Going backwards with the coverage of LouFest, so stay tuned for for Day One coverage coming later. This was my fifth consecutive year covering the festival and is one of the weekends every year that I most look forward to. Every year has been a completely different beast, with the mud being the biggest challenge this time around (the downpour in 2012 was also an interesting one). But still, some really intriguing acts littered the Day Two lineup (Anderson .Paak probably being the biggest standout for me) making it another memorable year for me.
I was fortunate to be covering LouFest again with two other really talented photographers at Speakers in Code (Rachel Waters / Jason Gonsulen) and knowing they’d do a great job of capturing the festival and bands, which freed me up to just run wild and experiment with instant photography (Polaroid 600, LomoInstant) and in-camera multiple exposures. The results weren’t always stellar or reliable (i.e. when I realized I didn’t have any film left in the Polaroid during a quick Pokey LaFarge portrait), but definitely brought a fresh mix to shooting LouFest again this year.
While Day One of LouFest had a more relaxed pace, Day Two felt more about maximizing the schedule and pacing between stages and the media tent to round up more pictures. But even with some worn out feet, there was still a ton to enjoy between acts at the national (Avett Brothers, Young the Giant) and hometown highlights (Pokey LaFarge, American Wrestlers).
Another LouFest is in the books and I was thrilled to shoot the festival again for my good friends over at Speakers in Code. The first day featuring heavy-hitters such as Hozier, Ludacris, Brandon Flowers with a whole slew of other great musicians. Way more than what one person could shoot, but here’s a sample of what I was able to catch.
Cults @ Vintage Vinyl
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Another year whizzes past by yet again! Even though parenthood is translating into less shows and less posts here, I’m still humbled by the breadth of artists I get to meet and photograph every year (albeit sometimes just for 15 seconds). So in case you missed them earlier, here’s a selection of some personal favorites. We’ll be back in a few days with some of my favorite concert shots of the year. Enjoy!
Outkast. Outkast. Outkast.
While that was the supreme highlight for the entire weekend, LouFest Day Two still had a ton of fun surprises from Ume annihilating the first set of the day to getting to see Grouplove goof around backstage moments before their rousing set.
LouFest Day One started the weekend off on a great note, from the bravado of the Arctic Monkeys and straight up rock and roll goods offered from Those Darlins, to the subtle majesty of Falls and Yo La Tengo. But certainly it’s the camaraderie with other photographers that makes the weekend, so huge thanks to the Speakers in Code gang (Jason // Rachel) and Nate @ Before the Blink for turning what could just be another assignment into one of my favorite weekends every year.
You can check out the previous Polaroid portrait set here and stay tuned for Day Two coverage. Onward to Day One pictures!