This was a pretty cool event to shoot. So What?! Music Festival has been going on since 2007 under different names and it's put together by a company called Third String Productions. I've been going to their events since about 2008 and it was at these shows all those years ago that made me want to shoot concerts in the first place. I remember going to see bands like The Devil Wears Prada, A Day To Remember and Underoath in Deep Ellum and Plano all while wishing I was the dude in the photo pit taking pictures. It's not until moments like this event happen that I realize I'm that guy now so it's kind of refreshing to know I've accomplished some of my goals as a photographer.
I feel like there are some standout photos here but I'm growing so bored with my concert photos lately. I'm noticing that I'm shooting from the same angles and cropping with the same rule of thirds method. It's getting annoying. I need to figure out a way to make more interesting photos. I think the best way to do this is to start getting better access. I've always hated the idea of asking to be backstage because it feels so cliche but it's the only way to get candid photos that are outside of the standard concert stuff I do. I need to shoot more candids and portraits -- it's the only way I'm going to keep growing.