January was a busy month for me here at You’re On Film! Photography. From earlier blogs, you already know that I started off the year by officially launching a business endeavor that I’ve only dreamed of for years. Now, it’s all about hard work. You know what they say. When things get hard, work harder. Or was that “work hard, play harder?” At any rate, I’ve done both in January and I’ll be keeping it up throughout the year.
After the launch, I was out the door to a relatively new venue, 37 Main – A Rock Café, to shoot my first show of 2015. Many thanks to Nine Times Blue for inviting me and to The UpSide, Jacks River, and Drivin’ n Cryin’ for allowing me to shoot their shows, as well. I’ll be out to see you all again this year and I encourage all my readers to do the same.
January’s second week brought composer, bassist, producer, and music educator Adam Nitti to town for a bass clinic at Atlanta Bass Gallery. I was able to get some great candid shots of Adam before and during the clinic and learned a few things about playing bass in the process. Thanks to Atlanta Bass Gallery, Ibanez Guitars, Aguilar Amplification, D’Addario Strings, and Planet Waves for hosting and sponsoring a great free clinic for Atlanta area musicians. And, be sure to pick up Adam’s new album, Not of This World. You’re welcome!
A bass clinic is pretty hard to follow, but I tried. In mid-January, after shooting both video and stills for local cover band, Rock Vault, I was off to Las Vegas for a few days on the strip to shoot the sights of the Las Vegas Strip. Although it’s known for lights, gambling, and shows, Las Vegas has so much to offer if you’re willing to open your mind and leave the casino. Home for this trip was the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Why? Because who doesn’t want to stay in a pyramid at least once in their lives? Okay, so it wasn’t Egypt, but that’s okay because it had a spotlight instead.
When I go to Vegas, there are a handful of “tried and true” things that I always do. Then, I try to find a few things I’ve never done. I played a little poker which is a must for my Vegas trips. WSOP, here I come again! I checked out the shops and discovered Stupidiotic. What a great store! They had bacon candy, cool gadgets, and I got to take my first spin in a Hula Chair. The Fremont Street Experience made the highlight reel with an evening spent nibbling at deep fried Oreos from Mermaid’s and the Million Dollar photo at Binion’s followed by a walk down to Gold and Silver Pawn. Sadly, it was too cold to spend as much time as I wanted at one of my favorite places on earth, The Fountains at the Bellagio. I did go, but couldn’t endure the 45 degree temperatures for more than about 30 minutes. Another huge highlight of this Vegas trip was my opportunity to shoot Man Made God during their show at the House of Blues – Mandalay Bay. If you’re in the Vegas area and want to check out a great metal show, definitely go see Man Made God.
Last, but not least, I closed up the month of December by hitting a show at 529 with up and coming Atlanta local band, Little Tybee. Josh and Ryan just got back from NAMM 2015 in Anaheim, where they were artist exhibitors. Congratulations, guys! That’s no small feat in the world of music. Hard work pays off!
After Vegas, it was back to Atlanta for more hard work. Getting to shoot great shows doesn’t happen by accident. There’s a lot work that goes into networking, researching appropriate contacts, and writing very nice request letters to the public relations and management teams who determine who gets permission to shoot photos of the bands who come to town. I’ve been really busy doing all those things and patiently waiting for responses, but things are bubbling and I’m pretty excited at the results so far.
February has a lot coming to You’re On Film! Photography and here’s a little preview. Early in the month, we’ll be visiting the Riviera Maya to explore the Mayan ruins and swim with dolphins. Then, we’ll be at the Variety Playhouse with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic on the 11th. They’ll be on film; will you? We’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day unconventionally with a weekend at Ladies Rock Camp Atlanta. Come out and see the showcase show on Sunday, 15 February. Later in the month, we’ll also be at Masquerade for an evening with There Were People With Morals. When I’m out to the show, come out and join me! Watch my Facebook and Twitter for updates and live feeds from the shows I shoot and the stuff I do.