‘The music never stopped’
I recently finished my sixth summer serving as house photographer for the Harveys Summer Outdoor Concert Series, shooting the Toby Keith show on Labor Day weekend.
I’ve photographed more than 30 bands over the years, such as Ringo Starr, Alice Cooper, Brad Paisley, Eagles, Melissa Etheridge, Ted Nugent, Kenny Chesney, Sammy Hagar, ZZ Top, Steely Dan, John Mellencamp, Ben Harper and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, to name a few.
The hardest part of photographing a show is making sure that I know what the stipulations are, which are provided by the tour manager, as they vary from band to band. Some bands let you shoot from the front of the stage while others make you shoot from the sound board, which is 100 feet away from the stage. Another stipulation is the amount of time you get to shoot the show.
Most bands allow the first two or three songs, but this summer I had some very restricted shooting times. For example, Toby Keith: first 60 seconds of the first song and the first 60 seconds of the second song; Stevie Wonder: first 60 seconds of the first song; and Beyonce: first 20 seconds of the first song. It’s a good thing my camera shoots eight frames per second.
It has been a wonderful privilege to be the house photographer for the concert series and I look forward to another great variety of shows next summer. Hope to see you there.