Getting to photograph Brandi Carlile for last year’s new years eve, was the PERFECT way to start 2011. I wanted to dedicate my year to being a better photographer, and branch out to shoot for other publications. However there was a SMALL piece of me that wished I wasn’t working, and was lost in the music instead.
I didn’t end up shooting more this year, in fact I shot less. My year’s mission apparently, was to learn how to put the camera down and enjoy the moment instead…. (at the rate I’m going, this will probably be a yearly lesson). Some shows are for shooting, some are for enjoying the music, and some are for PARTYING… which is what Brandi’s 2012 NYE party was for 🙂
Now don’t me wrong, I DID still bring a small camera to the NYE show (I am a photo addict after all). But I stuck to mostly shooting video for a friend (who couldn’t make the show).
Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs 12/30/11
My weekend started a this show, thanks to the urging of a good friend. Wow, this band was great! Anna seems a bit shy, but she can hit her rock poses like a pro. Due to the sold-out club, I didn’t have much a view, but was able to get a few photos.
For Star Anna fans, this is what her setlist said:
Devil • Time • Hawks • Ghosts • Stumble • Restless • Burn • Joy • 5 Min • Judy is a Punk • Alone • Crooked • Wolves
I’ve been obsessed with this song ever since the show…
Brandi Carlile 12/31/11
I’ve been going to so many shows, that its not even about just seeing the band anymore. Getting to see my Brandi friends has an equal appeal. This show I had the extra bonus of getting to bring a dear friend along, who got to meet everyone for the first time. Even without a drink in my hand, I think I had the biggest grin in the place. I didn’t need anymore more in life, than to just to enjoy being where I was… and I did.
For Brandi fans, the setlist alone should give you a tip of how great the show was 🙂
Intro – jeb/josh solo, then alli on drums
Closer to you / I’ve just seen a face
What can I say
Until I die
Before it breaks
Save part of yourself
Promise to keep
Looking out (solo)
Down on the corner (creedence clearwater cover, with opening band Ivan and Alyosha)
Pride and joy
countdown to midnight…
Auld lang syne/ I wanna be sedated
Highway to hell
? hmm.. was there another song here ?
If there was no you
Cannonball (damien rice cover)
In a funny twist of fate, I did happen to meet a photographer that not only needs a website… but can help me get with a publication as well. So who knows, maybe this will be the year that my photography takes off. Happy new year everyone.