18 Photos of 2018

It’s the time of year where the end of year lists start to come out. The time between Christmas and New Years is a time where folks like to reflect. You’ll see people talking about their favourite movies of the year, favourite albums of the year, memories from this past year, and many more things.

As a photographer I tend to start thinking about my favourite photographs I’ve taken this past year. Since my main focus is in concert photography I focused this list on the concert photos I’ve taken in 2018.

Enjoy!

John O’Callaghan of The Maine at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI on December 22nd   This was my fourth time photographing The Maine over the years. It happens to now be my favourite time as well. I got some of my favourite shots I’ve ever gotten of The Maine. As well as they ended up retweeting this photo (also two others) which got a mind boggling number of people seeing and responding to it. Might have been the best response to a set of photos I’ve had all year. Making this show even more memorable.

John O’Callaghan of The Maine at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI on December 22nd

This was my fourth time photographing The Maine over the years. It happens to now be my favourite time as well. I got some of my favourite shots I’ve ever gotten of The Maine. As well as they ended up retweeting this photo (also two others) which got a mind boggling number of people seeing and responding to it. Might have been the best response to a set of photos I’ve had all year. Making this show even more memorable.

Lindsey Ell at Ascend Amphitheatre for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 7th   If you’re unaware of Lindsey and her music then you need to know one thing: she can shred on a guitar better than most people I’ve gotten the chance to watch. I hope to get to see her preform again and have another opportunity to have her in front of my camera in 2019.

Lindsey Ell at Ascend Amphitheatre for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 7th

If you’re unaware of Lindsey and her music then you need to know one thing: she can shred on a guitar better than most people I’ve gotten the chance to watch. I hope to get to see her preform again and have another opportunity to have her in front of my camera in 2019.

Dierks Bentley at Nissan Stadium for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 10th   This so far is still the biggest show I have ever had the opportunity to photograph. I had never done a stadium show before and there is a certain energy that comes with photographing in a stadium of 69 thousand people. A type of energy I don’t think I’ll ever be able to explain. Hoping I get a chance to experience it once more next year.

Dierks Bentley at Nissan Stadium for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 10th

This so far is still the biggest show I have ever had the opportunity to photograph. I had never done a stadium show before and there is a certain energy that comes with photographing in a stadium of 69 thousand people. A type of energy I don’t think I’ll ever be able to explain. Hoping I get a chance to experience it once more next year.

Zack Merrick of All Time Low at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit, MI on August 7th   A few days before this was taken I had written a tweet requesting more bands use confetti in the first three songs. In music photography there are certain rules to follow and one is that we can only use our cameras for the first three songs. Meaning that when a band uses confetti at the end of their show, we never get to photograph it. So here we were a few days later and All Time Low used confetti in the time I was allowed to use my camera. Which allowed me to get not only one of my favourite photos of this year, but probably one of my favourite photos of all time.

Zack Merrick of All Time Low at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit, MI on August 7th

A few days before this was taken I had written a tweet requesting more bands use confetti in the first three songs. In music photography there are certain rules to follow and one is that we can only use our cameras for the first three songs. Meaning that when a band uses confetti at the end of their show, we never get to photograph it. So here we were a few days later and All Time Low used confetti in the time I was allowed to use my camera. Which allowed me to get not only one of my favourite photos of this year, but probably one of my favourite photos of all time.

Morgan Evans at Ascend Amphitheatre for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 9th   Morgan is one of my favourite new comers on the country scene this year. I saw him play in 2017 at CMA Fest and I was hooked. But it was this year that he really started to take off. Can’t wait to see what the next year brings for him.

Morgan Evans at Ascend Amphitheatre for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 9th

Morgan is one of my favourite new comers on the country scene this year. I saw him play in 2017 at CMA Fest and I was hooked. But it was this year that he really started to take off. Can’t wait to see what the next year brings for him.

Bebe Rexha at Nissan Stadium for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 10th   The biggest weekend of country music was even a big weekend for Bebe Rexha. First she preformed her duet Meant To Be with Florida Georgia Line on the CMT Music Awards, then they received a number one plaque for the song, and then they preformed it together at Nissan Stadium (which is where this shot was taken). Seeing as she never toured with Florida Georgia Line, there isn’t a ton of times to see them play this song together live. I was glad to have seen (and photographed) it. Plus I’m here for this rhinestone cowboy hat look she’s got going on.

Bebe Rexha at Nissan Stadium for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 10th

The biggest weekend of country music was even a big weekend for Bebe Rexha. First she preformed her duet Meant To Be with Florida Georgia Line on the CMT Music Awards, then they received a number one plaque for the song, and then they preformed it together at Nissan Stadium (which is where this shot was taken). Seeing as she never toured with Florida Georgia Line, there isn’t a ton of times to see them play this song together live. I was glad to have seen (and photographed) it. Plus I’m here for this rhinestone cowboy hat look she’s got going on.

Brian Littrell at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 10th   As well as having Bebe Rexha as a guest during their set Florida Georgia Line also brought up the guys from the Backstreet Boys. They preformed their song ‘God, Your Mama, and Me’ together. This was exciting for me since I remember listening to the Backstreet Boy album called Millennium on repeat at a time in my life. Still trying to process the fact they were in front of my camera this year.

Brian Littrell at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 10th

As well as having Bebe Rexha as a guest during their set Florida Georgia Line also brought up the guys from the Backstreet Boys. They preformed their song ‘God, Your Mama, and Me’ together. This was exciting for me since I remember listening to the Backstreet Boy album called Millennium on repeat at a time in my life. Still trying to process the fact they were in front of my camera this year.

Dierks Bentley at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI on June 1st   This was my first Amphitheatre show and my first time photographing Dierks. I’ve been a fan of Dierks’ for years. Even liking his stage name so much that my dog is now also named Dierks. Dierks is always spending time interacting with his fans at his shows and I love this shot of him doing just that.

Dierks Bentley at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI on June 1st

This was my first Amphitheatre show and my first time photographing Dierks. I’ve been a fan of Dierks’ for years. Even liking his stage name so much that my dog is now also named Dierks. Dierks is always spending time interacting with his fans at his shows and I love this shot of him doing just that.

Rian Dawson and Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI on December 22nd   Drummers are always hard to photograph. They usually are the farthest back on the stage which means sometimes the lights never hit them. Whenever I have to leave a show not getting a good photo of the drummer I’m bummed out. Luckily I got this shot at this specific show. Plus even someone that isn’t a major All Time Low fan said that this was one of their favourite photos I’ve ever taken. High compliment!

Rian Dawson and Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI on December 22nd

Drummers are always hard to photograph. They usually are the farthest back on the stage which means sometimes the lights never hit them. Whenever I have to leave a show not getting a good photo of the drummer I’m bummed out. Luckily I got this shot at this specific show. Plus even someone that isn’t a major All Time Low fan said that this was one of their favourite photos I’ve ever taken. High compliment!

Naomi Cooke of Runaway June at Ascend Amphitheatre for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 8th   Runaway June is an all woman trio and I’m here for it. Got to hear their current single ‘Buy My Own Drinks’ at this show before it was out yet. Now it’s out and I’m still obsessed with it.

Naomi Cooke of Runaway June at Ascend Amphitheatre for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 8th

Runaway June is an all woman trio and I’m here for it. Got to hear their current single ‘Buy My Own Drinks’ at this show before it was out yet. Now it’s out and I’m still obsessed with it.

Maddie Marlow of Maddie & Tae at Ascend Amphitheatre for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 8th   First we had an all woman trio and then now we have an lady duo. I’m all here for any girl power we can get in country music. I’ve been a fan of Maddie and Tae’s work for a few years now and I was pumped to get them in front of my camera. Hoping to do that again in 2019.

Maddie Marlow of Maddie & Tae at Ascend Amphitheatre for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN on June 8th

First we had an all woman trio and then now we have an lady duo. I’m all here for any girl power we can get in country music. I’ve been a fan of Maddie and Tae’s work for a few years now and I was pumped to get them in front of my camera. Hoping to do that again in 2019.

Lee Brice at Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 9th   I’m a sucker for a nice purple in my photos. Made this one an easy favourite when I was editing them. Lee put on a great set this night.

Lee Brice at Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 9th

I’m a sucker for a nice purple in my photos. Made this one an easy favourite when I was editing them. Lee put on a great set this night.

Brett Eldredge at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 10th   Brett always brings his A game whenever I’ve seen him preform live. He always has a ton of energy and I felt like I really captured that with this photo of him. Hopefully you can look at this and hear him hitting the high note he was singing.

Brett Eldredge at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 10th

Brett always brings his A game whenever I’ve seen him preform live. He always has a ton of energy and I felt like I really captured that with this photo of him. Hopefully you can look at this and hear him hitting the high note he was singing.

John O’Callaghan of The Maine at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI on December 22nd   Couldn’t help but put another photo from their set into this list. Sometimes you leave a show not having even one photo you love and sometimes (like this show) you end up leaving with a million favourites. Couldn’t just post one from this one in here. If you haven’t heard of The Maine before maybe take this as a chance to check them out. One of the best bands and their live show is always incredible.

John O’Callaghan of The Maine at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI on December 22nd

Couldn’t help but put another photo from their set into this list. Sometimes you leave a show not having even one photo you love and sometimes (like this show) you end up leaving with a million favourites. Couldn’t just post one from this one in here. If you haven’t heard of The Maine before maybe take this as a chance to check them out. One of the best bands and their live show is always incredible.

Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 10th   Sometimes red lights can be the worst thing to ever happen to a music photographer. They’re cursed in our community. So whenever you can get good shots out of red lights its an automatic win. These ones happened to be really nice and I was able to grab this shot of Tyler that I loved the second I took it.

Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 10th

Sometimes red lights can be the worst thing to ever happen to a music photographer. They’re cursed in our community. So whenever you can get good shots out of red lights its an automatic win. These ones happened to be really nice and I was able to grab this shot of Tyler that I loved the second I took it.

Thomas Rhett at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 10th   Thomas wasn’t supposed to preform at this show until the morning of. He had been doing hosting duties for the shows all weekend so he took the opportunity on the last night to jump up for a couple songs. Glad he did! Always fun to watch and he was even more fun to have in front of my camera.

Thomas Rhett at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 10th

Thomas wasn’t supposed to preform at this show until the morning of. He had been doing hosting duties for the shows all weekend so he took the opportunity on the last night to jump up for a couple songs. Glad he did! Always fun to watch and he was even more fun to have in front of my camera.

Michael Ray at Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 9th   I think Michael gets more and more popular in the country scene every year. Such a fan of his music and the energy he brings to a live show. Also a sucker for the purple lights in this shot, too.

Michael Ray at Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 9th

I think Michael gets more and more popular in the country scene every year. Such a fan of his music and the energy he brings to a live show. Also a sucker for the purple lights in this shot, too.

Luke Bryan at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 10th   Photographing someone as big as Luke Bryan was definitely a highlight for me. He was the last act this night and ended up playing almost an hour longer than he was supposed to. It was a great set and the red lights were nice to me yet again for this shot.

Luke Bryan at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN for CMA Fest on June 10th

Photographing someone as big as Luke Bryan was definitely a highlight for me. He was the last act this night and ended up playing almost an hour longer than he was supposed to. It was a great set and the red lights were nice to me yet again for this shot.

wall city, usa.

In April I was in Orlando, Florida. One of the things I love about Florida is how colourful every building is. Despite my almost entirely black wardrobe I actually love bright colourful things a whole lot more. Especially in my photos.

One photo of a colourful wall suddenly turned into more than that, and the next thing I knew I had over ten to choose from when posting a multiple picture post on Instagram. What I didn't really expect though was that people would love the colourful walls as much as I did.

So I continued to do ten photo posts a day of colourful walls I would find on each individual day. Then I continued it (not as daily but I tried) in Nashville, Tennessee in June.

Here is some of my favourite ones.