Thanks for stopping by and checking out some of my stuff. I should warm you in advance that I am not very good at writing so I apologize if this reads like a 7th grader's book report on Amelia Earhart.
Ever since I was a kid music was always something that I was drawn to. Listening to it, playing it, going to see it, teaching it...you get the point. There is just something about the energy and excitement of a great live performance that can not be recreated or achieved any other way. My Dad was a bass player in a band when he was in college (I've heard tapes, they were actually pretty rad) so I always just kind of thought that music was what you were "supposed" to do. When I was younger I would try to go see as many live bands as I could. There is a certain magic that you have in your youth that allows you to go to NYC on a Wednesday to catch a horn based metal band (jerseyband in case you were curious) perform for 40 minutes starting at midnight, barely making the last train back to Jersey, hitting the bed by 4 and still getting up and going to work Thursday morning. Unfortunately as time moves on and responsibilities change, a night like that just isn't in the cards for most people, myself included, and that's okay. Just because mid-week midnight shows in Manhattan aren't the norm doesn't mean that we have to stop going to everything, right??
It is still important to me to get out and there and remain active in the music scene. Sure it is much harder to work it into life's busy schedule but when there is a will, there is a way, right? Bringing a camera along to a show can be a lot of fun too. I don't consider myself to be a "concert photographer", there are people who do that and do it so amazingly well, but it can be a lot of fun to have a camera with you watching artists that you love perform and grabbing a picture every now and then. Here is a small sampling of some pictures that I've shot over the last few months and a look into what I like to do when I'm not editing at the studio. Most of these are from shows and there a few from portrait sessions I've done with other artists sprinkled in.
I'd love to hear more about what you guys are listening to, who you are going to see, and who you think I might like to check out. Maybe some of you are in a band and I would LOVE to hear more about that too! Comment below and let us know!
Thanks again for stopping by. If you have questions about any of these pictures, bands, upcoming shows, whatever, you know how to find me and I'd love to hear from you :)
Erica Haller Photography Editor