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Live Music Photography – Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki 3/29/11

Steve Aoki 3/29/11

As the official photographer for White Folks Get Crunk, a music website dedicated to the remix and mash-up genre, run by my good buddy, DJ Real Juicy, I am often asked to tag along for special events and gigs.

This past week, I was honored to come along with Juice as he opened for Steve Aoki (pronounced “eye-oh-kee”). While this may not mean much to most of the population, as it didn’t really for me, you have to understand that Aoki is probably the greatest DJ in the United States and has singlehandedly brought the art of being a DJ to a whole new level that most DJ’s in America aspire to.

For Juice to get an opening gig for Steve Aoki was amazing, to say the least. Add to that the opportunity for me to be onstage with my friend and the great Aoki at the same time was too much to pass up.

While I find myself on a whole range of shoots, I feel that concert and live music photography is probably one of those areas that I truly shine best when I’m shooting. As a musician myself, I spent almost every weekend in college out at some gig, show, or concert doing what I call “career research.” I never realized that it would turn into a double career with playing music and shooting photography of musicians, but it has and I love it.

I could ramble on and on about shooting Steve Aoki, but I’ll let the images do the talking. That’s why you’re here anyway. However, I will say that this was an amazing experience and a completely different style of music and show that I was used to shooting or even experiencing as an audience member. There was so much more energy than a standard rock show with all of the dancing, champagne showers, stage diving, glow sticks, and even an inflatable raft.

I will also say that I am very proud of my friend and former college roommate for actively pursuing a dream that he cultivated over the past decade or so.

Want to see more concert images or order a print? Check out my music gallery.

Crunk Girl of the Month

Crunk Girl of the Month, Lindsey

Crunk Girl of the Month – 
Lindsey (March 2011)

One of my many resolutions for my photography this year included pursuing more project-based shooting. I’ve got a whole list of different concepts and ideas that I’m in the process of getting models and locations put together to shoot for, but in the meantime, I’m starting to revisit a project idea I had a few years ago.

My good buddy, DJ Real Juicy, of White Folks Get Crunk, has been having a wonderful run of gigs and publicity over the past couple of years. All the while, I’ve been right there beside him snapping shots for my friend. Not only is it a great way to spend my time practicing some night life shooting, but I usually can pass my card on to a couple of potential models and even clients that might be out at the club.

In light of all of this good success, I am finally taking another stab at a segment for his website called the Crunk Girl of the Month. Based upon the format that College Humor uses for their Cute College Girl of the Day segment, I will be choosing a model for each month of the year and doing a glamour shoot with them featuring some of the merchandise that WFGC has to offer. The photos will then be posted on the WFGC site monthly alongside a set of random, sometimes funny, questions that each girl will answer.

At the end of the year, I’m hoping I can develop some sort of Crunk Girl calendar, much like the Hooters calendar, to generate some money and publicity for my friend and my business as well. We have already shot Miss February and I’m working on the next few months of girls. I have the list set up through June so if anyone is interested in being a Crunk Girl, please feel free to let me know!