The Driver Era

Sweaty and intense would be two words to describe The Driver Era’s concert, and I’m not just talking about the band’s stage presence. With lead singer Ross Lynch’s past work and their family band R5 having been with Disney/Disney Channel there are fans of all ages in the crowd.

The lyrics to their songs may no longer be Disney friendly but the band still acknowledges their roots as Ross asked the crowd how many fans have been with them since their early days. These are fans who have watched the band grow since 2009 and to now be seeing them in 2022 creates a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction. 

I left this concert wanting more, beaming about how much fun I had and quickly trying to search for the next closest show. There is a rush of excitement and awe as Ross and Rocky walk onto the stage, there’s no denying the two brothers are masters of stage presence, even in the smaller venues they are able to back the house and provide high energy the entire night.

The 1975 x Raleigh, NC

I closed out 2019 with yet another amazing milestone, shooting The 1975! I received a lot of questions about how I’ve been able to shoot these concerts. And I’m going, to be honest. I just got lucky.

I reached out to the tour manager on a whim about this show. I almost didn’t even send a follow-up email because I was SO sure I wouldn’t get approved for a photo pass. I had already given up because I guessed my email went to spam (my email 100% went to spam. Do NOT put links in your email signature) or the manager was way too busy to deal with this fangirl request. Then, 3 days before the show, I got approved. At my first The 1975 show back in 2013, I almost got kicked out by security because I snuck my camera into the general admission pit. Now 6 years later I’m getting escorted down to the photo pit for the first 3 songs of my favorite band. 

Screaming in the crowd, rocking out at barricade, even my first tattoo pays homage to my favorite song. Never in my wildest fangirl dreams did I imagine that I would get to photograph The 1975 band.

When I got to the pit I could barely keep my cool. I was shaking, dropping lens filters, looking a real newbie. One of the more seasoned photographers even made the comment to ask me if it was my first show. Gaah, I guess it was that obvious. But then, the lights went down, the smoke machines turned on, the band’s iconic opening lyrics “Go down. Soft sound” echoed in my ears. If you asked me what the first 3 songs were from that night, I couldn’t tell you. I’m pretty sure my brain blacked out, considering I was only a few feet away from Matty Healy. 

This process of shooting is completely new to me, I still have no idea what I’m doing. But since I started photography it’s been my dream to create the perfect merge of my avid concert mentality and my photography skill. Shoutout to the many photographers who have shared their knowledge with me about shoot lives shows. I appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge to help me learn.

Moral of the story: don’t give up and don’t stop fighting for your dreams. Oh yeah and never stop being a fangirl. It pays off sometimes. 

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