Shooting a “Killer”

Mobile Studio, Music, Personal, Portraits, QR Location Project, Street Photography

A little less than two years ago I was shooting street portraits outside a club in Richmond, VA.  Most of the people were going to or leaving the hardcore show that was going on inside, but all sorts of people stopped to have their photo taken.

One man seemed a bit different than everyone else.  He looked like a hardcore fan, but was very composed and serious.  I was a bit intimidated, but he was kind. He asked me what I wanted him to do.  “I want you to show who you really are,” I said, “Help me make a photo that only people close to you would appreciate”  He proceeded to do just that.  After we finished he told me how much he appreciated me being direct with him, and after looking at one of the photos on the back of my camera, he confirmed that his expression was a refection of who he was, a true portrait.

The photo above is the result of that short session, and the subject turned out to be local celebrity Randy Blythe, lead singer of Lamb of God.  I was shocked when I saw an article in the New York Times recently about how he was locked up in a Czech jail on manslaughter chargers.  You can see that article here.

As it turns out, the incident in question happend only a few months before this photo was taken.  Keeping that in mind, this image seems even more compelling.

Luckily, Randy is now back in Richmond.  After reading this statement, it seems clear that he never had any intention of causing a fan harm.  I truly wish him the best.

The Best Friends Day Odyssey, Part Four of Four

Mobile Studio, Music, PARTY, Portraits, QR Location Project

Best Friends Day is a Hard Core music festival in Richmond, VA. As I learned last year, it attracts some pretty interesting people.

It is an all weekend event, with concerts going Thursday through Sunday. I went mostly to shoot portraits, but decided to document the experience as well.

The portraits you see in this post are a combination of images I shot Friday night (Shot outside the Canal Club), and images from Saturday at Hadad’s Lake.

I had some pretty bad luck, but also got some great photos. I really hope you enjoy them.

A Guide to My Weekend:

Friday (Images featured in this Post)


QR Location Project: Google Maps


(whats this?)Confirmed Sticker ID: #6

Rough Francis, Punk in Burlington

Mobile Studio, Music, Portraits, QR Location Project

Rough Francis is a Burlington band that is established locally, and has gained respect internationally. (Check out this NY Times article).

I was lucky enough to shoot their show last night, and they were kind enough to let me shoot portraits of them after the show.

Big thanks to Bobby (of the band) and JD (for helping me out)!

QR Location Project: Google Maps (what’s this?)
Confirmed Sticker ID #: 5