Category Music Photography

Silversun Pickups

It’s been a little while since my last post. Partially due to work load and my battle with some sinus issues. I had some travel in December to NYC that seemed to cause me to catch “The Sickness”, but a trip to the doc’s and a Zpack later…I was back on track this month with shooting and my first show of 2016 happened to be the one and only SSPU!

Getting to Mark That Off My List

A little backstory on Silversun Pickups, this band is one of the all time favorites of my girlfriend, Kris and mine. Before I began shooting shows and bands, I was a huge fan and we had already seen these guys play live twice. Once in Baltimore and then we flew to Rhode Island to see them again that same tour. After starting to shoot, I put them down on a list of the bands I must shoot as a music photographer. We got an opportunity to see them again in Baltimore and I was not able to make the list as a house photographer that night. I was bummed, but I brought in a Canon point and shoot and got some good images through the crowd anyway. Well, now I can mark this off my list. Not only did I shoot the show but also was able to shoot the meet and greets for x102.9. I was ecstatic about hearing I was going to shoot SSPU right here in Jacksonville. Little to say, so was Kris 😉 I’ve been shooting with X102.9 for a little over a year now. I’ve met and shot some amazing bands in this short amount of time. (More about this in a separate post coming soon!)

I’ll start this post off with the meet and greets and then some images of the show.

1/320 sec | f/4.5 | 85mm | ISO3200

Brian from SSPU | 1/320 sec | f/8.0 | 28mm | ISO500

Tank and SSPU | 1/320 sec | f/8.0 | 28mm | ISO500

Myself, Brian, Kris and Nikki | 1/320 sec | f/8.0 | 28mm | ISO500

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Now that we’re past the meet and greets, let me share the show experience. When I first heard that SSPU was coming to town-which came through as a exultant phone call from Kris while I was in NYC, I had to reach out to my peeps at one of my favorite venues I love to shoot…Saint Augustine Amphitheater. (I’ve been shooting for the Amphitheater for a little over two years. I shoot a variety of events and concerts that come through for these wonderful people. I was hoping that they didn’t have anyone to cover this show just yet!) The call was a success, we were in to shoot! I was floored. This was one band I had been hoping to shoot for almost 6 years! I can now put down my camera and call it quits 😉 Just kidding…but it was truly exciting for us.

So the night of the show, after spending the afternoon in the meet and greet/acoustic session at the station, we were ready to rock. No matter what, I was destined to get great shots, as always, and have a good time watching our favorite band bring down the house. That is exactly what we did too. Here are some of the images from that night.

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/250 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO3200

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/250 sec | f/3.5 | 50mm | ISO3200

Thanks for reading. Keep checking back for new articles about shoots, shows and tutorials!!

Clean Water Music Fest 2015

One thing I get asked about at these type of events is how I get the photos on my phone and on social media so fast. The answer is the EyeFi SD cards. These are great to proof an image or share in real time as something is going on. I love mine and hardly ever run without one.

Saint Augustine turns 450!

I am so happy to be a part of a beautiful little city, the oldest city in the US. We had almost a week of festivities throughout the downtown area. Historical reinactments, music on multiple stages with a main stage highlighting some major acts, cake cutting, and even had the King and Queen of Spain in town to visit! I ran around capturing as much as I could getting images of the people having a blast, the entertainment and anything else that symbolized the anniversary of Saint Augustine. Not only is this a great place to live, with so much history, great beaches, but also some amazingly talented people and inspiring people at that. Here are some of the images I have from my strolling around during the celebration.

The top image I’m looking to make prints so if anyone is interested, let me know! I may add it to the online store coming soon.

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Part of Your World

I love getting out when I can and catching good music and friends. A few weeks ago I stopped into Stogies, here in Saint Augustine, to see Sea Floor Explosives play and also for the First Magnitude Tap Takeover. The beer was amazing and the highlight was Jon Bailey singing “Part of Your World” but the adult version. Hope you enjoy the photos and the video. When you get a chance, make sure to check out Stogies, grab a First Magnitude and listen to Sea Floor Explosives!

Interview with mentor/instructor Donald Giannatti

Had a little recorded interview with Don Giannatti of Lighting Essentials. We talked about me moving from amateur photographer to getting more gigs and breaking into full time photography. It was great to share my path so far and things I’m working to do to keep and gain new clients.

I never really felt that I had a style, until I had someone come to me a year ago and say “I really love your work…you have this really dark, sort of comic book feel.Tucker Joenz

Gamble Rodgers Music Festival 2015

I spent this past weekend hanging out at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to listen to good music and see some talented acts. I shoot a lot of live music to hear new music and meet cool musicians. Here are some photos of what I experienced this past weekend. Feel free to leave comments and feedback if you went or go to similar festivals. Thanks for stopping by!

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Behind The Scenes and Processing of Hot Tub Limo Bar Scene

Here is what I started with, the actual photo taken at the bar with the  guys from Hot Tub Limo.


And here is the final after the processing was done and splashes/drinks were shot.

Hot Tub Limo Bar Scene

I wanted to show a little of how I made this photo and the processing techniques I used. This is a really rough look at the way I tackled this. I plan on doing more in the future but it’s a start. Some of the techniques are picked up from Phlearn tutorials as well as some CreativeLive workshops and ALWAYS just experimenting with what looks cool to me. So nothing is set in stone but I have had people message me about how I went about this. It was definitely fun, throwing around drinks and glasses in the studio 😉 There will be more to come but here is a look at what I did!!

HTL Bar Scene Behind the Scenes from Tucker Joenz on Vimeo.

90forum with Sunspots


I was honored to be able to work with local radio talent, Tank, of 102.9FM on a project he’s working on. This is a podcast highlighting local musicians. As you may know I’m a huge music junkie so this is great to meet and hear some amazing new bands in the area. This week it was with Sunspots out of JAX. These four guys jammed out and had a really cool vibe. You can listen to the podcast here.