This was my first year shooting for Parklife DC, and it’s been a blast. I started at the end of April, shooting Langhorne Slim and John Craigie at The Birchmere. Since then, I’ve shot 40-some shows at 20-some different venues for Parklife — from cozy clubs like Songbyrd Music House and DC9 to Capital One and CFG Bank Arenas, and even Pink at Nationals Stadium.
I don’t normally write reviews, but I was asked to write a few words about my “Top 10” photos from 2023. I found it very difficult to get down to 10, so here are 12 of my personal favorite photos of the year.
This one captures a joyful moment from that first show, with Langhorne Slim and John Craigie. I’m happy if I can make you feel what it’s like to be in the audience at a show. I’m even happier if I can get you to feel what it’s like to be onstage. This one made me very happy.
This is Marcus Miller at Rams Head Onstage in Annapolis. One of the greatest bass players the world has ever seen, having a great time and putting on a great show. I’ve seen him play before, but this was my first time shooting one of his shows.
Charles Kavoossi, playing guitar for Joey Harkum at the 9:30 Club. This was Charles’s first time playing the 9:30, and he seemed extra-inspired by the occasion. As the year has gone on, I’ve been trying to find more pictures to release in black & white. I love the way this one turned out.
Another b&w photo — this one of Brandi Carlile — from the Out & About Festival at Wolf Trap this Summer. Really one of my favorite musical experiences of the year. She’s an amazing performer, and very photogenic.
This is Emily Wolfe, opening The Gaslight Anthem at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore. Maybe my favorite picture of the whole year. You know when you go to a concert, and you’re blown away by an opener you’ve never heard of? That was Emily. I think this photo captures some of the intensity of her live performance.
This Matt and Kim show at The Atlantis was a party – like a cross between a music concert and a minor-league baseball game. There was something going on at all times. And so much energy from just two people! Definitely a fun time. I hope I captured some of that fun in this shot.
Joss Stone at the Warner Theatre. Pretty sure I’ve had more people tell me they love this picture than anything else I’ve taken all year. Honestly, I had a difficult time choosing my favorite shot from this show, but I’ll listen to the crowd on this one.
That’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of my favorite shots from 2023. Let me know which one is your favorite. This last year has been a lot of fun for me, and I’m looking forward to what 2024 will bring.