Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness // House of Blues Boston

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
11.09.14 // House of Blues
Boston, MA

Sometimes I have shoots planned out weeks in advance. Other times, things tend to get a little bit last minute. I enjoy the adrenaline rush that sometimes comes with the latter. Last week I got an email a couple of hours before doors opened at the House of Blues that let me know I had a photo pass waiting for me. So of course I immediately stopped what I was doing and grabbed my camera. (In reality, I had to walk my dog first because we were already halfway out the door when I read that email, and he would have never left me alone if I made him go back inside. But I digress.)

Andrew McMahon is hands down one of the most difficult musicians to photograph onstage. Because he plays a grand piano (A baby grand, I think? If there are any piano buffs out there reading this, please correct me if I am wrong), it takes away about half of the angles I would normally photograph a singer from. He also sings with two microphones on stage, one facing the piano and the other facing the audience, which adds another obstacle. So that doesn’t leave me with much room to make photos that don’t all look the same. Despite all of that, I would say that Andrew is one of my favorite artists to photograph. Not only because all of those obstacles make me work harder and more creatively to deliver my standard amount of images, but also because he puts so much energy into what he does, and it shows. The rest of the “in the Wilderness” crew share that energy, and I’m happy to have been able to capture it all!

Before I end this blog, I need to thank Sorvino for the photo pass & tickets, Target for being open extra late on Sundays, and House of Blues for always providing me with excellent lighting.

Here’s my selection of photos from the night. Enjoy!

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Grizfolk // Agganis Arena

Grizfolk
10.13.14 // Agganis Arena
Boston, MA

Last month I had the great pleasure of working with Grizfolk again! I met up with them in the afternoon and hung out for the day while they explored the arena, did several interviews, met fans, and played the show. When I do shoots like this I like to hang back and be as ninja-like as possible, so that nobody feels or looks uncomfortable.

Grizfolk has a pretty loyal following, so it was cool for me to walk around with the guys and see them interact with fans. There was one very sweet moment at the end of the night when Adam & I were making our way over to meet up with the rest of the group, and a little girl who was probably 5 or 6 saw Adam and stopped dead in her tracks, and her mom brought her over to say hi. It was adorable. There were also tons of people who waited around after the show to say hi and take photos, which is always nice to see, especially for a band that’s opening the show every night.

For anyone interested in gear – I had been wanting to test out the Nikon 70-200 f/4 G VR, since it’s much smaller and lighter than the 2.8 version that I usually use. I figured that since this was an arena show, I’d be okay with f/4, so I rented it for the day from BorrowLenses.com. The lens is reasonably sharp and it performed exceptionally well, both backstage and during the show. I especially like how lightweight it is because I was able to carry it around all day without hurting my shoulders. It definitely exceeded the expectation I had of it, but I don’t think it’ll ever replace the 2.8 version as my first choice simply because it’s not as sharp. But as a lightweight alternative when I don’t need those extra couple of stops, it’s worth it!

 I’m going to stop rambling now and let you take a look at all the photos from the day. Here you go!

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A post show “Cheers!” is always necessary. Always.

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Chicago // Braintree High School

One of my super awesome seniors & one of Braintree High’s Theatre Guild advisors invited me to photograph my high school’s production of Chicago! Since I’m a TG alum, I was stoked that they asked me back to be a part of their production. I photographed their final dress rehearsal on Wednesday, and I’ll be back at Friday’s and Saturday’s shows during intermission and at the end of the night selling prints if anyone would like to buy some. They cost $10 for a 5×7 print or $15 for an 8×10 print. A portion of the proceeds will go back to BHSTG to help fund their next production!

Seeing everyone’s reaction to the photos tonight was sooo fun & I’m so happy that people love them! A big huge congrats to everyone involved and continue to kick butt for the rest of your shows!

If you don’t have tickets already, I think there are a handful left. All performances are at Braintree High School’s Grabosky Auditorium. Showtimes are below, and you can pick up tickets at Seat Yourself by clicking here.
Friday, November 7, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 8, 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, November 9, 2:00pm

To anyone that’s in the show, feel free to screen grab these photos and use them on social media, I just ask that you tag me if you do! Here’s all my info…

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