2017 has been such a year for me I'm genuinely not even sure how to summarize it. It's been incredibly rewarding to see things I've been dreaming of and working towards for years finally come to fruition. The amount of incredible opportunities I've had is still hard for me to wrap my mind around and I'm finally at a place where I'm starting to believe I can actually do this. While I truthfully don't think I've made massive improvements in terms of the quality of my work, I feel more supported and loved than I ever have before and in many ways that's more important for me. A lot of these pictures have stories behind them that mean the entire world to me and I'm super excited to look back on them and reflect with you all!
I vividly remember the exact moment I got an e-mail confirming me for Metallica. I was literally in the pit for Avenged Sevenfold in Hershey as "Back in Black" by ACDC, their typical intro song, was playing. I went to check my phone one last time before losing myself in my all time favorite band's set and saw what is possibly THE most beautiful email I've ever seen: I was shooting Metallica.
The second most iconic shoot I did this year was Green Day. My former supervisor at my internship casually texts me asking if I'd be interested in shooting Green Day as the photographer who was going to do it was no longer available. What do you mean. Of COURSE I want to shoot Green Day???? Their production was stunning and I also met the lovely @maggielndnphoto at this show, an incredibly talented photographer who is now one of my closest friends.
MAX has quickly become one of my favorite people in the entire world. It's at a point now where my love for him is part of my identity and I'm completely ok with that- to be able to support and work with someone as incredibly genuine, loving and talented as he is has changed my life. Late April was my first time shooting him and my 3rd time seeing him over the course of around 3 years. Max didn't know me AT ALL at this point and I was just casually covering the show for WXPN. I posted my pictures from the show and quickly received a response from Max saying how much he loved them, how much he appreciated my review and how the jump shot is one of his favorite pictures of himself.
He also followed me on both Twitter and Instagram so I reached out to him about covering his show in London which was very conveniently the day after I would get to Europe. He was more than happy to accommodate me and put me on their crew. Technically, the first time we met was actually in London yet he immediately treated me like family and seemed so genuinely happy to see me. I have now shot Max 7 times and consider him a good friend of mine. He constantly supports my work and gives me every opportunity he can, often offering to let me shoot shows before I even ask. Just this past week he brought me backstage to the Q102 Jingle Ball despite the fact he wasn't even playing the actual show (just the pre-show) and was told he shouldn't bring anyone else backstage. To have such an unbelievably amazing artist work so hard to make me feel appreciated and give me opportunities is more than I could ever ask for. This gallery is a mix of a bunch of shows everywhere from London to NYC to Philly and some more in between.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, I also spent about a month in Europe this summer. I received a stipend from my school that essentially covered the whole trip. I did a research project on touring and planned out the entire trip by myself, traveling alone and spending time in London, Birmingham for Slam Dunk, Donington for Download Fest, Paris, Munich, Malaga and Venice. It was one of the best and most rewarding months of my life. People continuously asked me how it was to travel to foreign countries by myself but this was genuinely much more concerning for other people than it was for me. I had a great time bouncing from AirBnb to AirBnb, seeing lots of great shows and meeting both old and new friends along the way.
Another very sentimental milestone for me this year was finally getting to shoot Hoodie Allen. He was one of my top 5 favorite artists for years and the relationship I developed with not only him but dozens of people in the Hoodie Mob is something that's incredibly special to me. I walked into the venue and he greeted me with "Hey T! You got your photo pass, it's been a long time coming." It really has. I think the best part about this was that after years of unsuccessfully asking him for a photo pass, HIS press contacted ME! The petty side of me was thriving. All jokes aside I'm so grateful for all the people I've met through this man and the support I received on these pictures was so overwhelming.
And finally, here are some other random pics that I won't give full backstories to in order to avoid making this post into a full novel! Thank you to everyone who has supported my work and allowed me to have the best year of my life so far.