bands around 12p.  It’s amazing the turn out so early on.  This was a show to not miss.

Imagine Dragons were the second band to go on and absolutely SMASHED their set.  This band is from Las Vegas and extremely talented.  The lead singer, Dan Reynolds, came to life when he hit the stage vibing off of the effervescent crowd.  They left me wanting to see them again.  I can’t wait for the next time they come through San Francisco because it’s a show that I look forward to rocking out at.

After the set, they got in the crowd and took pictures, signed autographs, and just took the time to meet and be grateful for the people who came early to support them.  It’s nice to see humbled bands and there wasn’t a short of them on Saturday.

Up next was Geographer.  I cannot say enough good things about this band.  A San Francisco based band with three members producing enough sound for an entire stadium, they were captivating.  I couldn’t help but dance, sing and want more music from them.  At the end of Geographer’s set, I was actually sad that they were not going to play anymore.  If you live in the Bay Area, be ready to catch one of their shows, it’s a very worthy show for the music lover.

Geographer.

The Bud Light Festival Stage also hosted Walk the Moon, an indie rock band from Ohio.  They were vivacious and fun to watch.  Another band on the rise, this is not even close to the last you will hear of this band.  By this point, the crowd had realllly grown with enthusiastic music lovers.

A view of Walk to Moon from the photo pit filled with press and media galore.  Everyone in town was here to cover this event.

There were some real veteran photographers there as well.  Check this shirt out, BFD 1994!!!  Sooo awesome.

The Subsonic Tent was also going off all day long!  From start to finish of the festival were EDM acts keeping the pulse pumping under strobe lights and an outdoor canopied tent.  Here is Miles the DJ rocking the tent in the evening.  Other acts in the tent throughout the day included Knife Party, Dragonette, St. John, the Limousines and many more notable acts!

I stopped in the tent to dance for a few songs and was overloaded with beers!  I didn’t drink them but it was nice of my friends to think of me 🙂  It was also nice to catch up with my friends and enjoy some dance time with them.  It makes me smile sharing music with friends, two of my favorite things.

As the day forged on, the afternoon brought the great Of Monsters and Men.  This folk band gives me goosebumps when they play.  The two lead singers have such soulful and beautiful voices, you can’t help but be memorized.  I’d relate them to Mumford and Sons mixed with Edward Sharpe but at the same time all their own sound.  The Icelandic band has at least 6 members including accordions, trumpets and strings.  Listen and learn to Love, Love, Love.

Did I mention we also had a dunk tank so that listeners could dunk their favorite Live105 jock?!  Here’s No Name about to get dunked.  What a great and fun idea in the hot bay area sun!

I think everyone knows how I feel about Grouplove…  They are one of my all time favorites and once again they did not fail to give their musical hearts to us on Saturday.  I’ve seen this band three times now and I want to see them again.  They always are on point sound and energy wise, giving their all at every single show.

Guitarist from Grouplove getting up to get down!

Neon Trees gave a very theatrical performance and rocked their set.  The energy was undeniable and they knew how to get the crowd listening to what they had to perform.  By the time they got to their hit song “Animal,” everyone in the venue was singing along.

Oh yes, and to all my Blink182 lovers… Tom DeLonge with Angels and Airwaves also graced us with his presence. I’m not the biggest fan of Angels and Airwaves but will always have a soft spot for Blink182, therefore I give my support.

Our on air jocks gave intros to each band and here is our amazing Megan Holiday hyping up the next band!

Oh yes and how could we forget Fun?!  They were literally fun to watch (no pun intended).  I’ve blogged about them previously but I’d never seen them actually performed and I was pleasantly surprised.  They looked like they were just happy to be there and grateful for the pulse of a crowd.  With thousands there, singing the lyrics to their songs, they closed out the Festival Stage and really set the tone for the rest of the main stage acts.

As the sun started to drop, it was time for the main Amphitheater to fill for the main acts.  This was maybe my favorite photo of the day, could these little babies front row and center get any cuter?!  This will be my kids someday when I start a family.  They will see the beautiful side of music at an early age 😀

Be still my heart… The Naked and Famous then kicked off the main stage… I don’t know what it is about this band but one of the lead singers, Alisa, gets it.  Her lyrics are something that can resonate with almost anyone in a personal way.  This New Zealand indie group brings heart to dance music.   Playing Punching in a Dream to Young Blood, my friends and I danced away while screaming every song in excitement.

The bowl slowly filled to capacity officially selling out for the rest of the main stage acts including: Cake, Garbage, Silversun Pickups and Jane’s Addiction to close out the night.  It was an incredible day with fluid execution of bands hitting the stages at the right times.  It’s a show that deserves more than all the credit it’s given.  The Live105 team busts their booties for a good portion of the year just aiming to please the listeners and fans of the bands.  They want the bay area people to hear the good music circulating the airwaves and join in the celebration with all the other music lovers out there.

Some personal highlights of the day besides hearing some of my all time favorite bands and rocking out with friends are below.

I was invited to be a part of a GoPro project where they are documenting the music festival experience.  I was the photographer’s experience and mounted a the GoPro on top of my camera.  I’m so excited to see how the edit comes out.  It was a great conversation piece as well, I mean it’s a camera on top of a camera!

Chelsea and I ADORE Silversun Pickups so when they hit the stage, we took to some seats that just so happened to be RIGHT next to the guys from Of Monsters and Men!  We were so caught up in Silversun that we didn’t realize who we were rocking out next to until one of them had to scoot out of his seat.  We snagged a photo with them and thanked them for the good times.  At big festivals like this, you never know what will happen or who you will run into.

I can’t even begin to fathom what our next Live105 event will bring.  Throughout the week, I will post more photos from each artist.  This is just the beginning of all the magical memories and photos from Saturday.  If this hasn’t convinced you to go to a Live105 event, I don’t know what will 😀

Music lovers come together

31 May

This weekend is Live105’s annual BFD concert and I couldn’t be more excited!  It’s my absolute favorite event of the year and the Live105 crew is such an amazing team of people, I feel so proud and lucky to get to work with them.  I’ll be shooting photos and enjoying all the good tunes the day has to offer. There is a lot of local talent this year and definitely some ‘do not miss this’ artists.  Below is the line-up so if you’re in the area don’t miss out on this incredible music festival!

Stand outs that I’m looking forward to are Of Monsters and Men, Geographer, Walk the Moon, Dragonette, Young Science, the Naked and Famous, Silversun Pickups and so many more!