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!!

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