LIGHTS - San Francisco Show, 12/8/15
On Tuesday, I had the very special opportunity to shoot LIGHTS, who is an incredible solo electropop musician and songwriter. I've been a fan of her for a while, and when I saw that she was inviting one local photographer per city on her current tour to have all-access to shoot the show, I jumped at the chance. A few days before the show, I got an email reply saying that I had been chosen to shoot the SF show at The Fillmore. Needless to say, I was stoked. I saw LIGHTS for the first time last year around this time, and she had blown me away. I knew that this time, I wouldn't be able to absorb the show as much because I'd be working, but I was still very much looking forward to it. The Fillmore is a historic theater in the heart of San Francisco's Jazz district, and actually one of the few venues I had never been to.
For this shoot, I decided to bring both camera bodies: the 6D with 24-70mm 2.8 lens as my primary, and the Fujifilm X-T1 with 35mm 1.4 lens as backup. All of the photos in this post were shot with the Canon.
To start things off, I was invited to shoot the band in their dressing room:
At 9:30 sharp, I followed them out of the dressing room, and as they went onstage, I made my way to the pit.
In the middle of the set, she bought it down with a few acoustic songs.
The whole set consisted of songs from all of her albums: both classics and new favorites. Also, depending on the song, she switched between playing guitar, playing keyboard, and just singing. Her fans are among the most dedicated in the music industry, and that's because she puts everything into her performance.
The show was amazing, as expected. I am extremely grateful for this wonderful opportunity, and I hope to shoot more concerts in the future.
Gear used in this shoot:
-Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II