I met Jessica in 2017 when she performed (violin) as a duet with a friend of mine who played Piano. And ever since, she has asked me to come film the SoCal Philharmonic concerts since she is first chair. This holiday season, Jessica had me come over one afternoon to her house in Laguna Beach to photograph her family for their Holiday card. They do the same photo every year, full family with an instrument. I was honored to photograph this year’s photo.
I had the honor of photographing a music festival held in LA recently called Women Fuck Shit Up.
WFSU Fest uses music and art to bridge communities and raise awareness around social justice issues while aiming to create a community of womyn to hone their power and defy the feminine stereotype of “softness’. The space is about diversity, equity and inclusion. It was a very positive and empowering place to be on a Friday and Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Each year the festival benefits a local organization that supports womyn. This year it benefited LA Center for Law and Justice. This non-profit is dedicated to helping those in need with law services, education and awareness immigration status to sexual harassment cases. These services come free of charge for those who meet the poverty threshold.
The line up was awesome, check it out here. Without further ado, here are my favorites from the whole fest that I saw.
Last week I went to check out some friends' bands and brought my camera along with me.
I loved seeing all the amazing female musicians shredding on guitar and rockin' vocals. As a whole, it was a really fun show outside Hybrid Studios located in Santa Ana, CA.
Up Next...The Gromble. These guys have been playing together for years and at this show they played all new music for their longtime fans. The new tunes are pretty rad.
My husband, in the black hat, was running sound for the show - proud wife moment!
Up Next...No Vacation..From San Francisco! It was a treat to have this awesome band stop by Orange County on their California tour.
And last but not least, The Aquadolls! Their high energy had the crowd moving and they put on a great show.
It was a pleasure to photograph The Gromble last night at Orange County DIY in Lake Forest, CA. This little venue is quickly becoming a favorite of mine to shoot at. They keep booking fantastic bands and it's a rad little spot in south Orange County. Upstairs there's a studio owned by The Gromble where artists are recorded and produced by the drummer, Stefan Mac.
Hope you enjoy these photos and be sure to check out the band's music.
Last night I attended a small show for local bands in Lake Forest, CA. The opener was The Shakes. They were a fun alternative indie rock band that moved people to dance which I really enjoyed. And next up was Dear Kora. I loved their emotional vibe and hint of Flyleaf tone. They really captured the audience and even had a mosh pit going at the end.
In the past when I have done concert photography I have solely focused on the band but now with the documentary mindset, I found myself focusing on the fans and getting the raw emotion of the show.
I shot in RAW but I put my settings to Monochrome (Black & White) in camera, knowing that I could see them in color later when editing. While editing, I decided I liked how the majority of photos looked in Black & White and stuck with that.
Hope you enjoy :)