Posts Tagged ‘concert photography


May 9, 2011: Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace & Bullet for My Valentine

UCF Arena crowd, Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Bullet for My Valentine, Orlando, Central Florida, music, concert

Monday night marked my last show working for the UCF Arena in Orlando and it was a doozy. Members of Bullet for My Valentine whipped their hair back and forth, Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace rocked his best power stance, and at least two guys from Avenged Sevenfold appeared as though they stepped right out of “The Lost Boys,” all before a nearly sold-out show.

UCF Arena, Bullet for My Valentine, Jason James, Jay James, Orlando, May 2011

UCF Arena, Bullet for My Valentine, Matthew Tuck, Orlando, May 2011 UCF Arena, Bullet for My Valentine, Michael Paget, Orlando, May 2011 UCF Arena, Three Days Grace, mic stand, terminator, Orlando, May 2011

UCF Arena, Three Days Grace, Adam Gontier, Orlando, May 2011

UCF Arena, Three Days Grace, Neil Sanderson, Orlando, May 2011

Perhaps the most striking part of the night was the way in which one actor descended into view of the crowd: by the “neck” (actually by cables and a harness). Did it make any sense? No, but the crowd seemed to the enjoy the morbidity of a feigned hanging.

UCF Arena, Avenged Sevenfold, M. Shadows, noose, hang, Matthew Sanders, Orlando, May 2011

UCF Arena, Avenged Sevenfold, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, Syn, Johnny Christ, Orlando, May 2011

UCF Arena, Avenged Sevenfold, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, Syn, Johnny Christ, M. Shadows, Orlando, May 2011


Ludacris, LMFAO & Corey Smith – October 16, 2010

LMFAO saturated the stage, photo pit, and crowd with champagne and Coronas. Above is a dripping speaker just before Ludacris, the closing act, came on.

UCF’s annual Homecoming concert rolled through last weekend and, as usual, it was amazing. There was not a single open space on the standing-room-only floor. LMFAO’s performance utterly blew me away with their energy and choreographed moves, and their use of live instruments to back up their vocals certainly didn’t hurt, either.


Carnival of Madness Follow-Up

At last, I was able to sit down and go through my shots of Sevendust and Puddle of Mudd from the July show. Between searching for a new place to live, planning a trip to Amsterdam (which will get a post all of its own in days to come), applying to Peace Corps, moving into my new home, watching my boyfriend graduate and helping him prepare for his move to Miami, photos without a deadline unfortunately had to take a back seat.

After all these years, there is no doubt in my mind that Sevendust still has it. PoM’s Wes Scantlin sent several bottles of liquids over the photo pit into the crowd (thus spilling crap all over my gear), and although they put on a decent set, he lost major points with me that night.

Below: Morgan Rose (Sevendust) & Damien Starkey (Puddle of Mudd)


Puddle of Mudd


UCF Homecoming 2009: T-Pain, Asher Roth & Luke Bryan

Saturday Nov. 7, 2009Homecoming Stage

UCF's Homecoming theme: The Circus


Luke Bryan


Luke Bryan


Asher Roth






Robin Williams at the UCF Arena


Robin Williams warms up the crowd on his Weapons of Self Destruction tour in Orlando, Fla. Oct. 23, 2009.

Having the opportunity to photograph Robin Williams last week was a dream come true. His outrageously flamboyant and at times somber characters have permeated American culture to its very core. His roles as Peter Pan, Patch Adams, Genie in Aladdin, Armand Goldman in The Birdcage, and the Moon King in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen are only a very limited few of my favorites. Even though I was only allotted 4 minutes to shoot, his energy and command of the stage made it obvious that he healed wonderfully from his heart surgery, which had postponed the concert originally slated for March.


Tiesto at the UCF Arena, Oct 16, 2009


Tiesto took Orlando by storm last night via a whopping four-hour set. It. Was. Epic!

The Tiesto crowd, about 10 minutes into his set.


“Shooting The Killers” sounds weird.

The UCF Arena called me in to shoot The Killers tomorrow night, but I’m pretty doubtful it will be an ordinary set, given their disposition on press photographers. It wouldn’t be the first time an act has said no to photos, and it’s a rule I have to accept, however grudgingly. The best I can hope for is that they only prohibit shooting from the pit, in which case I’ll break out the 80-200.

Also on my plate for tomorrow is a bright-and-early promotional shoot with The Rockettes! I’m extremely excited to see how this pans out, especially since my ad work is limited.

Somewhere amid the madness I have to write a five-page paper, meet and plan a tutorial video with classmates for French, find and report a story in podcast form and change Blucephalus’ oil (yes, I named my blue car after this guy).

Autumn is definitely here.