I had an insanely busy but equally amazing weekend. From Friday to Sunday I had five (count ‘em, five!) photo assignments and oh, about 3 total hours of downtime, but it was so worth it and really rewarding.
Friday I worked from home and when the wife got home around 4:30 we sat in traffic for two hours on the way up to Merriweather to see Arcade Fire & Spoon. The show was pretty great (not Arcade Fire at 9:30 Club in 2007 or Spoon’s two night stand at the club from March awesome„ but still pretty damn good) but what I enjoyed most was the chance to hang out with my wife at a show for once, drink some beer and sit back and actually enjoy some live music. That was nice. Fun fact: Merriweather is the site of my first official date with my wife. It;s where we first kissed. The show we saw that night? Oasis! On my wife’s birthday no less!
Saturday I got up around 9:00 and started editing photos. I was incredibly happy with my Spoon shots, less so with the Arcade Fire photos, but after seeing everyone else’s photos from the show, I realized I did better than I thought. Bonus! I edited and filed photos until 3 p.m. and then packed up all my gear and drove back to Merriweather to shoot the first few acts of the Summer Spirit Festival. I was assigned to shoot B.o.B., who was second on the bill, but I really took the assignment in order to shoot Janelle Monae again. She is the fucking TRUTH, easily my favorite artist to photograph. She is so expressive and commands such attention when she is on stage.
After shooting B.o.B. I hung around to catch some of his set and then set off to Rockville to shoot Rufus Wainwright at the Strathmore. This turned out to be a waste of time as he performed on a pitch black stage with a single spotlight on his head (so all my shots looked like a random head floating in space) and I was a bit pissed off when I got done shooting (seriously, just say NO PHOTOGRAPHERS and don’t make me waste my time) so I didn’t stick around and watch the rest of his set. Then I drove home and started editing.
Sunday, I kept editing photos until noon and then went up to the
William H.G. FitzGerald tennis center to shoot the single and doubles final of the Legg mason tennis Classic. The David Nalbandian v. Marcos Baghdatis match-up wasn’t a classic, but it was nice to finally get to shoot some tennis after being busy all week.
I stayed up there until 5 or so and got home around 6. I started editing those photos (seeing a pattern here?), and then packed up my gear again and drove to the Black Cat to shoot the Here We Go Magic show. At this point I was fucking exhausted but Here We Go Magic saved me with an absolutely amazing gig that was so good I bought a CD afterwards (which I NEVER do). They’ve been one of my favorite new bands since seeing them open for Grizzly Bear last year and they were totally locked in Sunday night. So best and the ideal end to an amazing weekend.
Oh, and Monday I had three photos in the Washington Post. I get emails every week from aspiring concert photographers asking me what the secret to being a successful photographer is. I tell them all the same thing. You have to work your ass off. Every day. Plain and simple. Without fail these people never send me a follow up email because that’s not what they want to hear. They think if they buy a certain piece of gear then they will magically become technically competent and then things will become easy for them. Far from it.
Spoon @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Arcade Fire @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Arcade Fire in Washington Post
B.o.B. in Washington Post
Rufus Wainwright in Washington Post
Legg Mason Tennis Final on DCist
Here We Go Magic on Washingtonpost.com