In one month from today, I will do something pretty cool. At the JEA / NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco, I introduce Chelsea Lauren to the journalism education community. I have been looking forward to this day since I met Chelsea at the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. The presentation will be one of the highlights of this convention. The students and educators will love Chelsea.
Chelsea photographs concerts, celebrities and fashion events. While her content interests me, Chelsea impresses me for others reasons. Chelsea is professional, considerate and authentic. This unusual combination was apparent when I met her at Shoreline Amphitheatre in 2011. Chelsea talked to everyone, including me and the high school student, Cathy Rong, who photographed the music festival too. Chelsea also talked to security and the other photographers. Chelsea was genuinely interested in everyone.
Chelsea also talked to the musicians, and she talked to everyone as if they were people. When we elevate celebrities, it is easy to forget that celebrities are people. It is easy to forget that the musician on stage loves his or her animal. Chelsea probably talks to animals too. When I saw Chelsea comforting this dog during the 2012 Vans Warped Tour stop in San Francisco, I knew every dog lover could relate to her. Every musician who loved dogs could relate to her too… maybe a few cat people could relate too. (I do not know, I am a dog person.)
After the 2011 Vans Warped Tour, I followed her career. In addition to her kindness, I was impressed by her… captions. Sounds dorky, but check out her captions one day. They are always detailed. She photographs hundreds (thousands?) of musicians each year, and she includes all the names. On Time.
I wonder how she does it. How does someone get so close to musicians? What if you are considerate, authentic, professional and shy? Can you still shoot New York Fashion Week? How do you get started? Do you really shoot Comic Con every year? Don’t ask me; I do not know, but I know someone who does. Ask Chelsea. (Send her a tweet #hsjSF). Bring your questions on Saturday April 27, 2013 at noon to Yerba Buena 8, Lower B2 Level.
Get there early, because we only have room for 858 people.