Music Photography

Lessons from Another Funeral

Two days ago I attended a memorial service and reception for Jeffrey Lester; Jeff died two months after being diagnosed with cancer. I have attended many funerals and memorials during the last several years. His memorial service seemed more uplifting. It reflected a life lived fully.

When I left town, I turned on the radio. The first song was an old Tim McGraw favorite, “Live Like You Were Dying.”

Sometimes I find the song a little silly. Another time I pulled over to the side of the road, because it has not been safe to drive with tears in my eyes. Yesterday, I drove with a smile as I heard the lines,

I was in my early forties
With a lot of life before me
And a moment came that stopped me on a dime


I was finally the husband
That most of the time I wasn’t
And I became a friend a friend would like to have

And I sang along with the lines

And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying”
And he said
“Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying”

Then I turned off the radio and drove.… Read the rest

Concert for Epilepsy to Raise Awareness

This March, my children attended the Concert for Epilepsy with me and my wife. As the official photographer for The Concert for Epilepsy, I have remarkable access to the artists.  I meet the artists and discuss epilepsy with them. This week, after my daughter and I witnessed a stranger having a seizure, I remembered the importance of the concert. Raising awareness is an important part of the fundraiser.

Chad Barth organizes the event in honor of his sister Christina. The concert is one of the events during the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, D.C. Chad has helped us reach a new audience with his concert. Local radio and television stations support the concert. National companies sponsor us now. Each year, the concert grows, and 2012 will be even larger than 2011 when two multiplatinum acts performed.

This week, my daughter and I witnessed a stranger having a seizure. My daughter Emily was scared.… Read the rest

Simple Plan 2011 Vans Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour is probably my favorite concert festival every year to photograph. In ten hours, I photographed nineteen bands, and I could have photographed more, but I was exhausted. Even with the protection of my press pass, my big toes turned purple from accidental stage dive landings and excited fans. (Even as I write this post for my new blog, the ends of my big toe nails are still purple.)

The festival is run extremely well. Bands start on time. Exactly on time. New bands play next to old bands. Headliners start the show some days. Every thing keeps changing so that each band feels part of the festival. And bands with millions of followers are accessible to high school journalists, which I also appreciate as a high school journalism educator. The last two years, I have attended with high school students. I learn as much from them as they do from me.… Read the rest

Hello world!

… and on the 8th day, God created WordPress. Hail to the Muse!

Until WordPress existed, nobody could say hello to each other.  At least, nobody could say hello to the world. Next thing you know, corporations will become people, Books will have Faces, and Soviet satellites will fall from the sky.

For those of you who have never created a WordPress blog, the first post is already titled, “Hello World!” I kept the original heading. I also added a PhotoShelter photo gallery of the county/pop band Lady Antebellum. About a year ago, Lady A released a single with the same title, but without the exclamation mark.

To see the larger Lady Antebellum Concert Photography Gallery, Go to this link or click the photo above.

Before Lady A won five Grammy Awards, the group used social media effectively. They continue using a blog platform that is similar to WordPress. I wonder what they saw when they first opened their new blog before they started posting.… Read the rest