This past weekend I was lucky enough to get a photo pass to The National here in RVA and shoot the Ingrid Michaelson concert. It turned out to be a difficult show to shoot, but I am happy with the some of the images I ended up with.
Shooting concerts is kind of crazy for a couple of reasons; you’re cramped down in a small space in front of the front row, you’re only allowed to shoot for the first three songs of the artist’s set, and the worst is obviously the poor lighting conditions.
I’ve only had the chance to photograph three concerts so far, and this was by far the hardest. Ingrid is an awesome artist, but her stage set-up is pretty basic. No set design. No lighting. Nothing. Just her and her little guitar in front of the mic. The other shows I’ve been to had elaborate designs behind them and/or their own lighting. So this one was definitely a challenge, but I like that.
I’ve reached out to 20+ bands and have only gotten a photo pass from three. But I’m not going to let that keep me from continuing to contact more, because I’ve had a great time shooting those three. Hope you guys like these!
The photo below/right is my favorite from the night
Shout out to her guitarist on the left, and the opener Greg Holden on the right