2018 Top 7 Shots

These are my favorite photos that I took in 2018. They are in no particular order. I wrote a little bit down below this about why each one made this list.

Foxing

I almost did not even photograph this show. I do this thing where I bring my camera to shows that I’m going to and have it in my car ~just in case~. When we got to the venue, some of the guys in Foxing were standing outside and I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask for a photo pass. Thankfully, Eric remembered me from when I took some portraits of them like 2 years prior and agreed to get me in with my camera. I love music photography because of the moments I get to capture and I think crowd interaction shots are some of the best. I know how much Foxing’s music means to me and others and I think this photo is a good visualization of that feeling. The best part about this photo is that I have no idea who the guy in it is. That usually happens with good crowd shots. However, what does not usually happen is that they find the photo somehow. I have no idea how, but the guy in this photo found my page and the shot and was absolutely ecstatic about it.

 
 
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Tiny Moving Parts

I’ve mentioned before how much I love crowd interaction shots. You can't get more interactive with a crowd than having them carry you while you play guitar. Crowbar is a pretty dark venue that I have shot a ton of shows in. As much as I love it, I have lost a lot of shots due to the lighting, or lack thereof. It took me a while, but I managed to save this one in post. The energy in it, along with how much work I put into it, has made it one of my favorites.

 
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HUNNY

HUNNY shows are some of my favorites to go to. I met the guys about 2 ½ years ago and have photographed all of their Florida shows since. They have such a dedicated fan base and their shows are always such a blast to be at and take photos of. I was pretty disappointed with the shots I was getting at their show in Tampa this past March and was having a hard time editing them (I also got the flu right after their shows so I was incredibly sick while trying to edit). It wasn't until I got a lot of positive feedback on this shot that it really started to grow on me. Hearing such nice things about it from their fans really made me appreciate it.

 
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Glass House Point

This isn’t really one of the best photos I’ve taken to be honest. It’s on the list because I did something I don't usually do to get it. I’ve always been hesitant about being on stage while shooting. I hate being seen and do my best to remain hidden. It’s hard to do that right next to the drum kit so I usually don’t really get great photos of Jansen. I decided last minute during the last song to run next to Jansen and crouch down. Even though the shot isn’t really that great, it reminds me that I need to get creative with spots in order to get different shots.

 

The Wonder Years

I had photographed Tiny Moving Parts (support on this tour) a few months prior to this show. I sent an email about taking some photos for them again pretty last minute. I had never really listened to The Wonder Years before going to this show but I had a great time shooting them nonetheless. The light show was done by David Summers and if you know any light directors, you probably know him. Some of the best photos I have ever taken are of shows that he has done the lighting for (another on this list actually, Foxing). There were a handful of shots from this show that I was actually really proud of but the isolation and negative space in this one make it stand out to me. I really started paying attention to light and stage design at shows following this one.

 
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Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Rainbow Kitten Surprise has been one of my favorite bands for some time now (pretty much since I started listening to them). I first got to see and photograph them when I was approved to photograph Hangout Festival in May 2017. They announced a US tour later that year that unfortunately had no Florida dates on it. I decided to apply for a photo pass for their show in Atlanta (about a 6-7 hour drive away from me). I did not really think I would be approved. Then I was. I planned a last minute trip with my mom to Atlanta for a weekend so I could photograph the show. There was no photo pit at the show so I had wiggle through the sold-out crowd to get anywhere in the venue. Even though it was a bit of a struggle, I’m glad there wasn’t a barricade because if there had been, I wouldn't have been able to the crowd in shots like I did here.

 
 
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Laundromat in London

On one of my last days in London, I grabbed my film camera and went for a walk in the city by myself. I just walked aimlessly for a few hours and took photos of anything that caught my eye. I passed this laundromat and walked a bit while trying to decide if I should go back to take a photo. I’ve always been a bit hesitant about taking photos of strangers as I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable. I decided I’d run back to take a quick photo. I wound the film as I walked back and stopped in the doorway for a split second to snap the photo and then kept walking. I got the roll developed once I returned home from England and as soon as I saw this shot, it became one of my favorites I’ve ever taken.

 
Amanda Laferriere