This past weekend found me camping and photographing a concert in the swamp; The 1st Annual The Everglades Roots Festival with headlining band Grass is Dead. It was a weekend for stepping back to a simpler life for a few days, to unwind and prepare for a busy rest of the month and Trail Lakes Campground is the perfect spot. Sunday found me back to civilization with the iconic The Moody Blues. Their music takes me back to my teen years in the seventies and a time I often wish I could return.
Not only did I photograph them on stage, but also was hired to shoot their meet & greet! I really do GET to do this! I am really blessed, to be able to photograph the bands I grew up with and love.
This weekend I will be out with a local radio station and enjoying many bacon influenced dishes. bring on 94.5 The Arrow’s Bacon Jam!
Please enjoy a few of my photos from this weekend.
I recently photographed Ted Nugent. I know, I know his name rings controversy with many who don’t like his politics or his passion for hunting and guns and those who think he leans too far to the right for their taste. This is not for me to decide, we each have our own beliefs which might be just as biased in the opposite direction, he’s entitled to his beliefs just like every other American. Regardless, he’s a self-taught artist who has has a successful career in music and continues to literally rock the stage and has done so for many years. I’m not interested in anyone’s opinion on his politics or beliefs, my job is to capture the artist and his artistry, it’s what I do.
Not many artists begin their set with the Star Spangled Banner….Ted did and the room stood in respect, it was a great Patriotic entrance.
You can see in his face, he truly loves his craft. Please enjoy the photos
You hear all the time that the eyes are the window to the soul, one of my goals when I’m shooting concerts is to get the eye contact; now mind you I don’t ask for it, I don’t do anything distracting to get it, but generally it happens, even when I don’t think they can even see me as with Alice Cooper. I was way over off to the side and a couple of rows up, yet this happened;
There wasn’t anyone that I could see in his direct eye contact, I even asked the photographer behind me if she got him looking our way…….she didn’t.
On Monday I got kind of the same thing, but it was almost as if I was recognized, don’t see how that’s possible, but REO’s bassist comes out on stage and this happened;
and it continues with the other two bands Tesla………
I am a naturally happy person. Things are not what make me happy, too many things clutter my simple life. I don’t need people around to be happy either, but I love my family and friends and I feel much more than happiness being around them, I’m joyful. As it goes, if I get something new it’s not to make myself happy it’s because I know I will enjoy using whatever it is I have received. However, last night I received an early Merry Christmas to me present; the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 USM II lens. I have drooled over this lens for a couple of years and have even had one on my camera, which really increased the feeling of want and need. As a photographer who works with portraits and weddings and large venue concerts this lens is the industry standard and I now own it. To say it makes me happy is an understatement, it makes me ecstatic! It simply proves that good things come to those who wait and I have waited and it’s my time enjoy what this lens can do for my photography.
I have read all there is to read about it, I’ve used it on my camera so I know first-hand what it will do for my craft and how with my skill I can create amazing images. I didn’t make this decision on a whim, I thought it through and had an opportunity that I could not pass up and I bought it.
Photo Credit to Photographer Sam Arnold
As I use this lens in the next few weeks I will write up a complete review……for now I am going to go and enjoy it; with a huge smile on my face!
Recently I have been attending and photographing a local venue for concerts. Our local Harley Davidson has a beautiful facility complete with an area for large stage concerts and another more intimate area called The Pit for smaller concerts. The dealership along with Classic Rock radio station 94.5 The Arrow has brought in some great tribute bands. The first was a Journey Tribute band: Never Stop Believing
Then a Led Zeppelin Tribute: Led Hed
And tonight’s Tribute: Alter Eagle an Eagles Tribute band
The crowds have been increasing with each band and it’s incredible to see all the beautiful motorcycles roaring in.
Wow can you believe 2014 is just about over? What an incredible year and I am simply blessed with all the wonderful things I have seen behind the lens of my camera. From wildlife to rockstars my camera has been there to document the best of the best. Thank you so much for your continued support of my blog, it’s been incredibly successful. Please enjoy the slide show I have prepared and HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
I have been a busy lady these past few days, lots of things going on and I have been extremely fortunate to be involved with some wonderful events. Locally we have an annual event called the Cape Coral Coconut Festival and each year they bring in some of the best bands around. This year proved to be no different with the 80’s style hair band Lazy Bonez opening for headliner Loverboy! What a great evening of rock music. Typical of Florida weather (you never know what you will get) we had a November rain (yes you may sing at this point) and it was quite chilly. However the bands played on and the crowds showed up despite the rain, proving you can’t keep the hard core rockers down!
Last night I traveled up to Clearwater to once again photograph the great girl band in the history of Rock and Roll; HEART. Let me tell you these ladies can still rock the stage with all the classics. What a wonderful show they put on . This is my third time photographing them and they never disappoint my camera lens.
I have one more concert this week and it will be blues inspired with Tab Benoit and Will add photos once they have been taken. Enjoy my journey back to the 80’s.
Last night I was given the privilege to attend a Gregg Allman concert. This was my first time hearing him live and what a treat to the ears it was.
First let me tell you about Sailor Circus Sarasota the venue in which the event was held. It was a smaller venue, with stadium seating and floor seating. Quaint and cozy; the seats were extremely close together and not a lot of leg room. Not sure this could’ve been avoided, but it was still a great venue simply because I don’t feel there was a bad seat in the house. We were fortunate enough to be in the stadium seating fifth row up and pretty close to the stage. No complaints about that.
Unfortunately I was not granted a photo pass for this event, (I will apologize ahead of time for the bad cell phone photos) I know it’s a gamble on getting passes for out of town events, however we were close enough my iPhone was able to at least capture the feel of the stage. Not great photos, but at least something to post with.
Now, let’s cut to the chase and get into the meat of the program. There were two opening acts, and I felt it strange at first that Gregg’s son Devon Allman Band was the first act to open, in my mind I thought he was going to be prior to his dad. He took the stage and it was like seeing his father (with shorter hair) up there, his sound was very much influenced by his dad, of that you can be certain. His tour is called the Turquois Tour and is based on his newest first ever solo album of the same name with a bluesy rock feel to it. His songs were fresh and had hitting. The song When I Left Home, was a biographical song of his life as the son of a rock star and his start in the music business. His song Turn Off the World also was a ballad of needing to get away from life and the stresses of the road. Overall Devon put on a great show and this listener will be purchasing his newest CD Turquois.
Next up was a local band (out of the Pinellas County area) called The Greg Billings Band at first I couldn’t figure out why a local band was the opening act to Gregg Allman, but one minute into this bands set and you knew exactly why! High energy, fun to watch, and a dream to the ears. Their first song Built for Love was hard hitting and full of great guitar. The vocalist was on the money and never stood still (good thing I didn’t have to photograph him). They too had released a new album and last night was the first time it had been offered, I may have to look them up on iTunes as well for the downloadable version. They covered a song by Sister Roseta Tharpe Ain’t No Grave and received a standing ovation for this one. Phenomenal sound, phenomenal energy and a great opening act for Gregg.
Now let’s get to our headliner the one and only Gregg Allman and I must say (this is for the ladies) he is still as good looking as ever! He took the stage behind that Hammond Organ and the sound was incredible. His line-up of musicians were as follows Scott Sharrard-guitar, Ben Stivers- Keyboard, Steve Potts-drums, Jay Collins-horns, and Ron Johnson-bass. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the name of his percussionist and he brought his son back on stage with guitar on a couple of numbers.
Gregg performed a few numbers from several of his albums like his latest release like Floating Bridge from Low Country Blues, Whipping Post from Searching for Simplicity. And of course he performed the Allman Brother’s classic Sweet Melissa. His rocking style has not faded, however he has delved more into a Jazzy Blues feels with allowing his band mates to perform a jazz number during his intermission. Overall the show was excellent and I have Sailor Circus Sarasota to thank and Matt Mangas at 94.5 “The Arrow” for the awesome tickets; a couple of my friends who were able to attend because of his generosity.